The 2012 Summer Olympics went out with last night’s star-studded, nostalgic Closing Ceremony. It’s been an emotional couple of weeks, welling up on a nightly basis while watching dreams come true from the comfort of our couches. To tie our Olympics coverage in a neat, hypnotizing bow, here’s a GIF wall of winners winning and inevitably treating us to victory dances, tears and triumphant cheers.
For those of you watching the Olympics for more than just the heat of the competition but also for the incredibly “fit” teams (we’ve been brushing up on our British slang), this post is for you! We love ourselves some hot athletes, and when they’re all on the same team, we’ll definitely be glued to our screens. Cue entrance for the gorgeous girls on the Netherlands’ field hockey team. The team plays on Tuesday against Japan, and we suggest you pencil them in! Yahoo! Sports has taken quite a liking to these girls as well.
Of course, you already know we can’t get enough of the impeccable (sorry) bods on the U.S. men’s swimming team. We have been loving all of the attention Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte have been getting on all of the top hottest athletes lists, but make your own decision while watching the team compete again this afternoon.
Then have a look at the beautiful men’s water polo team from Australia. If you didn’t see them today, make sure too watch them compete tomorrow morning — we can’t even comprehend the amount of strength and endurance it takes to bob and weave and throw and block around the pool like that, but we can understand the very nice results. Last but not least, are the gorgeous ladies of the U.S. women’s track and field team, who will start competing August 3. Check out their fan page for tons of photos and videos of these Olympians, and then take a minute or two to vote. May the most gush-worthy team win!
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There were four men who let it all hang out in 2008 — but only one could be crowned as the Best Wang. David Beckham, congrats. The competition didn’t even come close …
Scandalist mobile winner: David Beckham.
Saturday Night Live continues its sometimes-awkward tradition of allowing non-actors to host the show when Michael Phelps (pictured on NBC’s Today Show) takes over hosting duties for the September 13 season premiere. So … a coupla sketches about his 10,000 calorie breakfasts and testosterone-filled fist pumping and we can call it a day.
Phelps seems nice enough, but these athlete-hosting gigs usually aren’t the greatest — in recent years, LeBron James and Jonny Moseley have also hosted with less than amazing results. Then again, every time Robert De Niro visits, you’d think he’d be great but it’s a cringefest. Maybe Phelps will reveal himself to be a gifted comedian and prove to the world there’s nothing he can’t do. The premiere of the show will also feature the debut of a new cast member, New York local favorite, Bobby Moynihan. [Photo: Getty Images Sport]
For two weeks, our attention was turned to the Water Cube and the Bird’s Nest to watch the best athletes in the world compete in the Olympics. Each night, it was a couple hours of swimming or volleyball and then off to bed we went. It never dawned on us though what the Olympians themselves do after hours. Turns out, they do each other.
This information comes courtesy of Matthew Syed, a one-time Olympian-turned-commentator who regales those of us unable to be at the games with tales of medal-worthy horndoggery among the athletes. Syed tells the New York Post:
“Olympic athletes have to display an unnatural – and, it has to be said, wholly unhealthy – level of self-discipline in the build-up to big competitions. How else is this going to manifest itself than with a volcanic release of pent-up hedonism?. . .[It was] a common sight to see recently knocked-out athletes gorging on Magnums and McDonald’s, swilling alcohol and, of course, shagging like crazy.”
Basically, it sounds a lot like college, but with a lower percentage of body fat and no hacky-sackers. The romance du jour is between Michael Phelps and Australian swimmer Stephanie Rice, who were spotted sucking face last week after apparently false rumors circulated that he was getting it on with swimmer Amanda Beard and/or model Lily Donaldson.
Maybe Michael Phelps should stick to promoting beer pong. “Experts” are complaining that Michael Phelps’ endorsement of Frosted Flakes sends the wrong message to children. According to nutritionist Rebecca Solomon, “I would not consider Frosted Flakes the food of an Olympian. I would rather see him promoting Fiber One. I would rather see him promoting oatmeal. I would even rather see him promoting Cheerios.” Tell you what, Ms. Solomon. Why don’t you win yourself eight gold medals in one year and then tell Michael Phelps what you consider the food of an Olympian. Michael Phelps isn’t going to tell the obese children of America to eat their Fiber One. He’s going to eat a bowl of Frosted Flakes, swim a lap before you can say “three times the sugar than in Wheaties,” and give Tony The Tiger a high-five! Vitamin packed Frosted Flakes bring out the tiger in Michael Phelps! And you! [NY Daily News]
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Jennifer Lopez either has a great sense of humor or a completely diluted view of the world. According to a source from Good Morning American, it’s the latter. J.Lo, who talked about training for the 22nd Annual Malibu Triathlon during an appearance on the morning show yesterday, supposedly felt her athletic triumph was more newsworthy than “that swimmer,” eight-time gold medalist Michael Phelps.
The on-set source said, “She couldn’t come up with Phelps’ name, and then she yammered on about how she was the one training for a triathlon just six months after giving birth, and how that was the big story right now, not ‘the swimmer.’”
Talk about bringing home the gold! Beijing’s eight-time gold medalist, Michael Phelps, is rumored to be seeing two golden ladies: U.S. Swimmer Amanda Beard and British Fashion model Lily Donaldson. Donaldson is a top model and replaced Kate Moss as one of the faces for Burberry. He really can’t lose with either lady. In addition to being a world-class swimmer, Amanda has appeared on the sexy pages of Playboy. Before the 2004 Olympics, the charismatic 23-year-old said, “I haven’t got a girlfriend and I can’t do the kind of things all my friends are doing as college students.”
If the rumors are true (when would he have fit them both in?), then Phelps is making up for lost time. [Photos: Getty Images]
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Currently, the most important man in America is not Barack Obama, John McCain or Spencer Pratt – it is Michael Phelps, the beefy Olympic swimmer with giant ears that rival only his shoulder muscles in size. The entire country has tuned in to watch him pocket gold medals in Beijing, and his talent is obviously undeniable. Not to mention, he’s kinda hot in that attainable famous dude, sorta way. But is he also a pro at hurling ping pong balls into cups of keg beer? We came across this pic on a blog today that supposedly captures Phelps getting ready to conquer a serious round of beer pong. Not that he’s not allowed – the dude is 23-years old, and he already has a DUI under his belt that resulted in 18 months probation when he was 19-years old. It’s nice to know that Phelps may be involved in something even wilder than shaving all his body hair.
The pic has since been taken down, but we got it above. Does that look like the gold medal champ to you?
Left: Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps. Right: Star of The Office and every woman’s regular guy dream boyfriend, John Krasinski.
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