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21-year-old Mexican diver Randal Willars Valdez
The New York Times once called it the “most mocked athletic uniform in existence.” High school coaches wail about how its presence drives kids away and negatively impacts the sport. Nevertheless, the singlet persists.
Despite a relatively new NCAA rule that permits wrestlers to wear two-piece uniforms, singlets remain ubiquitous, both on the mat and in pockets of the gay community. Unsurprisingly, all the complaints about singlets–they’re often derided as too tight and revealing–are exactly why the gays love them.
But first: the wrestlers: While singlets are synonymous with wrestling today, they’re a new phenomenon. Throughout the early 20th century, wrestlers competed in a variety of different outfits, most of which involved trunks and tights. And to be honest, it’s hard to see how wrestling trunks, which resemble bikinis, are any less gay than singlets.
But trunks are a mainstay in popular culture, probably due to their widespread use in pro wrestling. Many of the industry’s biggest stars–Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair and The Rock, just to name three–have pranced around in those little things in front of millions of people.
19-year-old Canadian diver Nathan Zsombor-Murray
Shoma Uno repeated as world figure skating champion, performing the total package of jumps and artistry immediately after 18-year-old American Ilia Malinin attempted a record-tying six quadruple jumps in his free skate to earn the bronze medal.
Shoma was in the lead after Thursday’s short program and eventually prevailed with five quad attempts in Saturday’s free skate. He finished, fell backward and lay on home ice in Saitama, soaking in a standing ovation amid a sea of Japanese flags. Japan won three of the four gold medals this week, and Shoma capped it off with guts coming off a fairly severe ankle injury.
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He is the face of Japanese men’s skating after two-time Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu retired in July and Olympic silver medallist Yuma Kagiyama missed most of this season with leg and ankle injuries.
“There were many shaky jumps today, but I’m happy I was able to get a good result despite not being in a good condition these past two weeks,” Shoma said. “I know I caused a lot of concerns to everyone around me, but I was able to pay them back and show my gratitude with my performance today.”