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The untold truth of the Ultimate Fighter

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The Ultimate Fighter, or TUF, is fairly unique as far as reality TV shows go. TV audiences were already familiar with physical competitions in the form of the Amazing Race and Survivor, but what set TUF apart was that episodes often culminated in brutal showdowns between two fighters.

It was the success of that very first season in 2005 that lifted the MMA from the fringes of competitive sports, turning the UFC into a household name. Thanks to the widespread accessibility allowed by social media, UFC doesn’t rely too heavily on the The Ultimate Fighter for publicity these days. Still, TUF has its place in UFC history — and some pretty fascinating tidbits that every fan of the series should know.

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The Ultimate Fighter is why the UFC exists today

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As MMAJunkie observed, “the UFC would likely no longer exist were it not for the show.” But to be more specific, not only would there be no UFC, the company’s absence would have greatly impacted the futures of MMA figures like Anderson Silva, Georges St. Pierre, Ronda Rousey, Jon Jones, and Conor McGregor. These are names many current UFC fans may have never heard of had it not been for the legendary fight between TUF Season 1 finalists Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar.

The successful conclusion of first season of The Ultimate Fighter was a shock, as Spike TV initially intended it to be a one-season event. However, the publicity and positive public reaction — viewership swelled to 10 million as the finale fight progressed — was simply too strong to ignore. In Dana White’s own words (spoken in the video above), the UFC owners and network reps cut a deal for a new season “literally in the alley where all the trucks were.” It wasn’t a particularly glamorous moment, but the experiment’s success would prove to be the first step of many, leading the UFC down a path of global success that would make them the first name in mixed martial arts.

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Dana White managed certain TUF coaches before becoming UFC president

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Today, we know Dana White as the brash, controversial figurehead who sits atop the Ultimate Fighting Championship empire. Yet before there was an Ultimate Fighter, or even a proper UFC as we know it, Dana White worked as a manager for MMA fighters Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell. And before that gig … he worked as a valet.

Said White, “I was a bellman at the Boston Harbor Hotel. I was 19 years old. All the experiences I had with jobs from 17 to 19 helped me get to here. [I] realized this isn’t what I want to do. I really don’t care about money. I care about getting up every day and doing something I love to do.” And what he wanted to do was get into the fighting business. Despite his own roots in boxing, Dana White was drawn to MMA. And in an interesting twist, Chuck Liddell was the “Team Blue” coach during The Ultimate Fighter Season 1, and Liddell would coach again in Season 3, opposite … Tito Ortiz. Dana’s kids were all grown up!

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The WWE inadvertently helped The Ultimate Fighter premiere

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In addition to a groundbreaking first season, the UFC might owe a bit of its existence to World Wrestling Entertainment. Prior to WWE’s Monday Night Raw getting moved to the USA Network, the show was a centerpiece for Spike TV. It seemed logical from a ratings standpoint that the experimental TUF series would work best alongside Raw. The decision seemed to benefit TUF, as the Spike time slot saw a 38 percent jump in ratings with the Ultimate Fighter, thanks in large part to acting as a lead out to Raw. There’s a strong possibility that, had TUF followed something else, the show might not have shown enough promise to even make it to that historic Griffin/Bonnar fight.

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The decision to grant Stephan Bonnar a contract was spur of the moment

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One of the most memorable aspects of the Rocky-like battle between Bonnar and Griffin is that, technically, there wasn’t a loser. UFC commentator Seth Rogan called it a “razor-close fight” and even Bonnar acknowledged that he felt either Griffin or himself “could get the nod.” Griffin was eventually declared the winner by unanimous decision, which meant he won the coveted six-figure UFC contract. However, Dana White decided to ask UFC owners Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta if it were possible for Bonnar to be granted a contract as well. They agreed, and White announced that Bonnar was also in. It was a last-minute decision that further ingratiated the UFC to a brand new audience.

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Tony Burton

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On February 25, 2016, 78-year-old actor and ex-boxer Tony Burton finally fought his last round after a long battle with pneumonia. The world knew Tony Burton best as Duke, the hard-ass boxing trainer in the Rocky series. He had a supporting role in six total Rocky films, most recently the 2006 sequel, Rocky Balboa. Burton was a long-time friend of Sylvester Stallone and Carl Weathers, who played Apollo Creed in the franchise.

