Bringing together over 100 Summer Olympians and Olympic hopefuls with puppies, samba dancers and supermodels, NBC Olympics and the United States Olympic Committee partnered for an extensive five-day media summit in West Hollywood, Ca. The athletes took part in photo shoots, interviews and video segments all in preparation for next summer’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Over the course of the summit, participants shared behind-the-scenes moments on social media using the #RoadtoRio hashtag. NBC Olympics also launched its official Snapchat account, with the username NBCOlympics. Here are some of the highlights:
Olympians fell in puppy love:
Then got a crash course in Brazil’s signature dance, the samba:
A photobooth with props let the athletes–and even Bob Costas–show off their silly sides:
Olympic fans like Alessandra Ambrosio and Flula dropped by:
In between shoots, athletes from different sports mingled:
The faux-Rio beach was the perfect set:
But these Olympic stars needed only a simple white backdrop to shine:
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U.S. Olympic champions Aaron Peirsol and Dara Torres and coach Bob Bowman are among the International Swimming Hall of Fame Class of 2016.
The group also includes 2012 Olympic 400m freestyle champion Camille Muffat of France, who died in a helicopter accident March 9, and Olympic diving champions Dmitry Sautin of Russia and Guo Jingjing of China.
The backstroker Peirsol won seven Olympic medals, including five golds, sweeping the 100m and 200m backstrokes at the Athens 2004 Olympics and capturing the 100m back at Beijing 2008. He finished his competitive swimming career in 2010 at age 27.
Torres shared the record for U.S. Olympic medals won by a woman with 12, competing over five Games from 1984 to 2008, with two retirements scattered in. She stepped away for good at age 45 after missing the 2012 Olympic team at the U.S. trials.
Bowman coached Michael Phelps to a record 22 Olympic medals, including 18 golds, and has also coached Olympic and World champions Katie Hoff, Allison Schmitt and Yannick Agnel.
Here’s information on the full class from the Hall of Fame.
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The rolling-in-the-snow proposal occurred on a drive home from Johnson’s grandmother funeral in Colorado, according to Sports Illustrated:
Near the end of the 45-mile drive back to the Olympic Training Center, John Legend’s “All of Me” came on. It’s their song. Phelps pulled over, proposed to Johnson, gave her the ring they had picked out and tackled her into the spring snow. They will be married after the Olympics.
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