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Shaq Vs. Bieber Fever for Real?

Yep, it must seem like David vs. Goliath, with Justin Bieber facing off against Shaq’s well-known killer dance moves… and it all went down in O-town!  (Did I really just call Orlando O-town in order to make a rhyme? I have never referred to Orlando in that manner before!)

NBA super star Shaquille O’Neal (7′ 1″, 235 lbs.) challenged newest pop sensation Juston Bieber (who is 16 years old but hardly looks a day over 14). Here’s footage of practice from a studio in Arizona:

So, if you missed the first season of Shaq Vs., you missed a very high quality series. Basically, Shaq challenges experts in their given field–Serena Willims in tennis, Michael Phelps in swimming, you get the idea–and captures it all on film.  It makes for some very enjoyable filming. What the Top 5 likes best is Shaq incorporates doing some good for a local charity or organization while he is filming.

And, here’s why else I like the format… Shaq brings some star appeal and notoriety to some lesser known sports, such as swimming or beach volleyball. Any guy who likes sharing the limelight, spreading the love, or whatever you want to call it, is okay in my book! Bieber aside (he doesn’t really need the publicity now, does he?) Shaq is a “good sport” through it all, including walking down the beach wearing a Speedo after losing to Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh.

So, the Orlando episode, with the Shaq-Bieber Dance Off is scheduled to be aired on August 21 on ABC.  Who are you betting on?

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Central FL Swimmers at World Trials

Although this major event is happening in Indiana, it is something of which Central Floridians can be proud! Natives like Ryan Lochte and Rob Margalis are setting the pace well, taking on Michael Phelps. 

Below is a picture of Lochte racing in Indiana.

Compliments of Swim Network

Compliments of Swim Network


The state of Florida has always been a leader in the sport, which was one of the original Olympics events in Ancient Greece. Our sunny weather allows for year-round training and Central Florida is fortunate to have several major swim clubs that have provided their share of Olympians.

Recreation, masters, and even survival skills are all taught across the state, which is vital to living in Florida.  The ability to swim is a must in an area so full of water-pools, lakes, and ocean!

To catch all the action at the World Trials, a precursor for the World Cup in Rome next month, you can go to Swim Network to watch live, or watch a replay on NBC Sunday, July 12 at 2 pm EST.

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