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5 Olympic Moms Headed To London Summer Games

Friday, July 13th, 2012

This post was written by our friends at Celebrity Baby Scoop.

With the London Summer Games commencing on July 27th, CelebrityBabyScoop’s getting into the Olympic spirit. And we’re not the only ones! Mom-to-be Giuliana Rancic will broadcast live in London, while mom-of-four Nicole Kidman also plans to attend the upcoming games.

Celebrity Baby Scoop sat down with some Olympic moms such as Kerri Walsh and Christie Rampone who are going for the gold this summer, along with celebrated Olympians Shannon Miller and Summer Sanders who plan to broadcast live from the upcoming games.

Read on about 5 inspirational Olympic mamas.

Kerri Walsh:
Volleyball superstar Kerri Walsh, 33 – known as “Six Feet of Sunshine” – is feeling “stronger than ever” for the London games! The two-time Olympic gold medalist and her partner Misty May-Treanor are going for the gold in their fourth Olympic appearance this summer. Kerri is also busy playing the role of mom for her two young sons Joey, 2, and Sundance, 1.

“I definitely feel more ready and stronger than ever,” Kerri said of the upcoming summer Olympics. ”There is so much hope and enthusiasm right now, and the Olympic spirit is picking up in the United States. We also have a new coach added to our coaching staff, so we are learning so much and breaking down bad habits. It is very exciting to be growing in all the right ways, and we are really focused, determined, and happy. It’s a really great combo.”

And don’t discount a fifth Olympic appearance! “I think it would be amazing to win a gold medal in Brazil,” Kerri said.

Christie Rampone:
Soccer star Christie Rampone is set to compete in her fourth Olympics this summer. And the team’s captain couldn’t be more excited to have her family-of-four cheering her on!

“Reece (2) and Rylie (6) will be going to London with their dad and some of my family and friends,” Christie said. “It means the world to me and it will be exciting to see them wearing the red, white and blue with plenty of face paint and hair coloring!”

Shannon Miller:
Considered one of the greatest gymnasts in U.S. history, Shannon Miller holds 7 Olympic and 9 World Championship medals. Now mom to 2-year-old son Rocco, the 35-year-old athlete opened up about supporting the Team USA‘s Raise our Flag initiative, and the gymnasts to watch this year.

“I’ll be in London as an analyst,” she said. “I’m so excited for Team USA. Jordyn Wieber is the current world champion moving into the Olympics so she will certainly be one to watch. Gabby Douglas has surprised many this year. Aly Raisman and McKayla Maroney are names that continue to be in the mix for one of the top spots on the team. Of course we have quite a few from the 2008 Olympic Team making comebacks including Nastia Liukin and Bridget Sloan. With only a five person team this year it will be all about staying healthy and being consistent.”

Summer Sanders:
Nearly twenty years ago, Summer Sanders made swimming history at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, winning four medals, including two gold. Now the mom of daughter Skye, 6, and son Spider, 4, will be commenting for Yahoo!Sports at the Olympics this year in London.

“I will be broadcasting with Yahoo. I’ve been doing a series already called Elite Athlete Workouts,” Summer said. ”We did it with a bunch of different athletes and now we’re focussing on Olympians. Then I’ll do swimming coverage over there for the first eight days. The following nine days will be following every story under the sun. We’ll cover inspirational, fun stories, night life at the Olympic games, I’ll have my kids there so we’ll cover experiencing the games with family. We’ll feature Team USA and the Americans who have come over. My hope is that everyone catches the Olympic fever and understands what the Olympic spirit is all about.”

Brandi Chastain:
Brandi Chastain is a professional soccer defender and midfielder who plays for the team California Storm of Women’s Premier Soccer League and is a former member of the United States women’s national soccer team. The mom to sons Cameron, 23, and Jaden, 5, opened up about broadcasting for the upcoming London games.

“I will be doing the commentary for NBC for the Olympics,” Brandi said. “As a professional in broadcasting, I am just hoping for a really good Olympics. Last summer for the World Cup, every single game was competitive. Every game had an impact on who finished in the groups and who made it to the knockout round. I am looking for a great tournament with a lot of skill and athleticism. I think the key match-ups will be anyone that plays Japan, because right now they are playing the best soccer that anyone’s seen in the world. It is a call to action for the U.S. women’s national team.”

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Celebs’ Childhood Summertime Memories

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

This post was written by our friends at Celebrity Baby Scoop.

With the warm months upon us, CelebrityBabyScoop asked some of our favorite celebrity moms to share their childhood summertime memories.

From Tori Spelling‘s family vacations in Las Vegas, to Jewel‘s horse riding adventures in Alaska, to Denise Richards’ family fun with their furry friends, read through our list of unforgettable family memories.

Jewel:

Soulful singer Jewel welcomed her first child, son Kase, in July 2011 with rodeo star hubby Ty Murray. The new mom opened up about her carefree childhood summertime memories in the great outdoors up in Alaska.

“They’re all outdoors,” she said. “I grew up in Alaska and the outdoors are so beautiful. I don’t think I spent any time inside except to sleep. My memories were horse riding and getting outside.”

Tori Spelling:

Actress-author Tori Spelling and her husband Dean McDermott are parents to three children – son Liam, 5, and daughters Stella, 4, and Hattie, 8 months – with baby No. 4 on the way this September. The “Beverly Hills, 90210″ star opened up about her childhood summer vacations with her family, including her late father, acclaimed TV producer Aaron Spelling, mother Candy Spelling and brother Randy.

“Everyone always asks me if I flew all over the world as a child,” Tori said. “But the truth is, my dad was afraid to fly. So we drove to Vegas for a month every summer! And this was before Vegas was kid-friendly. I really have to hand it to my mom for always finding fun things for us to do in Vegas.”

Sarah Wayne Callies:

Actress Sarah Wayne Callies, spokesperson for the International Rescue Committee‘s Wake Up Campaign, is mom to 5-year-old daughter Keala. The “The Walking Dead” star opened up about her idyllic childhood growing up in Hawaii.

“I lived in Hawaii, so it would have to be the beach,” she said. “We had a fun tradition where we would try to watch the sun rise over the water and then drive to the other side of the island and watch the sun set. My hair was constantly a mess of salt, seaweed, and sand. Gosh, I loved summers and lived for them as a kid. My parents were professors at a university, so they had summers off too. We were constantly outside; I think we went inside just to sleep and to raid the fridge for food to take outside. We would do a lot of kayaking and other fun summer activities. I have a lot of memories of kayaking with my dad and seeing sea turtles all around. Just incredible.”

Nicole Sullivan:

Actress and Jenny Brand Ambassador Nicole Sullivan is mom to sons Dash, 5, and Beckett, 2 1/2 with husband, fellow actor Jason Packham. The ”MADtv” alum opened up about her childhood memories of camping in the summertime.

“Some of my favorite memories growing up are camping with my family and our dog,” Nicole said. “And I still love it!”

Laila Ali:

Former boxer Laila Ali and her husband, football star Curtis Conway, are parents to son C.J., nearly 4, and daughter Sydney, 13 months. The ”Dancing with the Stars” alum said that growing up in a divorced and blended family with boxing legend father, Muhammed Ali, provided endless hours of fun in the sun with her stepsisters.

“As a child, we didn’t go on summer vacations,” Laila shared. “I just remember that my stepsisters would come over and everyone would be there. It was great to have everyone come to the house to go swimming together and pile up in the car together. It was a lot of fun…summers were always family time.”

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