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Published: Fri, 23 Feb 2018 08:59:59 -0800

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Stunning Curve Model Kate Wasley Is the Body-Positive Role Model We Can't Get Enough Of

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 08:55:39 -0800

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When body-positive activist and curve model Kate Wasley landed on our radar, we couldn't get enough of her. Not only has she inspired us by tackling body-shaming towards all women and handling an unexpected viral moment like a badass, but she managed to earn a coveted spot in Sports Illustrated's 2018 Swimsuit Issue.

Although she's new to the scene, she's already being pegged to the likes of Ashley Graham and Hunter McGrady. From overcoming eating disorders to becoming a certified personal trainer and becoming the first-ever curve model for straight-size activewear brand Lorna Jane, this gal is already breaking barriers and inspiring us to be the healthiest and happiest versions of ourselves.

Ready to learn more about this gorgeous bombshell? Check out these 10 fun facts about the Australian model.




Prepare to Fall in Love With Olympic Figure Skating Powerhouse Adam Rippon

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 08:55:34 -0800

A post shared by Adam Rippon (@adaripp) on Dec 5, 2017 at 3:14am PST The countdown to the Winter Olympics has officially ended, and the time has arrived. One sport that I'm eagerly awaiting watching is figure skating. Aside from the lavish costumes and the pulsing music, there's nothing like watching figure skaters twist and turn on the ice. One competitor to keep an eye out for is Adam Rippon, who was an alternate for the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, who is headed to the world stage as a member of Team USA's lineup for the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. As you watch Adam take on the ice, here are the seven things you need to know about him. RelatedOlympic Figure Skater Nathan Chen Originally Wanted to Be Hockey Goalie He Is a Huge RuPaul Fan Adam may be one of the biggest RuPaul fans out there. He loves the show RuPaul's Drag Race and told NBC Olympics that he often sacrifices his nine-hour sleep schedule to stay up later and watch the show. Last chance workout: 2016 Edition A post shared by Adam Rippon (@adaripp) on Dec 31, 2016 at 12:55pm PST His Favorite Workout Is SoulCycle When Adam isn't training six to nine hours a day on the ice, he loves a good SoulCycle session. He says he loves tapping it back at SoulCycle, riding in the dark to club music, and being surrounded by candles. He Isn't Going to Be the Next Top Chef One thing Adam isn't a pro at is cooking. He calls himself a self-proclaimed cooking disaster, even though he sticks to making the basics. His go-to meal when his cooking skills fail him? That would be the classic breakfast cereal Honey Nut Cheerios. His Olympic Hero Is Aly Raisman Adam told NBC Olympics he adores Aly because after winning the gold in 2012, she came back in 2016 to become an even better gymnast. He says her story reminds him that if you set your mind to something, anything is possible. He also believes that in another life, he was a gymnast because he can do a pretty mean cartwheel. A post shared by Adam Rippon (@adaripp) on Dec 7, 2017 at 7:05pm PST His Biggest Rival Is Nathan Chen Adam's been training with Nathan for the past five years, so while he feels like Nathan is his little brother, he still considers him a rival. But sometimes competition is good, and Adam told NBC Olympics that Nathan pushes him to be unafraid and better than the day before. He Was Born Deaf Happy Halloween! #throwback to when I used to be Spider-Man A post shared by Adam Rippon (@adaripp) on Oct 31, 2015 at 7:56am PDT Adam told NBC Olympics he was born deaf and underwent corrective surgery at Yale University just before his first birthday, allowing him to hear almost perfectly. He Has Choreographed Famous Routines In addition to coming up with some of his own routines, Adam has choreographed skating programs for fellow Team USA athletes Mirai Nagasu, Ashley Wagner, and Christina Gao. To learn more about Adam, visit TeamUSA.org. The Winter Olympics air live beginning Feb. 8. [...]



Doctors Explain the Risks and Benefits of Taking Aspirin Every Day

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 08:55:03 -0800

Many of us occasionally take a dose of aspirin to ease the pain of a miserable headache, cramps, or body ache. Aspirin is a blessing when we desperately need some pain relief to power through the workday, but there is such a thing as too much of a good thing - and that's why experts say it's key to consult with your doctor before you begin taking aspirin every day. Sandi Elman, PharmD and clinical pharmacist at Atrius Health, told POPSUGAR that the most common reason for daily aspirin use is to prevent a heart attack or stroke. "Most heart attacks and strokes occur when the blood supply to the heart or the brain becomes blocked by a blood clot," she explained. "Blood clots can form when too many platelets stick and clump together in a blood vessel. Aspirin works to reduce blood clot formation by helping to prevent too many platelets from sticking or clumping together." RelatedNo, Doctors Say It's Not Safe to Mix Aspirin and Ibuprofen Dr. Sonia Patel, chief pharmacist at Capsule, said that the US Preventative Services Task Force recommends a daily dose of aspirin to help protect against heart disease in women ages 55 to 79. "Aspirin can also be recommended even earlier for people who already have heart disease or have had a stroke," Patel noted, but it's "rarely [recommended] for healthy individuals under 40." Like every other medication, there are risks and benefits to taking aspirin every day - and both should be taken into account when making a decision about whether or not to add it to your daily regimen. Amnon Beniaminovitz, MD, a cardiologist at Manhattan Cardiology in New York City, said that although aspirin is safe for daily use, it should only be taken if your doctor determines that the positives outweigh the risk of bleeding. "It's not a good idea to take a medication if it's not necessary. [In some cases], the risk of bleeding can outweigh the benefits of stroke and heart attack prevention," Beniaminovitz explained. Elman shares this view and explained that, despite its benefits, aspirin isn't a harmless drug. "Because it thins the blood, aspirin can increase the risk for bleeding, most commonly in the stomach, and occasionally in the brain," she told POPSUGAR. Elman said that individuals with a history of ulcers, liver disease, or high blood pressure are at an increased risk of bleeding due to aspirin. And people who already take medications that can increase bleeding risk (such as warfarin, Eliquis, Xarelto, Pradaxa, ibuprofen, or naproxen) should be aware that aspirin compounds this risk. RelatedAspirin Could Actually Be the Culprit of Your Pain - Here Are Signs You're Allergic Elman, Patel, and Beniaminovitz all emphasized the importance of consulting with your doctor before you begin taking aspirin daily. "Before starting aspirin, it is important to speak with your primary care clinician and avoid simply starting daily aspirin therapy on your own," Elman said. "You and your clinician should discuss whether aspirin's benefits outweigh its risks - a decision that is unique for each person." She explained that, for people who don't have cardiovascular disease, the decision to take aspirin is "less obvious and must include a careful look at your estimated cardiovascular risk, age, personal preferences, and risk factors for bleeding." Elman also noted that if you've been previously advised by a doctor to take daily aspirin, it's equally important to consult with them before you stop taking it. Your doctor should also be involved in determining the appropriate daily dosage. "Your doctor will discuss what dose is right for you," Beniaminovitz told POPSUGAR. "[Doctors] will usually prescribe a daily dose anywhere from 81 milligrams - the amount in an adult low-dose aspirin - to 325 milligrams, a regular-strength tablet." If you suffer from chronic pain or daily migraines, you may find yourself taking aspirin on a daily basis. But given what experts have told us about the bleeding risk, this is probably not the best course of action. Furthermo[...]



