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flSIOn BRIAN MOYLAN
The hot athletes and chiseled bodies got
me to tune in to the Olympic Games, but
the thrill of victory kept me watching.
Boys (& giris) of summer
MICHAEL PHELPS' BATHING SUIT
The Speedo on this multiple-medal
winning swimmer from Baltimore is so
low-cut that it looked like, at any moment,
he would be the victim of a wardrobe
malfunction, making the 2004 Olympic
Games in Athens all the more memorable.
I have been held captive by the summer Olympics for the past two weeks, taking time out only for that other great
international TV competition, CBS's
"Amazing Race" (on Tuesdays at 10 p.m.).
And I've been captivated not just by
Phelps. American gymnasts Paul and
Morgan Hamm helped as well, even
though their purses fall out of their
mouths every time they speak.
And speaking of gymnastics, Bel Ami,
the Eastern European gay porn specialists, need to shell out some serious cash
to get Romanian Marian Dragulescu and
Bulgarian Jordan Jovtchev to do the
"floor exercise" in their next movie.
Then there's Greece's first judo champ,
Ilias Iliadis. Wrestling an opponent to his
back in the finals, his robe seemed determined to stay open, baring a chiseled
physique that is usually only found in,
well, gay porn movies.
And when the winners celebrate,
there's real man-on-man action.
Nikolaos Siranidis and Thomas Bimis
looked like they needed to get a room
after winning a gold medal in the men's
three-meter synchronized springboard
THIS IS WHAT'S BEEN OCCUPYING
my mind since the opening ceremonies of
the Olympic Games on Aug. 13. Sure, the
hot guys are great, but there is something
more that has me staying up late and
waking up early so I don't miss a minute
of events like the absurd race walking or
the fully covered fencing competition.
Thanks to the proliferation of cable
television and the consolidation of network ownership, the NBC family of channels is doing its part to feed my addiction.
Not only can I watch the coverage all day
and night on NBC, but I can also check in
on gay favorite Bravo, CNBC, MSNBC,
USA, as well as Telemundo. if I brush up
on my Spanish.
And I'm apparently not the only one.
According to Nielsen Media Research, as
of Aug. 22, 64 percent of the U.S. popula-
(t MORE INFO
Closing ceremony, Aug. 29,6 p.m.
Greek athletes Nikolaos Siranidis (left) and Thomas
Bimis look like they're about to really celebrate after
winning the men's synchronized three-meter springboard competition at the 2004 Olympics in Athens.
(Photo by Itsuo Inouye/AP)
tion had watched some portion of the
games in its first week — 9 percent more
than watched the 2000 Summer
Olympics in Sydney, Australia, during
the same period.
Maybe this has something to do with
beach volleyball. You can't seem to throw
a discus at NBC's collective Olympic coverage without hitting this event.
Let me point out the inequality here,
however, where the women compete in
skimpy bikinis (finally, something for the
lesbians to watch) and the men play in
baggy tank tops and shorts.
Lesbians were probably also watching
tennis player Martina Navratilova.
Though she has won countless trophies,
the 47-year-old legend had never been to
the Olympics. Sure, she and tennis partner Lisa Raymond lost in the quarterfinals, but it was while watching this
match that I realized why I was tuning in.
Navratilova has proven herself to the
sport of tennis and to the world a long
time ago. She proudly came out of the
closet a long time ago and came out of
retirement to play doubles tennis.
Nothing, internally or externally, kept
her from traveling to Athens.
"The end of a dream?" she asked an
Associated Press reporter after missing
her chance for a medal at the Olympics.
"No. I am living my dream."
That's why I keep watching.
It's for people like Navratilova, athletes
who look as beautiful after a match —
whether they win or lose — as they do
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