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Gabby Douglas’ road to Olympic glory was far from easy.
The 16-year-old revealed to Oprah Winfrey on Sunday’s Oprah’s Next Chapter that she was often bullied and tormented – even at a local gym.
“One of my teammates was like, ‘Can you scrape the bar?’” Douglas recalled. “And they were like, ‘Why doesn’t Gabby do it, she’s our slave?’”
“I definitely felt isolated, I felt why am I deserving this? Is it because I’m black? Those thoughts would go through my mind,” said the champ.
The teasing got so bad that, at age 14, Gabby Douglas threatened to quit theMore >
Just call her Lord of the Olympic Rings.
Four-time swimming gold medalist Missy Franklin recently celebrated her historic efforts in London by getting a new tattoo. “All inked up! AHH! Can’t believe it! My one and only!” Tweeted the 17-year-old. Missy Franklin’s tattoo, obviously, is of …
Did Franklin’s parents not only approve, but accompany her to get it? JEAH!
“Hahaha yes they did!” the minor tweeted when asked, by fellow swimmer Matt McLean, if her parents had to go with. “They were very professional ”
Missy says this was a one-shot deal, and “never something I ever thought I wouldMore >
McKayla Maroney is not impressed by much.
She’s just hard to please … don’t blame a girl for having high expectations of herself and others. The Olympics’ funniest Internet meme continues today with the U.S. gymnastics standout still not impressed by various people and events.
Specifically, the Dwight Howard trade … the rest of the NBA may be shaking in its collective high-tops, but one sports star is so like, “Whatever.”
This is not to say that McKayla’s demanding standards are reserved for sports alone. She was equally unmoved by Kim Kardashian‘s wedding …
… and Paris Hilton’s newMore >
It took a last-second goal by Alex Morgan to send the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team into its Gold Medal matchup against Japan, but no such heroics were required to earn the Yanks a revenge-filled victory today:
Yes, we did! By a score of 2-1, America took down the team that shocked us in last summer’s World Cup finals.
Carli Lloyd scored in the eighth and 54th minutes of the game, with Yuki Ogimi netting a shot in the 63rd minute, and the U.S. held on for the prize it had been aiming for over the past two weeks.
An Olympic record crowd for women’s soccer (80,203) at Wembley Stadium watchedMore >
McKayla Maroney’s brutally honest, unmoved reaction after winning the silver medal and not the gold in the Olympic individual vault competition earlier this week has spawned a hilarious Internet meme starring the American gymnast.
If you missed it, here’s McKayla’s expression:
Hey, you can’t blame a girl for her high standards, or for wearing her heart (and look of disappointed apathy) on her sleeve. She just expects better.
This demanding philosophy extends to all facets of Maroney’s life, it turns out.
According to a new Tumblr created in honor of the exacting vault queen, McKayla isMore >
He did it in 2008 in Beijing.
Could Usain Bolt pull off the feat again in London?
A few days after his masterful performance in the 100 Meters, Usain Bolt took to the track again today and attempted to become the first sprinter in history to earn Gold in both the 100 and 200 in back-to-back Olympics. Read on to learn if he had reason to celebrate…
Bolt once again blew the field away, leading a Jamaican sweep of the top three spots by finishing in 19.32 seconds. Yohan Blake and Warren Weir took second and third, respectively.
The lightening quick athlete can now equal his performanceMore >
Misty May Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings took to the beach volleyball court in London today looking to accomplish a truly astounding feat:
Winning three consecutive Gold Medals, all while remaining undefeated overall in Olympic play – and only dropping a single set over the course of three Games.
Did the duo complete this goal? They took on the team of Jennifer Kessy and April Ross in the finals, meaning the podium would be filled with Stars and Stripes regardless of the outcome.
Stop reading now if you wish to watch that outcome unfold for yourself on NBC tonight…
They did it! TreanorMore >
Lolo Jones may be without an Olympic medal, but she is not without controversy or headlines.