Just Breathe: 10 Amazing Yoga Retreats From Around the World

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 08:50:13 -0800

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There are times when life hurts . . . a lot. There are times when things get out of hand. There are times when you feel like you're spinning out of control and need to realign your center. That's when a yoga retreat can come in handy.

Whether you do yoga on a regular basis or not, the practice can help detox, debloat, and ease tension in certain parts of the body. It can also help build core strength, de-stress the mind, and relieve the effects of those stresses in the body.

Keep in mind that yoga retreats are usually set in stunning settings - from tropical rainforests to sandy beaches with inviting sunsets - that can put your mind, body, and soul at ease. Here are 10 yoga retreats from around the world to visit when it's time for a break.




How Is Figure Skating Scored? Here's a Handy Breakdown

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 08:50:04 -0800

Figure skating is bringing us many delights in 2018, including Starr Andrews performing to the sound of her own voice and graceful Adam Rippon skating his heart out as the first openly gay athlete to qualify for the US Winter Olympics team. One thing it hasn't necessarily brought is understanding about judging and scoring of the sport, nor did the 2014 Winter Olympics really illuminate that. Because judging has been a source of controversy for decades now, the rules were changed back in 2002 - but while that brought more fairness to the sport, it did not bring more clarity. If you want to enjoy the sport, it helps to understand the scoring. Here's how it works. A Fairer Way to Judge Figure Skaters Formerly, figure skaters were judged on a purely objective basis. Now, explains UT Austin, they're judged on a 60 percent subjective, 40 percent objective model. There are two panels of judges: a three-person technical panel that carefully reviews all moves in the program and assigns a flat score based on technical proficiency and a nine-person judging panel that adds in the subjective element. How the Judging Works The technical panel is responsible for tallying the number of elements and how well each was executed. Each element is assigned a base score according to difficulty. When a skater attempts one of these elements during a program, the judging panel takes the base points that have been assigned to an element, and based on how the trick is executed, give it +3 or -3 points from there. These are Grades of Execution (GOEs). So just because a skater attempts an element with a high base score, it doesn't mean they'll get all the base points if they fall or make a misstep. This results in an objective/subjective score for each element, called the Total Element Score (TES). The judging panel is responsible for another element of scoring as well: the entire program, which results in the Program Components Score (PCS). This is where the judges rate the routine as a whole, out of a possible 10.0 points. Judges factor in skating skills, transitions, performance, composition, and interpretation. Balancing the Scores The total scores from all judges for both the TES and the PCS are then fed into a computer, where seven of the nine are randomly selected. Then the top and bottom scores are discarded, leaving five Total Element Scores and five Program Components Scores. The Program Components Scores are added up and divided by five to give an average score out of 10. It's then multiplied by a predetermined factor (by event) to weigh it more evenly with the Total Element Score. The two sets of scores are combined to give the final score, called the Total Segment Score. Skaters can also lose points here for time limit violations, illegal elements, costume problems, falls, or interruptions in their program. To learn an even more detailed breakdown of how scores are determined, NBC Olympics has an entire guide. Subjectivity remains, of course, and controversy over Olympic scoring continues to bubble up, but at least this scoring system brings an element of objectivity that benefits skaters and sport alike. Doubtless the Olympics will continue to surprise and amaze us as they bring more clarity, more equality, and more light to athletics and the world as a whole. - Additional reporting by Hedy Phillips [...]



Seconds, Please! This Study Suggests Counting Calories Actually Isn't Effective For Weight Loss

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 08:50:03 -0800

Time and time again, the phrase "counting calories" comes up while discussing weight-loss tips, but new research is about to totally change the conversation surrounding the common dieting habit. A study recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that the key to losing weight is actually the quality of the calories you're consuming, not the quantity. The findings showed that those who ate fewer refined grains, added sugars, and processed foods - and more vegetables and whole foods - dropped substantial amounts of weight without meticulously tracking calorie intake or obsessively controlling portions. Christopher D. Gardner, the director of nutrition studies at the Stanford Prevention Research Center, led the study, which followed 609 overweight adults over a 12-month period to examine whether a healthy low-carbohydrate (HLC) diet or healthy low-fat (HLF) diet was more effective for weight loss. Participants in the HLC group were instructed to eat foods such as salmon, avocados, veggies, nut butters, hard cheeses, and grass-fed animal foods, while those in the HLF group were told to consume items like barley, steel-cut oats, lean meats, brown quinoa, fresh fruit, and low-fat dairy products. RelatedWe Asked an Expert How Many Calories You Need in a Day, and the Answer May Surprise You "We told everybody they should buy whole foods. Nobody should have foods with refined sugar. They suck," Dr. Gardner told NBC News. "We really stressed to both groups again and again that we wanted them to eat high-quality foods. We said, 'Don't go out and buy a low-fat brownie just because it says low fat. And those low-carb chips - don't buy them, because they're still chips and that's gaming the system.'" "Also, we advised them to diet in a way that didn't make them feel hungry or deprived - otherwise it's hard to maintain the diet in the long run. The unique thing is that we didn't ever set a number for them to follow," Gardner told The New York Times of how participants were instructed to avoid counting calories and instead simply focus on eating as much as they needed to avoid those midday hunger pangs. Translation: sayonara, calorie-tracking journal! RelatedWhether You Want to Lose Fat or Gain Muscle, Your Diet Needs This 1 Thing During the study timeline, participants engaged in health education classes to learn about food and were encouraged to engage in regular physical activities and cook their meals at home. At the end of the 12-month period, people in the HLF group lost an average of 11.7 pounds, while those in the HLC group lost a bit more than 13 pounds on average, and a few outliers lost as much as 60 pounds. What's more is that individuals in both groups also improved in other factors of health, with some reducing their overall body fat, lowering their blood sugar, and decreasing their waist size. The bottom line: it's far more beneficial in the long run to eat "nutrient-dense, minimally processed whole foods" than it is to meticulously count calories. If you're trying to drop some pounds, we have a handful of other non-counting-calories diet tips to get you started. [...]



