It was 1994 when the world of figure skating, which is usually uncorrelated with drama, was rocked by a scandal that seemed like it was birthed off the pages of a dramatic movie script.

Nancy Kerrigan and Tanya Harding were not only the two most popular figure skaters of that time, they were apparently friends away from the rink. That is, until a widely publicized attack against Nancy Kerrigan took place after a practice session at the 1994 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Harding’s ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly, and her bodyguard Shawn Eckhardt hired someone to break Kerrigan’s right leg so that she would be unable to compete at Lillehammer. When she stepped off the ice after practice and walked behind a nearby curtain into a corridor, her attacker struck her on the knee with a telescopic baton. The injury forced her to withdraw from the national championship.

Here comes the doozy….Tanya Harding won that event.

Since that incident,  both Tanya and Nancy were selected for the 1994 Olympic team. By that time, Kerrigan had fully recovered from her attack.

Chile’, that whole scandal was enough to call Olivia Pope! I had never witnessed so much drama in sports, especially in figure skating! I can recall one moment when Harding boo hooed on the ice during the Olympics, because the laces to her skates “broke”, leaving her to plead with judges to allow her to change them. Meanwhile, Nancy was on the other side of the rink, appearing cool, calm, and collected while practicing her triple axel combination and double toe loops like a G!

 

Nancy fell behind Oksana Baiul by taking the silver medal, but that didn’t stop the world from cheering her on. I think everyone and their mama tuned in to the Olympics that year, JUST to see “The Young & The Restless” on ice!

We were all glued to the television, on edge, hoping Nancy wouldn’t fall, but she delivered so effortlessly! Her entire performance was a huge middle finger for Tanya Harding.

Then there was this….

 

Gillooly accepted a plea bargain in exchange for his testimony against Harding. Gillooly, Eckhardt, the attacker, and the getaway car driver all served time in prison for the attack.

Harding avoided further prosecution and a possible jail sentence by pleading guilty on March 16 to conspiring to hinder prosecution of the attackers.[20] She received three years probation, 500 hours of community service, and a $160,000 fine.

Harding’s involvement in the attack of Nancy Kerrigan led to months of media frenzy and overwhelming news coverage. She also became the laughing stock of every comedic joke on late night television, the subject on every magazine show, and was put on everybody’s shit list.

The last known shenanigans of Tanya Harding included releasing a sex tape and a short-lived boxing career. A return to the ice is unknown.

 

God bless her

 

The season premiere of Dancing With The Stars ended with a doozy when someone apparently tried to attack contestant Ryan Lochte after his performance with his partner and returning DWTS champion, Cheryl Burke. Judge Carrianne Walsh was critiquing the Olympic swimmer’s first performance when someone, who is obviously still mad about the Rio vandalism, appeared to have rushed at Lochte until security intervened.

ambushed

Producers made sure we didn’t see anything because a replay of Lochte’s performance blocked everything. It was obvious what happened due to the commotion from the audience, Carrieann’s reaction, and Cheryl was visibly shaken up! Watch the craziness below!

The legendary Jamaican sprinter, Usain Bolt, has executed a “3peat” of Gold medal wins, making it his final Gold medal win of his career[ninth gold medal of his entire career].

Team Jamaica took the gold in the Men’s 4×100 Relay, with Japan taking the silver, and Canada taking the bronze. The controversy surrounding Canada’s win is the team bumping Team USA off the podium, due to a baton error.

Via Time:

Bolt led the Jamaican team to gold in the 4 X 100-m relay in a time of 37.27. The race was tight when Bolt, running the anchor leg, grabbed the baton: the stadium erupted as Bolt exploded ahead of the field to win the third straight gold in the event for the Jamaicans.

Japan ran 37.60 to edge out the favored United States team for silver. The U.S., Jamaica’s longtime rivals in the relay, finished in a time of 37.62. It was enough to win bronze, but the Americans were disqualified after an earlier baton passing error and Canada took their place on the podium.

 

Bolt and friends celebrated their golds and his 30th birthday by gettin’ it in on the dance floor! Press play below!

Olympic Gold Medalist, Ryan Lochte, took to social media to release a public apology to fans, the USOC, his team, and the country of Brazil for his behavior stemming from a trip to the gas station that went south!

By now, you’ve probably heard that the swimmer and his three teammates  lied about being robbed at gunpoint to cover up brawl and vandalism at a Rio gas station.

