Lane 1 - Indianapolis Business Journal posts "Super Bowl guru now looking to score Olympic gold for Indy. The Indiana Sports Corp. is making a bold bid to host the 2016 U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials inside the cavernous Lucas Oil Stadium. Sports Corp. officials submitted their bid to USA Swimming on Dec. 21 and should find out in May if they are granted the event. If Indianapolis wins the bid, it will mark the first time the event is held in an NFL stadium, making it potentially the biggest, most lucrative Olympic Swimming Trials ever."
Lane 2 - ABC News posts via youtube "Gold Medalist Missy Franklin Competes in High School. David Wright reports Olympic swimmer's return to student swim meets."
Lane 3 - Hunk du Jour posts "Stars In Danger (and Speedos): Talking with The High Dive's Karl Warden." Meanwhile Buzzfeed posts (w/video) "How Kim And Kyle Richards Made Peace On The High Dive. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills sisters prepare to face a challenge more fearsome than their fellow Housewives in Stars in Danger: The High Dive."
Lane 4 - Digital Spy posts "Tom Daley mother defends son over 'Splash!': 'He's just having fun'. In an open letter starting "since the media is your preferred method of communication, I thought that I should do the same", Debbie Daley responded to Sparkes's comments by claiming that her son is just "having some fun" on Splash! and trying to "help our sport long term" after intense training both before and after the Olympics. "As far as I'm aware, Tom was one of the few major success stories for British swimming this summer... and possibly one of the athletes that helped you retain your job," the letter read."
Lane 5 - Cronkite News posts "Mayor races to promote healthier lifestyles in Phoenix area. Trying to get Phoenix residents to follow his lead by exercising and eating better, Stanton used a friendly race against Olympic swimmer Misty Hyman and Councilman Daniel Valenzuela at Phoenix College to promote the FitPHX initiative. Hyman, who took the gold medal in the women’s 200-meter butterfly during the 2000 Summer Olympics, began swimming at Phoenix’s Roadrunner Park and Pool in the early ’80s. “The city of Phoenix has given me so much and gotten me my start in swimming,” Hyman said. “Swimming here not only helped me to achieve my dream of winning an Olympic gold medal, it changed my life.”
Lane 6 - Yahoo Sports posts "Speedo-clad Seton Hall swim team takes art of free throw distraction to new level. Eager to do whatever they could to aid Seton Hall's bid for an upset against third-ranked Louisville on Wednesday night, seven members of the Pirates men's swim team found a creative way to distract opposing free throw shooters. They all stood in the first row behind one of the baskets wearing nothing but speedos and running shoes. Perhaps Seton Hall's women's swim team should join the men behind the basket during its next home game. They may have more luck creating a distraction."
Lane 7 - USA Today posts "Michael Phelps is playing poker, looking interesting (PHOTO). Michael Phelps has returned to competition, only with more clothes, more hair and a desire to see more flops. The 18-time gold medalist is playing in a major poker tournament this week at the Atlantis Resort in The Bahamas. He cruised through the first day of competition with 92,000 chips, better than a slew of world champions and another star, Seinfeld's Jason Alexander, who exited the tournament during his opening day."
Lane 8 - LA Times posts "Fred L. Turner dies at 80; former McDonald's chief executive. Turner was one of the fast food company's first employees and a protege of founder Ray Kroc. He oversaw the creation of the Quarter-Pounder, Chicken McNugget, Egg McMuffin and Happy Meal…When Advertising Age named him the Adman of the Decade in 1990, the magazine said that under his leadership, McDonald's had been "a quiet pioneer" of marketing…Major examples included a groundbreaking move in sports marketing, McDonald's Olympic Swim Stadium, built for the 1984 Games in Los Angeles…"