You there. You will likely never win an Olympic gold medal. Because very few are awarded each year, and to earn the ones that are, you’re probably forced to go up against the likes of Michael Phelps.
But, good news: You, yes you, can purchase your very own 1952 Helsinki gold medal for the low “Buy It Now” eBay price of $25,000. And shipping is free.
Swimming legend Ford Konno is putting a couple of his own medals up for sale, due to the fact that he’s 79 and he’s now ready to pass them on.
Konno, a hall of famer out of Honolulu who once owned two world records, took home gold in the 1500m in Helsinki while shattering the Olympic record by 42 seconds. He won another gold for the 4x200m free relay, earned silver in the 400m free, and added a relay silver in Melbourne.
All are available, and you might even get a discount if you buy two.
Also available for purchase: Konno’s 12 National AAU, 6 NCAA medals, 4 Big Ten medals, 14 medals won while competing in Japan, and 9 others, none of which he earned for participation, kids.
The seller, listed only as dankyboy from Honolulu, is also asking if whomever is willing to put up the cash for Mr. Konno’s medals might also be willing to donate them to the Japanese-American wing of the Smithsonian. So who’s got $25,000 to spare?
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