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Turns Out, Michael Phelps Was Listening To Future During 'Angry Face'

Tonight the role of KYLO REN will be played by MICHAEL PHELPS.

  #ForceAwakens #MichaelPhelps

— Fahrenheit Sun High (@KelvinMoonLoh)

And so it was that on Aug. 28, 2016, the world discovered that U.S. Olympic legend Michael Phelps had been listening to Future when he made the face seen ‘round the world before a competition at the Rio Olympics ― a face now known only as “Angry Michael Phelps Face.”

“There’s no rapper today more inspiring than Future. His optimism is right there in his name,” Phelps said Sunday at the MTV VMAs while introducing the Atlanta rapper. He paused, then dropped the news.

“Remember in Rio when I made that face that ended up all over the internet? I was in the zone with Future’s track ‘Stick Talk’ blaring in my headphones,” he said.

KABOOM. And thus ends the story of “Angry Michael Phelps Face.”

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aug 29 16, 05:38
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J.K. Rowling Shuts Down Christian Group Over Olympically Homophobic Tweet

J.K. Rowling had to police the internet again.

The “Harry Potter” author called out the United Kingdom-based Christian Voice for a homophobic tweet about British Olympic diver Tom Daley.

The prayer and lobby group posted an anti-gay message after the 22-year-old, who is engaged to screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, failed to qualify for the 10-meter platform final at Rio 2016.

Turning gay doesn't seem to have done Tom Daley any favours at

— Christian Voice (@UKCV)

The organization didn’t go into further detail to reveal what possible link there could be between Daley’s sexuality and his athletic performance. But Rowling, who has a laudable history of schooling bigots online (see examples 1, 2, 3, 4) immediately leapt to her fellow countryman’s defense.

Can't decide which is more offensive in this tweet, the stupidity or the spite.

— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling)

Her tweet is now going viral, with dozens of other Twitter users going after the organization ― and even calling for Rowling to unleash some dark magic on its members.

@jk_rowling That tweet is a plausible excuse for an Avada Kedavra.

— Jorge Guberte (@jorgeguberte)

@jk_rowling @UKCV Oh, yeah. I *turned* gay like Remus turned into a werewolf. Definitely the stupidity.

— Ardit Haliti (@ardit_haliti)

That people turn gay and that it affects diving. That's two stupids vs one spite. A gold medal to stupidity, silver to spite. @jk_rowling

— Cave Art Films (@Cave_Art_Films)

@jk_rowling @UKCV I'm a (moderately conservative) evangelical minister, and I'm horrified by that tweet. What were they thinking?

— Alistair May (@AlistairMay)

@jk_rowling @UKCV Coming out is a big enough thing for most of us, before you even consider qualifying for Olympics. He's amazing #TomDaley

— Jamie Wallis (@jamie_wallis)

The online backlash hasn’t deterred Christian Voice, which later posted this message:

And we need to remember that Tom Daley only went gay because he was seduced by an older man:

— Christian Voice (@UKCV)

A brief look through the Christian Voice’s Twitter timeline revealed similar contempt for gay marriage, Islam and gender identity.

We are hearing that some L&G athletes are 'married'. They are, of course, only gay-married:

— Christian Voice (@UKCV)

Semenya says Olympics is 'about not discriminating.' Er, women's events rightly discriminate against men:

— Christian Voice (@UKCV)

Heartbreak and sorrow in #NiceAttack. Sincere condolences. Our prayers with the people of France. More death from #islam. Psalm 127:1

— Christian Voice (@UKCV)

The Huffington Post has reached out to Christian Voice for comment.

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aug 22 16, 10:49
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Brazil Finally Wins Olympic Soccer Gold And Everybody Is In Tears

Emotions ran high as Brazil won its first-ever Olympic gold medal for men’s soccer Saturday.

Neymar scored Brazil’s final penalty kick against Germany to win the Rio 2016 final shootout 5-4, following a 1-1 draw in regulation time.

