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Originally posted 08/08/2012 10:25PM
Here's a gold medal-worthy training tip straight from the most-decorated Olympic athlete of all time: Despite what your mother told you back in your kiddie-pool days, it's perfectly fine to, um, relieve yourself when you're swimming.
And this isn't just Michael Phelps's mantra, he adds.
"I think everybody pees in the pool," Phelps, 27, who sealed his historic 22 medal-career at the 2012 Summer Olympics, tells the Wall Street Journal. "It's kind of a normal thing to do for swimmers. When we're in the water for two hours, we don't really get out to pee."
Originally posted 08/08/2012 12:15PM
From competing for Olympic gold to competing for the mirror-ball trophy!
As the London Games come to a close, the next question on everyone's mind is which Olympian will trade training for the tango and compete on Dancing with the Stars. Michael Phelps seems to be toying with the idea.
"I haven't really been known for my dancing," Phelps told PEOPLE at Omega House in London on Tuesday. "I know everybody who's done it, they've enjoyed it and had a blast. I won't say I'm ruling anything out."
Originally posted 08/08/2012 11:30AM
It will be an all-American showdown Wednesday when Team USA takes on Team USA in the women's beach volleyball final.
Two-time gold medalists Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings will play Jen Kessy and April Ross for the gold medal. It's the first time since 1996 – when beach volleyball made its Olympic debut – that two teams from the same country have competed for the gold.
As both teams prep for Wednesday's event, get to know who's who on the beach volleyball court.
Originally posted 08/07/2012 05:15PM
When it comes to exchanging sweet nothings, Michael Phelps and Megan Rossee take a short-but-sweet approach – 140 characters or less, to be exact.
Glimpses into their rumored relationship have been sprinkled throughout their Twitter postings in the months leading up to the 2012 Summer Olympics, where they took an even more public approach to their romance: Ditching his pool attire for an Olympic celebration, Phelps suited up for the red carpet with a glammed-up Rossee on his side.
But Phelps, 27, and the aspiring model, 25, who reportedly began dating in January, have already had their P.D.A moments on the social media site – namely when celebrating a certain special holiday.
Originally posted 08/07/2012 11:20AM
Women's gymnastics may be coming to a close, but Aly Raisman hasn't finished winning medals just yet!
The 18-year-old gymnast will add a bronze medal to her collection after judges reevaluated her score following her balance beam routine on Tuesday.
After Raisman ranked fourth behind China's Deng Linlin, her coach, Mihai Brestyanm, filed an appeal, asking judges to review her 14.9 score.
Originally posted 08/06/2012 02:00PM
The XXX Olympiad, also known as NBC's Summer Televisiad, is now halfway to its Aug. 12 conclusion. Apart from the athletes, who and what are the winners and losers?
Winner: director Danny BoyleI wasn't wild about his attempt to wed British pop whimsy to stadium-sized spectacle in the grand opening night – the only resonant image for me was that giant sleeping baby – but millions certainly loved it, and the ratings were the best ever for the ceremony. If it inspires bigger artistic risks in future Olympics openings, it will have been worth it. The next time a U.S. city plays host, someone please recruit Quentin Tarantino.
Loser: Ryan SeacrestViewers are used to the fact that the American Idol host has the determination of a gold medalist to build and burnish his career. So why was his presence in NBC's coverage a faint but distinct irritant? His interviews were exactly what you expect from Seacrest, who like his role model Dick Clark is scrupulously inoffensive. Maybe it's that an interview with Michael Phelps shouldn't feel tonally identical to one with Jennifer Lopez.
Originally posted 08/06/2012 01:00PM
Johnny Weir is fabulous. The figure skater, who placed sixth in the 2010 Winter Olympics, has been skating professionally since he was 12 and is no stranger to fierce competition – and fantastic costumes! With winning routines set to hits by Lady Gaga, the sparkle-loving athlete also recently married and now will blog for PEOPLE.com with the same fun energy he brings to the ice.
I love the Olympic Games.
The Olympics are an event that few can fathom but all can enjoy and that's why athletes work our whole lives to put on the greatest show on earth. My hope from this Olympic Games is that people don't lose faith in the Olympic movement.
Originally posted 08/06/2012 11:05AM
Spoiler Alert: Results from the Olympic Games are available live online, several hours ahead of the telecasts. If you'd rather find out how the athletes fare on TV, stop reading here!
After making history by winning gold in the women's all-around gymnastics competition, Gabby Douglas faced fierce competition in the individual uneven bars competition on Monday.
"Well today is the day!!! #barfinals" Douglas, whose routines in the all-around team competition helped USA's Fab Five win gold, Tweeted Monday morning. (Spoiler ahead!)
Originally posted 08/05/2012 05:30PM
Usain Bolt silenced all doubters at the Olympic Games on Sunday, and emphatically remains the world's fastest man.
The Jamaican sprinter, 25, clocked the fastest time in the fastest-ever field of runners to become just the second man in history – after the American Carl Lewis in 1984 and 1988 – to win back-to-back Olympic gold medals in track and field's signature event, the 100-meter dash.
Bolt's time of 9.63 was an Olympic record and the second-fastest time ever, trailing his own world record of 9:58, set in 2009.
Originally posted 08/06/2012 07:30AM
As the London 2012 Olympic Games press on, Saturday and Sunday's exciting events propelled British athletes to the forefront.
Although China leads with the most medals – 61, including 30 gold, 17 silver and 14 bronze – Team GB's victories helped boost the host country's morale with an outpouring of spirit and success during days 9 and 10 of the Games.
Team USA experienced highs and lows as well, as the medal count grew to 57 – 27 gold, 14 silver and 16 bronze – with Serena Williams taking home two gold medals and fan favorite McKayla Maroney's surprising finish in the women's vault final.
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