Lee Kiefer Just Won a Gold Medal While Attending Medical School

Lee Kiefer made history on Sunday in Tokyo, becoming the first American man or woman to win individual foil gold at the Olympic Games

The three-time Olympian triumphed in the women’s foil final with a 15-13 victory over defending champion Inna Deriglazova of the Russian Olympic Committee team. After landing the final point, Kiefer, 27, took off her mask and yelled, “Oh, my God!” while celebrating the monumental moment. But that’s not all Kiefer has to celebrate. The world-class athlete will soon graduate med school to become a doctor—a reminder that so many Olympic athletes maintain full-time jobs and live a second life in addition to competing on a global stage.

The medal has been many years in the making for Kiefer, who placed 5th at the 2012 London Games and finished 10th at the 2016 Rio Games. A four-time NCAA champion during her years at the University of Notre Dame, Kiefer prepared for her best performance on the Olympic stage while balancing the demands of her third year of medical school at the University of Kentucky.

“It’s such an incredible feeling that I share with my coach, I share with my husband, with my family, just everyone that’s been a part of this,” Kiefer told ESPN while wearing her gold medal. “I wish I could chop it up in little pieces and distribute it to everyone I love.”

Kiefer considered retiring from the sport after the 2016 season, but when she reached number one in the world during her senior year and received support from advisors at UK Med School, she decided to continue fencing while pursuing her goal of becoming a doctor.

As Kiefer shared in an interview with USA Fencing, navigating both demanding pursuits hasn’t been easy, especially with the pandemic raging last year. She and her husband, 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Gerek Meinhardt, built a fencing strip in her parents’ basement when their training club closed. After completing seven months of her third year of medical school—which involved 6:45 a.m. starts at the hospital, studying late at night, plus attending class lectures and fencing practice when time allowed—Kiefer took a leave of absence to focus on preparing for Tokyo. All of the effort came to a stunning finale and clearly paid off. 

“I think it came down to having a really good support system,” she told USA Fencing. “Obviously my husband, my family, and my teammates—the people who I’ve worked up to this Olympics with. I think the fact that we all shared this journey and this goal motivated me to make the final push.”

Kiefer is just one of several athletes who balance school, day jobs, and parenting while chasing their Olympic dreams. For example, while representing Colombia at the 2016 Olympics, rugby star Nathalie Marchino worked as a sales account manager at Twitter and took a five-month leave of absence to prepare for Rio. When she’s not racing on the track for Team Canada, Lanni Marchant works as a criminal defense attorney for a law firm in the United States. Marchant finished 25th in the 10,000 meters and 24th in the marathon at the Rio Games. And three-time Olympian Ana Rente balances her career as a doctor while training on the trampoline.

Kiefer’s gold medal brings the U.S. total medal count to 10 as of Sunday. The U.S. is second only to China, who currently leads the medal count with 11 total. 

This post originally appeared on SELF. 

Lee Kiefer Just Won a Gold Medal While Attending Medical School

Lee Kiefer made history on Sunday in Tokyo, becoming the first American man or woman to win individual foil gold at the Olympic Games

The three-time Olympian triumphed in the women’s foil final with a 15-13 victory over defending champion Inna Deriglazova of the Russian Olympic Committee team. After landing the final point, Kiefer, 27, took off her mask and yelled, “Oh, my God!” while celebrating the monumental moment. But that’s not all Kiefer has to celebrate. The world-class athlete will soon graduate med school to become a doctor—a reminder that so many Olympic athletes maintain full-time jobs and live a second life in addition to competing on a global stage.

The medal has been many years in the making for Kiefer, who placed 5th at the 2012 London Games and finished 10th at the 2016 Rio Games. A four-time NCAA champion during her years at the University of Notre Dame, Kiefer prepared for her best performance on the Olympic stage while balancing the demands of her third year of medical school at the University of Kentucky.

“It’s such an incredible feeling that I share with my coach, I share with my husband, with my family, just everyone that’s been a part of this,” Kiefer told ESPN while wearing her gold medal. “I wish I could chop it up in little pieces and distribute it to everyone I love.”

