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    American gymnast Gabby Douglas must be one ecstatic 16-year-old. The Olympic gold medalist has recently filmed a cameo on her favorite show, Vampire Diaries, making her debut on the fourth season.

    The story behind Douglas admitting she loves the show and how the cast responded during the Olympics to support her is a sweet one. But before we get into that, there's no word yet on the role Gabby will play, just that she isn't playing herself -- kind of hoping they won't kill her off or anything -- or when her episode will air. You know, all the stuff that we'd actually like to know.

    Still, if there's anything we can get out of this life-altering news, it's this awesome photo. Ian Somerhalder (Damon Salvatore), who's hot enough to be a top contender for the role of Christian Grey in the Fifty Shades of Grey movie (I mean, just look at him), taking a bite out of Gabby's bling. She'll probably never wash/polish/do really anything with that medal ever again after that amazing moment.

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    After making it through the Olympics, McKayla Maroney and Aly Raisman were both injured during an uneven bars routine at the Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics in Ontario, California.

    The two were wowing the crowd along with their teammates when something went terribly wrong. First Maroney went down in a shocking fall, and less than two minutes later, Raisman smacked the floor -- and those devastating moments were caught on tape by a fan.

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    Well, here's a video that's going to make you feel guilty about not going to the gym today. If you haven't been keeping up with the 2012 Summer Paralympic Games, which have been taking place between August 29 and September 9, I suggest you check out some of these amazing athletes. To get you even more pumped, Samsung put together some clips of the athletes training and getting ready for the Games. It's truly awe-inspiring.

    And it's not only the athletes who pour their heart and soul into their sport -- it's the coaches too. Even in this brief 1-minute, 36-second montage, you see how the coaches are there to push, yell, encourage, support, and care for their athletes. It really is a special bond, and you can't help but respect and cheer for everyone who's involved in these Games. I only wish they all got the same hype (and air-time!) as the Olympics.

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    How can you not like Gabby Douglas? Seriously! You must be a little messed up in the head if you haven't embraced this 16-year-old gymnast and how well she's represented the good ol' U. S. of A. But her recent interview with Oprah showed just how close she was to quitting before achieving her dream.

    As a two-time Olympic gold medalist with the U.S. women's gymnastics team, Gabby spoke with Oprah about the challenges she faced to get to where she is today. She confessed that one of the reasons she wanted to leave Virginia to train was because she felt that she was getting picked on.

    But this is part of the reason I love sports: No matter what color you are, sports are a fantastic equalizer. As long as you're talented and work hard, you can overcome, just like Gabby did. Though she felt bullied and picked on when she was younger, she still came out a champion. There's definitely no better way to shut them up!

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    Matt Treanor watching Misty from Dodgers' clubhouseSo I really hope that you all tuned in to watch the final, amazing match between Misty May-Treanor & Kerri Walsh Jennings vs. fellow Americans April Ross & Jennifer Kessy. K&M won their third gold Olympic medal and are pretty much the best team ever in all of sports and so totally badass that you can't help but be infatuated with their story.

    Though Kerri's family was in attendance, Dodgers' player Matt Treanor couldn't be there in London due to the fact that, well, it's baseball season. He had to watch her win in the Dodgers' clubhouse on a small laptop screen!

    And not only that, he made no secret on how he gets super emotional and gushes over his wife and her amazing accomplishments. After watching him talk about her, I now think they're officially the cutest couple in sports.

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    In a recent interview with track star Lolo Jones on the Today show, she broke down in tears over her fourth-place finish in Tuesday's 100-meter hurdles final. She also had some choice words for her critics who "ripped [her] to shreds" right before she competed.

    You may think she's just another athlete whose complaints are sour grapes. But she was specifically referring to a piece in The New York Times came out that questioned whether Jones was overhyped and undertalented. It compared her to Anna Kournikova, the former tennis player who never won a WTA title. They implied that Anna was known more for her image and her sexy looks, and that her talent was meaningless, if not nonexistent.

    I can't imagine reading this would have any effect on the outcome of her race, but it's a shame that the NYT did this to Lolo.

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    The headlines read "Serena Williams Dominates Sharapova," "Serena Williams Storms to Singles Gold," "Serena Williams Easily Wins Gold Medal." Hello, career Gold Slam! You'd almost think Serena Williams was a hurricane or or a blockbuster action flick rather than a star tennis player. Like she blew into the court, picked up Maria Sharapova in a funnel cloud, and dropped her about 100 miles miles outside London.

    But can a tornado dance like this? Just after winning Serena did a funny little victory dance -- not unlike the classic football endzone dance, but with her own spin, of course. Some say it's bad manners. Some say it's a "Crip Walk." Whaaaaat? 

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    Well, this is what we all get, right? After complaining my face off about NBC's delayed coverage of the Olympics and how we want more live competition, they go ahead and air the U.S. vs. Spain women's water polo match live on August 1. Lo and behold, someone from the U.S. team seemed to grab the swimsuit of her opponent and proceeded to pull it down so that we all got a load of a little nip slip.

    Of course, NBC just happened to be broadcasting underwater at that point in time.

    Maybe water polo is the next women's beach volleyball. Have you watched a match? So many crevices and cracks (sorry) ... and now boobs, I guess. Wow, what did I just say?

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    Have you screamed yet today? I mean, really stood up and screamed your mother-lovin' head off? Because the American women's gymnastics team just gave us a pretty darn good reason to jump up and down and holler. I am so freaking proud of these young women. I don't want to spoil the surprise for anyone -- but it's been 16 years since the U.S. women's gymnastics team pulled off a team effort this exciting ... SPOILER ALERT!!!

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    Missy FranklinAlthough the Olympics are exciting to watch to witness history and see the best athletes in the world compete against each other, sometimes it also has to do with all the scandals/goofs/gaffes that occur during these two weeks. And NBC, taking on the behemoth responsibility of broadcasting coverage to the United States, has made its fair share of mistakes. The latest? Spoiling the outcome of Missy Franklin's incredible gold medal race ... just a couple of minutes before it was broadcast.

    I understand that Olympics coverage for NBC equals one thing = ratings. And that they're likely to get more ratings when people are at home at night and not at their desks. But do you know how difficult it is to totally stay off the Internet (especially when you're on a computer all day) to not spoil the outcome for yourself? I can't imagine how infuriated NBC viewers were if they tried so hard to avoid the results, only to see them air a few minutes before the big race.

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