Phil Kessel pounded Powerade during USA’s win over Slovakia (Video)

Phil-Kessel-PoweradeThose of you who crawled out of bed early on Thursday to watch the US men’s hockey team take on Slovakia in the Winter Olympics were treated to a complete blowout. The Americans dominated play from the opening face-off and won 7-1, scoring six goals in the second period alone. But don’t worry, Slovakia, a bottle of Powerade got dominated as well.

Phil Kessel was apparently incredibly thirsty late in the game. We typically see athletes sip a little bit of water or sports drink and spit most of it out so they don’t cramp up, but Kessel said forget all that. He straight up owned that thing. No wonder these guys looked like they were on their own level — superior hydration.

Video via Barstool Sports

Skier Jackie Chamoun apologizes for topless photoshoot, behind-the-scenes video

Jackie Chamoun

Lebanese skier Jackie Chamoun apologized on her Facebook page Tuesday after photos from an old, racy photoshoot began to circulate on the net in recent days.

Chamoun, 22, skied for Lebanon in the Winter Games in Vancouver and will be participating in the women’s slalom and giant slalom in Sochi next week. A few years ago she participated in a photoshoot conducted by Mexican skier Prince Hubertus von Hohenlohe (the guy who has the custom Mariachi ski outfit), who creates an annual calendar intended to promote the sport. Chamoun says the photoshoot took place three years ago, though the calendar was released last year. The shoot took place at Lebanon’s Faraya ski and featured male and female ski instructors.

It’s not Chamoun’s appearance in the calendar that caused issues, but rather images from a behind-the-scenes video that showed her topless at times that created a stir.

According to Time, the video went viral a few days ago after the local Al-Jadeed television highlighted it. In response, the AP says Lebanon’s Youth and Sport minister called for an investigation into the photos and video. He wanted to ensure the country’s reputation was holding strong as Lebanon is a more conservative country compared to the US and elsewhere.

Chamoun definitely seems bothered by all the attention to the issue. She wrote the following statement on her Facebook page.

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US snowboarder Jamie Anderson: Tinder app is ‘next level’ in Olympic Village

Jamie-AndersonThe Olympic Village in Sochi was stocked with a shipment of 100,000 condoms for a reason. Hooking up at the Olympics is a tradition unlike any other, with many athletes having openly admitted over the years that sex is everywhere. US snowboarder Jamie Anderson says the popular dating app Tinder has taken things to the next level.

When asked how she and her fellow female athletes play match maker during their downtime in the Olympic Village, Anderson referenced the app.

“Tinder!” she proudly told Us Weekly’s Jennifer Peros. “Tinder in the Olympic Village is next level. It’s all athletes! In the mountain village it’s all athletes. It’s hilarious. There are some cuties on there.”

Apparently too many cuties can be a distraction, because Anderson said she had to delete the app to focus on the competition.

“There was a point where I had to be like OK, this is way too distracting,” she said. “I deleted my account to focus on the Olympics.”

Anderson took home the gold medal in the women’s slopestyle event on Sunday.

I wonder how our resident Tinder expert feels about Tinder being “next level” in the Olympic Village. We’ll have to ask the man who published a list of Tinder do’s and don’ts for his opinion later on.

H/T to Del’s lovely wife Jackie for the tip

Vladimir Putin hugs gay Olympic speedskater Ireen Wust (Video)

Vladimir-Putin-hugs-gay-athleteA lot was made about Russia’s anti-gay laws leading up to the Winter Olympics in Sochi. Fortunately, it does not seem like there have been any issues for athletes and visitors during the first week of the Games. In fact, Russian president Vladmir Putin even hugged an openly gay competitor earlier this week.

Dutch speedskater Ireen Wust was the first openly gay athlete to win a gold medal in Sochi. After she won the 3,000-meter race, she told Dutch national broadcaster NOS that she shared an intimate moment with Putin.

“I got a cuddle from him,” Wust said, according to ABC News. “He congratulated me and asked if everything was OK in Russia and I congratulated him on (Russian speedskater) Olga Graf, of course, for her third place (in the 3,000 meters). He was happy to see me, but then he had to leave again. But I cuddled him.”

Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law prohibits information about homosexuality from being given to minors. Putin has maintained for months that homosexuals will not be discriminated against at the Olympics, though he did come under fire for the way he phrased his reassurance in one interview. Hopefully the sexual preference of athletes continues to be a non-issue.

