Michael Phelps, Simone Biles, Aly Raisman on ‘Lip Sync Battle’ (video)

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Not even Simone Biles and Aly Raisman could keep Michael Phelps from another victory.

Phelps won the first Lip Sync Battle: All-Stars Live Championship with his performance of Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” on the Spike TV show Sunday night.

Phelps beat celebrities Terry CrewsJohn Legend and Olivia Munn, despite Munn pulling out all the stops with her performance, including cameos from Biles and Raisman.

Phelps’ choice of Eminem was very fitting. Known for listening to music before his races, Phelps has heard Eminem’s rhymes pulsating through his headphones since at least 2003.

From Phelps’ 2004 book, “Beneath the Surface,” after Phelps beat Australian Ian Thorpe and Italian Massimiliano Rosolino in the 200m individual medley at the 2003 World Championships:

“A reporter asked about the music I listened to on my headphones as I walked onto the pooldeck. I told them it was from Eminem. The next reporter asked Massi what he would do to try to beat me next time. ‘The first thing I’m going to do is buy that CD,’ he said. ‘Then I will listen to all the songs to see if one of them can make me swim that fast.’ Ian and I were sitting next to each other, joking about different things when we weren’t answering questions. I took a piece of paper in front of me and scribbled the words: It’s not about the CD.”

Phelps’ rapper of choice during the 2004 Athens Olympics was Eminem. He listened to “Till I Collapse” while walking out for his first final at those Games.

The rapper was reportedly still on Phelps’ playlist leading up to the Rio Games.

Tessa Virtue, Scott Moir recall their childhood dating breakup (video)

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Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir discussed their brief dating relationship early on in their ice-dance partnership in an interview on “Ellen” published Tuesday.

No, they are not currently dating, as was reported when they won their second Olympic ice dance title in PyeongChang.

“If we were, we would announce it here,” Virtue said on “Ellen.”

“We did date,” Moir said, adding jokingly, “In order to advance our partnership, we had to put the hot-and-heavy relationship on the side.”

“Which meant you had to break up with me,” Virtue said.

“I broke up with Tessa, and none of my friends have let me live that down since,” Moir said.

So they did date.

“If you can call it that,” Moir said. “I think mostly our families were laughing at us. They kind of set us up. It was the same thing, actually, when we started ice dancing. They just kind of us put us together. I think it was for their amusement. Then, all of a sudden, 20 years later we’re still doing it, so joke’s on them.”

Virtue and Moir discussed their brief dating period in their 2011 book, Tessa and Scott: Our Journey from Childhood Dream to Gold:

“My sister and Scott’s cousin decided it would be kind of cute if we were ‘dating,'” Tessa says. “And I liked Scott. I don’t know if he liked me, but we just went along with it.”

“Were we not the hot topic by week four, though?” Scott asks rhetorically. “We were the big new couple on campus. We ‘dated’ for eight months. Why do I remember that? Because eight months is a long time for eight and ten years old. We probably only had two phone conversations and I remember my brothers talking me through the phone call with her, I was so nervous. We’d sit there and not say anything. It was a cool thing to do: phone and talk to each other.”

“Dating” was a little strong. It was the summer of 1997, and heading into grades there and five they were too young for even puppy love, so it was just a label that others attached to them, mostly for their own amusement.

Tessa talked about Scott during school hours at Stoneybrook Public School, but when Scott’s friends at Oxbow Public School found out about Tessa, he somehow felt he had to “end” it. His friends called Tessa and quickly handed the phone back to Scott, who blurted, “I don’t want to go out with you any more,” then hung up.

And although for the next dozen years every reporter and skating fan, and eventually, millions of TV viewers, tried to link them as boyfriend and girlfriend, that has been the extend of their romantic history.

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Two Italian cities discuss possible Winter Olympic bid

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ROME (AP) — Milan and Turin are in discussions with the Italian Olympic Committee about a possible bid for the 2026 Winter Games.

Turin Mayor Chiara Appendino sent a letter of interest to CONI on Sunday despite divisions in her own party, the populist 5-Star Movement, on a candidacy. Milan Mayor Giuseppe Sala met with CONI president Giovanni Malago on Monday.

“I think Milan has everything required but we won’t do anything without a government and its approval,” Sala said Tuesday.

Italy awaits a new government in the next few weeks following a national election this month that yielded no clear majority.

CONI is still recovering from its dropped Rome bid for the 2024 Summer Games, which ended following staunch opposition from Mayor Virginia Raggi, who also represents the 5-Star Movement.

Among the cities which have shown preliminary interest for 2026: Calgary, Canada; Sion, Switzerland; and Sapporo, Japan.

Turin hosted the Winter Games in 2006. The 2026 host will be decided by the International Olympic Committee in Milan in September 2019.

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