In case you were dying for proof that Febreze could eliminate the grimiest of stenches, here is Azerbaijan's wrestling team dousing all of its equipment with the product after working up a massive sweat to make themselves extra musty.
Blindfolded people were then brought in to see if they could decipher what they were smelling. That the people were making guesses such as "potpourri factory," "a field with a picnic" and "passionfruit" while their faces were nearly buried in shoes, head gear and wrestling leotards (sadly, no cups) makes this video extra delightful. Imagine their amusement when they took off their blindfolds to see they weren't in a field of flowers but rather a dingy gym with a bunch of sweaty, smelly wrestlers.
As for the members of the Azerbaijani wrestling team, they've probably just been outed as the smelliest bros competing at Olympics this summer. Smelly, but hopefully at least stylish.
Burned out by the rigors it took to amass eight gold medals in Beijing in 2008, Michael Phelps wasn't sure if he'd have enough motivation to want to compete in another Olympic games.
But, thankfully for swimming fans and Team USA's medal count, Phelps was able to rekindle his enthusiasm, and he says some of the credit for getting him over the hump belongs to a famous NFL player.
"Someone who helped me find the passion back was Ray Lewis," Phelps said back in March. "He's been able to help me kind of just find me."
Hardly a surprising compliment for the all-pro linebacker, whom Phelps, a native of Baltimore and a big Ravens fan, has become close with. In March, a video of Lewis giving a rousing pregame speech to the Stanford men's basketball team during its NIT championship run created a buzz around the Internet.
"I love to watch him play. It sends chills up my spine," Phelps told The Baltimore Sun. "And his words are so powerful. It's what friends are for."
Now the question remains if Phelps will have Lewis tag along to London to preach about being "pissed off for greatness" before big races.
What won't Olympians do to focus on their training as they prepare for the Summer Games? We already heard about swimmer Ryan Lochte cutting out fast food and candy from his diet, and now we're hearing that sprinter Usain Bolt broke up with his girlfriend in order to focus on his training.
The Jamaica Star reported on Thursday that Bolt, 25, has put his relationship with 28-year-old fashion designer Lubica Slovak on hold.
Their report states that Bolt wants to "focus his energies on creating new records on the track," and that he "cannot afford any distraction at this time."
Another report says the split "was a mutual decision between two adults."
The two reportedly had been dating since last December.
While Bolt's desire to focus on the Olympics is likely a big reason for the break up/temporary split, there could be more to the story.
Bolt's relationship with Slovak was heavily scrutinized after a picture of the couple kissing was published in the Jamaican Observer. Many Jamaicans felt a sense of betrayal by Bolt because he was dating a white woman.
Let's hope Bolt is only postponing the relationship because of training purposes, not because he's succumbing to public pressure. His countrymen don't have any place telling him who he should or should not date.
Ryan Lochte is one of the top swimmers in the world, but his ability and accomplishments were overshadowed by Michael Phelps' historic performance at the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing. Motivated by a desire to achieve more at the London Olympics, Lochte says he made some changes to his diet and training.
"I wasn't really happy with the way 2008 turned out for me," Lochte told The Associate Press. "I wanted to change some things. I started eating healthier. I actually gave up fast food. I gave up candy and potato chips and everything else. I started watching what I ate."
His diet isn't the only thing he changed.
"I took my weight training to a new level," he said. "I got a lot stronger, a lot bigger. I think it showed in the past three years how I progressed. So, hopefully, this summer, I'll keep it going."
Perhaps it's the focused attitude and determination that leaves Lochte constantly believing that he will be the star of these Olympics.
"This is my time," he keeps saying.
"I feel like that," Lochte said. "I don't know if it's going to happen, but I definitely feel like that. Just all that hard work, all those hours in the pool, I feel like it's about to pay off. I guess we'll just have to wait and see this summer."
I would contrast Lochte's changes with Phelps' purported diet, but the six-time gold medalist recently said his 12,000 calorie-a-day diet is just a myth. We're expecting big things from Lochte at this summer's games.