Danny Davis: Shaun White losing is good for snowboarding

Shaun-WhiteShaun White turned in a disappointing performance in the men’s halfpipe event at the Winter Olympics on Tuesday. The stage was set perfectly for the gold medal favorite, as he was the last boarder to ride in the final round. White’s score of 90.25 was not enough to earn a medal. Switzerland’s Iouri Podladtchikov took home the gold.

While many Americans felt that White’s performance was a letdown, fellow US snowboarder Danny Davis saw it as a positive.

“You know it’s good for snowboarding, man,” Davis said, per Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! Sports. “The world knows now that there are other snowboarders besides Shaun. It’s great, man, because there are a bunch of good riders in our sport and they deserve some credit, too.”

Davis, who finished 10th after wiping out twice, also thought the judges did White a favor by giving him a high enough score to finish fourth.

“Well, fourth was a gift, first of all,” Davis said.

White failed to land one of his tricks, which usually makes it incredibly difficult to score above a 90. His name may have contributed to the score, but White is proud of what he has done for the sport of snowboarding.

“I think I have affected a lot of people,” he said. “People who had never seen the sport before … I always want to be more than just a snowboard. This is a big part of who I am, but it’s not all of who I am.”

White is to snowboarding as Tiger Woods is to golf. Golf was not nearly as popular among the younger generation before Tiger came along. Now, Woods is struggling to win tournaments because the people who grew up idolizing him are keeping pace with him on the course. White has grown the sport of snowboarding, which means he faces more competition now than ever. That was evident in Sochi.

Canada scores controversial go-ahead goal against US in women’s hockey (Video)

US-Canada-controversial-goalCanada and the United States squared off on Wednesday in what many feel is certain to be a preview of the women’s hockey gold medal game. The US was fortunate that it was not an elimination game, because the Canadians may have benefitted from a controversial call on their go-ahead goal in the third period.

The goal that gave Canada a 2-1 lead appeared to be whistled dead, though the puck still continued into the net. The official who blew the whistle must have thought US goaltender Jessie Vetter had the puck underneath her pads, but she did not. Replays showed that the whistle was blown just as the puck was getting to the goal line.

Technically, a referee should only blow the whistle if the puck is frozen. But even if it’s not, the whistle still signifies a stoppage of play. Canada deserved the goal, but by the rule book it seems like the play should have been ruled dead as soon as the whistle sounded.

Canada went on to take a 3-1 lead later in the period after a US turnover in the attacking zone. It seems almost certain that the Americans will have a chance to avenge Wednesday’s loss later in the tournament.

Video via Sports Grid

What is the Yolo Flip? I-Pod’s halfpipe trick explained (Video)

iPod snowboardingJust like many of you, I’m not an expert on snowboarding much less halfpipe tricks. But I first heard about Iouri Podlatchikov (known as I-Pod) and his “Yolo Flip” trick that helped him win gold in the halfpipe at Sochi a few weeks before the Olympics. The Yolo flip is something new that he created seemingly in response to the Double McTwist, a 1260 move that Shaun White did at Vancouver to win gold in 2010.

I-Pod, who is a Swiss snowboarder, won gold in the halfpipe on Tuesday despite doing just five tricks on his final run instead of six like most of his competitors. That’s because the Yolo Flip is that insane.

So what exactly does the Yolo flip entail?

It’s a 1440 move that includes two head-over-heels flips and two 360-degree turns. Announcers called it a cab double cork 1440 when he first landed it at X Games Tignes, but I-Pod named it “YOLO” flip. Yolo, of course, is an acronym for “You Only Live Once.” It’s a saying popularized by rapper Drake.

Store Your Board blog furthers breaks down the trick:

Cab = switch frontside. I-pod said himself that the term “Cab”, which comes from Steve Caballero of skateboarding legend, should be reserved for skateboarding tricks. He refers to the YOLO Flip as a switch frontside trick.
Double Cork = 2 inverts
1440 = 2 inverts + 2 rotations

So that’s the Yolo Flip. Think about how insane it is to get enough speed, momentum and hangtime to rotate 1440 degrees on one trick. And I-Pod did it in the Olympics to win gold. White says he landed it in practice, which led him to try it in the Olympics, but he was unable to land it in competition.

Now you know about the Yolo Flip. And if you don’t know about the Drake song — and you probably do — I regretfully have posted it below: