Who could have predicted that 22-time Olympic medalist Michael Phelps would get back in the pool after retirement? Just about anyone! It seemed too soon for the now 28-year-old swimmer, also known as the greatest Olympian of all time, to end his competitive swimming career, but he did just that after breaking every record imaginable at the 2012 London Games.
ABC News reported that Phelps is headed back to the water. “Phelps will compete for the first time since the 2012 London Games at a meet in Mesa, Ariz., on April 24-26,” they wrote. His coach says he’ll be competing in only three events to “test the waters” and “see how it goes.” His team is downplaying the return, suggesting it’s far from a full-fledged comeback.
Regardless, Phelps fans the world over are rejoicing at the possibility of seeing him compete in two years at the Games in Rio. No one knows better than him that there’s no time like the present to focus and prioritize your training for your goals.
Need a bit of Phelps-mania inspiration? Here are some words taken straight from this athletic giants’ gold-biting mouth!
Truly, we’ve never seen anything like this. And after you take a moment to question whether or not it’s real, you’ll get a serious ab workout from the belly-wrenching laughter.
According to the description on this surreal three-minute clip, it’s a “word-for-word parody of Susan Powter’s first workout video.” You remember her, the early-90s fitness star who coined the term Stop the Insanity!
The actress, Mariko Takahashi, is quite convincing as having the most outrageous plastic surgery of all time, until you realize it’s a body suit modeled after the poof-balls on a well-groomed poodle.
Her back-up exercisers, essential to any quality workout video, are humans in dog suits. (Spoiler Alert!) Live dog heads have been superimposed over the costume heads; just for added freak-show drama! (more…)
Women’s figure skating, arguably one of everyone’s favorite events, has concluded for another Olympiad. Russian Adelina Sotnikova upset favorite and defending gold-medalist Yuna Kim of South Korea in a decision that has a lot of people talking. But let’s put politics aside for a minute. We know it takes serious strength to get through a figure skating free skate, but just how much of a beating does an Olympic skaters body take during the performance?
That’s what researchers at Brigham Young University and the United States Figure Skating Association set to figure out. In a series of tests a skating coach at BYU, Jacquelyn Packard, helped demonstrate not only the grace of skating, but the force it puts on the body, some of which can cause injury.
“[Injury] happens more often than you think,” she said in an interview with BYU News. “A lot of these skaters are skating in a lot of pain.”
So guys…there are only a few days left of the Winter Olympics 2014. Let’s do a check-in of the most interesting bits and pieces to come from the games!
1. Lolo Jones and her bobsledding team placed eleventh in the first of the bobsledding races. The duo bobsledding team, however, is in first place as of today. Elana Meyers and Lauryn Williams set a new record at the Sochi bobsled course, finishing at 57.26 during their first heat.
We’re not just talking Olympic-style lifting…we’re talking what real Olympians actually do for their cross-training workouts. When not on the ice or hitting the slopes, these fierce females stay in top shape with some of their favorite activities like dance, yoga, and biking.
We also learned some fun facts about each athlete: Can you guess who’s fluent in German and which lady loves her Xbox?
Ashley Wagner – Women’s Figure Skating
Ashley stays graceful, strong, and lean with her routine of dance and yoga.
Cross Training: Dance, yoga, hiking and swimming in both the pool and ocean
Fun Fact: She’s fluent in German. Guten tag!