NBC’s primetime telecast had something for everyone Friday night: Joy and pain at the track (both running and BMX), the network’s two best trips down memory lane (with the 1992 Dream Team and the first charming man to run under a four-minute mile), male 10m platform divers with and without body hair, and a Downton Abbey shout-out in a Mary Carillo segment on castles and coats of arms. (Why didn’t they choose a funnier sound bite from the Dowager Countess?) Let’s dig in. READ FULL STORY
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The Olympic Stud of the Day was going to be Carmelita Jeter, for anchoring the U.S. women’s 4 x 100m relay team to redemption, a world record, a first win since 1996, and an awesome post-race interview, but after hearing the story of U.S. runner Bryshon Nellum, we had to reevaluate. Yes, the men’s 4 x 400m relay team finished second for the first time in 40 years (without Manteo Mitchell, who’d broken his fibula halfway through his leg of a preliminary race Thursday and finished and had himself been a replacement for LaShawn Merritt, who’d suffered a hamstring injury). But some things are more important than the color of a medal. Nellum was a freshman at USC when, on Halloween night 2009, he was shot in both legs. “I never really fell to the ground,” Nellum has said. “I hopped up and down on one leg to get away and to get to safety.” It would be six months before he could walk again, and a year before he’d compete. When he returned to running, he’d collapse on the track in pain. He underwent three additional surgeries, the most recent in August 2011. As his mother said, just being at the Olympics was like winning. That’s why his fellow athletes have chosen him to be the U.S. flagbearer at Sunday’s closing ceremony.
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In the understatement of the Summer Games, not to mention the year, Ryan Lochte is sort of having a moment. Yes, yes, Michael Phelps is still great (most decorated Olympian of all time, etc.) but Lochte — unfortunate grill and all — seems poised to capture some more glory post-London — and yes, we’re talking Hollywood. And no, we’re not talking about the fashion line he’s desperate to make happen.
The swimmer already appeared in a questionable Funny or Die video, and there have been rumors floating around that Lochte is being considered for either Dancing with the Stars or the new Bachelor (spokespeople for both shows told EW that the programs never comment on casting rumors). Lochte himself told Matt Lauer, “I’m definitely looking towards Dancing With the Stars and The Bachelor, so we’ll see what happens.”
Bachelor host Chris Harrison even added his two cents, tweeting, “@fleissmeister just told me he liked Ryan Lochte in his speedo so much he’s now on short list for
It’s not the worst idea. Thanks to his mom, we all know Lochte is currently single. Tell me I’m not the only one who has a morbid curiosity what a “Ryan Lochte Most. Shocking. Rose. Ceremony. Ever.” would look like. As for Dancing, many former Olympians (Shawn Johnson, Apolo Ohno) have had success cashing in their name recognition and competitive spirit for sequins and ridiculousness.
Beyond reality shows, a buzzy Michael Phelps hosted Saturday Night Live in September 2008 (with so-so results) after returning from the Games. Will Lochte follow swimsuit?
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If you’re feeling sad and low — possibly because of that unfortunate Baby Beluga news — look no further than this photo, which should deliver a major pick-me-up. The upcoming Spice Girls reunion at Sunday’s Olympics Closing Ceremony is London’s worst-kept secret — but we’ve finally got irrefutable photographic proof that it’s actually happening. (Check out a higher res version here.) All together now: Zig-a-zig-ah!
As the EW Daily Poll on our homepage shows, Olympic fatigue has officially set in. Most of us will be ready for Sunday’s Closing Ceremony. As the Games come to an end, let’s take a moment to admit the craziest thing(s) obsessive viewing has inspired us to do. I’ll start: Last night, I spent my evening commute listening to Duran Duran’s “All She Wants Is” on repeat and choreographing a team synchronized swimming free routine to it in my head. Considering I just watched Team Australia use an AC/DC medley for its free routine this morning, I assume the song might actually be legal. So if any nation just starting its synchro program wants to work with someone cheap, call me. We could ask Team Spain to borrow its sea monster-themed costumes from today (pictured), which I think would translate nicely. READ FULL STORY
During his semi-regular hazing* last night on NBC’s primetime coverage of the Olympic Games, Ryan Seacrest was either forced to say, or voluntarily chose to say, that certain female Olympic champions had blown up Twitter by delivering something called “buzzable bests.” While I’m not sure that’s the exact phrase the U.S. women’s soccer team used in the locker room before they won their gold medal match against Japan, I will at least concede that the only thing Usain Bolt wants to be is his “buzzable best.” The U.S. women’s divers? Not so buzzable, and not at their best. The U.S. women’s indoor volleball team? Totally buzzable, and totally at their best. Bob Costas’ disappearing-reappearing Harry Potter hipster glasses? The bestest and buzzablest of all! Let’s get to it! READ FULL STORY
There’s a reason the winner of the decathlon is called the world’s greatest athlete. Over two grueling days, decathletes compete in 10 track and field events: 100 meter race, long jump, shot put, high jump and 400 meter race on day 1; 110 meter hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin, and 1500 meter race on day 2. The point system to score the event may be more convoluted than the plot of Inception, but the result is crystal clear: Whoever takes home the gold is one damn fit human being, and deserving of the superlative honorific of PopWatch Stud of the Day.
So congratulations, Ashton Eaton! READ FULL STORY
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
U.S. Olympians Gabby Douglas and Missy Franklin have found some famous fans in Nina Dobrev and Justin Bieber, celebs that they’re also each fans of, respectively. As the London Olympics wraps up its final week, another athlete-entertainer connection was made, this time with Scandal‘s Kerry Washington.
Right after placing second in the 200 meter sprint on Tuesday (qualifying for the final race), Los Angeles-based athlete Allyson Felix told an NBC broadcaster that during the London games, she’s spent some time watching Scandal in her hotel room.
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