By now you’re familiar with gymnast Gabrielle Douglas — sometimes known as the “Flying Squirrel.” You watched her and her American teammates earn gold in the team competition and tonight, NBC will air the all-around, where Gabby goes for an individual gold*. Her sparkling personality shines through in her events, but we wanted to know what her pop culture obsessions are. Gabby obliged, letting EW in on some of her favorite things.
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It’s trampoline time at the Olympics on Friday with live men’s qualifying on MSNBC and NBCOlympics.com at 9 a.m. ET, and the final following at 10:26 a.m. ET online and in primetime on NBC. (That’s U.S. champion Steven Gluckstein pictured. The women, including American competitor Savannah Vinsant, compete Aug. 4.) Commentator Tim Daggett, who says he stands the whole time because “I want to be able to duck,” shares three reasons why we should tune in.
1. Outrageous air. They go twentysomething feet in the air, about as high as your house. When you’re standing next to the trampoline, and you see these guys jumping, you first of all are like, Ohmygod, they must have a mental disorder. And I mean that in a good way. The air that they get is unreal. READ FULL STORY
I’m staring at a blank window on NBC’s Olympic website that is counting down the seconds to this afternoon’s Duel in the Pool II: 1:40:10… 1:40:09… 1:40:08. Today, at 3:19 p.m. ET, Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte will dive in to the pool for the 200 IM final, mano e mano for the last time. Their rivalry has become one of the Games’ biggest subplots, with Lochte humbling the once invincible golden boy in Saturday’s 400m IM final. (Lochte struck gold, while Phelps finished a distant fourth.) Lochte is the world-record holder at this shorter distance, but Phelps, the two-time defending Olympic champion in this event, edged him at the Olympic trials. In yesterday’s qualifier, Lochte defeated Phelps by almost a second… but was Phelps holding something back for today?
Both men have proved themselves mortal thus far in the Olympics, with Lochte coming up short in the anchor leg of the 4x100m freestyle final and Phelps being out-touched at the finish of the 200m butterfly. But a victory today could erase those disappointments and provide the clinching victory in their long-running battle against each other — as well as the iconic winning moment of the Games. So there’s absolutely no chance I’m waiting until NBC’s tape-delayed primetime soap opera tonight. I’ll be watching live on my computer, just as the ancient Greeks did.
Poor, poor NBC: You’re damned if you tape-delay and damned if you don’t. Kabletown‘s redheaded stepchild accidentally stirred up more Olympics coverage controversy yesterday when one of its underwater cameras caught American water polo player Kamie Craig yanking down a Spanish opponent’s swimsuit — and exposing the Spaniard’s right breast in the process. Gonna have you nekkid by the end of this match!
The body part in question was visible for only a split second. Even then, it was partially obscured by the Spanish player’s arm, making it the least exciting wardrobe malfunction since Lindsay Lohan last showed off her Parent Trap. That, of course, hasn’t stopped viewers and news outlets from heaping abuse on NBC. (Criticizing the Peacock may just be our new national pastime.) I’m going to give them a pass on this one, though. After all, the network can’t control the actions of athletes, unless they happen to be American Gladiators.
Click below to see the moment of nontroversy. Oh, and in case you’re interested: The game ended in a 9-9 tie. Suit-grabbing Craig scored four of Team USA’s goals.
These two late-blooming rowers ended the gold medal drought for Team Great Britain Wednesday, winning the 2000m Women’s Pairs. It’s the first-ever Olympic gold won by a British women’s crew.
Bob Costas told me Glover, 26, a former PE teacher from Cornwall, answered a British sporting agency’s recruiting ad just four years ago. She was all, “What’s rowing?” back then, and look at her now. ROWING. She and Stanning, 27, a captain in the Royal Artillery, have been together three years. READ FULL STORY
Hot dog! This adorable, humble, well-spoken sex god who can’t believe he just struck gold is Nathan Adrian, the first American in 24 years to win swimming’s version of the “fastest man in the world” race — the 100-meter Freestyle. HOW CUTE IS HE?