Mirai Nagasu Made History, but the Internet Can't Stop Talking About What's on Her Leg

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 08:45:35 -0800

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Oh yes she did! Mirai Nagasu had the world in complete awe when she became the first American woman to land a triple axel at the Olympics. It's an unbelievable accomplishment. When speaking about the impressive move, the 24-year-old figure skater shared that she was "so nervous" but absolutely nailed it. After viewers took a minute to pick their jaws off the floor and replay the clip multiple times, they were totally confused about what was on Mirai's leg.

No, it's not a patriotic tattoo, nor is it a bruise or anything "rebellious," as one Twitter user wondered. Under her tights, she had kinesiology tape emblazoned with "USA" on her inner thigh. The tape compresses muscles during movement and also provides "pain relief, stability, and support" for a whole slew of muscular injuries. It's often worn by athletes and even sometimes by pregnant women! Mirai wore the KT Tape Pro USA ($20), which is available in black, blue, or red.

We're sorry, y'all, no tattoo, but let's be real: she just successfully landed one of the most difficult figure skating tricks. Does she really need a tattoo to be considered a badass? Definitely not. Read on to see some of the most confused reactions to Mirai's therapeutic tape, and make sure you don't miss any of the excitement with the full figure skating schedule at the 2018 Winter Olympics.




Bet You Can't Guess Which Other Sport Figure Skater Johnny Weir Almost Chose Instead

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 08:45:35 -0800

The 2018 Winter Olympics are officially underway, and the only thing colder than the ice in Pyeongchang, South Korea, is Johnny Weir's sassy one-liners. His saucy commentary with Tara Lipinski quickly went viral, but that's to be expected with Johnny. Love him or hate him, you have to admit he's entertaining. This former Olympic figure skater always gives you something to talk about. Read on for five fun facts about Johnny. A post shared by ℃OHNNY WEIR (@johnnygweir) on Dec 15, 2017 at 11:34am PST He Is Legendary For Throwing Shade "There's no one more judgmental than an ice skater," Weir said at the beginning of his Olympics broadcast on Feb. 8. At least he's being honest - maybe too honest? After Nathan Chen's fall, the former Olympian didn't hold back, calling it "the worst short program I've ever seen from Nathan Chen." Cold as ice, indeed. RelatedAshley Wagner Just Shocked Figure Skating Fans by Showing Up to the Olympics He Is Gaga For Lady Gaga Johnny is a confessed superfan of the singer/songwriter, and the similarities between the two are hard to deny. Johnny is quite the fashion plate, and whether you agree with his sartorial decisions or not, he always makes a bold statement - just like his icon, Lady Gaga. They both live to thrill and shock (with their wardrobes in particular), are both mega talented, and are unafraid of pursuing their own unconventional styles. Johnny even paid tribute to Mother Monster in a rousing skate to her hit "Poker Face." He Grew Up Ice Skating in a Cornfield Johnny grew up in Amish country in Coatesville, PA, and taught himself how to skate on the frozen cornfields in his backyard. RelatedThe Weirdest - and Most Amazing - Figure Skating Music Choices You'll See at the Olympics Off to work! Thank you @sofitelnyc for a great rest before my shoot today! Can't wait to crawl back into bed tonight! 塔 | @sofitelnyc @sofitelnorthamerica @sofitel | #hotcar #work #wanderlust A post shared by ℃OHNNY WEIR (@johnnygweir) on Oct 11, 2017 at 8:25am PDT He Hosts The National Dog Show With Tara Lipinski The dog-lover hosted The National Dog Show this past Thanksgiving with fellow Olympian Tara Lipinski, where his one-liners took on a more canine angle. RelatedHere's When Every Single Olympic Figure Skating Event Is Taking Place He Was Almost an Equestrian Instead of a Figure Skater It's safe to say Johnny loves horses, too. He was an avid equestrian growing up until he had to make the tough decision between figure skating and riding. Thankfully, he chose a career on ice, instead - where would figure skating be without him? To hear more from Johnny, tune in to his live coverage in Pyeongchang. The Winter Olympics air live on NBC beginning Feb. 8. Olympic Spirit | @taralipinski | #winterolympics #korea #style A post shared by ℃OHNNY WEIR (@johnnygweir) on Jan 29, 2018 at 12:40am PST [...]