It should come as no surprise that the man who trained both Creed and Rocky on film was a boxer himself in his early years. He was a two-time light-heavyweight champion before he retired from the sport in 1959. After that, Tony Burton tried to cobble his life together, but eventually found himself doing a three-year stretch in a California prison for robbery. While behind bars, Burton took an interest in acting, and in 1974 he landed his first role in the blaxploitation film The Black Godfather.

After a string of minor TV appearances, Burton nabbed a small role in John Carpenter’s Assault on Precinct 13, and then finally went for the knockout when he was cast as Duke in the first Rocky film. The rest, as they say, is history.

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Kimbo Slice

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The world’s first glimpse of Kimbo Slice came in the form of YouTube videos showing the massive, bearded man brawling in backyards. Overnight, he became an internet sensation. But when his 15 minutes of fame was ready to leave him in the dark, Kimbo fought back. In 2008, Kimbo Slice (real name Kevin Ferguson), became a professional MMA fighter. His third professional fight became the first MMA match to be broadcast on prime-time TV.

In many ways, Kimbo’s larger-than-life attitude brought the young sport of MMA into the mainstream, and although he looked fearsome in the ring, he was said to be a “gentle giant” in private. On June 6, 2016, Kimbo Slice was rushed to a hospital in Florida. He died of heart failure the same day.

According to ESPN, Kimbo Slice had been on a waiting list for a heart transplant at the time of his death.

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South Beach Tow (2011-2015)

It’s no secret that a lot of reality TV shows aren’t as real as they make themselves out to be, but TruTV’s South Beach Tow took its fakeness way too far. South Beach Tow ostensibly follows the workers of Tremont Towing, a business based in Miami. The episodes focus on the team as they attempt to repo vehicles from their unwilling owners, and shenanigans ensue. Plenty of gossip sites have alleged that South Beach Tow was heavily scripted, which … that’s not surprising, is it? This was the show, after all, that once captured Bernice (Tremont Towing’s driver) chasing a runaway boat with a JetLev. In another episode, Bernice flips a car over with her bare hands … just as a bomb goes off in the Tremont Towing office. Then there’s the one where she falls off a building and then punches through a car window.

Nobody thinks any of those things just happen to be taking place while the cameras are rolling. The everyday lives of the people at Tremont Towing don’t exist in a Jackie Chan movie, so forget about the “reality TV” part of South Beach Tow and think of it as … well, we don’t know what, really. But once you decide to watch it knowing that it’s fiction, South Beach Tow is fun as hell.

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Joey Harrington

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In 2001, Harrington quarterbacked the Oregon Ducks to one of their most successful seasons ever: an 11-1 record, a win in the Fiesta Bowl, a #2 ranking and, for Harrington, a finalist spot in the Heisman Trophy running. The Detroit Lions drafted him with the #3 pick, thinking he’d be the franchise player to turn around their perpetually poor showings. They were wrong, as is typical of the Lions: Harrington floundered in the NFL and bounced around the league, mostly as a backup, before leaving the turf in 2009.

He then returned to his hometown of Portland and dove into charity work, starting the Joey Harrington Foundation, serving on the board of multiple charities, both funding and serving meals at a homeless shelter and exploring the idea of opening a medical clinic to serve Portland’s substantial homeless population. Oh, and he’s also an accomplished jazz pianist, just to further drive home that fact that, even as a failed pro athlete, he’s very much a winner.

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Karl Malone

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Karl Malone, member of the 1992 Olympic Dream Team, is the #2 scorer in NBA history, trailing only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. He’s also an incredibly successful, and varied, businessman. He owns an Arby’s, a cattle ranch, three Jiffy Lubes, two Burger Kings, a used car lot, a body shop, a real estate company that builds malls, and a deer farm. But his favorite venture of all of it is his Louisiana timber operation. Spanning thousands of acres, he hauls all his own timber, by himself. This is actually something Malone has been interested in for more than 20 years—when he was an active player in the ’90s, he ran his own trucking company until it collapsed under financial issues. The Mailman’s faring much better as a businessman these days, and now delivers lumber rather than mail, it would seem.

