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The US and Brazilian men’s gymnastics teams are arguably two of the hottest contingents competing at the 2016 Rio Olympics. But don’t count out Team Great Britain, including this little hottie when it comes to sex appeal.

Max Whitlock competed at the 2012 London Games where he snagged a bronze medal in the team competition. The 23-year-old also won a matching individual bronze medal for the pommel horse. On that apparatus, he’s currently the reigning world champion. He became the first British man to win a World Championship gold medal.

Naturally, expectations are high going into the Rio Games. Watch a video below where he shows off gymnastics skills on all the disciplines including his signature pommel horse routine.

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If this video doesn’t give you tingles, nothing will. Every single person featured is truly inspiring and awe-spiring.

UK Channel 4 is the genius behind this moving promo for the 2016 Rio Paralympics. While Paralympians heading to Brazil are prominently featured in the clip, other individuals with disabilities also appear. Each and every person shown demonstrates exactly why they’re superhuman and filled with talent.

Witness the wonderment of all 140 individuals below.

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No matter what, it was going to be a historic day on center court at Wimbledon. Either Serena Williams would tie Steffi Graf for the most amount of Grand Slam titles in the open era or Angelique Kerber would be come the first German to win the title in 20 years since Graf did in 1996. After a tough two-set match, Williams came out ahead, 7-5, 6-3.

Serena now has 22 Grand Slam titles under her belt. With two more wins, she can tie Margaret Court’s achievement of 24 wins. The 34-year-old tennis player is still looking quite strong and healthy. No doubt, she’ll surpass Court on the all-time leaderboard.

Just hours after winning the singles title, Serena returned to the spotlight with her sister Venus. Together they beat Timea Babos and Yaroslava Shvedova, 6-3, 6-4. This marks the sibling’s 14th major doubles title. It also marks the eighth time Serena has won both the single and doubles competition at the same major tournament.

Congrats to Serena. How many more Grand Slams do you think Williams will win? Sound off below.

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ESPN’s Body Issue is one the most anticipated offerings of the year. For eight solid years, their annual exploration of the athletic form has been a must-see. Who doesn’t love sifting through photos of athletes in peak physical condition?

The magazine recently uploaded all the photos from the Bodies We Want 2016 class. I’ve gone through them and picked out my favorites. Not surprisingly, all of them are of the male variety.

Check out below fighter Conor McGregor, NFL players Antonio Brown and Von Miller, motocross star Ryan Dungey, pitcher Jake Arrieta, diving legend Greg Louganis and swimmer Nathan Adrian showing off their assets.

Weigh in afterward to reveal which of the athletes is your favorite. My gold medal goes to that sexy stud that is Nathan Adrian. I’d dive in his pool any day :)
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Dove Men+Care has collaborated with Australian Wallaby David Pocock to break outdated perceptions of masculinity in society and to demonstrate that showing care makes you a stronger person. Nothing hotter than a big beefy guy in touch with his emotions, right?

In Episode 1 of David Pocock’s Journey to Strength, the 28-year-old athlete explains how despite his powerful stature, he found it hard to speak up and find his voice. He talks about the strength he needed, to face his insecurities and stay true to his beliefs. David realized that in finding his voice, he grew as a man. He’s referring to an incident during a match in Sydney last year. Pocock called out one of his opponents to the referee for referring to players as “faggots.”

Check out the powerful commercial below.

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With swimming, gymnastics and wrestling (wink) dominating most of my allotted Olympic viewing time, water polo doesn’t normally factor in. That might all have to change now.

Spanish water polo player Víctor Gutiérrez has come out as gay, ahead of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio during an interview with Shangay magazine. “My family knows I’m gay, my friends too,” he tells the publication. “And I’m living in such a positive way with my sexuality that I felt a responsibility to share it with others.”

The 25-year-old athlete reveals numerous homophobic attacks in Madrid this year motivated him to take the public step. “It is a reality that we live in. And there are almost no athletes who are out of the closet. But in my experience, people have changed. As an athlete, my experience has been absolutely positive.”

Go for the gold Gutiérrez!!! I’ll definitely be cheering him on. Check out more pics of him below.

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It’s official. Lebron James will step into Michael Jordan’s shoes to play alongside the Looney Tunes crew for Space Jam 2 whether you like it or not.

Based on initial reaction, it seems the overwhelming sentiment is the latter. Twitter users are upset that the sequel will ruin the memory of their beloved childhood flick. Personally, I don’t understand all the uproar. James didn’t embarrass himself in his supporting role in Trainwreck. I think he’ll be just fine.

Reportedly, the 31-year-old Cleveland Cavaliers forward beat out the recently retired Kobe Bryant, Stephen Curry, and Blake Griffin for the role. Justin Lin of Fast & Furious 6 and Star Trek Beyond will direct.

Did you watch the 1996 live-action/animated hybrid film? Is Lebron a worthy successor to Michael? Sound off below.

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It was an end of an era at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday night. Kobe Bryant played his final NBA game and did so in style. The 37-year-old scored 60 points, leading his team to victory over the Utah Jazz.

Throughout his 20-year career, he’s played for the Los Angeles Lakers entirely which is a record. Tim Duncan has spent 19 with the Utah Jazz, but is still playing which means he’ll most likely pass or at the very least tie Kobe’s record.

Bryant has 5 NBA Championships under his belt. He’s also a 2-time NBA Finals MVP, a Slam Dunk Champion in 1997 and named NBA Most Valuable Player in 2008. Not to mention having scored the second most points in a game. He scored 81 pts versus the Toronto Raptors in 2006.

Before his final game began, a tribute video played featuring appearances from LeBron James, Steph Curry, Shaquille O’Neal, Dwayne Wade and other athletes. Even notorious Laker fan Jack Nicholson chimed in. Check it out below.

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