Karen Chen's Figure Skating Inspiration Is Another Olympian We All Know and Love

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 08:45:34 -0800

Smiling 'cause "fails" are literally just bruises; painful at first, but then it subsides, anddd the best part is that it can't last forever right? #SmileNoMatterWhat #BetterAlready A post shared by Karen Chen (@karebearsk8) on Aug 6, 2017 at 6:57pm PDT Karen Chen, an 18-year-old figure skater from Fremont, CA, has been skating since she was 4. Now, she is taking the ice with Team USA's figure skating team in Pyeongchang, South Korea. So what should you know about the first-time Olympian? We found seven fun facts. RelatedMeet the Adorable Team USA Brother-Sister Duo Going For the Gold in Ice Dancing She's a Published Author Not only can she skate, but she can also string words together. A lot of words. Chen is the author of Finding The Edge: My Life On Ice, a book about her quest to become a champion figure skater. She Has a Good Luck Charm Chen wears a jade rabbit around her neck both on and off the ice. The necklace, her zodiac sign, was a gift from her mother. She Has a Famous Friend Chen has worked with famed figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi. "Kristi has been my source of inspiration and role model," she said about the skater on her Instagram. The duo met when Chen was 12. Had such an wonderful time reading to the kindergarteners here! Thank you @kristiyamaguchi for inviting me and thank you Glenmoor Elementary School for having us! #AlwaysDreamFoundation #AlwaysReading #LiteracyProgram A post shared by Karen Chen (@karebearsk8) on May 12, 2017 at 12:37pm PDT She Qualified . . . While She Was Sick Chen came down with the flu the week of the qualifying events. But she rallied and took the third spot on Team USA along with Bradie Tennell and Mirai Nagasu. A nickname I had low key despised and now I high key embrace.. Feel free to comment and share your nickname(s) below! 領儭 #Gift : @jeffreyonskates A post shared by Karen Chen (@karebearsk8) on Jan 12, 2018 at 11:29am PST She's Not the Only Skater in the Family Chen's younger brother, Jeffrey, is also a figure skater. The duo skated together in the past and have won multiple competitions. RelatedMeet the First Black Woman to Qualify For the US Olympic Long-Track Speed Skating Team She Holds a Record Chen's short program score at Nationals in 2017 was the highest ever recorded in ladies' figure skating at the US Championships. She Knows Multiple Languages According to NBC's Team USA profile, Chen can fluently speak Mandarin Chinese and can also understand Taiwanese. To learn more, visit Team USA. The Winter Olympics will air live beginning Feb. 8. [...]



14 Delicious Breakfasts That Require No Cooking Whatsoever

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 08:45:29 -0800

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At the risk of sounding like a broken record, we're here to remind you that breakfast is an important meal of the day. But who has the time to create picture-worthy creations morning in and morning out, are we right? We understand that when you're rushing out the door, you need something that you can easily transport, requires minimal morning prep, and won't leave your kitchen a mess. We've rounded up a variety of healthful options you can either prepare in a pinch or well ahead of time, from fruity smoothies to protein-packed bowls and different kinds of toast. We won't blame you if you're dreaming about breakfast before you even wake up.




Beef-Lovers, Rejoice: These Keto Recipes Don't Skimp on Flavor

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 08:45:25 -0800

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With the start of any new weight-loss-focused diet comes the dread of potentially having to give up your favorite foods. But if you've been on the fence about going keto, fear not. This versatile low-carb, high-fat diet has plenty of room for your favorite staples, and beef dishes are no exception. Here are 10 keto-approved recipe options with your favorite protein, from tacos to soups and steaks.




We Asked an Expert How Many Calories You Need in a Day, and the Answer May Surprise You

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 08:45:13 -0800

If you asked 10 people how many calories you should eat in a day, you would probably get 10 different responses (and be even more confused than when you started). It's not an easy question, yet everyone seems to think they know the answer. Instead of turning to an online macro calculator or fitspo Instagrammer, I took this question straight to an expert, Dr. Preeya Alexander. Dr. Alexander, also known as The Wholesome Doctor, is an Australia-based general practitioner who is passionate about prevention and enjoys a glass of wine with her healthy meals every once in a while. She gave me the lowdown on how to really figure out how many calories you need in a day, and her answers may surprise you. Is There Really a Baseline For Daily Calorie Intake? If you've ever picked up a fitness magazine, you've probably seen headlines like "Eat 1,200 Calories a Day to Lose Weight Quick!" or "1,200 Calorie Jump-Start Diet." According to Dr. Alexander, however, there is no certain calorie intake that is right for everyone; how many calories you need varies based on a number of factors (so please don't fall for those lose-weight-quick starvation diets). RelatedThe Unexpected Truth I Had to Confront After Counting Calories For a Month In medicine, energy is often measured in kilojoules (as opposed to calories), and 8,700 kJ per day is a common baseline. This is roughly the equivalent of 2,000 calories per day, a higher number than you might expect. The mistake so many of us make, though, is thinking of food intake only in terms of weight loss or weight gain. The food we eat does so much more than that - we need the nutrients from food to fuel every single thing happening in our bodies all day long. This includes things typically associated with food like digestion and energy for exercise but also for hormone production, brain function, disease prevention, and countless other processes. How Do You Know If You Are Eating the Right Amount of Calories For You? How many calories you need in a day can vary quite a bit based on your age, sex, and level of physical activity. According to Dr. Alexander, there are many factors that can make that baseline number go up or down. Children and teens, for example, "require extra energy to grow and develop," she said. Men typically need more calories than women because they have more muscle mass, and, according to her, muscle requires energy to function. No matter your sex, the more physically active you are, the more calories you need to replace the energy you burn during exercise (or a physically demanding job). Pregnant and breastfeeding women also need additional calories to support the growth of their baby and milk production. Related4 Ways to Burn Even More Calories in Your Workout In order to know if you are truly getting the calories you need, Dr. Alexander recommends you look at a few key factors: Do you have enough energy to complete your daily tasks? Are your blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol numbers at healthy levels? Is your weight within a healthy range? If you're not sure, getting the answers to these questions is as easy as scheduling a wellness exam with your general practitioner. They can help you determine if your calorie intake is right for your needs and lifestyle. What If You Are Trying to Lose Weight? Oddly enough, Dr. Alexander advises her patients to take the focus away from calories and instead look to food quality and upping their physical activity. She said, "It can become an obsessive counting ritual. . . . So I often try to focus on how to change their diet to make it healthier while bumping up their physical activity." Eating healthy whole foods tends to slightly decrease calorie intake (a handful of almonds is certainly more nutritious than a handful of marshm[...]



We Need to Talk About These Veteran Figure Skaters Kicking Ass at the Olympics

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 08:45:03 -0800

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Every Olympics, the buzz is always focused around the young, up-and-coming athletes whose youth is seemingly at odds with their extreme skills, especially in figure skating. These Games are no exception, with still-teenage Americans Nathan Chen and Vincent Zhou and Russians Evgenia Medvedeva and Alina Zagitova stealing the spotlight, while skaters in their early 20s are medal favorites in all disciplines. But in the team event, it was the seasoned veterans who stole the show. To get to know them a little better, keep reading.




