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.”
Basketball reporter Craig Sager will miss the Rio Games as he returns to a cancer center to continue his battle against acute myeloid leukemia, NBC announced in a statement Thursday.
Sager was set to cover his fifth straight Olympics for NBC, but instead needs to undergo a third bone marrow transplant at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. He resumed receiving chemotherapy on Wednesday, according to the Houston Chronicle, with the goal being to force the disease into remission so the transplant can be performed next month.
“We’ve known since February we would have to have the third transplant,” Sager told the Chronicle. “We tried to delay it until after the Olympics, but (the disease) is very aggressive, and there is a sense of urgency to do it now.”
Sager was diagnosed in 2014, went into remission after a bone marrow transplant, was told the cancer came back in March 2015, underwent a second transplant last year, and then found out in February he was no longer in remission.
“My body isn’t getting stronger, so they want to do it while I’m strong enough,” Sager said. “Third transplants are kind of rare, so hopefully we will get it done and I’ll be ready in time for (NBA) opening night.”
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NBC Olympics, Facebook and Instagram will team up to provide video highlights and interviews on social media daily during the Rio Olympics.
An on-site “Social Command Center” in Rio will capture Facebook Live content, including interviews with athletes and NBC Olympics commentators.
A daily two-minute recap video will be produced for Facebook, while Instagram will have a daily slow-motion video around an inspiring moment.
Instagram will also feature NBC Olympics commentators and athletes on its own account, @instagram, along with highlights of NBC videos through its Search & Explore video channels.
More on the NBC Olympics, Facebook and Instagram partnerships is here.
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