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Gabby Thomas: The 24-Year-Old Harvard Graduate Who Ran The 2nd Fastest 200 Meters (Female Category) In History

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Gabby Thomas finished the women’s 200 meters at the U.S. Olympic trials at 21.61 seconds!

This makes her the second-fastest in the history of the women’s 200 meters after Florence Griffith-Joyner’s world-record 21.34 seconds from 1988.

Taking to Instagram, the 24-year-old wrote: “21.61 seconds – best to ever do it behind Flo Jo. And I’m an Olympian!!!!! So so so grateful to everybody – especially my coach. Sending love to everyone who has supported me up to this point and to my new supporters. We’re just getting started.”

Gabby graduated from Harvard after studying Neurobiology. She is now working towards a master’s degree in epidemiology at University of Texas at Austin. The Olympian recently had a health scare after a tumour was found in her liver, thankfully it was benign (non-cancerous).

In a statement, she said: “I remember telling God, ‘If I am healthy, I am going to go out and win Trials. If this is not cancer, I will make this team,’ and that’s exactly what I did.” 

The Tokyo Olympics will begin on July 23, 2021.

Meet Ahana Banerjee and Ben Richards: The Imperial Physics Students Who launched A Skincare Tracking App

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Two Imperial College London students, Ahana Banerjee and Ben Richards, have created an app to track, share and compare skincare routines.

According to Ahana and Ben, who are final year physics students, their platform Clear is the first of its kind and is similar to exercise tracking platforms such as Strava.

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With the skin care app, users will be able to record their skincare routines and follow people with similar skincare issues.

Speaking of her skincare experience, Co-founder Ahana said: “As an acne sufferer, I know first-hand how difficult it can be to know which skincare products to use and whether they’re working. 98% of Gen Z, myself included, learn about skincare through social media.

“While there are pockets of information online, there is no go-to platform for all-things skincare. With Clear, we empower consumers to make informed decisions about the skincare products they’re using.” 

Kim Kardashian’s Brand SKIMS Is The Official Loungewear For Team USA’s Female Olympic Athletes

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Kim Kardashian West’s company Skims has been chosen as the official underwear designer for Team USA’s female Olympic athletes!

Announcing the news, the reality star and entrepreneur stated: “I am honored to announce that @skims is designing the official team USA undergarments, pajamas and lounge wear for the athletes this year in Tokyo and the same pieces will be available in a capsule collection at SKIMS.COM.”

The 40-year-old also spoke about how she has always admired Olympians since she was a girl, due to the exposure she got from her step dad Caitlyn Jenner, who was an athlete.

“I traveled w my stepdad and family to all different cities for the Olympic trials, the Olympics and track meets of @caitlynjenner’s and at every stop I would buy an Olympic t-shirt as a souvenir. 

“When I received the call inviting Skims to be a part of @TeamUSA, every moment I’ve spent admiring the strength and energy of the Olympians from the sidelines came full circle.”

Congrats Kim!

Meet Lola Marie: The 9-Year-Old Girl Who Launched Her Own Nail Polish Line After Getting Bullied For Her Spina Bifida

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When Lola Marie was just 8-year-old she launched her very own nail polish line, Lola Marie Polish. She did this because she wanted to bring joy into her life.

Born with spina bifida, (a birth defect that occurs when the spine and spinal cord don’t form properly), Lola is in a wheelchair. Sadly, this caused her to be bullied by others at her school.

Students would call her names like ‘wheelchair girl’; one student even took off her shoe, threw it and told her to ‘go and get it’. This caused Lola’s mental health to spiral, so her mother moved her to another school and got her to see a therapist. She was later diagnosed with PTSD, depression and anxiety.

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Despite the diagnosis, Lola’s therapist asked her, “What makes you happy?”

Lola responded, “Riding horses and getting my nails done.”

Due to being in a pandemic, Lola couldn’t do those things. However, she thought of an idea.

“I like doing my nails (because) it makes me feel happy. So one day, I asked my mom, ‘Can I make nail polishes?’ and she said yes. So we started to look up how to make nail polish,” Lola said. “I wanted to make everybody else feel happy like I was happy when I was getting my nails done.”

Lola Mare Polish currently has over 40 polish colours and they all have empowering and positive names. Lola wanted all of the bottles to have a crown head so people felt like royalty when using them.

