Have you been watching the Olympics? The women’s all-around gymnastics competition aired today, and American superstar Simone Biles (second from right above), hailed as the best gymnast in history, won gold. We can’t wait to see how the rest of the games go down. Here are 10 things from Rio that have made us smile…
A record number of out LGBT Olympians are competing, including the first gay married couple. There was also a sweet proposal on the rugby field between Brazilian athlete Isadora Cerullo and her girlfriend, Marjorie Enya (above). Two more great firsts: a team of refugee athletes and the first U.S. Olympian to compete wearing a hijab.
When gymnast Aly Raisman performs, her parents are so adorably nervous.
Can you guess which sport these U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes play based on their body types?
The sparkly leotards worn by the Team U.S.A. gymnasts take two years to produce, involve 5,000 Swarovski crystals each and are custom fit to their bodies. And then there are the water polo players’ fluffy official Olympic bathrobes.
Kittens available for adoption are competing in a series of Olympic-style events, including the balance beam and wrestling. Meow.
What does U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte eat? A LOT. “Five to six eggs with spinach, tomatoes, and ham. And hash browns (or some kind of potatoes). And pancakes. And oatmeal (‘I love oatmeal’). And fruit. And French vanilla coffee with one sugar and cold milk.”
You can subscribe to text messages from New York Times sports editor Sam Manchester in Rio. They’re filled with gifs, emojis and amazing Olympic facts.
After comedian Leslie Jones started hilariously live-tweeting the Olympics from her sofa, she was invited to be an official NBC commentator. (“Guess who’s going to Rio?” she cooed.) She will be live on-air on Friday. Yes!
How pretty are these patriotic swimsuits, featuring six countries?
Have you been watching? The full competition schedule is here.
P.S. Five fun exercise classes.
(Egg photo via Food52.)