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Biggest myths about wrestling people actually believe

Biggest myths about wrestling people actually believe


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It’s a land of suplexes, slams, Superkicks, and scripted promos, but is wrestling “real?” While the average person who doesn’t watch professional wrestling might describe it as being “fake,” the truth is that it’s actually a very active and dangerous profession. Even if every superstar gets formal training to learn how to hit the mat properly, pull their punches, and support the guy lifting them up for a suplex, there are still all kinds of crazy events and occurrences that can happen throughout the life of a professional wrestler. We’ve assembled the ultimate Survivor Series team of myths people actually believe, so we could try to shine some light on these weird and bizarre rumors from behind the curtain.

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Wrestling is “fake”

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We’ll address the elephant in the room when it comes to myths about professional wrestling. Is it fake? It depends on what you mean. Wrestlers have lost teeth, broken bones, and even died in the ring for the sake of putting on a performance for the fans. Yes, that’s right: performance. The events and matches are predetermined and scripted by the promotion’s bookers and writers. It’s on the wrestler to make it look as real as possible without actually injuring his or her opponent. Some people look at it as glorified stuntman work, but most people should have a lot more respect for it than that. You don’t hear people complaining about a Jackie Chan or Avengers fight scene saying, “you know that stuff is fake, right?”

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Wrestlers lift their opponents by themselves

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It looks impressive when the 300 pound man made of muscle is easily lifted into the air by the guy two-thirds his weight. Ever wonder why wrestlers make it look so easy without blowing their backs out? Their opponents are helping them with as many moves as they can. If the wrestler is going for a body slam or suplex, you’ll see the victim place his hand on the other guy’s body for support and to alleviate a lot of the weight to be carried. Likewise, wrestlers lightly jump when being thrown into German Suplexes and other moves where they appear to be lifted as if they were nothing. It’s all about proper timing between the wrestler doing the move and the recipient. Let’s get something straight: the lifting they do is dangerous and can easily injure if improperly done. Many veteran wrestlers end up with knee, spine, and quad issues due to lifting their opponents up so many times over the years.

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Referees are there to enforce the rules

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If you think all the referee does is enforce the faux rules of the predetermined wrestling match, you’re wrong. Referees are oftentimes as involved in the scripting and planning process just as much as the headlining wrestlers are. Refs do enforce the rules—but no one really gets disqualified for not breaking a submission when told to, which would be a very anti-climactic finish. Refs also organize the match and keep things on track as they progress. They will remind the wrestlers how much time they’ve got left, when they have to do some major sequences (or “spots”), when they need to end the match, if there are any changes to be made, and any other major audibles that need to be whispered to one another. That’s not to say they can’t legitimate mistakes that weren’t part of the plan. When you think the ref is asking John Cena if he’ll ever give up (spoilers: he never does), he’s probably telling him to bury the guy already and take the show home. Don’t forget, most refs nowadays wear earpieces, but why would they need one when they should be focused on the match in front of them? It’s so they can get directions from the producers backstage to keep the show moving.

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Wrestlers are really hitting their opponents

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This one is relatively simple: wrestlers aren’t really punching each other as hard as they can. They make it look like they are, but they’re pulling their punches and kicks at the last second. Likewise, the receiver of the blows is selling the move as it happens, making it as believable as they can. Just like how stuntmen perform while filming a Hollywood movie—everything looks convincing in motion, but if you took a frame-by-frame look at each hit, you’d see that they’re holding back at the last second. They’re also not clenching their fists, resulting in more of a slap with your fingers closed only a portion of the way to make minimal impacts that kind of look real. Most kicks to the head (including Shawn Michaels’ iconic Superkick), is often blocked by the wrestler putting their hands up at the last second to block the foot from hitting their face as the person doing the move slaps their thigh or chest to make it sound like they connected. Likewise, the receiver of the move falls backwards to make everything look fluid. The same can be said for chair shots. If a giant, muscular man was swinging a chair at your head with all the force he’s capable of, you’d probably die.

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Wrestlers party like rock stars

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Unfortunately, the widespread popularity of professional wrestling throughout the ’80s and ’90s and the touring nature of the business led to most WWE superstars going crazy while on the road 300 days a year. We’re talking parties, booze, drugs, groupies…the whole shebang. Combined with the constant stress wrestlers put on their bodies, many of these athletes become addicted to painkillers and spiral down into all kinds of other addictions. Many famous wrestlers like Scott Hall, Jake “The Snake” Roberts,” Lex Luger, and Shawn Michaels have had well-known problems with substance abuse. Fan faves like Eddie Guerrero and the British Bulldog both died from heart failure at young ages while in peak physical condition, but it was their bad habits and lifestyle choices that likely did them in. Fortunately, the WWE locker room has started to phase out of all the hardcore partying that it was known for decades prior and offers rehab treatment for many of its former superstars.