If You've Had Enough of Your Growling Stomach, Here's How to Stop It

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 08:40:25 -0800

Most of the time, a little grumbling and gurgling in your belly are totally normal, but that doesn't make it any less awkward when the growling interrupts a romantic date or an important presentation at work. You may think the obvious answer is just to eat something, but we've got a few tips that'll help quiet your rumbling tummy and maybe even stop it before it starts. 1. Slow Down When You Eat Katherine Mounce, a Cincinnati-based registered dietitian, passed along some helpful advice so you can put a stop to stomach growling. Her top tip: "Eat more slowly." When you eat in a rested, relaxed state (instead of absentmindedly scarfing down your dinner in the middle of your latest Netflix binge), your body has time to properly digest your food, which may help to quiet some of the noises that take place while your food is passing through the digestive system. RelatedWhere Does That Rumbling in Your Tummy Really Come From? 2. Take in Less Air An added benefit to chewing your food slowly is to avoid swallowing air. Mounce said, "Also, avoid talking and eating at the same time, chewing with your mouth open, and chewing gum." Excess air in your stomach and intestines can contribute to the rumblings you hear, and following these practices on a regular basis can help to minimize the noise. 3. Eat the Right Things at the Right Time When it comes to stomach growling, the biggest culprit is probably hunger. "If you find that you are becoming hungry (and noisy!) at a particular time of day on a regular basis, you might not be eating enough or eating the right balance of foods at the prior meal." If your stomach is causing an uproar due to hunger, Mounce advises that you "consider eating some source of protein and/or fat at that meal, as these components promote satiety (a fancy word for fullness)." RelatedWhy Digestion Is Messed Up During Your Period 4. Just Say No to Certain Foods This one may seem obvious, but if there are particular foods that always tend to make you feel gassy or bloated after you eat them, then it's probably time to say goodbye to those foods for good (or at least cut way back). Mounce warns that common culprits are "high-fat foods, foods with alternative or artificial sweeteners, dairy, caffeine, and even alcohol." It depends on the reason for your digestive distress (anything from IBS to celiac disease to lactose intolerance), which is why there isn't one certain list of foods to stay away from. What causes your stomach to grumble and growl may be different from what affects someone else, so you have to take the time to pay attention to how certain foods make you feel. If you are experiencing other symptoms that make you feel your condition may be more serious than just a little stomach noise, be sure to see your doctor so they can help you determine which foods to eliminate, as well as any other healing protocols. [...]



Demi Lovato Has Officially "Given Up Dieting," and This Is How It's Changed Her Life

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 08:40:04 -0800

Demi Lovato has had enough! The 25-year-old singer has become a source of inspiration for just about anyone struggling with body image in the modern day. Maybe it's her openness about her inner battles on social media or those empowering bathing suit photos, but Demi's transparency about her own past struggles with an eating disorder has given so many people the strength to conquer their own demons. Her latest move? Demi has given up dieting, and after a time of New Year's resolutions and unrealistic body standards all over social media, she's hoping to encourage people to do the same. Back in January, after a triggering photo shoot, she decided that was it. "No longer depriving myself of treats (in moderation) and I'm not gonna lie, I put on a couple lbs since I've give up dieting BUT I've given up the chronic stress of what I eat because I don't want to set that example for my fans. No more food shaming myself!!" she wrote on Twitter. Feeling gross today at a photo shoot but I'm choosing to accept what I see because I love myself for who I am and your love and support gets me through moments like this. if you're struggling as well, don't forget.. if I can do it, you can too! - Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) January 19, 2018 No longer depriving myself of treats (in moderation) and I'm not gonna lie, I put on a couple lbs since I've given up dieting BUT I've given up the chronic stress of what I eat because I don't want to set that example for my fans. No more food shaming myself!! - Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) January 19, 2018 Diets aren't supposed to last forever, healthy lifestyles are. #recovery - Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) February 4, 2018 RelatedThe Inspiring Way Demi Lovato Will Put Mental Health at the Center of Her Next Tour Now that it's been almost a month since she gave up the agonizing emotional battle that is dieting, Demi's seeing a huge change in herself, and it has nothing to do with weight. "It's a daily battle," she told People. "Some days I feel great and some days I don't feel great. And sometimes it's periods of times. I stopped dieting and have gained a little weight so it's been a struggle but at the same time, I'm happier because I'm not restricting myself from certain foods and I'm no longer food shaming myself." She added, "I think that's something in our society we get caught up in diet culture. Every commercial on TV is either about a weight loss pill or piece of fitness equipment or it's all food-based. As someone recovering from a food disorder, it's something that I want to put out there that you don't have to diet in order to be happy. I don't think I've heard that message out there in the public and of course, it's important to be healthy and everything in moderation is fine." Related23 of Demi Lovato's Most Body-Positive and Confident Workout Pictures Demi explained that resolutions can be especially troublesome for individuals recovering from an eating disorder "because everything is about weight loss. It's really important that there's somebody out there to speak up and say, 'Hey your weight doesn't define your self-worth and it definitely doesn't define your beauty inside and out.'" And once again, her powerful words are providing a huge sense of comfort to anyone who can relate. She understands that her recovery is not something that's achieved overnight but is a constant progress. "I work towards a better life and I'm definitely in a great place." [...]



Team USA Olympic Winners Got a Raise This Year, but Their Paychecks May Still Surprise You

