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2016 Rio Olympics

Laurie Hernandez Literally Flips Over Her Dancing With the Stars Partner

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.

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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.

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Things We Saw Today: Rogue One Trailer Excellently Re-cut With Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage”

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.)

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This Olympic Swimmer Mentioned Getting Her Period and Now She’s a Taboo-Smashing Hero [Mediaite]

Chinese swimmer Fu Yuanhui took the Internet by storm with her expressive reaction to winning a medal.

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Leslie Jones is Giving Us The Olympics Coverage We Need From Rio

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.

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News Outlets Can’t Seem To Report Female Olympians’ Victories Without Linking Them To Men

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.

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Things We Saw Today: Regina Spektor Covers The Beatles For the Kubo and the Two Strings Soundtrack

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.

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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.

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The Daily Beast Reporter Outs Olympians in Disgusting Stunt While Researching Dating Apps in Rio

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.

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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.

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Gets an Intense New Teaser and Synopsis

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.

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Things We Saw Today: Adorable “8-9 Year Old” Fan Shows Ghostbusters‘ Leslie Jones Some Love

Ladies, gentlemen, and gender non-conforming folks, welcome to The Most Adorable Fan Letter Ever.

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NBC Just Invited Leslie Jones To Rio For Her Epic Olympic Live-Tweeting

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.

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NBC: Olympics U.S. Broadcast Delay is Partly Because Women Care Less About Event Results

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.

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Things We Saw Today: Stranger Things + Perfect Strangers = Perfect Stranger Things, Of Course

What do you get when you mash up Stranger Things with Perfect Strangers? Something very weird. And very 80s.

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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.

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Things We Saw Today: Check Out This Amazing Stranger Things Fan Art

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!

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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.

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A New World: Blizzard Releasing Special Summer Olympics Overwatch Skins

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.

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Interview: Olympic Boxer Claressa Shields Shows Us What It Means to Be a Champion

"The goal is to go down in history as the best woman fighter to ever live. That's my goal."

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