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Weirdest careers athletes have entered post-sports

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If you were a rich and famous athlete, what would you do when you retired? Sit around your mansion, playing video games and buying miniature giraffes? Seems legit. But while some athletes do just that, others choose to re-enter the workforce. And not just as your typical sports commentator or talking head on ESPN, but in a variety of odd and unexpected careers. Here’s a look at some of the weirdest jobs pro athletes have taken up after retiring from sports.

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Mookie Wilson: truck driver

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William “Mookie” Wilson had a long and successful career in baseball, winning the World Series with the New York Mets as part of his 12-year career. He’s actually still involved with the Mets thanks to a nebulous front-office position. But on the side, he has a special passion: a secret second life as a truck driver. “It’s an enjoyment, not a necessity,” he explained to Philly.com. “You kind of control how much you drive and when you drive. It’s not like that in baseball.” Keep on truckin’, Mookie.

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Richard Seigler: pimp?

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A fourth-round draft choice by the San Fancisco 49ers, linebacker Richard Siegler never quite made it big in football. So he decided to do the logical thing: become a pimp. Yup, in 2007, while still on the Steelers practice squad, Siegler was arrested on charges related to prostitution in Las Vegas. But he wasn’t soliciting like most athletes arrested on prostitution related charges — he was actually pimping! At least, allegedly so — a year later, the charges were dropped, and Siegler gave up his second career to focus on becoming a football coach instead. Sometimes, the expected choice is the better one.

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Pinot Grigio

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There’s no denying the pleasure of a glass of chilled white wine when you’re in the mood, and it’s equally hard to deny that a glass of wine looks like a classy option, especially on a table covered in pints of beer. However, if the wine you select is a Pinot Grigio, you might not be making the impression you think you are—because Pinot Grigio is the Bud Light of wines. Now, there’s nothing (necessarily) wrong with ordering the Bud Light of wines, so long as you understand that any sommelier—or indeed, any drinker with half a clue about wine—within earshot will instantly make several assumptions about you, and none of them will be positive.

Like Bud Light, there are only a couple of reasons for ordering Pinot Grigio: it’s usually cheap, and you know exactly what you’re going to get. Unfortunately, as usually happens when you order something cheap and predictable, “interesting” stays behind the bar. So next time you feel in the mood for a palatable buzz that doesn’t come from a beer, by all means order a Pinot Grigio, but the only way to make it look anything like a classy choice is if you’re wearing cowboy boots and a dirty wife beater when you do.

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Not only was Rick Fox an NBA star, he’s also become world famous as an actor, not to mention front page tabloid fodder for his many high profile romances with other celebrities. Forget second acts, he’s already onto his third and fourth. Let’s take a look at where Rick Fox started and where he is now. More importantly, it’s interesting to find out just how and why he got there. The answers may just surprise you.

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NBA champion

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After a wildly successful college career that included leading the North Carolina Tar Heels to the Final Four in 1991, the Tornoto-born star was drafted by the Boston Celtics. After being mentored by future hall-of-famers like Larry Bird and Kevin McHale, Fox left for the Los Angeles Lakers in 1997. There he teamed up with Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal to win three NBA championships before retiring in 2004. Not bad!

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Celebrity gossip magnet

He was a high school phenom

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Returning to America at the end of his father’s playing career, Kobe immediately became a sensation thanks to his legendary feats as a high school basketball player. After suffering through a brutal 4-20 campaign his freshman year, he went on a tear, going 77-13 over the rest of his career while winning a state title and earning national honors, including the Naismith High School Player of the Year Award. He was so good he was invited to scrimmage with the Philadelphia 76ers while still in high school. The experience convinced him he was already at an NBA level, so he opted to skip college entirely and entered the draft straight out of high school. The NBA agreed; Bryant was the 13th pick in the draft in 1996 despite never playing a single college game.