His goal sparked tears of joy from himself, his teammates, fans and people all across the world. 

The only thing better than winning #Gold?

Winning Gold at home.

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— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics)

It was sweet revenge against a German side who shamed the Brazilians at their own World Cup in 2014 with a crushing 7-1 semifinal defeat.

Euphoria at #Maracana. Neymar wins it with 5th PK. #BRA v #GER

— melissa block (@NPRmelissablock)

A Copacabana street cafe, right before Neymar buried the penalty that gave Brazil gold

— Travis Waldron (@Travis_Waldron)

As Rio de Janeiro’s

hundreds of Twitter users marked the historic moment online ― with many revealing they’d also shed tears of happiness at the host nation’s win.

Here are some of the best posts we’ve seen:

Brazil just won their first Olympic Gold for men's football.... I almost started crying when @neymarjr scored.... Estou muito feliz

— Danell Johan Leyva (@DanellJLeyva)


— 샤티아다 (@eunkkwang)

The norwegian commentator

started crying tears of joy when Brazil won.

— André Østgaard (@AndreOstgaard)

I started crying when I saw Brazil win but told my family I was choking on my dinner. #closeone

— Weslie Totten (@wesliealyssa)

I'm literally so happy for Brazil I'm crying

— $unny!! (@sun_knee_uh)

HE'S CRYING.. ITS MAKING ME TEAR UP.. I HATE SPORTS... brazil never won gold before this is so emotional

— nick christine (@warmgrape)

so we're all watching our tvs and crying together, right? this is nice.

— Holly MacKenzie (@stackmack)

brazil. i'm not crying.

— RustBelt Rebel (@RustBeltRebel)

I watched the penalties and I've been crying for a solid 15 minutes. I'm so proud of @CBF_Futebol #Olympics #Brazil

— Bella RaeAnne (@BellaRaeAnne)

So so so proud of Brazil, crying with them! #Brazil #Olympics #Neymar

— Nickay Piper (@NickayPiper)

Also got to see Brazil take the gold in soccer. Those boys tears almost had me legit crying at work @Olympics

— Jaxi Nightmare (@JaxiNightmare)

Seeing Neymar cry gave me allergies, someone come get these dust mites outta here

— Aaron West (@ayyy_west)

Neymar wins gold for Brazil he's crying this is all too emotional for my poorly self good night

— Hobbie Stuart (@HobbieStuart)


— Crystal Peralta (@CrystalPeraltaa)

I'm crying tears of joy what a game!

#GoldenBoysOfRio (@BrazilEdition)

O Brasil Ganhou Da Alemanha
Neymar Chorando
Ouro Para o Brasil#Futebol

— ஜHello, Susaneஜ (@AdeleLovatto)

mano, eu to rouco DE TANTO GRITAR e agora to chorando pq mt orgulho do meu país

— João (@shisniper)

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aug 21 16, 12:32
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U.S. Women's 4x100 Relay Team Scores Gold After Earlier Baton Drop

The U.S. women won the 4x100-meter relay race on Friday at the Rio Olympics, a day after a missed baton handoff nearly dashed their gold medal hopes.

With a time of 41.01 seconds, the team ― sprinters Allyson Felix, English Gardner, Tianna Bartoletta and Tori Bowie ― bested Jamaica, which took silver, and Great Britain, which won bronze. Jamaica finished in 41.36 seconds, and Great Britain with 41.77, according to The New York Times.

#USA ran away with the women's 4x100 relay gold in the second fastest time ever.


— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics)

.@AllysonFelix has made history tonight!

— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics)

The Americans very nearly didn’t make the final. 

In the qualifying round early Thursday, just before she would have handed the baton to Gardner, Felix was hit by a Brazilian runner who had veered into the wrong lane. The Americans dropped the baton, but Felix, displaying a veteran’s knowledge of the rules, told Gardner to keep going.