Four years ago in Beijing, when Michael Phelps wasn't amazing us with the preposterous things he was pulling off in a swimming pool, the stories about his compulsive eating habits were.
His diet appeared to resemble that of a competitive eater rather than a record-breaking Olympian, and its ascendance from the sports world into pop culture lore all but signaled the diet's legendary status. And that's understandable. After all, Phelps was reportedly devouring a mind-boggling 12,000 calories per day.
But now Phelps is saying all the reports about his diet, to borrow a line from Mark Twain, have been greatly exaggerated. The 14-time Olympic gold medalist appeared on Ryan Seacrest's radio show on Wednesday, and when Seacrest asked Phelps if he still had a mammoth diet, Phelps went into myth-busting mode.
"I never ate that much," Phelps said. "It’s all a myth. I’ve never eaten that many calories. I wish. It’s just too much though. It would be impossible."
This is probably a good thing. Anytime you're housing a pound of pasta and an entire pizza for dinner it can't be for the better. Although, we just wish Phelps could have cleared this up before we had to endure this lousy sketch from his episode of SNL.
While the Olympics are a tremendous opportunity for athletes around the world to fulfill their dreams, they can also be very costly. What fun is going for the gold if you can’t have your family there to cheer you on? For many of the approximately 800 U.S. Olympic athletes who are heading to London, travel costs will become overwhelming. On Tuesday, Procter & Gamble announced a plan that will help relieve athletes and their families of some of that burden.
According to Sports Business Daily, Procter & Gamble is giving a $1,000 Visa gift card to the mothers of each Olympic athlete as part of the “Thank You, Mom” campaign that was launched last month. The company also plans to have a hospitality center on site in London to host Team USA family members called the “P&G Family Home,” which will provide meals and a place to relax.
“We asked the U.S. Olympic Committee, ‘What’s the best way to thank moms?’” P&G VP/North American Operations & Marketing Jodi Allen said. “They said, ‘Help send them to London.’ That’s what we’re doing.”
U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte, gymnast Jordyn Wieber, and others appeared on NBC’s “Today Show” with their mothers Tuesday morning to announce the plan. The athletes all agreed that their mothers and parents sacrifice a ton to help them achieve their goals and expressed their gratitude for the $800,000 donation P&G has made.
Despite injuries to Derrick Rose and Dwight Howard, Team USA will still be bringing plenty of talent to the London Olympics. If any more players suffer injuries or back out, however, things could get a bit hairy. With guys like Dwyane Wade not yet willing to give a 100 percent commitment, head coach Mike Krzyzewski and team chairman Jerry Colangelo have to be getting a bit concerned.
According to NBA.com’s David Aldridge, Wade is planning to let his body dictate whether or not he joins Team USA this summer.
“I told them, I said, listen, I’m just going to see how I feel,” Wade said last week. “This is about being healthy — I think, for all of us, going into the summer healthy — and taking it from there.”
While that does not mean Wade plans to sit the Olympics out, he’s taking a different tone from LeBron James, who seems like he fully intends to play. When asked about Wade’s indecisiveness, Colangelo seemed like he was caught off-guard.
“You could, today, probably come up with 10 or 11 that look pretty solid unless something happens,” he told Aldridge over the phone. “Wade’s one of those guys, but if he feels like he doesn’t have anything left or doesn’t think he can go, then we’ll make a decision as to who replaces him. We do have a lot of flexibility because we have guys who can play so many positions.”
Team USA remains loaded with talent and can still count on LeBron, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Russell Westbrook, and many others, but at the moment it feels like players who were once considered shoe-ins are either on the shelf or on the fence. If the trend continues, Coach K and company may have to dig a bit deeper than they initially expected.
Thanks to an eye-opening stunt performed by one of the workers at London’s Olympic Park, the city of London is now aware that security for the upcoming Olympic Games is extremely inadequate. Just hours before the official opening of the Olympic Stadium, a man who has worked at the site for several years successfully smuggled a fake bomb through security and right into the heart of the grounds.
