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Holley Mangold: Guys with fetishes like me

Holley Mangold is one of the top female weightlifters in the world. The 5’8″ 350 lb 22-year-old is a member of the Team USA Olympic team and she’s set to compete at the Summer Games in London next month.

Holley has become recognizable because she’s the sister of Jets center Nick Mangold (who sadly won’t be in London to watch her compete), and also because she seems to be downright hilarious.

Mangold was the subject of a nice feature in New York Times Magazine which tells the story of how she got into weightlifting. The feature also contains a few awesome quotes from Holley, who doesn’t shy away from the obvious: She’s a large woman.

“I get a lot of Creepy McCreepersons interested in me because I’m so big it’s not normal, it’s like a fetish,” she told writer Elizabeth Weil. “And I don’t like to sit outside. Not because I don’t like to be outside, but usually there are plastic chairs. Once you break a couple plastic chairs, you’re afraid of them all.”

Holley also says she’s contemplated getting an Olympics tattoo, but can’t figure out what or where to get it. She doesn’t think she has the appropriate body type for one.

“Tattoos on fat girls look … Really nasty,” Mangold said. “You really don’t want me to get the rings tramp-stamped on my butt.”

The Olympics are a time when obscure athletes become household names based on what they accomplish. Something tells me that if Mangold performs well in London, and gets time in front of cameras, she’ll see a surge in popularity.

Note: This post also appeared at Medal Detector

Olympic runner Nick Symmonds goes on a date with Paris Hilton

Olympic runner Nick Symmonds spends most of his time preparing for the London Games. However, he recently got a chance to spend some downtime with someone who is apparently very special to him. According to NBC Sports, Symmonds recently visited Los Angeles and went on a date with Paris Hilton.

With rain falling at the site of the Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon, Symmonds says he was relaxing in Beverly Hills when he got a surprise email from Hilton, who was flying in from New York. She asked if they could meet, and he arranged for a meeting at the Beverly Hills Hotel — a spot that is known for being very private.

“Three weeks out from the Trials, I thought that would be a much-needed quick escape,” Symmonds said. “I was pleasantly surprised to be able to sit down with Paris Hilton one-on-one and get to know her a little bit better.”

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London reportedly last time NBA superstars will compete in Olympics

Mark Cuban may soon be one very happy camper. The 2012 Summer Olympics in London could be the last time NBA superstars partake in the Olympic Games. With all the talk recently about players being compensated for Olympic competition and owners worrying that their biggest investments are risking injury by playing for free, many have been calling for an under-23 Team USA going forward. Instead, the NBA is working on starting an entirely different tournament.

According to Yahoo! Sports, the NBA is looking to rebrand the world championships into a tournament called “The World Cup of Basketball.” The league has reportedly been in talks with FIBA in an attempt to create a financial partnership that would allow the NBA to share the revenue from a world basketball tournament, unlike the current system where the Olympics reap all the benefits of NBA player participation.

“The owners would be a lot more comfortable letting star players play internationally if they’re sharing in the revenue,” a league source told Yahoo! Sports.

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Michael Phelps could give himself chance to break his record of eight gold medals

One big question that many Olympic fans have been pondering in the months leading up to the London Olympics will soon be answered: Will Michael Phelps make an effort to break his own world record of eight gold medals at a single Olympic Games? The short answer is yes. Unfortunately, it may not be that simple.

According to the psych sheet released by USA Swimming on Tuesday, Phelps will compete in seven events at next week’s trials — the 200-meter and 400-meter individaul medleys, the 100-meter and 200-meter butterflys, the 100-meter and 200-meter freestyles, and the 200-meter backstroke. Those seven events combined with the three U.S. team relay events would give Phelps a shot at 10 gold medals. However, qualifying for an event does not necessarily mean he will chose to enter it in London.

“Our typical plan is always to enter more events than he will usually swim so that we have some flexibility should something unforeseen come up,” Bob Bowman, Phelps’ coach, said on Tuesday. “Whether he swims all of those all the way through the events – like, there’s a chance he might swim some of those events in the preliminary and scratch, or whether he swims them all the way through, that still remains to be seen.”

In 2008 at the Beijing Olympics, Phelps raced in three less events than he qualified for back in the States. Bowman previously said that Phelps will only compete in events that he has a chance to win, but for those of us who have seen him swim that means pretty much nothing. If you’re holding out hope that Phelps will try to break his gold medal record this summer, just cross your fingers he only decides to scratch one event.

