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No Fancy Nails, Dyed Hair, Or Earrings For Some Japanese Athletes

Dang, athletes in Japan have some serious dress code rules to contend with in order to participate in their sport. First, we told you about snowboarder Kazuhiro Kokubo, who was banned from the Olympic opening ceremony by the Japanese Ski Association because he was sporting a “hip-hop” twist on the national uniform. Now, we’ve learned that synchronized swimmers could face lifetime bans for expressing their sense of style. Japanese officials have implemented a policy, which goes into effect April 1, that will ban a swimmer if she/he goes to competition with elaborately painted or designed nails, dyed hair, or pierced ears. These rules are supposed to prevent the athletes from looking like rock stars, but they seem a little harsh to me. I mean, aren’t most people paying attention to their swimming or diving skills, instead of their fashion sense? [Reuters] Keep reading »

The Daily Hotness: Ryan Lochte

My favorite part of the summer Olympics, well besides gymnastics and diving, is swimming. There is nothing hotter than a swimmer’s upper body — though I must confess I am grossed out by the fact that they have to shave ALL their body hair in order to swim faster. Everyone goes on and on about Michael Phelps and how he tied the World Record for some race and how he is probably going to be the most decorated athlete in Olympics history, but it’s Ryan Lochte who caught my eye during the Olympic Trials this past weekend. First of all, he doesn’t have that gross, thick swimmer’s neck; second, he totally kept up with Phelps during the race in which Phelps tied the World Record, coming in only a millisecond or something behind him; third, he didn’t wax his armpit. Woohoo! Keep reading »

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