Survivor’s Crystal officially stripped of Olympic gold medal because of steroids

More than two years after she admitted using steroids and agreed to a four-year suspension, Survivor Gabon‘s Crystal Cox was stripped of her gold medal for the 4×400-meter relay by the International Olympic Committee on Saturday.

Her actions during the 2004 Athens Olympics could still affect her entire team. The the International Association of Athletics Federations recommended her whole team be disqualified, but The AP reports that, “Under current international rules, an entire relay team can be disqualified because of the doping of one member, even an alternate. But IOC spokesman Mark Adams said it wasn’t clear whether the IAAF rules were in effect at the time of the Athens Games.”

It’s probably unfair to include this video (again) here, but I can’t resist–it’s too hilarious: well-edited clips of Crystal’s Survivor Gabon athleticism in words and actions.

The Quest ends its journey stronger than it began

Verlox from The Quest

A review of the finale of summer's best reality series, which wasn't always perfect but was thoroughly entertaining right down to the finish, which included phenomenal challenges and special effects. Will ABC give it a second season?

Plus: an interview with the actor who played Verlox and the ogre.


Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.