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He was signed to a record deal as a rapper

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Everyone is familiar with the rap efforts of Bryant’s Lakers teammate Shaquille O’Neal, but most people probably have forgotten (perhaps intentionally) that Bryant once had a serious musical career of his own. Yes, it’s true: in high school, Bryant performed as part of a rap group called CHEIZAW, which was then signed to a record deal by Sony. It was Bryant who was the main draw, though, so after dumping the rest of the group, Sony pushed Bryant to record a solo album. Called Visions, the album was set to be released in 2000. But after the debut single “K.O.B.E.” totally tanked, Sony scrapped the album entirely and dropped Bryant from the label. In basketball terms, his rap career turned out to be a massive airball.

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His relationship with his parents is strained

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For Kobe, if one good thing came out of his failed rap career it’s the fact that he met his future wife Vanessa Laine while filming the video for “K.O.B.E.” But their engagement caused a severe rift with Kobe’s parents, who disapproved of their future daughter-in-law. In fact, they refused to attend the wedding and didn’t speak to Kobe or his new bride for two years. And that was just the start of the family squabble. After his mother tried to sell some of Kobe’s memorabilia, he brought legal action against his parents, eventually forcing them to issue a written apology that acknowledged the financial support he had provided them. Thanksgivings must be a blast at the Bryant household.

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He’s named after a menu item

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Let’s start right at the top with that unusual name: Kobe Bean Bryant. Just how did Mr. and Mrs. Bryant come up with that one? They took inspiration from a menu, of all places. While dining at a restaurant, Bryant’s parents Joe and Pamela noticed that one of the entrees on the menu featured the world famous Kobe beef from Kobe, Japan. They liked the sound, especially when paired with the middle name Bean, which is a shortening of Joe’s nickname “Jellybean.” Let this be a lesson to you: never name your children when you’re hungry.

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He comes from basketball royalty

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So just how does a person become a once-in-a-lifetime basketball talent? Well, in the case of Kobe Bryant, he was born into it. That’s because he’s descended from basketball stars on both sides of his family. His father, Joe “Jellybean” Bryant, played professionally for 16 years, including eight years in the NBA, before becoming a coach. And his mother’s brother “Chubby” Cox also played professionally, earning a brief stint in the NBA with the Washington Bullets. With those kind of genes, Kobe was almost designed to be a basketball prodigy.

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He grew up in Italy

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If you ever think you hear Kobe speaking perfectly fluent Italian, don’t worry, you’re not having a stroke. In fact, Bryant learned Italian during his childhood, because he actually grew up in Italy. When he was just six years old, his dad signed on with an Italian basketball team and moved the family to Europe. While his contemporaries were watching Care Bears on Saturday morning, Bryant spent his developmental years exploring the ancient fortress city of Reiti. But he never left his American roots behind, returning to the U.S. every summer to play in developmental basketball leagues.

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Untold truth of Kobe Bryant

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It’s official, folks: Kobe Bryant has hung up his laces. And with Bryant’s retirement comes the end of an era, not just for the Los Angeles Lakers, but for the NBA and basketball in general. For the past two decades, no player has been as synonymous with his team, and with winning, as Kobe Bean Bryant. But just how much do you actually know about him? Read on to discover the often difficult man behind the icon.

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U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Team facts you may not know Read More: http://www.nickiswift.com/11492/u-s-womens-gymnastics-team-facts-may-know/?utm_campaign=clip

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As the world’s greatest athletes prepare for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the roster for the wildly popular and fiercely competitive U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Team has yet to be determined. The nation’s elite gymnasts will convene in San Jose, CA to battle for five coveted spots in the XXXI Olympiad. The women going for gold have sacrificed their young lives to gymnastics above all else. For most of these ladies, waiting another four years for the next Olympic Games is out of the question. Allow us to prepare you for an epic summer of twisting, flipping, and flying with our comprehensive U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Team primer.

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The big guns

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The high flyers from the USA are the favorites heading into the Summer Games. The American ladies are the reigning World team champions, besting China and Great Britain at the Olympic qualifying event in Glasgow, Scotland back in 2015. They’re also the defending Olympic team champions, snatching the gold away from Russia and Romania at the London Olympic Games in 2012, earning their superhero calling card, the “Fierce Five.” Prior to that victory, only one other U.S. squad of female gymnasts, the “Magnificent Seven” of 1996, stood together atop the Olympic podium.