The sprinter – who lost out on Gold in the 100-meter hurdles when she hit an obstacle on the home stretch and who then finished in fourth place by a tenth of a second yesterday – was the subject of a feature in The New York Times Sunday.
And it was far from flattering.
The article claimed that Jones “has decided she will be whatever anyone wants her to be – vixen, virgin, victim – to draw attention to herself and the many products she endorses,” referencing the fact that Jones has played up herMore >
The U.S. Women’s Soccer Team is poised for the rematch its been waiting for since last summer. But it took everything this team had to get there.
The Stars and Stripes overcame a hat trick by Christine Sinclair and defeated Canada 4-3 this afternoon, with the winning goal coming off a header by Alex Morgan three minutes into injury time.
Earlier in the game, Megan Rapinoe scored in the 54th and 70th minutes, while Abby Wambach tied the match in the 80th for the Americans.
Okay, there’s one thing more exciting than Alex Morgan nude pics.
Next up for the impressive squad? A Gold MedalMore >
Oscar Pistorius of South Africa may not have captured a medal at the London Olympics, but you’d be hard pressed to find a bigger winner at the games, or in life.
This photo surfacing Sunday on Twitter proves it 1,000 times over.
It’s an older image, but it resurfaced after Pistorius raced in the 400-meter semifinals. What Oscar Pistorius, a double amputee, did this week is immeasurable.
Because of him, Ellie Challs, the young girl he is seen racing here, can look up to a man who faced the same obstacles as her but refuse to accept limits:
Pistorius, nicknamed the Blade Runner after hisMore >
Michael Phelps is dating a 25-year old model named Megan Rossee.
How is this NOT the most pressing off-the-field-court/field/arena story of the 2012 London Olympics at the moment? Because Nick Delpopolo was given the boot from the Games after testing positive for marijuana.
And the U.S. judo team member hilariously claims it’s due to the accidental ingestion of a pot brownie.
Delpopolo was expelled from the Olympics last week, while his accreditation was stripped and his seventh place finish expunged. But the 23-year old swears he never meant to get high.
The dirty test was “caused by myMore >
It’s arguably the most anticipated event of every Summer Olympics, and the London 2012 edition did not disappoint.
With 2008 Gold Medal honoree and world record holder Usain Bolt looking to stave off competition from countryman Yohan Blake and U.S. sprinter Justin Gatlin, who came out on top of today’s 100-meter dash?
The reigning Olympic champion went back-to-back, setting a blistering pace and also an Olympic record with a ridiculous time of 9.63 seconds.
Blake came in second at 9.75 seconds and Gatlin earned Bronze with a time of 9.79.
The Fastest Man in the History of the WorldMore >
Andy Murray of Great Britain won an Olympic gold medal for the host country in tennis on Sunday, stunning top-ranked Roger Federer in straight sets.
The victory marked a career breakthrough for the 25-year-old Murray, who had lost all four of his previous Grand Slam finals, three against Federer.
Redemption came in the form of a 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 blowout.
Murray, who lost to Federer just last month in his bid to become the UK’s first Wimbledon champion in 76 years, dominated him on the same court today.
“I’ve had a lot of tough losses in my career,” the pride of Dunblane, Scotland said. “ThisMore >
… this is what goes up on YouTube.
THG NOTE: That’s Snezana Rodic, a long jumper from Slovenia.
THG NOTE #2: We have no idea how she did in the event. Chances are this guy and his flip cam weren’t interested in the result either. Chances are he has also never spoken with a woman without entering a credit card number.
Read the rest here: When Pervs Get Tickets to the Olympics …
Serena Williams can add one more achievement to her Hall of Fame resume: Olympic champion.
The 14-time Grand Slam winner won a major tournament on the hallowed grounds of Wimbledon for the second time this summer, destroying top-ranked Maria Sharapova in the Gold Medal match by a score of 6-0, 6-1.
It was the most lopsided women’s final in Olympic history.
Williams lost only 17 games across six matches and let out a scream and even did a little dance upon taking the decisive point.
“I don’t think I’ve ever danced like that,” she said afterward. “I don’t even know where the dance cameMore >