My Fave Part of the Olympics
BOB COSTAS' EYE!!!
2/20/2014 6:47 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Here's something you've probably never seen before ... ANDY COHEN ON A SPORTS WEBSITE!!!
Anyway, the Bravo icon was out in NYC last night when we started talking Olympics. Even though Andy admitted he doesn't fancy himself much of a fan, he says there's one event in Sochi he can't stop watching -- THE BOB COSTAS PINK EYE SAGA!!!
It doesn't stop there ... Andy also explains why he's rooting HARD against Mother Russia.
Check out the clip ... GO USA!!!
Jamaican Bobsled Team
2/17/2014 8:18 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
File This Under: "Questionable Decision Making" ... but the Jamaican Bobsled Team competed over the weekend wearing helmets that looked like watermelons.
Of course, in the U.S. ... there's a well-known stereotype about black people and watermelon -- but in fact, it's not really a "thing" in Jamaica.
Still, a little weird to see a team consisting entirely of black people wearing helmets that look like watermelon.
As one Jamaican source put it ... "I don't know about any stereotype ... all I know is we eat them, not put them on our heads."
Don't Blame Reporter For Painful Olympics Interview
... Blame NBC!
2/17/2014 7:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Bode Miller says he's NOT upset with reporter Christin Cooper ... after she pushed him so hard about the skier's dead brother during a post-race interview yesterday, he broke down in tears.
Instead, it appears Bode is placing the blame on Christin's bosses at NBC.
The interview took place moments after Bode placed 3rd in the Men's Alpine Super G event in Sochi -- when Cooper kept asking questions about Bode's bro Chilly, who passed away recently from a seizure.
Bode broke down and cried -- ending the interview ... and almost instantly, the cyber-backlash began against Cooper.
But last night, Bode went to Twitter and wrote, "I appreciate everyone sticking up for me. Please be gentle w christin cooper, it was crazy emotional and not all her fault. #heatofthemoment."
He continued, "My emotions were very raw, she asked the questions that every interviewer would have, pushing is part of it, she wasn't trying to cause pain."
Here's where it gets interesting ... 'cause a short time later, he re-posted a tweet from a fan who wrote, "Bode. It wasn't her fault. It was the fault of @NBCOlympics producers. She was being told what to ask."
Subtle, but clearly he signs off on the fan's opinion.
Sochi Fail Photos
HAVE A NICE TRIP!?!
2/13/2014 4:07 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Tinder to Team USA:
Focus On Winning
... Not Boning!
2/13/2014 12:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Team USA is obsessed with Tinder -- the app that helps you find people to bang -- but now, the company's co-founder is begging the athletes to KEEP IT IN THEIR PANTS until after their events.
Earlier this week, gold-medal winning snowboarder Jamie Anderson told US Weekly, "Tinder in the Olympic Village is next level ... There are some cuties on there.”
She added, "There was a point where I had to be like OK, this is way too distracting. I deleted my account to focus on the Olympics.”
We spoke with Tinder co-founder Justin Mateen, who has a surprising message for the Olympians: Focus on kicking ass ... not tapping it.
"Tinder is a great way to meet new people when you're traveling and want to get the most out of your experience in a new city, but for now, focus on giving it your all while competing."
"Tinder will always be here when you're done."
Of course, Olympic Village has a reputation for being a "debaucherous" sex party ... and the app only makes it that much easier to find an athlete to bone.
Team USA Snowboarder
Sex Games in Sochi Are About to Begin!
(So, I've Heard)
2/12/2014 8:12 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Things haven't even begun to heat up in Sochi yet ... at least when it comes to the storied SEX PARTIES in Olympic Village ... so says someone who would know, Team USA snowboarder Sage Kotsenburg.
Kotsenburg -- who just won THE GOLD in Snowboard Slopestyle -- is back in the U.S. and earlier today, we HAD to ask about the international bangfest that athletes have been raving about for years!
OLYMPIC SEX NOTE -- tons of athletes have talked about the rampant sex in Olympic Village, including UFC bad ass Ronda Rousey, who told us the scene is pure "debauchery."
But Sage tells us ... none of the athletes are playin' hide the pirozhki just yet ... explaining, "Toward the end of the week, people get pretty rowdy I heard."
