Entries in 2012 Olympics (5)


Gabby Douglas Tells 'Vanity Fair' Former Teammates Called Her ‘Slave’

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Although Gabby Douglas has been showered with praise since winning two Olympic gold medals, the 16-year-old gymnast recalled a time when she was teased and taunted by her fellow teammates, who she said called her “slave” and stole her clothes.

In an interview with Vanity Fair, Douglas said a gymnast at Excalibur Gymnastics in Virginia Beach, Va.,  called her the team’s “slave” as she tried to get out of cleaning the equipment.

In another instance, Douglas told the magazine how her shirt was stolen from the Excalibur locker room, and that her teammates laughed when she realized she had no shirt to wear. “You don’t actually take by mistake someone’s clothes,” Douglas said.

But Douglas said the worst incident in her memory was an Excalibur staff member telling her she might want to get plastic surgery on her nose because of its flatness. Douglas called that comment “very hurtful.”

Representatives for Excalibur denied to Vanity Fair that the events occurred, and said Douglas never reported them to administrators. Douglas’ mom, Natalie Hawkins, said she only recently learned about her daughter’s alleged treatment at Excalibur and was “flabbergasted.”

Douglas ended up leaving Virginia to train in Iowa while living with a host family. With two medals under her belt, she’s now focusing on how to celebrate with the millions likely to pour in from endorsement deals. Although she hasn’t had time to get a driver’s license, she wants a car: “An Acura NSX,” she said, adding, “Oh yeah, and a Bentley.”

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NBC Sets Record for Olympic Viewers

Oli Scarff/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- According to statistics from Nielsen, the London Olympics drew an Olympic-record 219 million unique viewers across all of NBC’s platforms, surpassing the 215 million who watched the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and the 209 million who watched the Athens Games back in 2004, according to Variety.  NBC claims it was the most-watched event in TV history.

Over 17 days in primetime, the Olympic coverage averaged 31.1 million viewers, seen across NBC, Bravo, CNBC, MSNBC, NBC Sports Network and Telemundo, as well as online at  The opening ceremony was the most-watched event, picking up 41 million viewers.

Despite many complaints regarding NBC’s decision to air major events on tape delay, there appears to have been little in the way of damage to ratings, reports Variety.  NBC made the claim that even more people tuned in at the end of the day after they had discovered results via other sources.

The Olympic coverage had a positive effect for other NBC shows, including Today, Access Hollywood and NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, which posted record viewing figures.  The highest-rated city during primetime was Salt Lake City.

NBC bid $4.3 billion for the rights to air the next four Olympic events, including the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, and the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro.

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Spice Girls Dazzle at London 2012 Olympics Closing Ceremony

Fred Duval/FilmMagic(LONDON) -- The closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics brought a dash of traditional British pomp and culminated with a number of performances by English pop and rock super stars and a show-stopper by the Spice Girls.

In contrast to director Danny Boyle’s divisive opening ceremony, which featured performances from Paul McCartney, rapper Dizzee Rascal and rockers the Arctic Monkeys, the closing event had the vibe of Britain’s famed and diverse music festivals.  It featured performances by 1980s pop mainstays Madness and the Pet Shop Boys, George Michael, modern rockers The Kaiser Chiefs, singer Annie Lennox and many more.

It was the reunited Spice Girls that made the biggest splash at Sunday night’s event, which was viewed by an estimated 300 million people around the world and 80,000 fans at Olympic Stadium.

Melanie Chisholm (“Sporty Spice”), Emma Bunton (“Baby Spice”), Melanie Brown (“Scary Spice”), Victoria Beckham (“Posh Spice”), and Geri Halliwell (“Ginger Spice”) arrived via multicolored taxis into the center of the stadium, the floor of which was arranged to resemble the Union Jack.

The reunited pop stars surprised audiences by performing a medley of their megahits “Wannabe” and “Spice Up Your Life” as they stood atop their taxis and circled the stadium, dazzling fans who helped make them one of the most popular worldwide acts of the late 1990s.

In addition to the aforementioned artists, London 2012′s closing ceremony also featured comic Eric Idle performing “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life,” which was originally featured in the 1979 film Monty Python’s Life of Brian.  The track is a popular sing-along in the United Kingdom.

Many more acts turned up to perform at the stunning closing event, including One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Russell Brand, Fatboy Slim, Jessie J, Tinie Tempah, Taio Cruz, Liam Gallagher and Beady Eye, Take That, Muse, Bryan May, The Kinks’ Ray Davies, and The Who, performing hits “Baba O’Riley”, “See Me, Feel Me”, and “My Generation.”

At the end of the ceremony, London Mayor Boris Johnson passed the Olympic Flag to Rio de Janero’s Mayor Eduardo Paes.  The Brazilian city will host the 2016 summer games.

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2012 Olympics: NBC Accidentally Airs Water Polo Player's Breast

Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Sharp-eyed Olympics viewers might have caught a glimpse of a little more skin than they expected when watching women's water polo on Wednesday.

The site Deadspin was the first to catch the aquatic wardrobe malfunction. As the U.S. faced off against Spain, an underwater replay of a pair of players tussling showed U.S. player Kami Craig grabbing her opponent's swimsuit and accidentally exposing her breast.

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Women’s Gymnastics Team Gets Tweeted by GaGa, Bieber

EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/GettyImages(NEW YORK) -- What’s the best way to get a music superstar to acknowledge your presence on Twitter?  Be a gold medal-winning Olympian.

After snagging the gold medal at the London Olympics Tuesday night, the U.S. women’s gymnastics team got messages of congratulations from both Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber.

It all started when team member Jordyn Wieber tweeted, “Now that we are OLYMPIC champions … Can we please meet @justinbieber??”  She included her team members’ Twitter handles in her tweet.

Next thing she knew, Bieber wrote back, “@jordyn_wieber u support me i support u. congrats… #DREAMBIG.”

She replied, “@justinbieber THANK YOU SO MUCH! #believe.”

Justin then tweeted to the entire team, "CONGRATS…on your GOLD MEDAL #BeliebersWinGOLD  #Proud.”

Later, Wieber tweeted, “That amazing moment when @justinbieber follows all of us.”

But it wasn’t just Bieber who got into the act -- Lady Gaga was watching too.  She tweeted, “Woohoo! Gold for the ladies! just want to squeeze them! So much talent and beauty. Did u seem [sic] all holding hands? There’s no 'I' in team.”

A member of the team, McKayla Maroney, tweeted Gaga back, saying, “This team loves you & your music!! I also heard you were a gymnast??”

Gaga responded, “You were brilliant give all the girls a kiss for me. And no I did gymnastics for like a weeks and then dropped out for ballet!” Maroney joked, “Your so amazing I bet you still have a shot at gymnastics! 2016 maybe.”

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