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 08:40:03 -0800

How much is gold worth? If it comes in the form of an Olympic medal at the Winter or Summer Games, you might be surprised to learn that the answer is not that much. Knowing that, you'd be less shocked to hear that the same goes for silver and bronze winners at the world's most elite athletic competitions. With just a few days left in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, we decided to take a look at what kind of paychecks Team USA members will be bringing home and how that compares to how well other countries pay their Olympic athletes. Team USA US Olympic athletes get a check from the US Olympic Committee (USOC) if they take home a medal in either the Winter or Summer Games. The payment program is called "Operation Gold," and this year, its checks got a little heftier. The USOC will fork over $37,000 for each gold medal, $22,500 for each silver, and $15,000 for each bronze medal win. (Paralympic winners will also now earn $7,500 for gold, $5,250 for silver, and $3,750 for bronze medals.) These numbers are set through the 2020 Summer Games, which will be held in Tokyo. RelatedTry to Keep Your Cool: 13 Hot and Shirtless Olympic Snowboarders In 2016 at the Rio de Janeiro Summer Games in Brazil, the amounts paid to Olympic winners were much lower, at $25,000 for gold, $15,000 for silver, and $10,000 for bronze. Unfortunately, if you win a team medal, like the US ice dancing team, who earned bronze collectively in South Korea, each person on the team has to split the prize money. Individual winners, though, like 17-year-old Redmond Gerard, who earned the first gold of this year's Winter Games in slopestyle snowboarding, get to keep the full amount for themselves. These amounts are in addition to the actual value of the medal handed out. A gold medal is estimated to appraise at $600, and the silver comes in at $300. The bronze is apparently worth much less than that by itself. Hopefully, though, none of our athletes has to hock their hardware to make ends meet! But if you don't win, you're entitled to nothing but a handshake and a "See ya later!" from the USOC. RelatedFrom "Dope" to "Minnie Mouse Wouldn't Even Wear This Sh*t," Leslie Jones Talks Olympic Skater Outfits How Others Countries Compare The US ranks ninth overall when it comes to compensating its Olympic athletes, according to Money Under 30. Singapore takes the cake for the biggest payday, offering its winners $1 million for a gold medal, $500,000 for silver, and $250,000 for bronze. This year marked the country's first appearance at the Winter Games, but it didn't medal in its single entered event, so no one will be collecting any of these generous amounts. Indonesia is a close second to Singapore, awarding its winners $746,000 for gold, $378,000 for silver, and $188,000 for bronze. RelatedWe Need to Talk About These Veteran Figure Skaters Kicking Ass at the Olympics Italy, Russia, and France also top the US with medal payouts, although it's not clear how that will work this year, since Russian athletes could not officially compete under their country's flag. Italy ranks fifth, with considerably higher payments of $166,000 for gold, $88,000 for silver, and $55,000 for bronze. Russia is seventh, and France beats us out at eighth, but by not nearly as much as the rest of the top nations. Russia, again if it even pays out its team competing as "Olympic Athletes From Russia," will spend $61,000 for each gold, $38,000 for each silver, and $26,000 for each bronze. France will cut checks for $55,000, $22,000, and $14,000 for its respective winners. The USOC pays more than our neighbors to the north, by about double. Canada ranks 12th with it[...]



Make Your February a Little Healthier and Happier With These Editor-Curated Products

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 08:35:09 -0800

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We're officially in the swing of 2018! Whether you're working toward new fitness goals or you're investing more energy in self-care this year, we know how hard it can be to find the time to get everything done. We've rounded up our favorite items to help you get there, from protein powder to sneakers to essential oils. You won't be able to resist these health and wellness picks! There's something for everyone, so let's get shopping.




OMG: Our Jazz Hands Can't Handle This Swingy Figure Skating Routine to "Wonderwall"

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 08:35:04 -0800

type="text/html" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/nTBtRutT2LE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Whether it's the 1987 version of Dirty Dancing, or the original Gilmore Girls series, there are some things in life that are best left as is. Things to add to that list: the 1995 version of "Wonderwall." On Thursday, German figure skater Paul Fentz made his debut at the 2018 Winter Olympics performing to a very jazzy version of the Oasis hit, and our ears were left totally confused. RelatedHere's When Every Single Olympic Figure Skating Event Is Taking Place The 25-year-old skater scored a 66.32, but even after a few falls, it was the music that people couldn't stop talking about. Paul Anka's jazz version of the song had some people calling Fentz a "genius" and others calling the routine "a crime." Well, looks like we have a new song to add to the list of weirdest figure skating music at the Olympics. RelatedMeet the 14 Figure Skaters Representing Team USA at the Winter Olympics Watch the video from the German skater's performance of the routine at the European Championships last month above (the same routine he performed during the Olympics), then check out the polarized reactions to both the song and his routine ahead. So far in these Olympic Games, both a jazz rendition of "wonderwall" and a male cover of "1,000 years" have been played...clearly the motto is "bold moves only" in pyeong chang - Claire Kudika (@clurkudi) February 9, 2018 an idiot: i want some instrumental music for my skate routinethis genius: get me A JAZZ WONDERWALL COVER - curling. (@EpicK8lin) February 9, 2018 Thank goodness for Olympic figure skating, otherwise I never would've heard that Paul Anka cover of "Wonderwall" - Vince Mancini (@Filmdrunk) February 9, 2018 Me: (gets on Twitter)Twitter: JAZZ COVER OF WONDERWALLMe: (leaves Twitter) - Kat Pointing at the WrestleMania Sign (@KattyCorner) February 9, 2018 Someone at the Olympics is skating to a Harry Connick-like version of Wonderwall and even if you hate Oasis this is a crime. - Sigh Hersh (@Ugarles) February 9, 2018 I'M SORRY THERE'S A JAZZ VERSION OF WONDERWALL !?? Is there no hope for humanity pic.twitter.com/jZdc6TCUkY - gillian (@brotatoee) February 9, 2018 Play this version of Wonderwall in the lobby of my funeral. - Jesse Marshall (@jmarshfof) February 9, 2018 There's a German guy who keeps falling as he's skating to a swing version of Wonderwall. This whole routine is full of bad choices #WinterOlympics - Cliff Clinton (@CliffClinton) February 9, 2018 you: there's no reason to watch the Olympics before the opening ceremonyme, an intellectual: a German man wearing suspenders skated to a swing jazz cover of Wonderwall - Josh Billinson (@jbillinson) February 9, 2018 Uhhhh. Am I the only one who enjoyed that swing rendition of Wonderwall?? lol #Olympics #WinterGames2018 pic.twitter.com/fXQvBrcMuG - Julia Sugarbaker (@Ellevos86) February 9, 2018 I was just about to be like "who really cares maybe I won't watch the Olympics" but then I turned on the tv and THIS DUDE IS WEARING LAVENDER SUSPENDERS ICE SKATING TO A SWING JAZZ VERSION OF WONDERWALL - Megan Crepeau (@crepeau) February 9, 2018 [...]



22 Decadent Treats That Are Actually Healthy

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 08:30:19 -0800

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Even though we all have the best intentions of eating healthy, we all know that baking creative and yummy desserts is such a fun thing to do, whether it's a fun batch of cookies or various rich and creamy treats. Luckily, you don't always have to sacrifice health for flavor and decadence. We've rounded up 22 delicious treats, many of them vegan, for you to have your pick from. Enjoy!