As you can see in this exclusive video that The Sun posted over the weekend, the worker was able to drive his truck right through multiple security checkpoints without being searched or questioned. The device, which looked exactly like a bomb and was wired like one, was carried in the cabin of the man’s digger in plain sight, yet his voyage went unchallenged.
Once inside the complex, the man went on a 25-minute tour with the bomb, posing in front of the Olympic Village — where 17,000 athletes will soon be housed — as well as in front of the Olympic Stadium.
“I’ve worked for several years on the Olympic Park and keep hearing how the security is water-tight,” the worker told The Sun. “But after a thorough check every morning, I can come and go from the Park all the day with my digger without being searched at all. I can meet anyone on the outside without anyone knowing and bring anything inside without anyone checking. If I had terrorist connections I could be bringing in explosives, chemicals — anything at all.”
This isn’t exactly how London envisioned the roughly 1 billion Euros it spent on security being utilized. The worker said he wanted to come forward because it was shocking how loose the security was so close to the Games. He and The Sun were thanked by the Olympic Games organizers, who insist security will be tightened significantly now that the breach has been brought to light.
Warren Buffett has discovered a pingpong phenom, and she is on her way to the London Olympics this summer. When Ariel Hsing was 11 years old, Buffett invited her to a shareholders meeting in Omaha to play table tennis against a number of prominent businessmen, including Bill Gates. Gates is a known pingpong enthusiast, and Hsing blew him and others out of the water. As you can already tell by watching the video above, Hsing’s pong skills are off the chart.
Ariel is now 16 years old and is the best under-18 player in the world. She is ranked No. 2 in the world across all age groups. Hsing’s unmatched skill has earned her a spot on the US Olympic team, one that she earned while maintaining stellar grades in high school, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Her priority at the moment is preparing for the SAT exam, which she hopes will help her achieve her dream of attending Stanford in a couple years.
Hsing inherited her love for pingpong from her father, who is an immigrant from Taiwan, and her mother, who is an immigrant from China. China has dominated pingpong since it became an Olympic sport in 1988, winning 20 of 24 gold medals. The US has never won an Olympic medal in pingpong, and it is hoping Ariel can help change that.
Buffett, whom Ariel refers to as “Uncle Warren,” promised he would go watch her in the Olympics whether it is the 2012 or 2016 games. The time is now, and from the look of it, the Americans have a shot as long as she’s holding a paddle.
On Sunday, May 5, Hsing is scheduled for a rematch against Buffett at the Berkshire Hathaway annual stockholders meeting in Nebraska. The last time she faced "Uncle Warren" in 2007, he used a giant paddle.
"It was the size of a pizza flipper," Hsing said.
If she has any type of conscience, the Olympian may let the old man win.
With injuries continuing to pile up throughout the NBA playoffs, Team USA’s final roster candidates are wearing thin. The team that heads to London will be comprised of 12 players, and five of the 20 original finalists have to pass either because of injuries or other reasons. As a result, USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo has left open the possibility of adding a few new finalists. One of them may not even be in the NBA yet.
According to ESPN.com, Colangelo announced on Tuesday in Las Vegas that the team intends to add a player or two to the preliminary roster. With Dwight Howard out with a back injury and Andrew Bynum not interested in competing, Team USA is in need of big men. The spots could be offered to Kings center DeMarcus Cousins, Pistons big man Greg Monroe, or Kentucky superstar Anthony Davis.
“I think we have concluded to some degree, although we’re not finished with our meetings, that we will probably add one or two players to that pool, and that’s because of circumstances,” Colangelo said.
“And we are probably at this point not going to make any announcement on who that 12 will be until the very last moment as we watch the NBA games and keep our fingers crossed that no other further injuries take place.”
As we told you last week, Cousins is very interested in joining the team and believes he would earn a final roster spot if given the chance. It is interesting that Davis, who is the consensus No. 1 pick in the upcoming draft, would be considered. While he certainly showed he is capable of dominating the college game, he would be a longshot as one of the final 12 players to make the Team USA roster strictly because of inexperience. The fact that he is reportedly being considered, however, shows us how highly he is viewed as an NBA prospect.