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Monday, July 13, 2020

Olympics

Usain Bolt and girlfriend Kasi Bennett expecting a baby

Usain Bolt silencer

Usain Bolt will not be competing at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, but the eight-time gold medalist is going to have plenty to keep him busy in the coming months.

Bolt and his longtime girlfriend Kasi Bennett announced on Instagram Thursday that they are expecting their first child together.

“I just want to say a KING or QUEEN is about to be HERE,” Bolt wrote.

Bolt, 33, has been dating Bennett for several years. Rumors flew after Bolt won three of his gold medals at the Rio Olympics in 2016 that he may have cheated on Bennett, and some photos that were posted all over social media did him no favors. However, the couple has remained together and is now starting a family.

Bolt has retired from competitive sprinting, but he showed us last year that he still has blazing speed. He’ll need that to keep up with his new addition.

Lolo Jones discusses her virginity, jokes going public was a ‘mistake’

It has been nearly eight years since Lolo Jones publicly discussed that she is saving herself for marriage, and the Olympic track and field star can’t help but wonder now if she should have never come clean.

Jones was a guest on the latest episode of comedian Kevin Hart’s “Cold as Balls” show, and the topic of her virginity came up. The 37-year-old rolled her eyes and said opening up about being a virgin was a mistake, joking that it “killed” her dating life.

“That was a mistake. That killed all my dates after that,” Jones said. “Before at least I had a chance. Before I’d tiptoe and be like, ‘OK, when’s a good time to tell him? Do I wait until he sees my personality a little bit, or do I just drop the bomb?'”

Hart then asked Jones if celibacy has helped her remained focused with her career.

“I have a higher level of intensity because I don’t have any pressure release,” Jones joked. “Everybody knows me as a stressed out person.”

Jones added, however, that she has been running at a “disadvantage” because having sex increases a woman’s testosterone level.

You can hear Jones discussing the subject at about the 2:30 mark of the video below:

Jones is a lot like Tim Tebow. Both are tremendous athletes who competed or compete at a high level, but there’s no question openly discussing their virginity made them more famous.

What’s great about Jones is that she has a fantastic sense of humor, which is probably why she has been able to openly discuss such a sensitive subject. She’s even made light of it in somewhat serious situations where she sustained an injury. Jones truly is one of a kind.

Watch: Simone Biles’ triple-double is even better in extreme slow motion

Simone Biles

The triple-double that Simone Biles nailed at the U.S. Gymnastics National Championships in Kansas City, Missouri on Sunday was incredible, but comprehending the complexity of the move in real time was difficult. Even watching it in slow motion still didn’t completely allow viewers to carefully dissect what she had done.

Thankfully Timothy Burke broke the film down into extreme slow motion that allows viewers to fully analyze and appreciate the triple-double. Here you can see the three twists and two flips executed by Biles during her floor routine:

That was unbelievable.

You know you’re doing something special when it has to be slowed down to that speed for the naked eye to be able to see all that went on.

Biles, who won four gold medals at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, has now captured six all-around titles at the US Gymnastics Championships.

Watch: Simone Biles makes history with first triple-double in floor exercise

Simone Biles

Simone Biles continues to do incredible things on the gymnastics floor.

A day after nailing a double-double in competition, Biles came back and landed the first ever triple-double. The Olympic gold medalist won the all-around title at the U.S. Gymnastics National Championships in Kansas City, Missouri this weekend. Her triple-double in the floor exercise on Sunday went viral. A triple-double is a skill that involves three twists and two somersaults in the air.

Here it is in slow motion so you can really get a look at it:

The degree of difficulty is so high for that move; most gymnasts simply cannot physically execute that skill, which gives Biles a huge advantage in scoring, as NBC’s Nick Zaccardi points out.

Biles, who won four gold medals at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, has now won six all-around titles at the US Gymnastics Championships. She is also looking to become a five-time World overall champion.

Michael Phelps shares more info about his mental health issues

Michael Phelps was recently honored for the work he has done to call attention to the field of mental health when he was presented with the Morton E. Ruderman Award in Inclusion, and the 23-time gold medalist has continued to share his own experiences to raise awareness.

Phelps has partnered with an app called Talkspace, which gives users access to help from licensed therapists. On Sunday, he sent some tweets talking about what led him to seek help.

Phelps has also dedicated much of his work with the Michael Phelps Foundation to educating people on the importance of mental health treatment and overcoming the stigmas associated with it.

We have seen more and more prominent athletes open up about their mental health issues in recent years, with Kevin Love launching a similar fund to the one Phelps has and former NFL wide receiver Steve Smith speaking publicly about his battle with depression. There are few athletes in the world who are more recognizable than Phelps, which is why he’s being applauded for his efforts.

Michael Phelps selling Arizona mansion for $4.1 million

Michael Phelps and his wife Nicole welcomed their second son into the world back in February, and it may be time to upgrade their residence now that they have multiple children. That is, if anyone ever really needs an upgrade from 6,000 square feet.

As Catherine Reagor of The Arizona Republic discovered, Phelps recently put his home in Paradise Valley on the market for $4.125 million. The 23-time Olympic gold medalist purchased the home for $2.53 million in 2015. The house is 6,010 square feet and has six bedrooms, six-plus bathrooms, four fireplaces, a 350-bottle wine room, a sports room and a massive swimming pool (obviously).

Reagor notes that Phelps bought the house after he was named the Arizona State assistant swim coach in, and it’s unclear why he has decided to sell. If the hot Arizona sun was responsible for the awesome tan Phelps was rocking at the NCAA championship game last year, he’ll probably be sticking around the area.

Lindsey Vonn hung out with Cavs after Game 7 win

Lindsey Vonn emotional

The Cleveland Cavaliers pulled off one of their greatest victories in franchise history on Sunday and were fittingly met by an Olympic great afterwards.

The Cavs defeated the Boston Celtics on the road in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals, and after the game, skier Lindsey Vonn was among those waiting for them outside the locker room, per ESPN’s Dave McMenamin.

Vonn, who is coming off a bronze medal victory last February in the women’s downhill competition at the PyeongChang Games, also posted some videos from the stands to her Instagram Story during the game.

The Cavs are apparently a rather popular team, as the 33-year-old skiing legend is just the latest big-name athlete to rub elbows with them.