You Should Recognize the Figure Skating Commentators - They ARE Former Olympians

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 08:30:06 -0800

A post shared by TARA & JOHNNY (@taraandjohnny) on May 28, 2016 at 9:44pm PDT The figure skating commentators at this year's Winter Olympics at Pyeongchang, South Korea, are best friends (and former Olympians) Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir. Both figure skaters have competed for the gold in the past. Tara won a gold medal at the 1998 Olympics in Japan, while Johnny famously paid homage to his idol in his 2010 routine to Lady Gaga's "Poker Face." Though neither are performing this year, their sassy rinkside commentary has already been a much-discussed highlight of the Olympic Games. Their long friendship is well-documented (and quite evident when watching their banter live); they even share a joint Instagram account (@taraandjohnny). Their witty rapport has been well-honed over the years, as the fabulous duo have done everything from attending the Kentucky Derby to visiting the White House together. Johnny was even a bridesman in Tara's wedding last year to Fox Sports producer Todd Kapostasy. To watch these best friends in action, tune in to their live coverage in Pyeongchang. The Winter Olympics air live on NBC beginning Feb. 8. [...]



Sneakers Slowing You Down? Find the Right Shoe For Your Foot Type

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 08:25:19 -0800

In a sense, sneakers are like bras - just because they look good on doesn't mean they're providing you with the support you need. And to make matters even more complicated, a shoe that someone else swears by could be the exact opposite of what's right for you. Before venturing into the impulse inducing options of the sneaker aisle, take a few minutes to understand your foot type and what kind of shoe will keep you on track. Identifying your foot type can be done by simply wetting the bottoms of your feet and standing on a flat, dry surface, leaving a footprint. You can also take a look at the wear patterns on some of your more broken-in shoes. If you're still having trouble determining your foot type, head to a shoe store that offers gait analysis, where a specialist observes the way your foot comes into contact with the ground. After you've identified the wants and needs of your feet, browse our recommendations to find your new favorite kicks. Narrow Footprint, Arch Barely Touches the Ground If you've been blessed with the beauty of a high arch, you've also been cursed with the pain of supination, or underpronation. Supination means your foot rolls outward and strikes the ground with the outer edge of the heel and forefoot, causing wear on these areas of your sneakers. When the foot falls out, it's not able to provide the shock absorption you need to fend off shin splits, stress fractures, and sprained ankles. Prevent these irritating injuries by wearing a highly cushioned shoe, giving you the shock absorption your foot can't deliver on its own. To encourage motion, make sure the shoe is lightweight and flexible. And ensure that motion is rolling inward, not farther outward, by choosing a shoe with minimal arch support. Related10 Cute and Functional Workout Shoe Options For Better Arch Support Flat, Low Arched Footprint Overpronation is when your arch is too flexible, causing your foot to fall inward when it hits the ground. You'll see wear on the inside of the heel and forefoot of your sneakers. Overpronation means the foot and ankle can't stabilize the weight of the body, putting extra strain on the muscles, tendons, and ligaments in the foot. Bunions, heel spurs, hammer toe, achilles tendonitis, and plantar fasciitis are common conditions related to overpronation. Stabilize your stride with a pair of motion-control sneakers. Stability shoes have extra arch support, helping to more evenly distribute the impact of your step. Orthotic insoles are another option to combat overpronation. These over-the-counter shoe inserts align the foot and cushion from pounding. RelatedRunners, Need New Shoes? These Are the Top-Rated Adidas Sneakers Neutral, Not Flat but Not Rigid Footprint If you've never bought a shoe based on foot type and haven't experienced the agony of aching feet and joints, you're one step ahead of the rest of us. Neutral feet roll slightly inward when the foot strikes the ground, creating a stable platform to support the weight of the body. If the wear on your sneakers is evenly distributed across the heel and forefront of the shoe, you fall into the category of those fortunate enough to be neutrally footed. Though neutral feet typically feel comfortable in most sneakers, it's important to choose a shoe that won't drastically alter the way your foot meets the ground. Stability shoes that provide moderate pronation support are best to maintain your foot's natural motion. There are also specialty neutral running shoes, which can add cushion and support to your already effec[...]



Yep, We're Jealous of Just How Damn Fabulous Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir Are Together

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 08:25:11 -0800

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Love them, hate them, or something in between, there's no denying that Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir have become a staple of figure skating commentary on NBC. With their acerbic commentary and legendarily outr矇 fashion statements, the former Olympians are unlike anything sports commentary has ever seen, and the friendship between this dynamic duo is on display as they navigate their lives side by side. They've been friends for years, and once you take a look at some of their most fabulous moments together, you'll be downright jealous of just how cute they are.




Wow Your Friends With All Your Figure Skating Knowledge, Thanks to This Handy Guide

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 08:25:11 -0800

Image Source: Getty / Ezra Shaw So you want to watch figure skating, but between the bizarre scoring, all the different moves, and the onslaught of sequins, you're overwhelmed. Not to fear! Below is a handy little guide so that you can decipher what's going on out there and dazzle your friends with your knowledge of how to identify an axel (if your friends are the dazzling sort). Twizzles And the award for most "That sounds fake, but OK!" technical term goes to . . . twizzles. They are traveling turns on one foot that are, at the Olympic level, accompanied by various arm movements and different positions for the leg that isn't on the ice. You'll occasionally see them used as brief transitional moves in pairs' and singles' programs, but they are one of the signature required elements of an ice dance program, during which a well-executed set of twizzles can garner more points than singles skaters do with their triple jumps. To get an idea of the complexity, imagine rubbing your stomach and patting your head . . . now spin around while doing it . . . now change the direction of your spin . . . now do it in sync with someone else. Piece of cake, right? Did they do it well? Watch for teams to be in perfect sync during their twizzle sequences. Faster turns that cover more ice are better than slower or tighter ones, and interesting arm movements add points as well. Image Source: NBC Music choices Figure skating music is always so elegant and classical, maybe not so exciting, but . . . wait - are they skating to Christina Aguilera? RelatedYou'll Be Enchanted by This Figure Skater Performing to the Sound of Her Own Voice Starting with the 2014-15 season, the International Skating Union (the sport's governing body) made a change to the rules, allowing athletes to use music with lyrics, which was previously forbidden. Sure, you'll still hear plenty of Rachmaninoff, Chopin, and Mozart. But you'll also find a French pairs team skating to the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack, several variations on "Moulin Rouge," an American ice dance team skating to Coldplay, and "Candyman," by the aforementioned Christina Aguilera, chosen by - of all things - a Russian pairs team. If you've ever watched figure skating and thought to yourself, "Hmm, this could really use more Fergie or Rolling Stones," then you're in luck! For extra fun, make a Bingo card of the weirdest music choices you can imagine and see how many of them come true ("Carmen" is the free space in the center, and if you don't know why, you will soon). Step sequences Isn't all of figure skating just a sequence of steps? Well, yes. Kind of. But these are special steps. No, seriously. "Steps" in figure skating is one of those times when a word we use in everyday language has another, more specific meaning. A "step sequence" is a required element (more listed here on NBC's Olympics hub) in all four skating disciplines in which the skaters cover a required amount of ice (usually one full length of the rink) while executing a variety of nonjump movements - mostly complex turns that require skaters to alternate their direction of skating, which edges of their blades they're leaning on, and which foot they're skating on. Did they do it well? This is often hard to call with the inexpert eye. But look for movement in both the legs and the upper body and a flow to the movements. Image Source: Ice Network Ice dance vs. pairs Pairs: CATCH HER - FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, CATCH HER . . . PLEASE. Ice [...]



