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London’s Olympic Park Orbit to turn gold if England wins World Cup

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The Orbit, one of the defining structures of the London Olympics, will be turned gold should England win the World Cup, according to British reports.

The Orbit’s PR team said it “explored a number of options for how to turn the sculpture gold, and they will reveal all if and when England win the cup,” according to the Telegraph.

This is very unlikely to happen, since England hasn’t won the World Cup since 1966, a 48-year span that’s seen it advance past the quarterfinals just once.

England is also in a very tough group, with 2006 World Cup winner Italy and 2010 semifinalist Uruguay.

One member of Great Britain’s 2012 Olympic soccer team that made the quarterfinals is on England’s World Cup squad. That’s Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge.

Photos: World Cup stars who played in Olympics

President Obama appoints Gabby Douglas, more Olympic medalists to posts

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London Olympic all-around champion Gabby Douglas was among four Olympic medalists appointed to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition, in one of Barack Obama‘s final acts as president.

Also appointed were Olympic soccer champion Carli Lloyd, hockey silver medalist Caitlin Cahow and fencing bronze medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad.

Olympic medalists Dominique DawesAllyson FelixGrant HillMichelle KwanAlonzo Mourning and Chris Paul already have roles on the council.

One month after taking gold in London, Douglas led the Pledge of Allegiance at the Democratic National Convention, where Obama was formally nominated to run for re-election.

Douglas also appeared on “The Tonight Show” with First Lady Michelle Obama in 2012 and joined the First Lady for a Let’s Move event in Chicago in 2013.

MORE: Gabby Douglas’ mom: Leslie Jones ‘came to the rescue’ in Rio

Ryan Lochte ‘wipes away the past’ in Power Bar video

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For the second time in as many months, Ryan Lochte stars in a jocular ad making a veiled reference to his Rio Olympic gas-station incident.

The swimmer wipes away “the past” on a foggy bathroom mirror and throws a blond wig out of a sunroof in a one-minute Power Bar video published Tuesday.

The company’s tag line in the video is “Clean Start.”

“For example, I am going to recommit myself to water sports,” Lochte says in the spot.

The ad follows a December video for Pine Bros. Softish Throat Drops, where Lochte starred in a spot with a closing banner that read, “Pine Bros.: In this Season of Forgiveness.”

Lochte had previously lost sponsorship deals, including with Speedo, after his Rio Olympic gas-station incident for which he was suspended through June by USA Swimming, plus for the world championships in July.

PHOTOS: Lochte set to be a father