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Olympic torchbearer David State proposes to girlfriend during ceremony

If you like events that involve the Olympic torch and unique proposals, this is a story you won’t soon forget. David State, a 25-year-old torchbearer for the London Olympics, proposed to his girlfriend during a torch ceremony in England on Monday as swarms of people lined the streets. The lovely lady, Christine Langham, gladly accepted.

“I was in complete shock,” she said according to the Daily Mail. “I think I still am, it obviously emotional anyway watching him run with the torch, but then he palmed it off with somebody and got down on one knee.

“I was surprised I didn’t give birth there and then. I was trying not to cry, at first I was in a fit of sobs a little bit and then said yes.”

Langham, 27, is pregnant with the couple’s first child. State was chosen as a torchbearer because of his voluntary service with the Scout movement. He has raised more than $15,000 for charities over the past 10 years.

After popping the question, State needed to get back to his duties and continue carrying the Olympic torch. That part, he says, was what made this particular proposal bizarre.

“I can’t really explain it,” State said. “The only thing that could come out of my mouth at the time was ‘I’ve got to go’ and I ran off with the torch. I think if I’d stayed any longer I would have burst into tears. Christine was crying her eyes out, bless her.”

One thing is for sure — you won’t find a more unique proposal than the one Langham was surprised with. Juggling the Olympic torch and an engagement ring takes some serious commitment. Between State and this 91-year-old athlete, London has itself some interesting torchbearers for the Summer Games.

H/T CBSSports.com

Italian swimmer Filippo Magnini says he won’t have sex during Olympics

All athletes have different ways of preparing for competition, especially those who compete in the Olympics. In certain ways, Olympic athletes are their own breed. They are some of the fiercest competitors in the world and have some of the strictest training regimens. Some take long naps before races while others stay awake and listen to music for hours. Some eat light meals and others load up on calories. Some use sex to relieve stress, whereas others refrain from it throughout the entire Olympic Games. Italian swimmer Filippo Magnini prefers celibacy.

“There are athletes who even have sex the evening before (a race), but I’m more prudent,” Magnini told “A” Magazine according to the Herald Sun. “During the events I try to keep calm.”

The 30-year-old is the double 100-meter freestyle world champion and won the world 100-meter freestyle in 2005 and 2007, so his resume is impressive enough that his training methods need not be questioned. Pictured above on the right is Magnini’s girlfriend, Federica Pellegrini. We are hoping Pellegrini — an Olympic swimmer and the 2008 gold medalist in the 200-meter freestyle — also prefers to swear off sex during the Olympic Games. Otherwise, the 23-year-old could be one frustrated customer in London this summer.

91-year-old Arthur Gilbert is an Olympic torchbearer and world’s oldest triathlete

Whether you are 16 years old or 40, I bet you can’t image competing in a triathlon 40 years from now. What is the cut-off age for such activity? It can’t be any older than 60 and even then you’d have to be in freakishly fantastic shape, right? For Arthur Gilbert, 60 years old feels like it was a lifetime ago. The british athlete completed his 41st triathlon in England over the weekend at the tender age of 91.

“I came last but when you’re 91 I think you’re allowed to,” Gilbert told the Daily Mirror. “I keep saying I’m going to give up soon but I always end up going back to do more. This triathlon was my third ‘last one’. I just can’t give up.”

That’s right, he said 91. Most people would feel lucky to be alive at GIlbert’s age, but he’s still finishing races. The retired helicopter engineer completed a 500-meter swim, a 20-km bike ride, and a 5-km run to complete the triathlon. His training regimen is that of a man in his mid-20s, as Gilbert said he goes to the gym three times a week, cycles 25 miles every Sunday and swims 50 laps in a pool every day. The secret? Staying happy and positive.

“The secret is staying stress-free, being happy, doing charity work and being positive,” he explained. “I don’t drink or smoke and I have regular check-ups. I also have a balanced diet with lots of fruit which helps ­tremendously – I love nuts and bananas.

“I must be the world’s oldest triathlete. People think I’m bonkers but they inspire me to carry on, and I inspire them to do something like this for charity.”

It may be hard to believe, but he is indeed the world’s oldest triathlete, a title he earned last year according to Burnham-On-Sea.com. Gilbert has also taken part in the ceremonies leading up to the London Olympics, as he carried the Olympic Torch through a British village last month. He may be too old to compete, but not having a 91-year-old triathlete take part in the Olympic ceremonies would just be plain senseless. Best of luck in your 42nd triathlon, Mr. Gilbert.