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McKayla Maroney, Kyla Ross, and Simone Biles rock the Gymnastics World Championships

More than a year later, some of us gymnastics fans still haven’t gotten over Olympics fever. It’s a little ridiculous and extremely embarrassing how many times I’ve re-watched watched the Team Final in which McKayla Maroney stuck that spectacular vault and the All-Around competition where Gabby Douglas took the gold.

Even though the 2016 Olympics are three long years away, this year’s Gymnastics World Championships could be the first introduction to what we might see in Rio. Two members of the Fierce Five — Maroney and Kyla Ross — and up-and-coming American Simone Biles competed in Antwerp in the biggest international gymnastics competition since the London Olympics. Even though the action went down last week, NBC broadcast the competition for the first time in States today. For those of us who wish we could just perform a side cartwheel without falling over, here are five highlights from the 2013 World Championships. READ FULL STORY

What should Gabby Douglas do during her 'Vampire Diaries' cameo?

Olympic gold medalist gymnast Gabby Douglas is in Atlanta today on the set of her favorite show, The Vampire Diaries, shooting a cameo and allowing Ian Somerhalder to take a bite of her hardware (pictured). The small guest role is in season 4’s seventh episode, airing Nov. 29, EW has confirmed. But Gabby won’t be playing herself. So, what’s your dream scenario?

She could just be a face in the crowd at the Grill or Mystic Falls High (they do occasionally go to class!). Maybe she could be in Elena’s gym class when Elena realizes she has to tone down her vampire athletic abilities. Nina Dobrev is a former rhythmic gymnast, so they could have some fun together. Or perhaps Elena will watch Gabby’s character walk by with that sweet smile, so full of life, and mourn the loss of her innocence.

It would be awesome if Klaus (or Damon, on a bender) drank from her, but that wouldn’t happen, right? What’s your pitch?

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McKayla Maroney, though not impressed, dazzles on 'Late Show with David Letterman'

Vaulting specialist McKayla Maroney — the Posh Spice of the Fierce (née Fab) Five — coolly took the reins of a group interview clearly destined for doom on last night’s Late Show with David Letterman. Someone had to do it! Team USA’s host didn’t really know what was going on (though that’s his charm) and the other four gymnasts (Aly Raisman, pictured, Jordyn Wieber, Kyla Ross, and even Gabby Douglas) never make a peep unless prompted. We love them, of course, our hearts swell for them — but teenagers media-trained into oblivion do not make for good late-night TV. Cheers to Posh for breaking free and stealing the show.

This only strengthens our desire to have McKayla Maroney star in everything from now until Rio. Ryan Lochte can have 90210, fine, but McKayla gets all the others. Look for her as the fiercely short new girl on Pretty Little Liars, or maybe the human version of Ursula the Sea Witch on Once Upon a Time. (A gold medal infused with Bela Karolyi’s screams can replace the shell necklace containing Ariel’s singing voice.)

The Great McKayla TV Tour has only just begun! In our dreams. READ FULL STORY

What's your damage, Olympics commercials?

Welcome to ‘What Is Your Damage,’ Annie Barrett’s summer shop of all the melodrama and self-absorption she misses from springtime reality TV. Every Tuesday and Friday, she’ll rant about a current offense to her humanity, then assess readers’ damages via video replies. Don’t be shy about admitting what annoys or intrigues you. We’re all in this pop cult together!

What’s your damage, Olympics commercials? Way to fuel my post-London depression. The Games are over but you’re still around, bringing back misty water-colored memories of the 17 days I spent cryling (crying/smiling) and LOVING IT on my couch. It’s time to go! You’ll fade out anyway, and it’s best we make a clean break so I can muster up the courage to go outside again. You know I love you, but you’re ultimately a fleeting tease, like Costas’ one-night-only hipster glasses. “What’s Your Damage, London?” volumes 1, 2, 3, and 4 were fun, but I can’t keep writing about the Olympics forever. Just once more. Allow me to assess your damage.

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Olympics: What's your WTF sport? And don't say rhythmic gymnastics!

Every Olympics, there are inevitable debates about why certain events are deemed a sport, let alone one worthy of medals. I was at a beach house with friends last week and watched person after person come into the room where handball was on the television and ask, “What is this?” It’s not that it’s not athletic, it just seems… unnecessary. (I don’t judge sports, mind you. The only time my heart rate is raised is when I’m trying to beat a pack of tourists or businessmen to the door of a Starbucks, so anyone who does anything is golden in my book.)

