How Olympians Are Finding A Spotlight Outside Of The Games

How Olympians Are Finding A Spotlight Outside Of The Games

Everyone's favorite and maybe even least favorite Olympians have left the competition and are starting to get more screen time through reality TV.


America's favorite and maybe even most controversial Olympians have left the competition and are starting to get more screen time elsewhere. Adam Rippon, Tonya Harding, Floyd Mayweather, Kristi Yamaguchi, Shawn Johnson, Hope Solo, Meryl Davis, Nancy Kerrigan, Laurie Hernandez, and Simone Biles are just a few of the many Olympians that have competed on Dancing With The Stars. The popular ABC show Dancing With The Stars is known for bringing celebrities of any kind, from actors to athletes, onto their show. U.S. Olympians are a popular addition to the show and typically end up doing well. Their innate athletic ability helps them on the ballroom floor, but it is America's love and respect for the Olympians that saves them from elimination round after round. Kristi Yamaguchi, Shawn Johnson, Meryl Davis, Laurie Hernandez, and Adam Rippon have all come in first place in the competition with the help of their dance partners. After this many seasons of DWTS, a correlation between Olympic figure skaters and winners of the dance competition is beginning to form. This correlation isn't shocking due to the nature of figure skating. Ballroom dancing and figure skating are similar in style, beauty, grace, strength, and perseverance in memorizing the routine. Since winning his season of DWTS, Adam Rippon has moved on to be one of the judges for Dancing With The Stars Juniors. Rippon's reputation as a figure skater has graced him with the opportunity to stay in the spotlight for far longer than his Olympic career would go. This is true for many athletes; ABC has given them an opportunity to shine in front of an audience again.

One controversial Olympic swimmer, Ryan Lochte, recently joined the cast of the 2019 Celebrity Big Brother reality TV game show. Celebrity Big Brother is a three-week power struggle for half a million dollars. While on the show, Lochte was given an endless pool in order to continue his training for the next summer Olympics. Lochte was joined on Big Brother by his fellow Olympian Lolo Jones who competes in hurdles and bobsled. Lolo Jones also participated in season 19 of Dancing With The Stars. Originally the pair joined forces as allies in the game, but that quickly crumbled when Lochte started to come across as cocky. Many didn't expect anything else from a six-time Olympic gold medal winner and "party-boy." Big Brother gave the pair a three-week spotlight before their next appearance at the 2020 summer Olympics.

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6 Places in New York City Every "Friends" Fan Needs To Visit

Grab a cup of coffee at Central Park.

As a "Friends" fanatic myself, I often wonder about the places in New York City featured in the various episodes and whether I could actually visit them. Most of them are fictional or no longer exist, but there are a few places you can go to reminisce about your favorite "Friends" moments. So, here are six places in New York City you definitely need to visit as a "Friends" fan.

1. The Apartment Building, Obviously

The building used for the exterior shot of the apartments in "Friends" is real and is located at 90 Bedford Street at the corner of Grove Street in Greenwich Village. It's an obvious must-see.

2. The Pulitzer Fountain

This is the fountain that the friends danced around in for the iconic theme song, and it's located right in Central Park.

3. Bloomingdale's

This is the department where Rachel worked before she moved on to Ralph Lauren, where she met Joshua, and where she started her career in fashion.

4. The Plaza Hotel

This is where Monica and Chandler celebrated their engagement in "The One WIth Monica's Thunder," and is actually really gorgeous.

5. The Central Perk Replica

While Central Perk isn't a real coffee shop, a pop-up replica opened up in 2014 on Lafayette Street and it's definitely a must-visit.

6. Chandler's Office

The fictional Chandler works in the real Solow Building, located on West 57th street.

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7 Affordable, Easy Ways To Vamp Up Your Dorm/Bedroom

A guide to the best room ever.


I've always been a fan of interior design and room decorating, and I'm constantly looking for new ways to improve my room game, make DIYs for my room, or buy cheap room decor. I've compiled 7 tactics I use in my own room to make it look more aesthetic without spending too much on it.

1. Make a wall photo mural.

This is as simple as printing out a ton of pictures of family, friends, or anything else to your liking, and using wall tape to tape it to your room. Some different ways to position the pictures could be in a heart, spelling out your initials, or simply sticking them in rows and columns. A nice touch would be adding fairy lights to it or using string and clothespins to hang them up.

2. Use tapestry.

Tapestry is about as simple as it gets when it comes to room decor. It's inexpensive and it serves as a great backdrop which can be used for a variety of purposes. I personally recommend ones with darker colors, straying away from the lighter, brighter ones.

3. Add throw pillows to your bed.

Throw pillows can get a bit pricey, so it's important to know where to buy them. I always get mine from Ross, TjMaxx, or places like Walmart/Target. Even a few of these can make your bed look 10x better.

4. Use a statement art piece.

Using one bold piece of art or something that serves as a center or focus for the room can help in decorating and making your room look like you put in more effort than actual. Lately, I've been really interested in the multiple pieces of art, where each one completes the other, and neon signs which can sometimes be customized.

5. Keep a color scheme.

When decorating, it's extremely important to stick to a theme or a color scheme and apply it throughout. Although it may be tempting to buy an item that doesn't match, it is more beneficial to stick to the scheme. I've found it appealing to use 2-3 colors because 1 seems as if there's too much going on, and anything above 3 is basically not a color scheme anymore.

6. Keep designated areas for different tasks.

Don't do your homework on your bed! It's extremely important to have a separate work table that allows you to be more organized and keep your nap life away from your student life. It's extremely easy to keep a work room organized, as long as you have designated locations for everything, and put things back when you're done with them!

7. Invest in a comfortable rug.

Throw rugs can make any boring old wooden or tile floor look much more appealing. I personally have invested in many plush throw rugs over the years and I have never been disappointed. However, I recommend getting gray or colored rugs as I find the white ones get dirty easily.

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