Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Ryan Lochte loses all his major sponsors!!

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U.S. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte lost all four of his major sponsors on Monday, including Speedo USA and Ralph Lauren Corp, following his apology for an "exaggerated" story about being robbed at gunpoint at the Rio Games. http://amenzing.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/ryan-lochte1-1024x681.jpg

Lochte's version of the incident embarrassed the host city, angered local officials and further revelations about it — casting doubt on Lochte's story — dominated news coverage of South America's first Olympics.
The U.S. Olympic Committee issued an apology on Thursday, and Lochte, a 12-time Olympic medalist, made his own apology on Saturday in an interview with Brazil's largest broadcaster, Globo TV.
"I wasn't lying to a certain extent," he said. "I over-exaggerated what was happening to me."
Within hours of the Games coming to a close on Sunday night, swimwear maker Speedo USA issued a statement saying it would drop Lochte as one of its endorsers, while luxury retailer Ralph Lauren said it would not be renewing its contract with the swimmer.
Hair removal company Syneron Candela also ended its partnership with Lochte, four months after naming him its global brand ambassador for one of its products.
Japanese mattress maker Airweave, which last week had said it would stand by Lochte, on Monday said it had decided it would not renew the endorsement, which had been made for the Rio 2016 Olympic games.
Sponsorship and endorsement deals typically include "morals clauses" that allow sponsors to terminate deals early if they feel the athlete has behaved poorly in public.
Nottingham, UK-based Speedo's U.S. unit said on Monday it would donate $50,000 of Lochte's fee to Save The Children, a global charity partner of Speedo.
 
Lochte said in an email that he respected Speedo's decision.
"I was immature and I made a stupid mistake. I'm human. I made a mistake and I definitely learned from this," Lochte said in an interview on the Today show.
"They (the people of Rio) put on a great Games... And my immature, intoxicated behavior tarnished that a little," Lochte said.
 
Ralph Lauren had taken down references to the gold medalist from its website last week, and on Monday it said it would not renew the Olympic-specific deal, which featured Lochte and other Olympic athletes wearing Ralph Lauren-branded Olympic merchandise.
 
"We are transitioning out all Olympic visual as the games ended yesterday, and we are moving into our fall fashion message," Macy's spokeswoman Holly Thomas said in an e-mail.
 
 
Lochte, 32, won one gold medal at the Rio Olympics. He was the breakout star of the 2012 London Olympics, landing a short-lived reality TV series called "What Would Ryan Lochte Do?" and appearing, as himself, on top shows such as "30 Rock" and "90210."
                                       

James the Sexy Man of the Price Is Right

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James O'Halloran, an Australian model and actor, of The Price is Right!
No, he wasn't preselected from the audience or something… he'll be waaaay too shirtless to be in the audience.

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That's because he won a competition to join the show as the program's second ever male model two years ago!!

His journey to the top was arduous: There was a nationwide casting call, then a series of modeling tasks, and finally the vanquishing of his fellow contestants Jonathan Morgan and Jay Byars.
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O'Halloran is obviously honored and super excited, saying:

"I'm just humbled that I was chosen. I guess my accent probably did help. I spent four years studying industrial design and worked three years in the industry. But I was taking nighttime acting classes. Then, in the midst of a global recession, I quit my job to become a model. I think it worked out for me so far! At first, I was pretty laid back about it, which made me relaxed during auditions, but then I really, really wanted the job!"
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That's so amazing! His chill attitude probably helped him get all the way to finalist where his rock solid abs brought him the big win!

As far as the actual job? He has a lot to learn but still seems so excited, saying:

"It's complicated, but it's a very well-oiled machine. Everyone is being really pleasant, and I'm learning a lot. I'm so grateful for the opportunity."

We're grateful he looks so damn sexy and will be gracing our TV screens every week !

Let's hope he stays on and becomes as much a part of The Price is Right as spinning the big wheel!! He has been on the game show for 2 years now!

Congrats, James O'Halloran!!

