One would hope that we as a general population have been convinced to stop doing stupid things at sporting events, but Ashley Gill-Webb allegedly threw a plastic beer bottle on the Olympic track in London mere seconds before the men’s 100m final back in August, and now we have to start over.
Gill-Webb, 34, was arrested from his seat after the incident, likely to save him from any retribution from the fans, which included Dutch judo athlete Edith Bosch sitting directly behind him.
But the alleged tosser pleaded not guilty Wednesday to the charges of using threatening words or behavior with intent to cause harassment, alarm, or distress, and will stand trial on Jan. 3 in Stratford, east London, near the stadium.
And while his actions likely had no effect on the race – Usain Bolt, who won, said he didn’t notice. Bronze medalist Justin Gatlin noted a brief distraction, but still ran a lifetime best – let us at OlympicTalk urge you once again: please do not throw things on any tracks, fields, courts, or other playing surfaces.
It does not make you cool and it’s already the reason we have to drink beer out of plastic, instead of the much-preferred glass bottle. And pretty soon we’ll have no beer at all, thanks to guys named Ashley.
Michael Phelps made a few interesting bits of headlines in about a 12-hour span.
*At MTV’s Video Music Awards on Sunday night, Phelps revealed he was listening to rapper Future when making his famous #PhelpsFace at the Rio Olympics.
*Also at the VMAs, Phelps was seen making an oh-my-god reaction to Jimmy Fallon‘ dressed as Ryan Lochte.
Phelps expanded on Lochte’s gas-station incident on TODAY on Monday morning.
“It’s always hard to see a friend and a competitor go through a hard time like this,” said Phelps, who compared it to his well publicized past issues. “I know what it feels like, and I’ve been through it before. Hopefully, he can come out of this a better person. I’ve reached out to him a couple of times. I think he understands a lot. He will be able to grow from this.”
*Finally on TODAY, Phelps unveiled his newest Wheaties box commemorating his lifetime achievements — records of 28 Olympic medals and 23 gold medals.
Phelps said he swam 2,000 yards in the pool the day after he got home from Rio. It’s not because Phelps is preparing a comeback — he’s definitely retired — rather Phelps doesn’t want to gain 30 or 40 pounds like he did after his first retirement in 2012.
VIDEO: Phelps co-hosts ‘America’s Got Talent’
NEW YORK (AP) — Four of the Final Five gymnastics greats from the Rio Olympics wished ailing teammate Gabby Douglas well and got hugs from best female video winner Beyoncé on Sunday night at the MTV Video Music Awards.
Simone Biles, in a girly red mini dress, had an attack of the giggles as she shared the stage with Aly Raisman, Laurie Hernandez and Madison Kocian.
“The fifth member of our team, Gabby Douglas, is having medical issues and unfortunately couldn’t make it tonight,” Biles said. “Feel better Gabby!”
The four took turns introducing Beyoncé and her contenders for the award. Kocian said, “Together with our teammate Gabby we accomplished something bigger than ourselves.”
Between them, the five won nine medals, breaking the record of eight won by the 1984 and 2008 USA women’s gymnastics teams.
“The five women nominated for best female video worked hard to be on top of their games,” Raisman said from the VMA stage. “They’re role models for us as we hope to be to a younger generation of women.”
VIDEO: Biles welcomed home with cheerleaders, band, police escort