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Originally posted 09/06/2012 08:35AM
Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas announced Thursday that she will write an "inspirational memoir," planned for December 2012 publication.
The book, to be titled Grace, Gold and Glory, My Leap of Faith, will chronicle the 16-year-old's early life, how she left her family in Virginia at age 12 to train 3,000 miles away and her path to gold at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Upon the announcement, Douglas said, "Even before I competed in the Olympics, I always wanted to write a book."
Originally posted 09/03/2012 05:15PM
After a storied career in which he won 18 Olympic gold medals, and 22 medals overall, Michael Phelps celebrated his retirement from competitive swimming this weekend at – what else? – a pool party.
Phelps, 27, who became a legend in Athens, Beijing and London, chose Las Vegas as the city for his send-off, enjoying a raucous Saturday afternoon at the Encore Beach Club with friends, fans and fellow swimmers – including his training partner and close friend Allison Schmitt.
The Maryland native was grinning ear to ear as the club's bikini-clad servers gave him a special cake paying tribute to his 22 medals, the most won by any Olympian in history.
Originally posted 08/31/2012 09:30AM
Prince William is not impressed!
The Duke of Cambridge was photographed on Wednesday with an expression similar to what made Team USA gymnast McKayla Maroney an Internet sensation.
After losing the gold medal in the vault finals at the Summer Games in London, Maroney's less-than-thrilled mug spoke volumes about settling for the silver.
Originally posted 08/29/2012 11:15AM
The Olympic Summer is not quite over for the British royals.
Prince Harry, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William are set to attend a bevy of events to support the London 2012 Paralympic Games, which begin on Wednesday.
William and Kate, both 30, will attend the opening ceremonies for the international multi-sport event where athletes with a physical disability compete in their roles as Official Ambassadors for Paralympics GB.
On Thursday, the two have an action packed day planned at Olympic Park, where they will attend goalball, track and swimming events. Over the weekend, they are expected to attend the Games's largest sporting event, athletics, during which 1,100 athletes compete for 170 gold medals.
Originally posted 08/28/2012 06:00AM
Would her gold medals go with her wedding gown?
Three-time medalist Aly Raisman received a really sweet proposal while signing autographs at Office Depot in Los Angeles on Friday.
A fan jokingly asked for the 18-year-old gymnast's hand in marriage – with a Ring Pop!
"I'll take the Ring Pop!" Raisman smiled as she responded.
Another young gymnast told the Olympian that, just as Raisman did at the London Games, she too had won a gold medal for her floor routine during a competition.
"Me too! High five! Good luck!" Raisman replied.
Besides meeting fans, Raisman also helped children from a Los Angeles-area charity shop for back-to-school supplies and get excited for the new school year.
– Melody Chiu
Originally posted 08/14/2012 06:45PM
Going along with Ryan Lochte's expected big move to Los Angeles, he'll be featured on the show named after the city's most prominent zip code.
The five-time Olympic gold medalist, 28, will play himself on an episode of the CW's teen drama 90210 on Oct. 29, the network announced Tuesday.
This will be a step in a different direction from what was expected by the professional athlete, who has expressed interest in doing reality TV such as Dancing with the Stars.
Originally posted 08/14/2012 10:10AM
From London to late night!
After captivating the nation during the Olympics, gold medalist Gabby Douglas appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Monday.
Douglas – who told Leno she "definitely" plans to compete in the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro – carried her two gold medals on stage, giving one to Leno and one to fellow guest, Michelle Obama.
Originally posted 08/14/2012 06:00AM
After besting Spain in the gold medal game Sunday, some of Team U.S.A.'s Olympic basketball stars celebrated at TAO/Marquee's Club Bud in London.
Kobe Bryant and Carmelo Anthony made the bash a family affair, bringing wives Vanessa and La La, who both happened to be wearing leopard-print dresses.
"Kobe rarely left his wife's side," a source tells PEOPLE. "They were very affectionate as he had one arm draped across her as she danced against him."
As the night wore on, Alicia Keys's husband Swizz Beatz, who was DJing, invited the basketball stars on stage and blasted Queen's "We Will Rock You" – before spraying the crowd with champagne.
Rapper Nas was also on hand for the celebration, and closed out the evening with a surprise performance that had the nearly 2,000 partygoers singing until well past 3 a.m.
– Melody Chiu
Originally posted 08/13/2012 11:30AM
The closing ceremonies are over, the Olympic flame is extinguished and all's quiet over London. Sunday night, however, was a different story, with pop stars from the Spice Girls to George Michael to Oasis paying tribute to the games in a star-studded closing ceremony. It was a Who's Who (featuring The Who) of British pop stars!
Need a little U.K. this a.m.? Spice up your life this Monday morning with our Spotify playlist of the best songs of the Olympics closing ceremonies. And we're leaving out Russell Brand singing The Beatles. You're welcome.
Originally posted 08/13/2012 07:45AM
After winning silver medals at the London Games, beach volleyball players Jen Kessy and April Ross are using their talents for the greater good.
Kessy, 35, and Ross, 30, are teaming up with 4POINT4, who outfitted both women during the Olympics, to teach underprivileged children in Haiti and Thailand their beloved game.
"Having the chance to play sports growing up teaches you all kinds of life lessons. It gives young people confidence and instills in them motivation and drive to be the best one can be. It's absolutely invaluable," Ross says.
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