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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Olympics

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.

Chloe Kim honored with a Barbie doll

Chloe Kim

Chloe Kim has gone from relatively unknown snowboarder a little over a month ago to having her own Barbie doll.

Kim was one of 17 modern day or historical women who have been honored by Barbie with their own doll made ahead of International Women’s Day. The goal was to make dolls for women who “have broken boundaries in their fields and have been an inspiration to the next generation of girls.”

In addition to Kim, who won a gold medal in the women’s halfpipe at the Olympics, other athletes were honored too. The list includes golfer Lorena Ochoa, soccer player Sara Gama, boxer Nicola Adams, and volleyball player Hui Ruoqi.

Kim does not turn 18 until April, so to have a Barbie doll made after her at the age of 17 is one heck of an accomplishment, not to mention very deserving — she was one of the breakout stars of the Olympics for very good reason.

Tongan Pita Taufatofua hints he could be doing some shirtless modeling

Pita Taufatofua

Pita Taufatofua has become one of the most recognizable Olympic figures over the past two years after he served as Tonga’s flag bearer in Rio and PyeongChang, and he may have plans to cash in on that in the near future.

Taufatofua was stopped by a TMZ cameraman at LAX this week, and he was asked if he has any plans to do modeling shoots now that the Olympics have concluded. The 34-year-old did not rule it out.

“You never know. I’m here in L.A. You never know what’s gonna happen,” he said. “Stay tuned. We’ve got a few things lined up, so we’re just gonna see what eventuates.”

Taufatofua, who is a native of Australia, added that making money is not as important to him as representing a company with good morals.

“I’m about brands that actually help people and help people feel good,” he said. “The clothing that they wear makes them feel good — corporate responsibility and social responsibility. I want a responsible brand that helps people. It’s not interesting for me unless other people are being lifted up.”

If you saw what Taufatofua was able to accomplish in skiing at the Winter Olympics, you know he can pretty much do anything he sets his mind to. Given all the attention he got for going shirtless and oiled up during two opening ceremonies, it’s probably safe to assume plenty of companies would want him as an endorser.