From "Dope" to "Minnie Mouse Wouldn't Even Wear This Sh*t," Leslie Jones Talks Olympic Skater Outfits

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 08:25:10 -0800

Image Source: Getty / Harry How Oh, Leslie Jones. Watching the Olympics while reading her tweets takes spectating to a whole new, hilarious level. There was no holding her comments back! Here's what Leslie had to say about figure skating outfits. RelatedOK, Someone Needs to Give Leslie Jones a Gold Medal For Her Tweets About the Olympics Heeeeeey stop fucking with me I don't need this shit tonight!! I know y'all think she came up with this but I bet you it was his idea Ugh!!! @NBCOlympics @TeamUSA @Olympics pic.twitter.com/nlsi4FXYKj - Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) February 15, 2018 Incredible stories @NBCOlympics @Olympics pic.twitter.com/meTw561iaJ - Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) February 15, 2018 Is it me or am I not inspired tonight? @NBCOlympics @Olympics pic.twitter.com/vUJ8nR8ky1 - Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) February 15, 2018 I don't know y'all Canada bern bringing it!! @NBCOlympics @Olympics pic.twitter.com/59OvEIk7u6 - Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) February 12, 2018 Show them how to do it!!!! @NBCOlympics @Olympics pic.twitter.com/SRPWJLE3F4 - Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) February 12, 2018 More suspenders @NBCOlympics @Olympics pic.twitter.com/uIqKHJTv7p - Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) February 12, 2018 I know I'm behind but here we go!! @NBCOlympics @Olympics pic.twitter.com/CwhTGMp3x9 - Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) February 12, 2018 Then this outfit LORDT!!!!! @NBCOlympics @Olympics pic.twitter.com/W6sMnrvuPg - Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) February 12, 2018 I'm behind I feel asleep but this is gonna be good. @NBCOlympics @Olympics pic.twitter.com/Rnws5uzhnl - Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) February 12, 2018 These outfits man what is happening is anyone reading my damn tweets?! @NBCOlympics @Olympics pic.twitter.com/hUe73NPpo6 - Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) February 12, 2018 Damn he fell just as I posted this!! @NBCOlympics @Olympics pic.twitter.com/tC6e4Dbqz3 - Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) February 12, 2018 I just can't with these outfits!! @NBCOlympics @Olympics pic.twitter.com/3ESQOwZpES - Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) February 11, 2018 Best outfit so far!!!! @NBCOlympics @Olympics pic.twitter.com/aNhSAydoxt - Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) February 11, 2018 That dress is cute!! pic.twitter.com/a85kPlATk9 - Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) February 11, 2018 Wow pic.twitter.com/9J6gd8ln3P - Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) February 11, 2018 Come on out now!! @Olympics pic.twitter.com/CeyXXuC8WO - Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) February 11, 2018 Nice!! @Olympics pic.twitter.com/Uc0hy1CNvZ - Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) February 11, 2018 Let me tell you about a good partner he pulled it when they ended I love it. @Olympics pic.twitter.com/y6ukRoqZpW - Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) February 11, 2018 The outfits and the music was on point. pic.twitter.com/9CSpHSG3Jz - Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) February 11, 2018 Yep outfits got better!! @Olympics @NBCOlympics pic.twitter.com/1xLP3QA4fs - Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) February 11, 2018 [...]



Watch Figure Skater Surya Bonaly's Signature Move That's So Risky, It's Banned in Competition

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 08:25:04 -0800

width="728" height="410" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/XVnRAWkyP5M" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen=""><span id="selection-marker-1" class="redactor-selection-marker"></span>Unless you're one of the rare souls who watches the once-yearly Stars on Ice broadcasts, you probably have never seen a figure skater perform a backflip. There's a good reason for that: the move has been banned from competition since 1976, when American skater Terry Kubicka performed it at the Innsbruck Olympics. But the internet has been going wild over the past week over a different backflipping skater: French skater Surya Bonaly. A clip of Bonaly at the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, Japan, went viral last week, alongside the claim that the move being banned was somehow linked to her performance. This, of course, was not true. But that doesn't make her any less badass or groundbreaking! The backflip was, at this point, a staple of show programs - skaters like Scott Hamilton routinely used it for skating shows - but it was always landed on two feet. Bonaly had the incredible athleticism, strength, and sheer guts to land a backflip on one foot, in the middle of a program that had already gone south and coming off of a nasty injury. RelatedEverything You Need to Know About Team USA Figure Skater Mirai Nagasu Bonaly's skating style was decidedly more athletic and less dainty than the "ice princess" mold that dominated women's skating of the 1990s. As a result, her artistic scores were not always on the same level as her competitors. Despite this, she was a three-time world silver medalist, but an injury to her Achilles tendon and its subsequent setbacks put her out of podium contention by the time Nagano rolled around, and one can imagine Bonaly's frustration was growing. After a disappointing short program, Bonaly's free skate didn't go as planned either. Toward the end, instead of her planned lutz jump, she did the one-footed backflip. It was a moment of "sure, they all can do that. But can anyone else do this?" She was penalized for it, of course, and she retired from competitive skating afterward (but continued to do her iconic backflip in shows for the next decade). But ask any Olympian, and they'll tell you: even more than medals, the Olympics are about creating a moment that cements you in history. In this defiant, blaze-of-glory instant, Bonaly created the very definition of an Olympic moment. [...]