Kiefer considered retiring from the sport after the 2016 season, but when she reached number one in the world during her senior year and received support from advisors at UK Med School, she decided to continue fencing while pursuing her goal of becoming a doctor.

As Kiefer shared in an interview with USA Fencing, navigating both demanding pursuits hasn’t been easy, especially with the pandemic raging last year. She and her husband, 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Gerek Meinhardt, built a fencing strip in her parents’ basement when their training club closed. After completing seven months of her third year of medical school—which involved 6:45 a.m. starts at the hospital, studying late at night, plus attending class lectures and fencing practice when time allowed—Kiefer took a leave of absence to focus on preparing for Tokyo. All of the effort came to a stunning finale and clearly paid off. 

“I think it came down to having a really good support system,” she told USA Fencing. “Obviously my husband, my family, and my teammates—the people who I’ve worked up to this Olympics with. I think the fact that we all shared this journey and this goal motivated me to make the final push.”

Kiefer is just one of several athletes who balance school, day jobs, and parenting while chasing their Olympic dreams. For example, while representing Colombia at the 2016 Olympics, rugby star Nathalie Marchino worked as a sales account manager at Twitter and took a five-month leave of absence to prepare for Rio. When she’s not racing on the track for Team Canada, Lanni Marchant works as a criminal defense attorney for a law firm in the United States. Marchant finished 25th in the 10,000 meters and 24th in the marathon at the Rio Games. And three-time Olympian Ana Rente balances her career as a doctor while training on the trampoline.

Kiefer’s gold medal brings the U.S. total medal count to 10 as of Sunday. The U.S. is second only to China, who currently leads the medal count with 11 total. 

This post originally appeared on SELF. 

Kate Beckinsale Just Reunited With Her Daughter After 2 Years Apart

Reunited and it feels so good.

Kate Beckinsale recently revealed the painful situation that she, like many families, found herself in throughout the coronavirus pandemic: being separated from her daughter. The actor is a mom to 22-year-old Lily Mo Sheen, whom she raised with ex-partner Michael Sheen. 

“I haven’t seen my daughter for two years because of everything. Also, I went to Canada working and she couldn’t come see me,” she explained on Live with Kelly and Ryan, per People. “Two years of not seeing your child is the most preposterous thought.”

“Thank goodness for FaceTime and all that, but we’re both panicking that we’ll look really old to each other,” she continued. “My daughter’s 22 and looks eight. So she’s like, ‘I’m just worried that you’re going to think I look old. I’m like, ‘I’m going to look old!'”

Thankfully, on July 23, the pair were finally reunited at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City, where Lily Mo and her boyfriend David Schechter picked up her mom, according to The Daily Mail.

In the photos, which you can see here, Beckinsale is wearing a black-and-white ensemble complete with joggers, a blazer, large sunglasses, a mask, and high-heeled shoes. Meanwhile, Lily Mo looks much more casual in a cropped t-shirt and oversized pants (she’s wearing a mask, too, of course). 

Kate Beckinsale later stepped out in New York City, wearing the same ensemble:

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Though they couldn’t see each other in person until now, Beckinsale recently paid tribute to her daughter on her 22nd birthday. “Well 22 you sly dog. Happy birthday @lily_sheen the best person ever invented,” she wrote on Instagram in January, alongside a gorgeous black-and-white photo from Lily’s childhood. “Lucky lucky me (even after that volcanic poo you did in Tootsies shortly before this photo was taken ) 💕”

Last year, Lily Mo wished her mom a happy birthday on Instagram as well, writing, “happy birthday my beautiful amazing mama 💕✨ the only true Leo and the coolest person alive!!! I love you more than anything ever 💋.”


Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck Recreated That Steamy ‘Jenny from the Block’ Yacht Scene

Now that Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck are officially Instagram official, all bets are off!