Gardner picked up the baton and ran. The team finished the race with a time of 1 minute 6.71 seconds ― too slow to advance to the final.

But all was not lost. “I just know that if something is protest-able, you have to finish,” Felix told NBC Sports after the disastrous first run.

The American team filed a complaint through the International Association of Athletics Federations, track and field’s governing body, and was granted a do-over. On Thursday night, alone on the track, they ran the 400 meters in 41.77 seconds ― the fastest in Round 1, just ahead of Jamaica’s 41.79. The Brazilian team, meanwhile, was disqualified for crossing into another lane.

You can watch Team USA’s re-run ― in a fairly empty stadium ― below:

The Americans’ new time bumped China out of the final. China had initially tied Canada with a time of 42.70 seconds, but, broken down to thousands of a second, Canada came out slightly ahead.

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aug 20 16, 04:37
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This Olympic Wrestler And Her Coach Have The Best Victory Celebration

A Japanese wrestler celebrated winning a gold at the Rio Olympics by body-slamming her coach to the ground and then running around with him on her shoulders. 

When you've just won an Olympjc gold in wrestling, this is how to thank your coach.

— SimonNRicketts (@SimonNRicketts)

Pretty damn epic, right? Yeah, we thought so too.

The wrestler, Risako Kawai, had beaten rival Mariya Mamashuk of Belarus in the the freestyle -63kg class, giving Japan its fourth women’s wrestling gold medal.

Risako Kawai wins another #gold for #JPN in #wrestling (women's 63kg)! Congratulations! #Olympics

— Olympics (@Olympics)

This reaction to a victory seems to be somewhat of a tradition with Japan’s women’s wrestling coach, Kazuhito Sakae. 

“Before the final, the coach said he wanted me to lift him on his shoulders,” said Kawai to The Japan Times. “The three wrestlers the previous day all won gold so they got to do that, and I said I wanted to be first to slam him and he let me do it.”

@SimonNRicketts Same coach, different wrestler a couple of days before:

— furtho (@furtho)

This coach is living his best life. 

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aug 19 16, 20:39
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If Medals Were Given For Sexist Olympic Coverage, These Guys Would Win

A new Vox video has put a hilarious spin on all of the sexist coverage that’s occurred at the Rio 2016 Olympics (and there has been plenty).

Instead of covering the games, the satirical “Wide World of Sexism” news show judges “Olympic sexist coverage as a sport.”

Top competitors include Adam Kreek from the CBC, who suggested that Canadian tennis player Eugenie Bouchard isn’t a real competitor because she makes endorsements on her Instagram page (which no male athletes have done, ever, apparently). And one NBC commentator, discussing The Final Five’s sideline conversations in between events: “They might as well be standing in the middle of a mall.” (Reminder: They’ve collectively shattered records at this year’s Games.)

"They could be standing in a mall" wouldn't be talking about male gymnasts like that. #TeamUSA #ArtisticGymnastics

— Wicked Ginny (@GinnyLurcock)

The Chicago Tribune, entering the Sexism Games “in tweet form,” was also acknowledged for its ability to celebrate Corey Cogdell-Unrein’s bronze medal in trapshooting without even mentioning her name. Instead, they pointed out that she’s the wife of a Chicago Bear’s lineman.

As anchor Liz Plank pointed out, “That is ace dehumanization!”

Wife of a Bears' lineman wins a bronze medal today in Rio Olympics

— Chicago Tribune (@chicagotribune)

Watch the full video for stellar “backhanded body-shaming” and unbelievable feats of “Olympic Bro Appropriating.”

H/T Mediaite

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aug 19 16, 18:09
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This Usain Bolt Fan Totally Wins The Cheering Olympics

Kendra Hansey’s Jamaican mother sure knows how to root for a national hero. Watch

 while urging on Usain Bolt as he captured his third straight 200-meter Olympic title Thursday night.