James 0'Halloran of the Price is Right!

Come On Down! Hunky Male Model of Price Is Right

Meet the hunky male model on The Price Is Right.

We went behind-the-scenes with the 30-year-old shirtless hunk from Australia on his first day on the job, and the ladies in the audience were loving him.

He looked perfectly at ease wearing swimtrunks while showing off a hot tub, but James admits he was actually suffering from a case of first day jitters.
He told INSIDE EDITION, "Day one was definitely pretty overwhelming. I mean, I just had to keep on taking deep breaths and process what was going on."


The buffed beefcake beat out hundreds of other good looking guys who stripped down when they auditioned for the role back in last August. Producers then whittled the list down to three and viewers voted.

So, how did he land the highly coveted position?
He said, "I think definitely the accent helped, but I hope that wasn't the only thing."

James replaces Rob Wilson, the game show's first male model ever, who gave him some advice.

James said, "He gave me some great pointers actually. His main thing was to have fun. To be yourself."

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

All about Ryan Lochte & his Hair!

Okay, let's address the elephant in the room.
 Ryan Lochte has 12 Olympic medals – 6 gold, 3 silver and 3 bronze. And all anyone can talk about is his hair! 
"There's been a lot of talk about it," Lochte told PEOPLE on Saturday. "Don't ask me what color it is, because I still don't know. I'm still trying to get that."
"It first started out as light bluish gray, and then it went to green. Now it's going back to blue, so it's all over the place."


Not everyone is convinced. "Most of the time, it looks green," says Brazilian swimmer – and close Lochte pal – Thiago Pereira. "He just said it was supposed to be blue, and it's like there's no way."
PEOPLE caught up with Lochte at the P&G Family Home, a suite in Rio where the athletes and their families can come to relax, eat, and get their laundry done.
         
While he was there, Lochte, got a hot towel shave, which he tells PEOPLE was "awesome."
Lochte, 32, had a somewhat disappointing Olympics – if you consider winning just one gold medal as "disappointing." After strong showings in the preliminary heats for the 200-meter individual medley, Lochte finished the final in fifth place.       
But Lochte says he'll be back – and doubles down on his assertion that his long time friend will swim again in the 2020 games. 
                        
Michael Phelps denies that he'll compete again, but Lochte remains unconvinced.
"He said that in 2012," Lochte says. "I remember that. And I was the only one who said he was going to come back. So I still guarantee that he'll come back again. You know, if I'm coming back, I want him to come back, too. It's really good for the sport. "
So after the Olympics are over, what are Lochte's plans?

"I haven't really taken a break from swimming since i began at the age of 8," he says. "I'm definitely going to take a mental break. I think my body needs it an my mind needs it."
"But I definitely want to come back in the sport," he continues. "I'm not done yet. There are a lot more goals that I want to accomplish, so I guess you can say that I'll definitely be back in the water for 2020." 

 

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Michael Phelps Nude for ESPN’s Naked Issue!

(Ok, they call it the Body Issue, but it’s really the Naked Issue.) It would seem that there’s not much of a difference between donning a Speedo and donning a birthday suit, but Michael Phelps and his tan lines prove otherwise.

The difference is profound, and sexy, and folks looking to see Mr. Phelps in all his glory need only pick up the latest ‘Naked Issue’ of ESPN Magazine. Said source has been supplying images of nude athletes for several years now, including Evan LysacekOguchi Onyewu, Matt Harvey, Giancarlo StantonTomáš Berdych, and the infamous Rob Gronkowski (more than once).
 

Mr. Phelps is no stranger to baring his body, having appeared on this site several times, notably in the shower and in his Speedo. Never before, however, have we seen Michael Phelps naked – until now. Was it worth the wait? You tell me.
I will say this much: tan lines are back.

Michael Phelps wins Last Gold of his Career!

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Rio Olympics 2016: Michael Phelps wins gold in final race of career!The legendary swimmer added to his record medal count as he said goodbye to competitive racing!

