“Simone Biles returned to Olympic competition & won a bronze medal” links

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Simone Biles returned to competition for the individual balance beam and she won bronze. [JustJared]
It’s fun to remember how damn shady Julia Roberts & Danny Moder were at the start of their relationship. Nineteen years later, though. [LaineyGossip]
Sarah Palin and her word salads want to reenter Republican politics. [Jezebel]
There’s a mysterious figure flying around LA in a jet pack and no one knows who it is or what is happening. This is bizarre! [OMG Blog]
Has Lady Gaga been doing Princess Diana cosplay? [GFY]
Would you wear these Chanel Fine Jewelry pieces? The rings are kind of tacky, but I love many of those necklaces. [Tom & Lorenzo]
The Venom sequel looks so cheeseball. The first one was too! [Dlisted]
I enjoy this lovely Beyonce-Silk Sonic conspiracy. [Pajiba]
Emily Ratajkowski went to the UNICEF Ball in Capri. [Egotastic]
Lorde’s appearance on Hot Ones was pretty epic. She can really take some spicy food! People are in awe of her. [Buzzfeed]

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  1. TheOriginalMia says:

    WTG, Simone! So happy for her.

  2. sa says:

    I was really annoyed when the women won the silver in the team competition and the news alert on my phone said they “settled for silver.” This morning, the news alert was about Simone Biles winning bronze. I’m hoping that change in tone will last.

    • Miranda says:

      I took issue with that tone, too. That silver was hard-earned, when you think what the team had to overcome. By that, I don’t mean to suggest that Simone usually “carries the team”, but her presence in a team event is invaluable. Her teammates knew that they had to step up and be that much more precise in her absence, and they had to do that while also worrying about their friend.

      Off topic, but has anyone else been following the story of the Belarussian sprinter who was very nearly forced onto a flight home by her own country’s officials, after she criticized her coaches? Poland issued her a humanitarian visa, but I’m still afraid for her.

      • L4frimaire says:

        The issue with the Belarusian sprinter is scary and reminds me of the Cold War. Apparently the IOC is now going to investigate. A Belarusian exile who is critical of that government was assassinated in Ukraine yesterday so I hope this athlete has a lot of protection and is in a secure place.

      • Miranda says:

        @L4frimaire – I saw that too. The man who was assassinated had been the leader of a group that was helping Belarusian exiles, and now I’m even more concerned, because Timanovskaya’s husband apparently fled to Ukraine as soon as he learned what was happening to his wife. She was sheltered in the Polish embassy in Tokyo while waiting for a safe flight out, and I hope Poland is also taking similar measures to protect him until they can be reunited.

      • Freckles says:

        I wonder why she chose Poland. A lot of other countries offered her a safe place too and i dont trust the polnish goverment.

  3. Cocoa says:

    I am so proud of you Simone… Congratulations.

  4. Becks1 says:

    I’m so glad she was able to compete on her own terms. Go Simone!

  5. psl says:

    Proud of her!

  6. Lightpurple says:

    Simone performed very well. All smiles. So happy for her. The medal ties her with Shannon Miller as the American woman with the most Olympics gymnastics medals. Guan Chenchen Of China, the gold medalist, was a ballerina in the air, an absolutely mesmerizing performance.

  7. L4frimaire says:

    So happy she got back out there and got a medal! I can’t imagine the myriad of emotions she went through during these games, with her mental health issues surfacing and affecting her ability to perform. I loved how she stayed and supported her team mates, and those who replaced her all got medals as well and were able to shine. Biles embodies both team spirit and changing the conversation. Appreciate all the other Olympians stepping up and supporting her as well.

  8. lucy2 says:

    I’m so happy for her! I haven’t seen the performance yet, but I’m glad she was able to compete.

    • Agreatreckoning says:

      I haven’t seen it yet either. Happy for her too. Looking forward to the 400m hurdles final. All three of the USA women made it to the final. Good luck to Dalilah, Sydney and Anna!

    • Jen says:

      It doesn’t appear to be available anywhere, even on the streaming app! They’re making all of us who didn’t watch in the middle of the night wait for prime time.

      I’m SO glad she won bronze! What a wonderful ending to these Olympics for her.

    • Cathy says:

      She did wonderfully – everything was spot on. Because of her twisting issues, she had to simplify her dismount to a double pike, which she hadn’t done since was 12. I believe she has won a medal for every Olympic final she has competed in, truly remarkable.

      • Lucy2 says:

        I watched it last night, she did a beautiful performance, and her smile when she finished was incredible. You could feel the relief and joy shining from within.

      • Jules says:

        I was nervous for her watching her, but she was solid, not a wobble. Incredible performance and she was so happy after her dismount! Once again, she really changed the game.

    • windyriver says:

      The replay of the full event, along with the final two men’s events, is now available on the NBC Sports app.

      • Agreatreckoning says:

        Finally was able to watch it this am. Simone was wonderful and so joyous after her landing. Very cool to see.

  9. Erin says:

    I really know nothing about Lorde because I’m old and stopped listening to pop a while ago but her Hot Ones interview made me a fan. Not only did she not flinch but she enjoyed the flavors and savored them. She also just sounded wise beyond her years. It was amazing. Lorde of the Wings indeed.

    • faithmobile says:

      The Lorde interview was great, she was such a badass with the heat, she had great answers and made me rethink my pop music prejudice. Hot ones is such a great interview platform.

  10. Eurydice says:

    Congratulations, Simone!! With all she’s been through, she must feel like she won the gold!

  11. The Recluse says:

    I really think Simone Biles has a potential career as either a coach for gymnasts or in the organization, which is over-burdened with men who did nothing about Nasser, that is in charge with American gymnastics. In fact, I think she and other former Olympian gymnasts should oust them and take control.
    As for Palin, I really wish she’d stay under whatever rock she crawled out from under. No one missed her as much as she missed the attention $$$$$.

  12. Barbie1 says:

    Hopefully this will shut the haters down for a while. Very happy for her. I wonder if she’ll go to the next Olympics.

  13. jferber says:

    I’m so glad to see a smile on her face again. A world-class athlete and role model. Love you, Simone!

  14. MangoAngelesque says:

    Venom is a, well, not really a guilty pleasure movie, because I don’t feel guilty about it, but along those lines. It’s pure popcorn movie fun, and Tom Hardy is a blast in it. I’m looking forward to what comes next! It won’t be some great cinematic film experience, but it’ll be fun to watch!

  15. Joanna says:

    That’s my girl!? Way to bounce back!