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Ryan Lochte: I peed in the pool at the Olympics

We could get past the grill and the one-night stands and even the spitting, but peeing in the pool may be a deal breaker, Ryan Lochte.

The Olympic swimmer revealed to Ryan Seacrest that he does relieve himself in the water while he swims. “Of course. I think there’s just something about getting into chlorine water that you just automatically go. [I didn’t] during the races, but I sure did in warm-up.”

Since you swim faster in cold water, maybe that’s why he lost to Michael Phelps in their final head-to-head matchup?

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Eww, pool-spitting. What is your damage, London Olympics? (Vol. 2)
Olympics recap, Day 6: The Flying Squirrel soars, Phelps gets his threepeat (and his mojo back)

What is your damage, London Olympics? (Vol. 2)

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? This week I’ve already railed against poolside interviewer Andrea Kremer and NBC’s hideously disjointed men’s all-around gymnastics telecast, so it’s time to lighten up. Today’s all about wedgies, towelies, and a lovely temper tantrum from a “challenging character” in women’s gymnastics. But first and foremost: Can these gross-outs please stop spitting in and around the pool?


Olympics recap, Day 6: The Flying Squirrel soars, Phelps gets his threepeat (and his mojo back)

As we get deeper into the Games, the boldface stories for each night multiply. Whether it was in the pool or the gymnastics arena, everyone really came to play last night. It continues to confound me how people can be this good at anything. My friends and I recently joked that, if I were to have a building named after me, the only option would be the Lanford Beard Center for Lounging Around and Talking S—. Which is pretty much the best — and only — way I can introduce tonight’s recap. Onward!

Phelps versus Lochte! Let's do it live!

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.

Two quick questions for you, swim fans (no, not those swimfans): Will you be watching it live? And who do you think will win? Vote below: READ FULL STORY

What is your damage, London Olympics? (Vol. 1)

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.


Style & Design: Ryan Lochte plays fashion critic, Game of Thrones-inspired footwear and more

Asked what women look hot in, Olympic heartthrob Ryan Lochte says, “One of my long-sleeved button-down shirts and that’s all.” [THR]

Helmut Lang and LD Tuttle have created a capsule collection of boots inspired by Game of Thrones’ rangers of the Night’s Watch. [Racked]

See mind-blowing behind-the-scenes photos from Star Wars, Ghostbusters, Planet of the Apes and more. [Flavorwire]

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Jessica Chastain and Matt Lauer are among the notables who made Vanity Fair‘s annual best-dressed list. [People StyleWatch]

Flags of our fingers? Show your national pride with Olympics-inspired Minx nail art. [Minx]

A new comics-only crowdfunding platform aims to help aspiring writers and illustrators. [Time]

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Olympics recap, Day 3: U.S. swimming wins big while U.S. men's gymnastics melts down

“The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat” may be the slogan for ABC’s defunct Wide World of Sports, but rarely has it been as apt as on the third day of NBC’s Olympic primetime coverage. The U.S. pulled in some major hardware in the swimming pool — though Ryan Lochte faltered for the second day in a row, and went home without a medal for the first time at this Olympics. America landed its first medal for men’s diving since 1996 — but diver Tom Daley, Great Britain’s most famous Olympian and one of its best chances for gold, failed to reach the medal stand. And while the host nation celebrated its first medal in men’s team gymnastics in 100 years, the favorites for gold, the United States, suffered through an agonizing slow-motion collapse, and finished a distant fifth.

Meanwhile, John McEnroe talked bikini bottoms with Bob Costas. The human drama of athletic competition, everyone! Let’s get to it:  READ FULL STORY

Now there's a 'Call Me Lochte' video out there

Oh, what hath the Olympics wrought?

First there was the U.S. swimming team’s parody video of Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe,” which we thought might be the only one we’d come across during the Games. But we were fools for thinking that — fools

It only took a couple days, but there’s already a Carly Rae parody video named “Call Me Lochte” that’s popping up all over the place. The gag, produced by the folks at the NOC, re-imagines the Ryan Lochte-Michael Phelps rivalry like so:

“Hey, I’m not Michael, don’t eat at Subway/But this is my year, so call me Lochte/It’s hard to swim right, by Phelps baby/But this is my year, so call me Lochte.”

And so forth! Check it out in the video below:


Olympics recap, Day 2: Swimmer Dana Vollmer strikes gold while gymnast Jordyn Wieber stumbles

Image credit: Gregory Bull/AP

The second day of the London 2012 Olympics was filled with more teeth-clenching and heart-wrenching moments than last night’s episode of True Blood. At this pace, we’re going to be a ball of nerves by day 17. As anticipated, the U.S. women’s gymnastics team ruled the day, but their world was rocked when world champion Jordyn Wieber failed to advance to the individual all-around finals. In other upsets, France nabbed the gold in the men’s 100-meter freestyle relay, lowering Ryan Lochte’s pedestal while redeeming Michael Phelps. Now for the highs: Dana Vollmer set the women’s world record in the 100-meter butterfly and the U.S. won its first synchronized diving medal in history. Despite all the action, parent reactions, colorful commercials, and NBC’s overall coverage (including its lack of live broadcasts) provided the most entertainment and discussion fodder.

Keep your friends close, but your frenemies closer
Aly Raisman knocked reigning world champion Wieber out of the all-around gymnastics final, reinforcing the network’s theme of the night — these girls are each other’s best friends and biggest threats. From home videos of them training with each other as children to non-stop commentary about the pressure to compete against teammates, the stage was set for someone’s triumph to mark another’s downfall. READ FULL STORY

Olympics: Rowdy Gaines' Five races you don't want to miss in London

Tonight, the London Games  open (NBC, 7:30 p.m. ET), and tomorrow, the swimming competition begins. We asked three-time 1984 gold medalist Rowdy Gaines, who’ll be calling his sixth Olympics for NBC, to pick the five races you don’t want to miss. The times listed are when the finals will be streaming live on NBCOlympics.com before airing on NBC in primetime.

1. Men’s 400m IM (Sat., July 28, 2:30 p.m. ET): It’s the very first final on the very first day of competition, and it’s the two best swimmers on the planet — Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte — in the decathlon of swimming. It’s one of only two races that they’ll be swimming against each other. Everybody’s pointing at the 200 IM final on Aug. 2, but the 400 IM is the one I’m looking forward to because it will set the tone for the rest of the Olympics for both of these guys. If you’re gonna push me over a cliff… I think Ryan has the edge in the 400 IM and Michael has the edge in the 200 IM.


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