Shawn Johnson Watching Weight Post-Gymnastics

When Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson took a break from gymnastics – and her six-day-a-week workout routine – after competing in the 2008 Olympics, she experienced a weight gain of 25 lbs.

“I was just going through so many different life changes,” Johnson, 20, tells PEOPLE just 11 days after announcing her retirement from competitive gymnastics because of a 2010 knee injury.

Olympic Hottie Ryan Lochte: Swimming Single

Sorry, ladies! Olympic hunk Ryan Lochte isn’t looking for love.

“Having a girlfriend right now would be out of the question,” he told PEOPLE at the U.N. Global Leadership Awards Gala in New York Wednesday. “I would like to settle down and have a family. But I’m only 24. Definitely not any time soon!”

What’s keeping the sexy swimmer out of the dating pool?

Since winning his two gold medals (and two bronzes) in Beijing, “I haven’t had a lot of time,” he explained. “I’ve been traveling all over. I’ve only been at my house for two days.”

Bittersweet Win for U.S. Volleyball Coach

Hugh McCutcheon coached the underdog U.S. men’s indoor volleyball team to a gold medal Sunday – then put his head in his hands. It was an understandable reaction to an extraordinary Olympic Games that saw McCutcheon handle personal tragedy and team elation with an equal amount of grace.

Michael Phelps & Stephanie Rice: Just Friends?

He may be winging his way to London for the Sunday hand-off of the Olympic torch, but Michael Phelps is still causing tongues to wag in Beijing – and not just because of his swimming finesse. Earlier this week, reports the New York Post, the 23-year-old guy with the gold, gold, gold, gold, gold, gold, gold and gold was seen at a victory celebration smooching with Australian swimmer Stephanie Rice, 20.

Hope Solo Realizes Goal: Olympic Gold for Team

Thursday’s gold victory for the seemingly underdog U.S. women’s soccer team was particularly sweet for goalkeeper Hope Solo – who last year had been benched during the World Cup semifinals against Brazil in favor of the veteran Brianna Scurry.

Coupled with the passing of Solo s beloved dad, Jeffrey, just eight days before that crucial semifinal, Solo, 27, said to ESPN last year, “I’m no longer playing for myself or my teammates – I’m playing for my father.”

Usain Bolt's Secret to Being the Fastest Man: Chicken Nuggets

So what is the secret to Jamaican sensation Usain Bolt’s incredibly fast times on the track? Waking up at noon and eating chicken nuggets. Or so Bolt told reporters at a press conference following his world-record 10.30 time in the 200-meter dash.

“I got up at the same time pretty much [as I did for the 100 meters], no lie, at noon,” Bolt said. “My masseuse brought me the nuggets. I went straight to the track and then my masseuse brought me more nuggets. I just ate two though because my coach said I should not eat so many nuggets.”

Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor Strike Gold

Beach volleyball may not look the same with damp sand and rainy skies, but the women standing atop the medal podium are very familiar indeed. Defending gold medalists Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor triumphed just like they did in Athens, this time defeating the Chinese team of Wang Jie and Tian Jia.

After the match, Walsh looked over at her partner while addressing reporters and gushed, “Misty May! I don’t know what to say. You’re so great!” She then added, “We are just so happy. We felt like warriors out there. It’s an honor to win this gold medal.”

Olympics All in the Family for the Lopezes

It took his brothers and sister getting into the act for taekwondo double gold medalist Steven Lopez to have his parents witness him in action.

“Finally, right?” jokes 29-year-old Lopez, one of PEOPLE s hottest bachelors in 2004, on the eve of competition in Beijing.

Having been in the Sydney and Athens games, Steven is now being joined by his younger siblings Mark and Diana, both also qualifying in the Korean martial art of taekwondo – and all of them coached by big brother Jean.

All he more reason for mother Ondina and father Julio Lopez to be on hand.

PHOTO: Michael Phelps Is Coming to Breakfast

It would take a truckload of cereal to make up Michael Phelps’s 3,000-calorie breakfast, but the top Olympian of all time is on a new cereal box!

Check out the newly released prototype of the Kellogg’s Corn Flakes box featuring the eight time gold medal-winning swimmer. Phelps will appear on special edition cereal boxes this fall for both Kellogg’s Corn Flakes and Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes. They are expected to hit shelves across the U.S. in mid-September.

Amanda Beard Denies Dating Michael Phelps – But Says He's Not 'Nasty'

Olympic swimmer and model Amanda Beard swears she was just joking around Tuesday when she went on the air with 93.7 KRQ Tucson’s Johnjay and Rich in the Morning. Familiar with the crew, she mock-suffered through questions about her romantic life, specifically rumors that she’s dating Beijing Games hero Michael Phelps.

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