Today, I pitched my blog editors a quick item after fast-forwarding through a replay online of this morning’s rhythmic gymnastics qualification rounds and seeing that Azerbaijan’s Aliya Garayeva used an instrumental version of “You Can Leave Your Hat On” — complete with heavy breathing — for her ball routine. That is noteworthy in my world. (Watch her at the World Cup below.) Their responses: “What qualifies as a sport? The Olympics has some doozies. Why isn’t ballet an Olympic sport? What about ballroom dancing? Both seem to be on par with rhythmic gymnastics.” “That whole ‘sport’ is a huge ‘WTF’ for me.” And, “Rhythmic gymnastics is the ice dancing of the Summer Olympics. Also hardest sport to spell next to heptathlon.” READ FULL STORY

Olympics recap, Day 11: Aly Raisman needs to thank the Karolyis, plus happiness and heartbreak in track and field

You know it was a packed day at the Olympics on Tuesday if NBC didn’t even try to squeeze a Mary Carillo anthropological adventure into primetime. Let’s break the broadcast down. (Click on links for videos.)

WOMEN’S GYMNASTICS Perhaps now that the event finals are over, we’ll see Gabby Douglas smile again. We got a small grin at the end of her beam routine — which drew gasps when she fell off on a leap — because the stress was finally over. For her. Aly Raisman, on the other hand, found herself in the middle of a U.S. protest after her score placed her in fourth. Kathy Kelly, vice president of the U.S. women’s program, and Marta and Bela Karolyi, quickly pantomimed for her coach to file an inquiry. “For what?” Aly’s coach asked. They thought the judges hadn’t calculated the difficulty value of Aly’s routine correctly. READ FULL STORY

Olympic Stud of the Day: High bar gold medalist Epke Zonderland -- VIDEO

Okay, okay. Perhaps I should have picked Aly Raisman as today’s Stud after she nailed that first tumbling pass to win gold in the floor final and took bronze on beam following a scoring controversy. But two things worked against her: That painful studio sitdown with Bob Costas in which she kept insisting she was so excited but never actually looked it (maybe she was understandably exhausted, maybe she’s been media-trained to be that boring), and the fact that there’s just too much stress in women’s gymnastics for anyone to look like she’s actually enjoying herself while competing in the event finals. They’ve all worked years for those few moments and one tiny misstep can cost them their dreams. I get it. But after experiencing the weight of that insane pressure for days as a viewer, I just wanted someone to remind me gymnastics is fun. Enter the Netherlands’ Epke Zonderland.

He’s the first Dutch athlete to ever medal in gymnastics, and it was gold on the high bar. Watch his routine, which had the highest difficulty of any gymnastics routine performed in London (male or female), below. The spectator-shot video not only gives you a great view of his epic three release moves in a row but also of his competitors watching him. Look for Danell Leyva in his gray U.S.A. track jacket on the left… READ FULL STORY

Olympics: Nina Dobrev is as obsessed with gymnastics and Gabby Douglas as you are (maybe more)

After hearing that 16-year-old U.S. gymnast Gabby Douglas is a huge fan of their show, the cast of The Vampire Diaries made her a video congratulating her on her team and individual all-around golds and wishing her and her teammate, Aly Raisman, good luck in today’s event finals. Watch it below. (No spoilers in the comments, please!)

Nina Dobrev, a former artistic and rhythmic gymnast, was behind the group effort. “Forget sleep. It’s all about the Olympics right now. I’m obsessed. Like, it’s actually a problem. They’re starting to tell me I’m looking tired on set, and it’s because I’m up until, like, two in the morning watching the Olympics and going to work at 5 a.m.,” Dobrev told EW earlier today. “I used to be a gymnast, and I competed internationally, so it’s my favorite time. I even bought a 3D TV so that I could watch them in 3D. When I found out that Gabby liked the show, I was incredibly excited and really happy to make the video. And now we follow each other on Twitter, so we’ve been direct messaging. The 16-year-old in me wishes that I was up there with them. So I’m just so happy for her success. And she’s so cute. She has the most amazing smile.”  READ FULL STORY

What is your damage, London Olympics? (Vol. 3)

Welcome to ‘What Is Your Damage,’ Annie Barrett’s summer shop of all the melodrama and self-absorption she misses from springtime reality TV. Every Tuesday and Friday, she’ll rant about a current offense to her humanity, then assess readers’ damages via video replies. Don’t be shy about admitting what annoys or intrigues you. We’re all in this pop cult together!

What’s your damage, Olympics? Last Tuesday, I railed against poolside interviewer Andrea Kremer among other Olympics offenders like Ryan Seacrest. Friday’s Volume 2 brought spitting in the pool, a lucky towel, and a very special wedgie. But most damaging right now? NBC interrupting — and cutting a significant chunk from! — a primetime SPORTING event in order to air another “What is….London?” Mary Carillo segment. Brutal! READ FULL STORY

Olympics recap, Day 9: Lightning (Bolt) strikes twice, but only on the track

I hope you buckled up, kids. We had five hours of Olympics last night. By which I mean as much Michael Phelps as could possibly have been justified considering his career officially ended 24 hours ago. At least it felt that way during the first hour of the broadcast. We journalists do love to milk a story — and boy if there were ever a story worth milking…. That said, there are six days more of the London Olympic Games, so onward! Let that boy go shark diving with Chad le Clos in peace already! READ FULL STORY

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