On July 25, TMZ published new photos of Bennifer enjoying some time on a yacht in St. Tropez. Based on Lopez’s hairstyle and bathing suit, the pics are from the same outing she posted about on her 52nd birthday featuring a very sexy makeout photo with Affleck (check the third slide). 

Things got even steamier on the bow, where Lopez and Affleck were being photographed on and off the ship (you can see the paparazzi photos obtained by TMZ here). In the images, Affleck grabs Lopez’s derriere while looking directly into their own photographer’s camera. Then, the couple shares a kiss before Lopez moves on top of him. They even sent a few smiles in the paparazzi’s direction, suggesting that they were fine with these displays of affection becoming public. 

TMZ pointed out that the moment will likely give viewers alive during the early 2000s some serious déjà vu. The couple officially began dating in 2001 after starring alongside each other in the movie Gigli. Soon after, Affleck starred in Lopez’s 2002 music video for “Jenny From the Block.” If you can recall, Ben Affleck pulls a very similar move in the video by Lopez apply sunscreen to those hard-to-reach places.

If you don’t recall, well, here you go:

So yeah, this had to be an intentional homage, right? 

In fact, later that night during Lopez’s 52nd birthday party, the pair were seen canoodling while the song in question played overhead. You can watch the pair party it up in this compilation of their friends’ Instagram stories gathered by fan account @jloveglow

According to The Irish Examiner, Affleck once said he regretted appearing in the music video with Jennifer Lopez, suggesting that it damaged his acting career. “If I have a big regret, it was doing the music video. But that happened years ago. I’ve moved on,” he reportedly said in 2008, adding that he didn’t blame Lopez. “It not only makes me look like a petulant fool [to blame Lopez], but it surely qualifies as ungentlemanly? For the record, did she hurt my career? No.”

Well, if he truly regretted “Jenny From the Block” in 2008, it appears he doesn’t anymore. Love that for him!


All the Women Athletes to Watch at the Tokyo Olympics

Watch it: The Paralympic Games will run from August 24 to September 5.

9. Surfing

Surfing is one of the four sports making its highly anticipated Olympic debut this year. The action will be led by Carissa Moore—reigning four-time world champion.

Some very exciting context to keep in mind while watching the women shred: In 2019 surfing became one of the few sports to achieve pay equity.

Watch it: The surf competition is subject to change based on the waves, but the action is slated for July 24–28.

10. Skateboarding

Skateboarding will also be making its Olympic debut this year. The field is stacked with impossibly cool women who will be bringing some serious chill and skill to the Games in both street and park events. Keep your eyes peeled for Bryce Wettstein and Brighton Zeuner, 16-year-old childhood best friends from California.

Watch it: The action will go down July 25 and August 3.

11. Weightlifting

There are few things more genuinely badass than watching women lift hundreds of pounds over their heads like, “Oh what’s that? You say women aren’t strong?” This year Laurel Hubbard will become the first openly trans person to compete (in any sport) in Olympic history.

Watch it: See the women lift July 23 through August 2.

12. Wrestling

In a similar show of don’t-underestimate-her dominance, Helen Maroulis, reining Olympic champ, will be competing in her second Olympics for the chance to become the first U.S. wrestler to bring home back-to-back gold medals.

Watch it: July 31 through August 2.

13. Diving

Diving is always an iconic sport to watch. The skill! The grace! The heights! This year keep your eyes on Shi Tingmao, a Chinese diver who has won every single world championship and Olympic title since 2015.

Watch it: See the competition July 25 through August 5.

14. Paralympic Swimming

Jessica Long is a legend. She made her Paralympic debut at age 12 and has since earned 23 medals—13 of which are gold—which makes her the second-most-decorated Paralympian in history. (No wonder she was Michael Phelps’s former training partner.)

The coronavirus restrictions at this year’s Games have proved particularly challenging for Para athletes. Becca Meyers, also a swimming powerhouse, announced she was forced to withdraw from the competition after being denied the right to bring a care assistant (her mom) to help her compete as a deaf blind athlete.

Watch it: The Paralympic Games will run from August 24 to September 5.

