She went viral in shoulder pads and a helmet, running over, around and through the boys, and now Sam Gordon is looking forward to a bigger challenge… and fifth grade.
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He saw it in me before anyone else—the ability to be a shutdown corner—when I was still in high school. But even though I didn’t wind up playing for Pete Carroll at USC, I’m sure glad I am now. If you’re looking for reasons the Seahawks are in the Super Bowl, start with him. And it’s not just his game plans, either.
"Growing up straight in a dominantly homophobic and homosexual sport was hard for me and for them," he adds. "I remember my family defending my sexuality before I even understood what sexuality meant."
"I remember being constantly asked, ‘Oh, you’re a figure skater now? So you’re gay?’"
At 12, Larcom went to live and train as a pairs skater in Tampa, Fla. Despite being thousands of miles from home, he encountered the same stereotypes. Once, a girlfriend, a fellow skater, dumped him because her friends teased her about dating a male figure skater. Hockey players called him “fag,” “gay,” “homo” and “queer.”
"I’d be holding my skating partner’s hand [while practicing on the ice], and I’d want to go faster and stronger to prove I could beat them," Larcom says about the hockey players. "I thought, You’re playing with sticks, but I have this girl who I can lift and throw. You try to look like you’re Goliath." MORE | Timeline
This week’s cover story looks at the surprisingly challenging environment gay figure skaters face as competitors in what many consider to be the Olympics’ ‘gayest’ sport. Abigail Jones has the story.
Related: Many of the athletes selected for the 2014 Sochi Olympic delegation by President Obama are openly members of the LGBT community.
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The Flying Women of London
Amazing images of the balance beam competition during today’s gymnastics at the 2012 Olympics.
1. Ralitsa Mileva of Bulgaria photo: by Cameron Spencer / Getty Images
2. Deng LinLin of Chinaphoto: by Jamie McDonald / Getty Images
3. Deng LinLin of China photo: Carl de Souza, AFP/ Getty Images
4. Yuko Shintake of Japan photo: by Cameron Spencer / Getty Images
5. Deng LinLin of China photo: Adrian Dennis / Getty Images
Is it weird that I like the feet one the best?
Lance Armstrong says U.S. anti-doping officials are ‘moving the goalposts’ in an attempt to discredit him by reportedly delaying suspensions against his accusers.
Our reporter visits the Quidditch Western Cup—and finds a handful of punny team names. The one pictured here has a motto: “Our team is Bruin up some Felix Felicis,” which, Jace helpfully explains, refers to both the UCLA Bruins and Felix Felicis—“a potion in the Harry Potter universe is essentially liquid luck.” More photos here!
As you prepare for the big game, take a look out our super scientific breakdown of Brady and Manning, off the field.
“Derek has girls stay with him at his apartment in New York, and then he gets them a car to take them home the next day. Waiting in his car is a gift basket containing signed Jeter memorabilia, usually a signed baseball,” the friend dished.
That’s so money.
And then there’s this: Derek Jeter’s one-night stands (allegedly!) go home with a Derek Jeter-themed gift basket.