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Speaking to People, Lola’s mother Nickell Thomas said: “She became so focused and driven. Even now, she still struggles with anxiety and depression, but when she gets into her nail polish making, it’s like the world doesn’t exist around her. She’s in this happiness.”

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Lola donates 20% of her proceeds each month to the Casey Cares Foundation, which is a nonprofit that helps critically ill children and their families.

You can purchase Lola Marie Polish on her website or from Walmart.com.

Ne-Yo And Wife Crystal Smith Welcome Their Third Child Together

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Congratulations to Ne-Yo and Crystal Smith who welcomed their third child together last week on 25/06/21!

The husband and wife of 5-years gave birth to a daughter called Isabella Rose Smith.

Taking to Instagram to announce the early arrival, Crystal’s caption read: “ISABELLA ROSE SMITH! God said don’t make plans honey! She came 4 weeks early but right on time for mommy! Born at 11:11 am ( lucky lil lady) 5 lbs 7 oz of perfection My world is finally complete.”

The couple also share sons Shaffer Chimere Smith Jr., 5, and Roman Alexander-Raj Smith, 3, and Ne-Yo’s kids with his ex wife Monyetta Shaw: Madilyn Grace Smith, 10, and Mason Evan Smith, 9.

Kylian Mbappe’s Brother Ethan Mbappe Signs New PSG Youth Contract

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It runs in the family!

Ethan Mbappe, the younger brother of French footballer Kylian Mbappe, has signed a new contract with Paris Saint-Germain (PSG).

The 15-year-old has been in PSG’s youth system and has now agreed to a further three seasons until 2024. Teammate Senny Mayulu has also signed a new youth contract with the team.

PSG said in a statement, “Born in 2006, these promising youngsters had until now been playing in the Paris St Germain youth set-up. They are now tied to the club from the capital for three seasons.”

Older brother Kylian Mbappe, 22, is currently playing for France at the Euros. Also playing for PSG, Kylian has one year left on his contract.

81-Year-Old Completes Her 2nd Tough Mudder In Honour Of Late Husband

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At 81-year-old Mildred Wilson has just completed her second Tough Mudder in Missouri, USA!

Described on the website, ‘Tough Mudder is a series of obstacle and mud runs that will push your physical and mental limits without the pressure of competition.’

Mildred Wilson previously did the course in 2019 whilst her husband cheered her on. However, he passed away the year after.

After getting her doctor’s approval and training for months, Mildred completed the course again in honour of her late husband.

Never too old!

What Henry Cavill Did So His Nephew’s Schoolmates Would Believe His Uncle Was Superman

When Henry Cavill’s nephew Thomas told his schoolmates and teacher that his uncle was Superman, no one believed. Thomas even got in trouble for ‘telling lies’.

After the teacher reported the ‘lies’ to Thomas’s mother, his mother replied, ‘He’s not lying. His uncle is Superman.’

This led to Thomas’s mother calling her brother-in-law Henry to ask if he could take him to school.

Doing just that, Henry Cavill took his nephew to school and to everyone’s surprise, they all found that Thomas was in fact telling the truth – his uncle was Superman!

So sweet!

Meet Nadia Nadim: The Professional Footballer & Student Surgeon Who Fled Afghanistan At 11 After Her Father Was Killed By Taliban

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Nadia Nadim’s story is extraordinary! The 33-year-old is not only a professional footballer, she’s also training to be a surgeon.

Born in the city of Herat in Afghanistan, her father – an Afghan National Army (ANA) general, was killed by Talibans when she was 11-years-old. She, along with her mother and sisters then fled the country and arrived in Italy through Pakistan. They then went in a lorry with the intention of travelling to London, however when they got off the transport they were told that they had been dropped in Denmark – a country in Northern Europe.

Nadia stated on her website: “After a few days, we all turfed off the truck, expecting to see Big Ben. We did not. All we saw was trees. We asked a passer-by and found out that the bus had dropped us in Denmark.”

Her football career was then birthed when she noticed girls playing at a football club near her refugee camp.

Having played for teams such as Sky Blue FC, Portland Thorns FC, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain, Nadia is now playing for Racing Louisville FC. She’s also represented the Danish national team since 2009.

In 2018, Nadia was named the twentieth most powerful woman in international sports by Forbes. A true inspiration indeed, she also speaks 11 languages.

You can watch Nadia’s 2018 Ted Talk below!

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