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Originally posted 01/22/2015 09:00AM
Celebrated as the next Anna Kournikova for her talent as well as her physical beauty, Russian pro tennis player Violetta Degtiareva has died at the age of 23.
Originally posted 12/17/2013 01:15PM
Friday night was a lively one for Enrique Iglesias, who excited fans at an Atlantico rum-hosted Gilt City New York event at Tenjune.
"He arrived with an entourage and brought rum for everyone to drink," an onlooker tells PEOPLE. "He posed for photos with fans and answered fan questions. He seemed like he was in a really good mood."
Although the night was upbeat, things turned sentimental when the singer's topic turned to the late Whitney Houston, who he said "inspired" him and he "always admired."
Originally posted 02/15/2012 05:50AM
Anna Kournikova and longtime beau Enrique Iglesias were kissing, holding hands and sitting close in a group of five friends at Philippe Chow on South Beach. "Anna was dressed up well in a tight black mini skirt and high heels, and Enrique looked hot in a hat and scarf," a source tells PEOPLE. For dinner, the group enjoyed chicken satay, lettuce wraps, spring rolls, dumplings, Peking duck and lobster. – Linda Marx
Originally posted 12/14/2011 08:20AM
The Biggest Loser's two-hour live finale was one to remember as trainer Dolvett Quince tried on contestant Vinny Hickerson's retired oversized overalls, and competitor Jennifer Rumple, who won the $100,000 at-home prize, was handed a giant bouquet of flowers by her crush, trainer Bob Harper.
But the night belonged to John Rhode, who took home the title of the Biggest Loser and the grand prize of $250,000 after beating out the other top three players, Antone Davis and Ramon Medeiros.
"I still don't know how I did it, but I'm grateful," the season 12 winner, who began the show weighing 445 lbs. and ended at 220 lbs., told PEOPLE right after Tuesday's live finale. "Anything is possible. I've been given a new life. Now I just want to keep working hard, stay focused and help people."
Originally posted 11/22/2011 08:30AM
How does Bonnie Griffin feel about her nine-week run on The Biggest Loser?
"I was able to fool them all when they thought I was going to leave the first week," she told reporters during a recent conference call. "I became the cat with nine lives."
Requesting to be voted off of the show on last week's episode was a "spur of the moment" impulse, says Griffin, 63, who made her decision when fellow contestant Becky Comet "went under the yellow line with me. I'm so happy I gave Becky a chance to keep going."
Originally posted 11/15/2011 05:55AM
Enrique Iglesias and longtime love Anna Kournikova joined another couple for a two-hour dinner in a private room at The Beer & Burger Joint in South Beach Saturday night. "They had a great time laughing and chilling with no interruptions," a source tells PEOPLE. "They are totally unpretentious and easy to be around." – Linda Marx
Originally posted 11/14/2011 04:45PM
Anna Kournikova's time on The Biggest Loser ranch has come to an end.
The tennis pro-turned-trainer will not be returning for the next season of NBC's weight loss reality show, her rep confirms to PEOPLE.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, staffers clashed with Kournikova, 30, while some contestants found her unsympathetic.
But her rep tells PEOPLE that "Anna was 100 percent not fired from the show."
Kournikova issued a statement saying, "I enjoyed my time on the Biggest Loser ranch. Although I will not be returning as a full time trainer on season 13, I will always be a part of The Biggest Loser family and my commitment to bettering lives through health and fitness will continue."
Originally posted 11/12/2011 08:30AM
When it comes to staying physically fit, tennis sensation Anna Kournikova is an expert. But Biggest Loser contestant Joe Mitchell, who was sent home from the Ranch on this week's show, says he's grateful to Kournikova because she was able to "fix my thinking."
"Anna made me believe that I could [lose weight]," he says. "She drilled in our heads that the only person you can really rely on is yourself."
Now back home in Knoxville, Tenn., Mitchell, 46, says he holds no hard feelings for fellow contestants Vinny Hickerson and Antone Davis, who voted for his exit. "I don't hold grudges," he says. "I was a threat and I understand that."
But Mitchell does have regrets: helping send home Jessica Limpert. "I would change that vote," he says. "The first person that I talked to when I got off the Ranch was Jess. I consider Jess and Ramone [Medeiros] some of my dearest friends. I am excited for their future."
Originally posted 10/10/2011 04:30PM
Former tennis champion and new Biggest Loser trainer Anna Kournikova says there are no impending wedding bells for her and her longtime boyfriend, Enrique Iglesias – but that doesn't mean babies aren't in her future.
"I absolutely want to have children, whether I have my own or adopt," Kournikova, 30, says in the November issue of Women's Health magazine, on newsstands Oct. 18. "I love taking care of people."
After a series of injuries forced her to retire from tennis in 2003, at age 21, Kournikova devoted herself to charity work. Now, the certified personal trainer is spending most of her time embracing her new role on The Biggest Loser. She often arrives early so she can exercise on her own for an hour before working with the contestants.
Originally posted 09/27/2011 02:45PM
By the time Moscow-born Anna Kournikova was 8 years old, the tennis prodigy had already signed with powerhouse sports agency IMG. By 9, she moved to the U.S.A. to train with legendary coach Nick Bollettieri. By 18, she ranked No. 8 in the world in singles.
And by 21, she was done.
"I never planned or thought that was going to be it," Kournikova tells PEOPLE as she settles into her new role as a fitness trainer on The Biggest Loser. "My back really forced me to stop. It got so bad; I couldn't tie my shoes, literally. I would be in excruciating pain. I had been doing six to eight hours [of training] every day since I was 5 years old."
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