Proud of that first headstand you did in yoga? Sit down, girl, and show some respect to 64-year-old endurance swimmer Diana Nyad, who made history yesterday when she swam 110 miles from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage for protection. Keep reading »
Imagine being an athlete at the top of your field and not being recognized by the authorities for your accomplishments simply because you are a woman. This is the problem faced by Elham Asghari, a 32-year-old swimmer in Iran, who isn’t having her records recorded by the country’s sports ministry. In fact, just last month, Iran refused to acknowledge Asghari’s recent 20 kilometer swim in the Caspian Sea. Why? Because when she emerged from the water after the swim on a women-only beach, her figure was still “visible” underneath her six kilos-worth of body-covering swimsuit paraphernalia. Keep reading »
Holly is a 13-year-old fat cat that desperately needs to lose some weight, so her owner takes her for weekly swim sessions at the local YMCA. The look of utter disgust and horror on this cat’s face just says it all, doesn’t it? It’s pretty clear poor Holly is in the midst of some pretty deep existential despair. [YouTube] Keep reading »
We here at The Frisky offices have a little lady boner for Ryan Lochte — mostly for his abs, because he’s not like, the brightest. Just today he tweeted about meeting Miley “Sirus” — yes, that’s right. Plus, there’s that whole “Jeah” thing, which is pretty annoying. But again, there are his abs, which are wildly redeemable. Of late, Lochte has teemed up with Charitybuzz to raise funds for Hurricane Sandy victims. He’s auctioning off a morning swim lesson, along with “lunch at one of his favorite spots,” which we imagine is likely a Chili’s or Applebees. But oh, there’s a catch… Keep reading »
It’s Tuesday. Most of us are sitting behind a desk nursing our first (or second?) cup of coffee. Let’s do some collective daydreaming that we’re cooling off in a giant jungle swimming hole, shall we? This photo was originally posted on a Facebook travel page as “spotted in Mexico,” but a commenter pointed out that it’s actually the Sua Ocean Trench in Samoa. Who wants to come along for my fact-checking mission? [Facebook]
Yesterday afternoon, my friend texted me the following: “Two word: Nathan. Adrian.” Huh? I figured it had to be swimming related, as her husband used to be a competitive swimmer and, like, the Olympics are very important around their house. Sure enough, I did a quick Google and it turned out that Nathan Adrian is A) HOT and B) had just won the gold medal in the 100m freestyle. Let’s use this wonderful achievement as an excuse to ogle this 6’6, half-Chinese hunk of man, mmkay? Keep reading »
Ryan Lochte is an Olympic gold medalist. He’s also an inveterate Twitter user/abuser. And man, does he ramble some strange shit. His Twitter paints him as the Olympics’ very own Brody Jenner. A bro of extreme magnitude whose love of Mountain Dew and the word “Jeah” (which signifies everything from “my taxes are astronomical” to “kind sir, would you please remove your boot off my neck”) is well-documented.
He’s also, perhaps, maybe, a terrible speller.
But all of that make his Twitter ramblings highly entertaining and definitely worth a look. That’s why we’ve selected out 11 of our favorite Lochte-isms, for your enjoyment.
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We were a little distracted while watching the men’s swimming this weekend — after we caught sight of total hottie Camille Lacourt. Twenty-seven-year-old Lacourt says on Twitter that he is “Cool, simple and always ready to party: this is what I am.” Sounds pretty great, right? He also happens to be a total whiz at swimming; he was the 2010 European Swimmer of the Year and last night he finished first in the semi-finals of the 100m backstroke. The 100m backstroke final is tonight, so tune in to get a look of this babe in motion. And in the meantime, enjoy our gallery of totally unnecessary Camille shots.
Not only can Flo the Wonderdog do a great jump off a high-dive board, but she’s also a pro when it comes to scrambling up the diving board ladder. She’s also not afraid of the pool slide, and skitters down it like a champ. Color us impressed. [Boing Boing]
Diana Nyad, an endurance swimmer who attempted to swim the 103 miles between Cuba and Florida without a shark tank, abandoned her goal on Tuesday morning. Nyad began her swim on Sunday and was followed by a team of 30 people operating an electrical field to repel sharks. As a condition of her competition, she was not allowed to touch the boats following her and she had to tread water while eating or drinking. But 29 hours into her swim, she was suffering shoulder pain, asthma and was vomiting when she was brought on board a boat. This isn’t the first time Nyad attempted to swim from Havana to Key West: she tried in 1978 at age 28, but also had to abandon that swim halfway. In the two years leading up to Sunday’s swim, Nyad swam up to 12 hours a day. Oh, and did I mention she’s 61-years-old? Keep reading »