On a related note, Sage says he might head back to Russia before the games are over.
THE GREAT ASS GAME
Male or Female?!
2/12/2014 12:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The Band Perry
U.S. Skiers Crushed Our Song
Come Play With Us on Tour!
2/11/2014 4:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Country music superstars The Band Perry have invited members of the U.S. Olympic ski team to PLAY WITH THEM IN CONCERT ... after watching the athletes cover their biggest hit in Sochi, TMZ Sports has learned.
We know ... the band recently saw the incredible clip of Stacey Cook, Jacqueline Wiles and Laurenne Ross rockin' out to their huge song, "Better Dig Two" and LOVED IT!!!
In fact, a rep for the band tells us ... they've already been in contact with the Olympians in the hopes they can bring them on stage at one of their shows to play the song together.
The band even gave us this note to pass on to the skiers -- "We love you guys! Go Team USA!"
MMA Olympic Movement Growing
More Than 30 Countries Are Down
2/11/2014 12:14 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
UFC legend Randy Couture says there's serious momentum in the fight to get MMA back in the Olympics ... with more than 30 COUNTRIES on board and ready to roll.
Couture was leaving an event in L.A. this weekend when he said, "I think there's 34 or 39 countries that have signed petitions" for a sport called pankration ... an ancient form of MMA.
FYI -- pankration was an olympic sport in ancient Greece. The only rules were no biting or eye-gouging.
So, when should we expect to see MMA fighters competing for the gold? Probably not any time soon ... in fact, a UFC exec recently said he thinks it's still 20 years away.
It's OK ... good things come to those who wait.
DEFEATED BY EYE INFECTION
Gets Night Off to Heal
2/11/2014 6:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The eyes have it ... infections, that is ... and now, FINALLY, Bob Costas will take a night off from Olympics coverage so his peepers can heal up.
Costas tapped Matt Lauer to take over the hosting duties from Sochi Tuesday ... saying, "Reluctantly, I was trying to throw a complete game here, but we're going to have to go to the bullpen, and I don't know if you're aware of this tonight, but you're Mariano Rivera, at least tonight."
Bob started his Olympic coverage with what appeared to be pink eye -- it was red and swollen shut -- and after a few days it appeared the other eye came down with the P.E. too.
So, the question remains ... WHO KEEPS FARTING ON BOB'S PILLOW???
US Olympic Bobsledder
Escapes from Russian Elevator
'I Tried to Pry The Door Open!'
2/10/2014 12:15 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
US bobsledder Johnny Quin was just RESCUED from an evil Russian elevator ... just days after being trapped in a Russian bathroom ... and he just called in to TMZ Sports to tell us about his escape.
Quin was leaving the team hotel with the team bobsled pilot and a few team mechanics when the doors suddenly slammed shut ... and wouldn't open.
Quin says he tried to pry the elevator open ... but it wouldn't budge.
Fortunately, the guys had their cell phones and called for help ... and eventually got out.
The incident comes just two days after Johnny got trapped in his own bathroom ... and when no one came to his rescue, he used his bobsled skills to smash through the door like the Kool Aid man.
Cool Runnings Star
Feel the Rhythm, Feel the Rhyme ... Move Over USA
It's Jamaica's Time!
2/8/2014 12:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Starring in "Cool Runnings" makes you an unofficial Jamaican FOR LIFE ... at least according to American actor Leon Robinson ... who tells TMZ Sports he's rooting for Team JA's bobsledders to crush Team USA in Sochi.
Leon played Derice Bannock in the beloved movie, and explained "it'd be a once in a lifetime opportunity for them to win the gold," adding ... "how often would they get that chance?"
He's got a point ... Jamaica's bobsled has only made it to ONE other Olympics after their legendary debut in the 1988 Games.
Leon says he goes down to Jam Rock every year ... and claims the island's tourism board calls him "Jamaica's best friend" -- due to all the visitors who come and spend money on bobsled-related gear.
No joke ... there's a freakin' Bobsled Cafe down there.
But even Leon admits it's a long shot for the Jamaicans to top USA this year.
Maybe not ... if they bust out THE chant in Sochi. That would be awesome ...