(PG-13: Language) Margot Robbie takes on the role of a lifetime as Tonya Harding, the disgraced and disgraceful Olympic figure skater behind one of the biggest sports scandals of all time. Holy crap, Allison Janney is awesome.
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While watching a ping pong match, something caught this smartphone shooter’s eye – two girls in the background playing a frenetic game, one of whom was playing with her face instead of a paddle. From what we can tell, this was actually a Japanese commercial for face cream.
Who here among us doesn’t love the amazingly athletic World Surf League pro Lakey Peterson? You will adore her even more in Aaron Lieber’s black and white clip of her destroying the waves in Central America. She makes it look so easy you know, for a girl and all.
Freerunner Jason Paul meets up with fellow parkour athletes Kenichi, Zen, Yakuwa, and Yuutarou in downtown Tokyo, then lands at Edo Wonderland – a picture-perfect theme park that replicates life in the 17th century Edo era, samurais, ninjas and all. BTS footage here.
(PG-13: Language) “I was ravin’ in the desert til the sun gave me red skin, I told you that I’m no saint, I see hawks, I just spin…” Mac Lethal incorporates the names of every US pro football, baseball, basketball, hockey, and soccer team into a cohesive 3-minute rap.
“It’s not a fake sport… It’s a real story that we’re telling.” Director Tim Grant introduces us to pro wrestler Cauliflower Chase Brown, who reminds us the action we see on stage is backed up by a desire to entertain and satisfy an audience with a heroes tale for the underdog.
Court Grabbers clean the soles of your shoes, minimizing the risk of slipping on indoor courts. They consist of a base that you lace on your shoes, a washable strip, and an alcohol-based cleaning gel. Just swipe your shoe over the strip and you’re good to go.
Bowling alleys typically coat their lanes with oil to protect the wood. This has a significant effect on the ball, so much so that competitions use a variety of oil patterns to challenge competitors. Vox spoke with pro bowler Phil Edwards about bowling’s hidden layer.
Filmmaker Bryan Fogel initially wanted to learn more about performance-enhancing drugs. His research unwittingly got him caught in Russia’s doping scandal. Critics say Icarus has a poorly-edited first half, but its twists and bombs make it worth watching. Premieres 8/4/17 on Netflix.
Run along with athlete Calen Chan as he heads down the Skyladder parkour course built down the side of Tianman Mountain in China. Not only is the 999 step-tall course the longest on the planet, but its built on a 45° incline to add to the challenge. The slide part looks like fun.
Bleacher Report’s Game of Thrones-meets-NBA parody cartoons reaches the height of savagery in its latest episode. Watch as the Brooklyn Nets, the Orlando Magic, and the Toronto Raptors tackle the trade deadline. Mario Hezonja’s probably lawyering up right now.