I'm already rooting for her.
Hernandez won't be the first gymnast to have competed in Dancing With the Stars, let alone the first Olympian; Hernandez's teammate Aly Raisman has also vied for that mirrorball trophy in the past, eventually finishing in fourth place. In addition to Hernandez, swimmer Ryan Lochte will be the other Olympian from Rio on the show's twenty-third season.Read More
Japan’s Prime Minister Shows up Via Warp Pipe, Dressed as Mario, to Take on Olympic Mantle at Rio Closing Ceremony
Japan leading the way in technology.
The 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio went out with a bang at the closing ceremony last night, which included passing the torch (not the literal one, in this case) to the next city. In 2020, the Olympics are going to Tokyo, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe showed up in style to accept that responsibility after a short video (also featuring Hello Kitty and Pac-Man) teasing their hosting of the games.Read More
Thanks to YouTuber Matthew Longua, we get to see just how well Beastie Boys' "Sabotage" works for the Rogue One trailer. (Spoiler: it hella does.)Read More
Chinese swimmer Fu Yuanhui took the Internet by storm with her expressive reaction to winning a medal.Read More
If this isn't proof that dreams do come true, I don't know what is. Actress and comedian Leslie Jones has finally taken her couchside Olympics commentary to the Games themselves in Rio, and she's continuing her thoroughly entertaining coverage of events from her Snapchat and Twitter accounts.Read More
And we've still got one more week of this.
There's an undercurrent of sexism in the Olympics media coverage that seems to be mostly propelled by the inability to give many female athletes their own headlines, or tout them for their own victories, without linking them in some way to a man.Read More
The animated film Kubo and the Two Strings from LAIKA doesn't come out until next week, but you may have already heard this awesome cut off the soundtrack, which was released August 5th. If you haven't, this cover of The Beatles classic "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" by Regina Spektor is lovely. If you have heard it, this is the recently-released official video. Let this mellow track ease you into your weekend.Read More
Simone Manuel Makes History As First Black Woman to Win Individual Olympic Swimming Medal As Several News Outlets Snub Her
There are a bunch of women being brilliant at the 2016 Rio Olympics, particularly if their name is Simone. There's been a lot of talk about the incredible Simone Biles, gymnast on Team USA who just secured a Gold Medal in the Women's Individual All-Around and is totally the GOAT. However, another Simone not only won a Gold Medal yesterday, but made history while doing it. Team USA's Simone Manuel became the first black woman to win an individual Olympic swimming medal.Read More
Every kind of awful.
A straight reporter for The Daily Beast potentially outed gay Olympians in Rio when he posed as gay while signing up for Grindr.Read More
Feminism Around the World: Olympic Swimmer Fu Yuanhui Becomes Internet Favorite and Symbol of “Post 95s” China
In the past, we've gotten used to seeing Chinese athletes at the Olympics being extremely reserved and focused as they pursue excellence in their sports. That seems to be changing, however, as China is more open now than its ever been before, and as a greater access to the internet and technology has changed the way China's youngest adults (the "Post 95s" - ie: born after 1995) relate to themselves, to each other, and to the world around them. Case in point: the inimitable Fu Yuanhui.Read More
A new teaser came out in anticipation for the second official trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which will air during Olympics coverage tomorrow.Read More
Ladies, gentlemen, and gender non-conforming folks, welcome to The Most Adorable Fan Letter Ever.Read More
Give Leslie all the commentator jobs.
The actress and comedian began posting to her Twitter account as soon as she had the opportunity to watch the opening ceremony--and ever since then, following her Twitter feed is providing us with hilarious first-hand commentary on several of the first Olympic events, including the men's cycling road race, men's gymnastics, swimming and women's beach volleyball.Read More
Because we... care less about who wins, apparently.
Miller's view that women care less about sports results is an unfair generalization--while recent polls have revealed that the overall number of American women interested in the Olympics has gone down since 2012's London Games, the overall number of men has dipped slightly too.Read More
What do you get when you mash up Stranger Things with Perfect Strangers? Something very weird. And very 80s.Read More
Uber Passenger Helps Raise Money to Send Driver to Rio to See Son Compete in the 2016 Summer Olympics
Despite the bad things you sometimes hear about certain ridesharing services, the fact is that ridesharing also allows people an opportunity to connect. For one passenger and her driver, that connection allowed a father to go see his son compete in the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics.Read More
The best thing about art is that, when it catches on, it inspires its fans to create more art. Just about everyone is raving about Stranger Things, and Comics Alliance has an amazing gallery of awesome fan art devoted to the show. The talent on display is is totally remarkable. Go check it out!Read More
Feminism Around the World: Details Emerge About Canada’s Investigation Into Murdered/Missing Indigenous Women
We've been hearing about an upcoming investigation into the cases of over 1,000 missing or murdered Indigenous women in Canada since the end of last year. Today, the Canadian government has released details about how the investigation will be approached and what methods may be used.Read More
Blizzard will apparently be releasing a special series of Summer Olympic Games-themed loot boxes, which contain a random assortment of Summer Olympics-themed gear.Read More
"The goal is to go down in history as the best woman fighter to ever live. That's my goal."Read More