Michael Phelps decided to give it one more shot, and as a result he cemented himself in the minds of a whole new generation of American sports fans.
The 31-year-old won a gold medal -- his fifth of the 2016 Rio Olympics and 23rd overall -- by swimming the butterfly in the 4x100-meter medley relay on Saturday night in the final race of his career.
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The U.S. edged Great Britain and Australia in a time of 3:27.95, a new Olympic record, to take the gold. The U.S. has never lost the men's medley relay in Olympic history.
Ryan Murphy led off by swimming a world record in the backstroke, giving the U.S. a 1.7-second lead. Cody Miller did his job next with the breaststroke leg. Phelps went third, with Nathan Adrian finishing things up with his freestyle.
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We put together great relays," Phelps said after the race. "Murph starting off with a world record is just insane. ... I've had the opportunity to be on some of the greatest relays of all time. It truly is an honor."
Leading up to and throughout the games, Phelps has continually reiterated that he will retire after his last race in Rio de Janeiro. If he does, he certainly will have gone out on top.
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"I'm just ready for something different," Phelps continued. "My swimming career might be over, but I have the future ahead of me to turn the page and start whatever I want. It's not the end of a career, it's the beginning of a new journey."
At the Rio Games, Phelps won individual gold in the 200-meter individual medley and the 200-meter butterfly, while taking silver in the 100-meter butterfly. He also won team gold in the 4x100- and 4x200-meter freestyle relays, along with Saturday's 4x100-meter medley relay.
That's a total of five golds and a silver for the most decorated Olympian of all time.
In 2016, Phelps participated in his fifth Olympic Games. If he has indeed decided to retire, he will finish his historic career with 28 total medals, including 23 gold. Remarkably his first gold medal came in 2000 as a 15-year-old.
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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Calvin Klein Confirms Raf Simons's Hire

 

The former creative director at Dior is officially headed to New York.
 After months of rumors swirling, Calvin Klein has officially confirmed the hire of Raf Simons as its new chief creative officer. The brand announced the news in a statement shared on Facebook, detailing Simons new role at the American fashion brand.
 

The new hire follows the announcement of Calvin Klein's new global strategy,  CEO of Calvin Klein, Steve Shiffman said in a statement:
"The arrival of Raf Simons as Chief Creative Officer signifies a momentous new chapter for Calvin Klein. Not since Mr. Klein himself was at the company has it been led by one creative visionary, and I am confident that this decision will drive the Calvin Klein brand and have a significant impact on its future. Raf's exceptional contributions have shaped and modernized fashion as we see it today and, under his direction, Calvin Klein will further solidify its position as a leading global lifestyle brand."
 
Following a three-year stint as creative director at Dior, the move marks Simons first foray into American fashion. It was announced  that Simons would be replaced by Valentino's Maria Grazia Chiuri at Dior. Fashion's never-ending game of designer musical chairs continues—and Simons taking the helm at Calvin Klein will surely be one to watch.
Read the full statement on Simons's new hire at Calvin Klein below:
 
Original Article, 6/9: Calvin Klein (the person) may have just dropped a major hint at the next creative director of Calvin Klein (the brand). During an interview with Andy Cohen at Sirius XM,   the designer discussed his nakesake label as well as the void that's been left since Francisco Costa stepped down as creative director  back in April.
When it came to revealing the fashion house's next creative director, Klein didn't name any names but he did drop a major bombshell hint at who could be lined up. For months now, the fashion industry has speculated that Raf Simons, who existed Dior back in October 2015, would be headed to Calvin Klein. Simons has been the only candidate rumored to fill Costa's shoes and Klein seemed to hint at that in his statement, "They just finally made changes in the design staff. They won't announce [who it is] publicly because it's under contract. But the whole industry knows."
Simons's non-compete agreement with LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton is set to expire at the end of July, just in time for Calvin Klein to announce a new creative director before Spring 2017 collections kick off in September. Let the designer musical chairs-watch begin.