We figure the eight-time Olympic gold medalist probably would have won the race in Rio de Janeiro anyway, but we’d like to think this woman’s urgency and enthusiasm at least contributed to his margin of victory. 

How my Jamaican mother watches @usainbolt:

— Kendra (@KendraHansey)

h/t Deadspin

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aug 19 16, 14:25
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Sorry Ellen, But Usain Bolt's Olympic Selfies Are Now The G.O.A.T.

Is there anything Usain Bolt can’t do?

The Jamaican track star is not only the fastest man on the planet and a sensational Samba dancer— but he also takes gold medal-worthy selfies.

Bolt ran over to fans after his historic third consecutive 200-meter victory at Rio 2016 Thursday, grabbed their cell phones and posed for multiple shots. Here’s how it went down:

Dozens of overjoyed spectators at the Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro tried to muscle their way in on the photographs that were being snapped by the great man himself.

But not everyone was so happy at being featured. One woman actually looked decidedly discontent, as the below GIF from NBC shows. Perhaps she was supporting Canada’s Andre De Grasse, who dipped across the line in second place?

We found the one person in the world who isn't a fan of @usainbolt...

— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics)

Bolt’s appreciation of his fans inside the Olympic stadium didn’t go unnoticed on Twitter, with many users praising him for paying tribute to them.

He is magic. Look at the way he is talking selfies with all the fans - around the stadium. What a man he is. A true entertainer. #UsainBolt

— Inder J Singh (@OfficialInderJ)

More selfies in the crowd with Jamaican fans for Usain Bolt tonight on victory lap. Guy is as effective a salesman as he is a sprinter.

— John Niyo (@JohnNiyo)

usain bolt really hit that triple double

and went to take selfies in the crowd

— andre de gassed (@NotReallyHobbes)

I want a selfie with Usain Bolt

— perri bockrath (@perribockrath)

Haha! Fans taking selfie with Usain Bolt...
# cute

— Enewerome (@enewerome)

Some users even suggested that the selfies he took and posed for were better than the starry Oscars photo that Ellen DeGeneres snapped in 2014.

The TV host has come under fire during this Games for posting her own version of the Bolt smiling face meme showing her piggybacking on the sprinter. Some critics alleged that it had “racist undertones.” But the sprinting great retweeted her post, suggesting that he took DeGeneres’ tweet in his stride.

Bolt, who won his third Olympic 100-meter title Sunday, could complete a historic triple triple if Jamaica wins gold in the 4x100 meters relay Friday. The athlete said at the start of Rio 2016 that this would be his last Olympics, and that would make this event his last ever race on the world’s biggest sporting stage.

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aug 19 16, 12:13
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Dalilah Muhammad Becomes First U.S. Woman To Win 400-Meter Hurdles

RIO DE JANEIRO - Dalilah Muhammad of the United States led from start to finish to take the gold medal on Thursday in the women’s Olympic 400 meters hurdles.


Denmark’s Sara Slott Petersen won the silver medal ahead of Ashley Spencer of the United States, with world champion Zuzana Hejnova of the Czech Republic managing only fourth.

Dalilah Muhammad wins the women's 400m Hurdles for #GOLD!

— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics)

With steady rain pouring down at the Olympic stadium, Muhammad shot out of the blocks, rose quickest at the first hurdle and never looked like being overtaken.

She clocked 53.13 seconds to win by a margin of 0.42.

Dalilah Muhammad wins the 400m Hurdles! #USA

She's the first American woman to win it at the Olympics.

— Paul Carr (@PCarrESPN)

(Reporting by Mark Trevelyan, editing by Mitch Phillips) 


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aug 19 16, 04:35
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Brazilian Officials Say U.S. Swimmers Should Face Charges For Fabricating Rio Robbery

Brazilian authorities have recommended American swimmers Ryan Lochte and James Feigen face charges of false reporting of a crime, according to reports Thursday from ABC News and Brazilian outlet Globo News. 

