Last night, the Olympics reminded us that gymnasts are as close to superhuman as athletes get. Shawn Johnson, Nastia Liukin, Koko Tsurumi (Japan), Gabriela Dragoi (Romania), and Anna Pavlova (Russia) continuously defied both gravity and mortality as their heads came within inches of smacking the beam. While you’d assume the images after the jump precede a crash, nine out of 10 (the exception being when Tsurumi fell) were seconds before a solid landing. Prepare to be awed. [Photos: Getty Images]
When Leryn Franco glided into the Beijing National Stadium during the Olympic Opening Ceremony, the world’s collective head turned and its collective jaw dropped. No one knew the identity of the phenomenally beautiful athlete, and so the media went into overdrive to find out. Turns out that Leryn Franco is a 26-year-old Paraguayan javelin thrower, and (no duh!) a model. A runner-up in the 2006 Miss Paraguay competition, Leryn supposedly uses modeling to help subsidize her althletic endeavors. She was also in the 2004 Olympics.
Yesterday, Leryn finished second-to-last in the javelin qualifying round with a throw that was 12 meters short of her personal best. This makes her the Most Talked About Olympic Athlete Who Failed To Qualify For An Event.
P.S. As evidenced by the photos below, we clearly messed up by not including Leryn in our Top 10 Hottest Hotties of the 2008 Olympics.
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Jackie Warner‘s girlfriend Mimi Saraiva ate more than cake for Jackie’s birthday party in Los Angeles last night. The personal trainer and star of Bravo’s Work Out celebrated her 40th.
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Or should we say the hottest? Scandalist brings you yet another round of photos from Chris Brown and Rihanna vacationing in Barbados, where the “non-couple” swam in crystal blue water, cruised on Jet Skis, frolicked on rafts, and rode banana boats with unidentified friends. Oh, did we mention that Rihanna looked bangin’ in her bikini the whole time? Enjoy these summertime pics while you can: We have a feeling the R&B stars have dried off and are heading back to the States to pick up some Moonmen at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards on Sept. 7. Rihanna has been nominated for Best Female Video (Take A Bow) and Chris has been nominated for Best Male Video (With You) and Video of the Year (Forever). [Photos: Splash News Online]
British songstress, Lily Allen can add prizefighter to her resume. Allen is no stranger to partying, but the night usually ends with messy paparazzi shots of the singer unconscious and slung over a massive bodyguard. A braless Allen lived it up at London’s Groucho Club with outspoken TV presenter Miquita Oliver until almost midnight, then the duo strolled through Soho to Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club.
Things turned violent as they exited the Jazz club at 2:00am and a woman outside started to talk smack about the pop sensation. Lily decided actions speak louder than words and punched the woman three times. She only backed down after Oliver used colorful language to persuade her buddy to get in their car. We’ve all learned a very important lesson: Don’t mess with Lily Allen while she’s still sober enough to stand on her own two feet. [Photos: Splash News Online]
Despite the fact that the Jonas Brothers generate a lot of heat just being themselves, when they showed up yesterday to unveil their newly-sculpted wax alter egos at Madame Tussauds in Washington D.C., the only things melting were the fans. The figures were created to coincide with the release of the trio’s new album, Burnin’ Up and the fans showed up in droves to hug, cry on and flip out over them. In the gallery below, Nick Jonas gets all the love, while Joe Jonas poses politely and silently chastises his wax self for over-conditioning. [Photo: Getty Images]
We’ve been a little hard on Katie Holmes these days, what with the rolled husband jeans and and all. But these pics of her and Suri spending a Sunday in Manhattan together are too cute for words. We take back everything bad we’ve ever said (for a few minutes)! [Photos: WireImage]
A baby did a body good for Jessica Alba! Honor Marie‘s hot mama sent tongues wagging at the 2008 ALMA Awards in Pasadena, CA yesterday. See more of the post-baby bod below:
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Amy WInehouse is currently performing at the V Festival in the UK, and spent the first getting booed by the very wise fans. On day two Amy ranted at the audience, “You’re a really nuts crowd,” she slurred. “I’m not on drugs, honest. So boo you guys for yesterday.”
That wasn’t the only instance of Brits exhibiting brilliance when it comes to Wino. Metro reports today that in a recent survey of 3,500 UK peeps asking what famous people have popped up in their nightmares, Amy Winehouse came out on top! Check out the pics below of Amy at her most monstrous – is there any question as to why she scored top prize?
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Every gymnast – with their hair scrunchies and tiny, compact bodies – looks like a little kid, but some on the Chinese team might actually be just hitting puberty. Buzz is brewing that three members of the gold medal-winning group might be under the age of sixteen – the cutoff for gymnasts in the Olympics. Jiang Yuyuan, Yang Yilin and He Kexin are all currently under scrutiny in the press, and The Huffington Post has published documents seem to show at least one of them, He Kexin, is just fourteen years old. But what we here at Scandalist want to know is: Do you really need documents to determine that these kids are under sixteen? The girls as basically flaunting the proof. Let’s run it down for you:
- Sparkly, star-shaped hair clips.
- Candy-colored blue and pink eye shadow.
- Sparkly hair spray coating their tiny heads.
- In conclusion: sparkles.
Don’t believe us? Pour over the pics below. They’re babies, we tell you. Babies! Babies draped in gold medals!
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