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The veterans: Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas

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Two members of the “Fierce Five” hope to achieve the inconceivable, a return to the Rio Games. All eyes are on 2012 gold medalists Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman as they pursue spots for the 2016 team. In the world of women’s gymnastics, making your way to an Olympic sequel takes a superhuman effort. The sport is brutal on the body, demanding a complex mix of ruggedness, flexibility, and fearlessness—qualities that do not naturally improve with age.

Douglas and Raisman will be 20 and 22 respectively when they compete in Rio. That’s downright elderly in gymnast circles. “The girls always make fun of me and say I’m like a grandma,” Raisman told Yahoo Sports, but what she lacks in youth, she makes up for in experience. These ladies know what it takes to win on the big stage. Douglas, who placed second in the all-around competition at the world championship in 2015, said she’s digging deep on the road to Rio. “I really believe I can achieve more. I really do,” she told Yahoo Sports. We’ll be rooting for them both.

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The headliner: Simone Biles

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The U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Team is stacked with medal contenders. At the front of the pack is Simone Biles, winner of the all-around world championship for an unprecedented three consecutive years. At age 18, she collected ten gold medals at the 2015 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, more than any other woman in history. The New York Times describes her as “the best American gymnast since, well, probably ever…She flies through the air as if she were part bird and part cannonball. When she competes, it is nearly impossible not to stop and stare.” We have a feeling she’ll be leaving Rio with a whole lot of gold.

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The workhorse: Maggie Nichols

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Maggie Nichols is another Olympic newcomer with a rock-solid resume. Though the 18-year-old hasn’t attracted as much attention as her teammates, she always does exceptional work. During the team finals at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in 2015, Nichols was the only U.S. gymnast to compete in all four events: floor exercise, uneven bars, balance beam, and vault. She contributed the most points to the team’s gold medal finish, more than superstars Biles, Douglas or Raisman. Nichols seems comfortable with her standing in the sport. “Even though I might not be the best gymnast,” she told USA Today, “I want [people] to remember me for always being positive and having a good outlook on gymnastics.” We sure will, Maggie.

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The contenders

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The United States faces a marvelous problem as the Rio Games approach. There are more qualified gymnasts than spots on the Olympic team. Madison Kocian, Brenna Dowell, MyKayla Skinner, Bailie Key, Laurie Hernandez, and Jazmyn Foberg are among the other elite athletes vying for their shot at Olympic glory.

Kocian’s career has been dogged by injury and inconsistency, but when she’s on, she can beat the best. At the 2015 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, she was dazzling on uneven bars, finishing in a historic four-way tie for gold with two Russian gymnasts and a Chinese competitor. Dowell appeared in her first World Championship in 2015 and proved she could handle anything when a glitch in the sound system forced her to perform her entire floor routine without music. Skinner served as an alternate on the 2015 World Championship team. Key was another team alternate who gained Olympic eligibility in 2015 when she turned 16, the minimum age to compete. Hernandez and Foberg were too young to compete at the 2015 World Championship, but they will be old enough for the Olympic trials.

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The Decider: Martha Karolyi

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Renowned trainer Marta Karolyi has served as national team coordinator for USA Gymnastics since 2001, but she’ll have her work cut out for her as she assembles the 2016 Olympic squad. In an interview with USA Today, Karolyi stressed that past successes do not necessarily dictate a future spot for Rio. “In gymnastics, you can never say, I’ve got to the peak,” she said. “You didn’t reach the peak! [There’s] always a place for more and better, and the more is not staying in the same place while everyone else is working.”

At 73, Karolyi understands what it takes to keep climbing that mountain. She and her husband, Bela Karolyi, have trained nine Olympic champions, including the legendary Nadia Comaneci of Romania, who scored the sport’s first perfect ten at the 1976 Montreal Olympics. As national team coordinator, she oversees the country’s talent, picks the team members, and cooperates with the athletes’ coaches. Karolyi has certainly got her work cutout for her with this impressive lineup.

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The uniform

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At the risk of sounding superficial, we’ve got to talk about the gymnastic team’s wardrobe. Though Nike is the official 2016 Olympic sponsor, Under Armour is supporting women’s gymnastics. To stoke suspense, its new marketing campaign portrays the contenders as tough-as-nails athletes. Gone are the twinkle-toed princesses of yore. This is a squad of pint-sized goliaths with rock-hard game faces. Under Armour’s 90-second spot shadows the women’s early-morning and late-night training sessions, backed by M.I.A.’s “Matangi” track. These future champions are going to be a force to be reckoned with.

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