15. Softball

Softball is returning to the Olympics after 13 years. The game was last played in 2008, when Team U.S.A. brought home gold. Two of those women, Cat Osterman and Monica Abbott, are returning this year with the 2021 squad to defend their title.

Watch it: The Games run from July 20 to July 27.

See all of Glamour’s Olympics 2021 coverage here.

Simone Biles Just Qualified For Every Single Gymnastics Final at the Tokyo Olympics

Watch it: The Paralympic Games will run from August 24 to September 5.

9. Surfing

Surfing is one of the four sports making its highly anticipated Olympic debut this year. The action will be led by Carissa Moore—reigning four-time world champion.

Some very exciting context to keep in mind while watching the women shred: In 2019 surfing became one of the few sports to achieve pay equity.

Watch it: The surf competition is subject to change based on the waves, but the action is slated for July 24–28.

10. Skateboarding

Skateboarding will also be making its Olympic debut this year. The field is stacked with impossibly cool women who will be bringing some serious chill and skill to the Games in both street and park events. Keep your eyes peeled for Bryce Wettstein and Brighton Zeuner, 16-year-old childhood best friends from California.

Watch it: The action will go down July 25 and August 3.

11. Weightlifting

There are few things more genuinely badass than watching women lift hundreds of pounds over their heads like, “Oh what’s that? You say women aren’t strong?” This year Laurel Hubbard will become the first openly trans person to compete (in any sport) in Olympic history.

Watch it: See the women lift July 23 through August 2.

12. Wrestling

In a similar show of don’t-underestimate-her dominance, Helen Maroulis, reining Olympic champ, will be competing in her second Olympics for the chance to become the first U.S. wrestler to bring home back-to-back gold medals.

Watch it: July 31 through August 2.

13. Diving

Diving is always an iconic sport to watch. The skill! The grace! The heights! This year keep your eyes on Shi Tingmao, a Chinese diver who has won every single world championship and Olympic title since 2015.

Watch it: See the competition July 25 through August 5.

14. Paralympic Swimming

Jessica Long is a legend. She made her Paralympic debut at age 12 and has since earned 23 medals—13 of which are gold—which makes her the second-most-decorated Paralympian in history. (No wonder she was Michael Phelps’s former training partner.)

The coronavirus restrictions at this year’s Games have proved particularly challenging for Para athletes. Becca Meyers, also a swimming powerhouse, announced she was forced to withdraw from the competition after being denied the right to bring a care assistant (her mom) to help her compete as a deaf blind athlete.

Watch it: The Paralympic Games will run from August 24 to September 5.

15. Softball

Softball is returning to the Olympics after 13 years. The game was last played in 2008, when Team U.S.A. brought home gold. Two of those women, Cat Osterman and Monica Abbott, are returning this year with the 2021 squad to defend their title.

Watch it: The Games run from July 20 to July 27.

See all of Glamour’s Olympics 2021 coverage here.

Simone Biles Just Qualified For Every Gymnastics Final at the Tokyo Olympics

Watch it: The Paralympic Games will run from August 24 to September 5.

9. Surfing

Surfing is one of the four sports making its highly anticipated Olympic debut this year. The action will be led by Carissa Moore—reigning four-time world champion.

Some very exciting context to keep in mind while watching the women shred: In 2019 surfing became one of the few sports to achieve pay equity.

Watch it: The surf competition is subject to change based on the waves, but the action is slated for July 24–28.

10. Skateboarding

Skateboarding will also be making its Olympic debut this year. The field is stacked with impossibly cool women who will be bringing some serious chill and skill to the Games in both street and park events. Keep your eyes peeled for Bryce Wettstein and Brighton Zeuner, 16-year-old childhood best friends from California.

Watch it: The action will go down July 25 and August 3.

11. Weightlifting

There are few things more genuinely badass than watching women lift hundreds of pounds over their heads like, “Oh what’s that? You say women aren’t strong?” This year Laurel Hubbard will become the first openly trans person to compete (in any sport) in Olympic history.

Watch it: See the women lift July 23 through August 2.

