The riveting Olympics action has ended, but we have plenty of sports movies to keep the fun going. Help your kids foster that competitive spirit by watching classic sports films for the whole family. Whether they like timeless underdog tales or silly animated movies, these heartwarming picks are sure to bring smiles and inspire lessons. We've rounded up some of the most memorable, kid-friendly sports movies of all time, so grab some popcorn and get ready to channel the Olympic spirit with your little ones.
This year's Olympics are a big one for women. Female competitors are crossing the finish line for a lot of "firsts" for our gender, including this being the first year there are women from every country participating in the Games. So as we congratulate the female swimmers, gymnasts, archers, rowers, and more competing at the London Olympics, let's look back at where we've come from with these vintage advertisements featuring women and sports. See the sexist, silly, and spirited ads now that sometimes remind us of how far we've come.
At the 2012 Games, there are plenty of familiar faces in the pool, in the sand, and on the court — but there are also some noteworthy people in the stands, too. You might recognize some of the WAGs (wives and girlfriends) of the Olympic athletes, not to mention the husbands and boyfriends. But if you're not sure who to look out for, check out our quick guide to Team USA's significant others.
Last night, people around the world were doing their own DVR instant replays during the gymnastics qualifying round for the all-around competition. It wasn't for an Olympian, however, it was for her parents. The mom and dad of Aly Raisman — the US gymnast who squeaked past Jordyn Wieber to make it into the all-around final with teammate Gabby Douglas — looked like they might pass out from the anxiety of watching Aly compete . . . and it was hilarious. Lynn, Aly's mother, is a former gymnast, so it's no wonder she appeared to be doing the routine along with her daughter (at least in her head). It's too bad Kristen Wiig left SNL, because this has a Wiig sketch written all over it. Watch Lynn and Aly's dad, Ricky, straight-up freaking out from the stands now!
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One of the ironies of the Summer Olympics is that so many sports fans show their support for US athletes by gluing themselves to the TV and turning into couch potatoes for the duration of the games. Sure, getting together with friends and neighbors to watch the Olympics is great, but you can bring the fun and fitness to a higher level by hosting your own backyard Olympic games as well.
"Let's support Team USA not just by cheering them on at home, but by striving to live up to the examples they set," the first lady said last week in a video message. "Let's encourage our children to get active just like their Olympic heroes." Keep reading for the rest of the story.
The intersection of fashion and sports has long been a favorite among photographers and stylists — particularly when it comes to the use of athletic equipment as props. Boxing gloves, racing bikes, parallel bars, fencing swords . . . you name it, it's definitely been paired with McQueen or Wang for the Vogues, Elles, and Bazaars of the world.
What better time than now, on the eve of those fantastical feats of competition and strength we call the Olympics, to take a look back at some of the chicest of sports-themed editorials and campaigns to ever grace the glossies? After all, with uniforms designed by Stella, Ralph, Ferragamo, and Hermés — not to mention a closing ceremony that will be packed with more supermodels than seems humanly possible — this year's Games are bound to be more fashionable than ever before.
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The statistics about girls' sports injuries can be scary for parents: girls suffer from up to 10 times as many anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries as boys, and in comparable sports (such as basketball, hockey, and soccer), they sustain nearly 30 percent more serious injuries than boys do. Perhaps most alarmingly, sports-related concussion rates are twice as high for women and girls and researchers don't know why.
Part of the reason for the overall increase in and visibility of girls' injuries is simply because of the sheer numbers of females participating in organized sports today. In the mid-1970s, only about 1 in 27 young women played high school sports; now that number has soared to 1 in 3, according to Nicole LaVoi, assistant director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls and Women in Sport.
Researchers also point out that athletic training has traditionally been developed for male bodies and hasn't kept pace with the physiological requirements of girls and women. During puberty, girls and boys both sprout in height, but boys put on more muscle. This imbalance can lead to and increase in sprains and fractures, especially related to the knees, hips, and pelvis. Female hormonal cycles can also cause connective tissues to soften. Keep reading for the good news.
Wimbledon, the oldest and most prestigious tennis tournament in the world, began yesterday. Whether or not you're a fan of the sport, there are some fine international players to ogle on the courts. Athletes from around the world are grunting their way through the London games, and we've got our eyes on five in particular. Learn a little about these racket-wielding hotties now.
No matter his sport of choice, we've rounded up Father's Day fun for the sports-loving dad in your kid's life. From the adventure of a lifetime at pro sports camp to memorabilia and fan gear to show his allegiance to the home team, check out some of our favorite finds for deserving dads.
Track and field star Lolo Jones isn't an Olympic virgin, considering she competed in the 2008 games, but she is a virgin in the traditional sense. You might think that an almost-30-year-old virgin would not advertise the fact that she's never had sex, but Olympian Lori "Lolo" Jones isn't shy about her virginity. Later-in-life virgins have a new celebrity role model in 29-year-old Lolo, as she's been opening up in interviews and on Twitter about online dating difficulties and keeping her V-card until marriage. On HBO's Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel, the hurdle jumper said:
"This journey has been hard. It's the hardest thing I've ever done in my life. Harder than training for the Olympics. Harder than studying for college has been staying a virgin before marriage. I've been tempted. I've had guys tell me . . . 'Hey, you know, if you have sex, it'll help you run faster.' If you marry me, then yeah."
Keeping her virginity hasn't been the only hurdle Lolo has had to overcome. She grew up bouncing from school to school with a single mom who had to work multiple jobs to support her family, even living in a church basement at one point. After splitting from her family to pursue her track-and-field dreams, Lolo went on to excel in school and to become the accomplished Olympian she is today. Now, Lolo gives back to those in need with her charitable activities and involvement in Christian ministries. She definitely proves that you don't have to be having sex to be a strong, sexy woman to watch.
See more pics of Lolo in action and on the red carpet now!