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Phelps Signs On for Reality-TV Show

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Will appear on “The Haney Project.”

The man who has the most Olympic gold medals in the entire world is finally putting his extra energy into something worthwhile: reality TV. Michael Phelps will appear on next season of The Haney Project on The Golf Channel. The show showcases host Hank Haney as tries to coach one celebrity to conquer some of the world’s greatest golf courses. Set to begin filming in September, past seasons of the show have featured Adam Levine and Charles Barkley.

Read it at The Hollywood Reporter

LEGACY

Bolt Breaks World Record

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Ups his 2012 gold-medal count to three.

In the 4x100-meter relay Saturday night, Usain Bolt led his team to a new world record, giving the legendary sprinter three gold medals at the 2012 Olympic Games. Already conquering the 100m and 200m sprints, Bolt encored with a win on Saturday night, just one day before the closing ceremony. Teammates Nesta Carter, Michael Frater, Yohan Blake, and Bolt finished in 36.84 seconds, breaking their own record of 37.10 last year. Team USA came in second at 37.04 seconds, and Trinidad moved to third after a disqualification from Canada. In other track-and-field news, Britain’s Mo Farah took home a second gold in the 5,000m on Saturday, just days after winning gold in the 10,000m.

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Litmus Test

You Call That An Olympic Sport?

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John Barrow, author of ‘Mathletics,’ tells us why rugby sevens and karate deserve to be included over soccer, basketball and tennis.

The International Olympic Committee has a lengthy list of criteria that it takes into consideration when deciding which sports qualify to be considered for inclusion in (or removal from) the hallowed roster of Olympic sports or the waiting room that holds the “demonstration” sports, which aspire to attract the most IOC members’ votes for inclusion. At present, there are 26 sports in the Summer Games, but this will increase to 28, the maximum allowed by the IOC rules, when golf and rugby sevens are included in 2016 and 2020.

BREAKING THE CYCLE

An Olympian's Brush With Death

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The American cyclist Dotsie Bausch, who won a silver medal in London, has a dark past as a runway model who battled anorexia and drug addiction. Former teen model Jennifer Sky on what we can learn from it.

Correction: An earlier version of this article stated that the Model Alliance is a union. In fact, it is a non-for-profit labor organization for models. This week, the world watched as American Dotsie Bausch won a silver medal for cycling in London. But as she rounded that track at top speed, it was easy to forget the girl she used to be: the drug user and successful runway model who weighed 90 pounds and suffered from severe anorexia.I became a model at 14.

Olympics

It’s Genetics, Stupid

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Well, partly. This year’s record-breaking group of Olympic sprinters has undoubtedly been aided by superior DNA, writes Jon Entine—and it shouldn’t be taboo to say so.

Led by irrepressible record-breaker Usain Bolt, Jamaican men swept the sprinting events at this year’s Olympics, a huge feat for the tiny Caribbean nation. But it’s no big surprise. For the last several years, West African nations—or nations with West African–descended athletes, like the United Sates, Jamaica, Grenada, and Trinidad and Tobago—have each turned out more elite sprinters than all of white Europe and Asia combined.Running is the most egalitarian of sports, a natural laboratory.

Gamesmanship

Best Olympics Manipulations

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As the Olympics draw to a close, a look at the best (or worst) Internet memes, videos, and Gifs inspired by the Games, from McKayla Maroney’s scowl to Henrik Rummel’s bulge to the Phelps-Lochte bromance.

Golden Memories

Our Favorite Olympic Moments

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From weeping gymnasts to trampoline tumbles and the return of the fabulous Debbie Phelps, the last two weeks have been a wild ride. Daily Beast staffers share their personal highlights.

OLYMPIC BASKETBALL

U.S. Men Beat Argentina in Semis

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Final score was 109–83.

The U.S. men’s basketball team rolled through their semifinal game with a 109–83 win against Argentina on Friday. Kevin Durant was a top scorer for the Americans, putting up 19 points while teammates Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James each scored 18. On Sunday the U.S. squad will take on Spain for the gold medal, a rematch of the 2008 finals in Beijing. The Argentineans are hoping to hold off Russia to take home the bronze.

Read it at The New York Times

FAST TIMES

U.S. Wins 4x100m Relay

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Women’s team sets new world record.

Now that’s what you call passing the baton with style. The U.S. women’s 4x100 meter relay team won gold in their Olympic race Friday. The team also set a new world record: 40.82 seconds. By the race’s super-speedy standards, Jamaica’s relay team was left in the dust, finishing .23 seconds later to earn silver. The U.S. team’s new world record obliterates the old top time of 41.37 seconds set by East Germany in 1985.

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Shirts vs. Skins

7 Olympic Wardrobe Malfunctions

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These Summer Games have been the perfect stage for embarrassing moments. A look at seven athletes who unwittingly (or in one case, willingly) exposed a little too much.

FAST TIMES

Eaton Wins Decathlon Gold

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Fell short of breaking his own world record.

What an underachiever. The United States’ own Michael Eaton claimed a gold medal in the decathlon Thursday, but fell short of breaking his own world record for the event. His winning score of 8,869 points is the eighth-highest for the event in Olympic history. In order to win, Eaton had to sprint, run, jump, throw and vault with more skill than his competitors—including teammate Trey Hardee, who finished second. The wins marks the first time the U.S. has taken two decathlon medals in one Games since 1956.

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Showdown

Bolt, Blake to Face Off in 200

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Hold records for fastest and second-fastest times.

Usain Bolt made history on Thursday by becoming the first sprinter to win the 100m and 200m in consecutive Olympics. He won the 100 on Sunday and the 200 today, having set the 200m world record of 19.30 seconds at the 2008 Olympics and then lowering it to 19.19 at the 2009 world championships in Berlin. Bolt finished ahead of fellow Jamaican Yohan Blake, who came in at 19.32 seconds.

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TOUGH GIRL

Shields Wins Historic Boxing Gold

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First-time women's event is in Olympics.

Seventeen-year-old Claressa Shields won a gold medal Thursday in women’s middleweight boxing. Repping the U.S., Shields beat her 33-year-old opponent Nadezda Torlopova 19-12, shuffling, dancing, and even sticking her tongue out towards the end of the match. Shields’s victory marked the only gold-medal win for the U.S. boxing team at the London games. This Olympics was the first in which the men’s team, typically the most successful in Olympic boxing, received no metals at all.  This is the first Olympic games for the sport.

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Ka-Boom!

Katie Taylor Takes Boxing Gold For Ireland

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Katie Taylor of Ireland defeats Sofya Ochigava of Russia during the Women's Light (60kg) Boxing final bout

Here's a sight you never though you'd see - the future Queen at a woman's boxing match. But Kate was in the crowd today to watch Ireland's Katie Taylor take gold.

Outta Luck

Kate Waves As Hockey Team Burns

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Team GB can still win bronze

Kate Middleton's reign as a good-luck charm to Team GB came to an abrupt end last night, when the British women's hockey team lost 2-1 to Argentina.The defeat was all the more galling to Kate as, before the Olympics, the Duchess made a private visit to the Olympic Park in Stratford to meet the team and knocked a few balls around the pitch.Kate  played hockey since junior school and was captain of the first XI at Marlborough College.

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After nearly a decade of being confined to a dark garage with pets by her cult-worshipping foster parents, a young girl is set free.

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Behind the Bench

All Eyes on the Coach

Volleyball’s Silent Savior

Volleyball’s Silent Savior

Hugh McCutcheon’s steely resolve has put the U.S. women’s team in reach of their first gold. Tony Dokoupil on how the coach is coping with the murder that rocked his family at the last Games.