“While we are thankful our athletes are safe, we do not condone the lapse in judgement and conduct that led us to this point”,  the head of USA Swimming, Chuck Wielgus said in a recent statement. ” It is not representative of what is expected as Olympians, as Americans, as swimmers and as individuals”.

 

Here’s Lochte’s full apology:

 

A photo posted by Ryanlochte (@ryanlochte) on

Of course, Twitter goes in!

Fam, what do you make of all of this?

Black Girl Magic Just keep getting sprinkled everywhere in Rio!

Congratulations to Kristi Castlin, Brianna Rollins, and Nia Ali, for taking all three medals in the 100-meter hurdles final.  The women have made history as part of team USA, executing the first sweep ever in the Olympic high hurdles by women of one nation.

Via Reuters:

Gold medalist Rollins described it a “sisterhood”, while Castlin added very much a 2016 twist in a phrase more often seen on social media with a hashtag in front of it.

“I think that it’s just very good to be a part of this whole black girl magic movement,” she said.

“We actually came into this not as individuals but as a team. We work together, we pray together and that is how we got this job done.

“It feels good to definitely be history-makers, trend-setters, moms, daughters, really just overcoming and just doing a great job and representing our country well.”

Castlin dedicated her bronze medal to victims of gun crime, a cause very close to her heart after her father was murdered in a botched attempt to rob a hotel where he was the manager.

“Losing my father at the age of 12 to gun violence, I’ve overcome so much,” said the 28-year-old. “I want to connect more with young people that have been victims of gun violence.

“I feel, when I was young, I definitely had a lot of good guidance but sometimes I didn’t have someone of my age that I really could talk too.”

Her fellow medalists have also had to deal with major challenges in their early lives – Ali when her father killed himself in a murder-suicide and Rollins when her father was sent to prison.

 

We watch these Olympic athletes take on their opportunities of a lifetime every four years, as they compete in their respective sport. They get there by training vigorously and with no distractions. When I say distractions, I really mean the opposite sex.

Now that they’ve made it to the biggest sporting competition in all the world, they can finally breathe a sigh of relief…at least during the opening ceremony. Every four years, elite athletes from each country come together for this historic event. I mean GOOD-LOOKING athletes with bodies of GAWDS and nothing but time between competing. What better way to release sport-involved stress than with sex?

According to Bustle, this year’s Olympics in Rio, 450,000 condoms are being given out. Yep, 450,000. That breaks down to 42 condoms per athlete. However, that 450,000 is only part of the nine million condoms being distributed throughout Rio during the Olympics, courtesy of the Brazilian government. “This is considered sufficient to encourage athletes to practice safe sex while in Brazil for the Olympic Games,” the International Olympic Committee (IOC) told the Folha de São Paulo newspaper.

The Olympic Village is the athletes’ home while the competitions take place. We are talking about a place that resembles that of a college dorm. Can you even imagine the number of hot, single, athletes bumping into each other (no pun intended), in a building that consists of any extracurricular activity you could think of, including a nightclub???

It’s been referred to as “just a magical, fairy-tale place, like Alice in Wonderland, where everything is possible,” Carrie Sheinberg, an alpine skier at the 1994 Winter Games who has since reported for other Olympic Games, told ESPN. “You could win a gold medal and you can sleep with a really hot guy.”

The Olympic Village has cafés, TV lounges, a 24-hour McDonald’s that gives out thousands of chicken nuggets per day in the dining hall (which happens to be the length of two football fields), nightclubs (some of which give out free drinks), etc. And the aforementioned condoms, of course.

Also, according to Bustle, condom distribution has risen every four years!

Seoul, 1988: 8,500 condoms
Barcelona, 1992: 90,000
Atlanta, 1996: 15,000
Sydney, 2000: 70,000 (but halfway through, more were needed, so 20,000 were brought in)
Athens, 2004: 130,000

London, 2012:- 150,000

 

Let’s be mindful of the age we’re living in; the age where more open-minded free-spirited folks no longer care to wait until marriage to have sex. But we also have to be safe and careful! Big ups to the Olympic Committee for even coming up with the idea for condom distributions.

I guess you can say it’s normal for a young, good-looking athletes to use sex as a way to get rid of the pressures to compete in their respective sport on worldly television. It’s not only about getting rid of the pressures. I can imagine it’s easy to become tempted when you’re surrounded by other athletes who look like models and looking to have a good time within the village walls. Some athletes reportedly have curfews, but that doesn’t stop them from “exploring”. The 450,000 PLUS condom distribution kinda proves that!