Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte seems to be putting a lot of stock in his new E! show, What Would Ryan Lochte Do, and told the Hollywood Reporter Wednesday that he hopes to follow in the footsteps of reality-TV star Kim Kardashian:
“Kim started from pretty much nothing, and now everyone everywhere knows who she is. That’s what I want… I’ve seen what E! has done in the past with reality shows like hers… She’s huge.”
Lochte also admitted that he contemplating a move to Los Angeles because “I’m not going to lie, I like the nightlife. I like to party and dance,” and he challenged Family Guy creator and Oscar host She MacFarlane to a race after MacFarlane parodied Lochte on SNL’s Weekend Update last year.
“[SNL] invited me on to get back at him, but that’s not me…” Lochte added. “The only way I can get back at him is in the pool. So if Seth MacFarlane wants to race me, let’s do it. But he has to wear a Speedo.”
The 2018 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, the final competition to determine the Pyeongchang Olympic team, will be in San Jose, California, at the SAP Center, concluding Jan. 7.
It appears to be the earliest the U.S. Figure Skating Championships will end in an Olympic year in at least 50 years.
The competition will be broadcast live on NBC and streamed live on Icenetwork.com.
San Jose previously hosted the U.S. Championships in 1996 and 2012, but it has never hosted in an Olympic year.
Sochi Olympian Polina Edmunds is from San Jose and figures to receive a boost of crowd support. Edmunds, 18, begins classes at nearby Santa Clara University next month.
The January 2017 U.S. Championships will be in Kansas City. The international figure skating season starts next month, with Skate America kicking off the Grand Prix season in October.
Recent Nationals host cities in Olympic years were Boston in 2014 and Spokane, Washington, in 2010.
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Olympic coaches don’t receive gold medals. Fiji Olympic men’s rugby coach Ben Ryan may have gotten something better anyway.
Ryan’s reward for guiding Fiji to its first Olympic medal in any sport — gold in rugby sevens’ Olympic debut — included three acres of land in Fiji and a new name, Ratu Peni Raiyani Latianara, according to Fijian reports.
Ryan, a London native, is stepping down as coach of the Fijian team. The 44-year-old coached the team for three years after leading the England national sevens team for six years.
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