Lochte and Feigen, along with fellow U.S. Olympic swimmers Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger, initially claimed on Sunday they were robbed at gunpoint by armed men posing as police. The athletes claimed officers confronted them in their taxi while stopped at a gas station in Barra da Tijuca, a western suburb of Rio.

Reports say the athletes have been “indicted” ― but while indictments in the U.S. indicate formal charges have been filed after a grand jury has determined there’s sufficient evidence to proceed, the term is used differently in Brazil. BuzzFeed Brazil notes a Brazilian “indiciamento” is a “preliminary conclusion of the investigation by police,” after which prosecutors decide whether to pursue charges and a judge decides whether to validate the case.  

The International Olympic Committee

 the robbery in question happened, and the swimmers’ claim soon unraveled after they gave conflicting accounts of the incident to authorities. Surveillance footage further contradicted the swimmers’ narrative and indicated they may have been drunk and disruptive. 

News of the situation gained traction after Lochte, 32, allegedly lied to his mother about the nature of the ordeal and she repeated his account to the press. 

Brazilian officials, citing surveillance footage from the gas station, said the Americans had vandalized a restroom and fought with a gas station security guard on the night of the alleged incident. 

The gas station owner told the O Globo newspaper he directed the swimmers to the bathroom but that at least one of them urinated on the wall instead.

Reports differ on whether an armed security guard pulled a gun on the swimmers before police arrived, but Reuters reported the athletes 

on the scene in Brazilian and U.S. currency, leaving the equivalent of about $50. 

Lochte on Sunday described the incident to NBC’s Bill Bush Sunday as such: 

“The guy pulled out his gun, he cocked it, put it to my forehead and he said, ‘Get down,’ and I put my hands up, I was like, ‘Whatever.’ He took our money, he took my wallet — he left my cell phone, he left my credentials.”

But on Wednesday, the 12-time Olympic medalist told Matt Lauer the gun was 

. Lochte also revised the lead-up to the scene, saying the swimmers had stopped at a gas station to use the bathroom when the incident occurred, after first claiming the armed men pulled them over. 

Bentz and Conger were pulled off their return flight home on Wednesday to be questioned by police. A Brazilian judge ordered police on Wednesday to seize Lochte and Feigen’s passports so they could be questioned, but Lochte had flown back to the U.S. Monday on a commercial flight.

In a statement released Thursday night, the U.S Olympic Committee said Bentz and Conger had given statements to local officials and recently departed Rio. Feigen also gave a revised statement in hopes of reclaiming his passport, which was seized.

Gunnar Bentz & Jack Conger headed back to the U.S. after speaking with Rio Police. #RyanLochte

— Gadi Schwartz (@GadiNBC)

The USOC said its understanding of the incident was the account given by Brazilian police: an act of vandalism at a gas station in Rio, an argument with security and the monetary payment. 

“The behavior of these athletes is not acceptable, nor does it represent the values of Team USA or the conduct of the vast majority of its members,” the statement from the organization said, promising to review the incident and any possible consequences for the swimmers.

“On behalf of the United States Olympic Committee, we apologize to our hosts in Rio and the people of Brazil for this distracting ordeal in the midst of what should rightly be a celebration of excellence,” it concluded.

The false account from the Americans has hit a nerve with many Rio residents, who chafed at the way the foreigners fed the characterization of the city as a dangerous, crime-ridden place. 

Despite the mounting evidence against the swimmers’ original claims, Lochte’s lawyer on Thursday still insisted that a robbery occurred. 

Lochte's attorney: "No matter what happened at that gas station, the swimmers were robbed…"

— ABC News (@ABC)

Chief of Civil Police Fernando Veloso said in Thursday press conference that potential charges of false communication of a crime and damaging private assets were unlikely to stick since the swimmers paid for the damage and the gas station owner was not pressing charges, CNN reports. 

This story has been updated with a statement from the U.S. Olympic Committee.

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