The 23-year-old out-touched another insanely hot intelligent person, Australian world champion James Magnussen, in his first-ever individual Olympic final. “I almost started crying in the water,” Adrian told damage-monger Andrea Kremer after the race. AND HE CRIES, TOO! We have found the world’s most perfect person. We did it! Congratulations, everybody.
Move over, Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte. It is 100 percent Pure Adrian from now on. I mean, good luck in today’s IM final and all. But spoiler alert: Nathan Adrian wins. He’ll win all of the events in all of the sports that have yet to happen. I highly doubt any spectator, at least, would mind. READ FULL STORY
The U.S. men’s gymnastics team may have left the team all-around competition empty handed, but Wednesday night NBC will show the individual competition in prime time. Cuban-born, U.S. raised gymnast Danell Leyva may be best known for his coach (and stepfather) Yin Alvarez’s boisterous gestures during competition, but Leyva has a personality all his own. He shared his pop culture picks with us. Continue below to find out five things you didn’t know about Levya, like his obsession with Spider-Man and which movie he and fellow competitor Jonathan Horton both love.
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Could it be anyone else?
We promise tomorrow’s Stud will NOT be a swimmer, but as the above merman just became “The Most Decorated Olympian of All Time,” this was a no-brainer. He’s now won 19 medals. That’s 19 pieces of flair! READ FULL STORY
You better be wearing your hair in a messy bun right now (conditions permitting) in honor of Team U.S.A.’s Fab Five — Gabrielle Douglas, Alexandra Raisman, Jordyn Wieber, Kyla Ross, and McKayla Maroney. I don’t know about this Fab Five nonsense. They’ve always been the Spice Girls to me. Always. For like three days now. In Olympic years, that’s an eternity.
Get ready to relive this tape-delayed event yet again via a bunch of crappy photos I took with my iPhone!
This was no nail-biter, not in the slightest. Basically the silver-medalist Russians kept messing up and the Americans didn’t. Romania and China (third and fourth place) competed in a separate rotation and, at least on NBC primetime, were pretty much nonentities in terms of posing a possible threat to America’s soiled scrunchies. READ FULL STORY
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? Stop making me feel fat! Great, column over. From the back, to the middle and around again…
I already complained about Ryan Lochte’s diamond-encrusted grill (and prognosticated its eventual takeover of the nation) during the trials, so what else is there? Oh, EVERYTHING.
Most prominent in my mind right now: What is your damage, Andrea Kremer? NBC’s poolside interviewer has been relentless in her bizarre quest to curate this creepy atmosphere in which the U.S. swimmers feel worse than they do already. She gets an easy perfect ’10′ on the Damages scale.
Last night after Michael Phelps won his semifinal heat for the Men’s 200M Fly, she immediately dug into the DARK SIDE of whatever might be flying through his head. “I want to check in on the state of Michael. Walk the Phelps fans back in the U.S. off the ledge here…. Which Michael will we get to see? The one who didn’t make the podium in the 400 IM or the one who had the phenomenal split in the relay?”
WHAT?! No one is on any ledge here, silly. “Which Michael shows up?” she demanded, to which Phelps awkwardly teased, “We’ll see in 24 hours,” because what else could he possibly say?
“Oh, come on. WHICH ONE?” She inched closer, flames thrashing through her pupils. Like he knows! As if he’s keeping the secret to himself (and the other version of himself) instead of offering it to her as exclusive scoop? And if he doesn’t eventually break down and promise a gold medal, she won’t have gotten the real story here? Gross.
Kremer was also brutal to the guys after they lost to France in the free relay, and won’t give up on that storyline either. Last night she asked Lochte “Where’s your confidence level?” after “obviously some disappointments in the relay.” It’s like she WANTS him to be thrown off to generate and then doggie paddle endlessly in a whirlpool of more drama. Lady this isn’t reality TV! It’s the Olympics. Show some class.
Stop criminalizing silver medalists, Andrea Kremer! The hate stops here.
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