12. Wrestling

In a similar show of don’t-underestimate-her dominance, Helen Maroulis, reining Olympic champ, will be competing in her second Olympics for the chance to become the first U.S. wrestler to bring home back-to-back gold medals.

Watch it: July 31 through August 2.

13. Diving

Diving is always an iconic sport to watch. The skill! The grace! The heights! This year keep your eyes on Shi Tingmao, a Chinese diver who has won every single world championship and Olympic title since 2015.

Watch it: See the competition July 25 through August 5.

14. Paralympic Swimming

Jessica Long is a legend. She made her Paralympic debut at age 12 and has since earned 23 medals—13 of which are gold—which makes her the second-most-decorated Paralympian in history. (No wonder she was Michael Phelps’s former training partner.)

The coronavirus restrictions at this year’s Games have proved particularly challenging for Para athletes. Becca Meyers, also a swimming powerhouse, announced she was forced to withdraw from the competition after being denied the right to bring a care assistant (her mom) to help her compete as a deaf blind athlete.

Watch it: The Paralympic Games will run from August 24 to September 5.

15. Softball

Softball is returning to the Olympics after 13 years. The game was last played in 2008, when Team U.S.A. brought home gold. Two of those women, Cat Osterman and Monica Abbott, are returning this year with the 2021 squad to defend their title.

Watch it: The Games run from July 20 to July 27.

See all of Glamour’s Olympics 2021 coverage here.

Iggy Azalea Is Done Posting Photos of Her Son After His Father’s Fans Made Fun of His Outfits

Iggy Azalea is done posting photos of her one-year-old son, Onyx, onto the internet after fans of his father, Playboi Carti, turned his wardrobe into a meme.

Let’s breakdown that sentence shall we? On July 21, Azalea hit back at a fan who made fun of her son’s dinosaur onsie, suggesting he should be wearing designer clothes like Raf Simons instead. “Imagine being so miserable that you bully a one year old child for picking his own outfit,” Azalea responded. “Y’all so corny and bored and it’s really a damn shame.”

This kicked off a back-and-forth between the Australian rapper and supposed fans of her ex, who suggested that they were not making fun of Onyx but that his outfits have become an inside joke amongst the fan base. “Clowning his fits is like an ongoing meme right now,” one user replied. “His dads fans are too much sometimes but there isn’t really any ill intent.”

That didn’t make things better for Azalea, who replied, “My child is not a sub-brand for his fathers fans to obsess over or clown on because the reality is that y’all don’t like his mom so you think it’s cute to be rude about a baby and what funny stuff he wears. Know that I will smack you in person, and so will his dad.”

Things continued on like that for a few minutes. “I don’t play about my baby,” Azaelea tweeted. “At ALLLLLL.”

Eventually, Azalea decided that she’s done posting photos of her son after this incident. “I’ve decided I won’t be posting about Onyx or sharing images online anymore,” she tweeted hours later. “Y’all not about to be out here playing with my baby on my watch, nope!”

In June 2020 ,Iggy Azalea dropped the surprise news that she welcomed her first child on Instagram Stories. “I have a son,” she wrote at the time, according to E! News. “I kept waiting for the right time to say something, but it feels like the more time passes, the more I realize I’m always going to feel anxious to share news that giant with the world.” 


8 TV Shows and Movies Premiering This Week, Including Outer Banks Season 2

Here are all the TV shows and movies to keep track of this week, from the return of Outer Banks to a Love Is Blind follow-up. Happy watching!

Monday, July 26 

Roswell New Mexico: The CW drama returns. Watch a preview, below. 8 p.m. ET on The CW

Tuesday, July 27 

Citizen P.I.: Amateur sleuths who help solve serious crimes are explored in this new six-episode series. Streaming on Discovery+

Wednesday, July 28 

Turning the Tables With Robin Roberts: Read an official description, below. Streaming on Disney+

“In each episode, Roberts sits down with three famous women who share experiences that are both personal and moving. As the show’s title suggests, the guests often ‘turn the tables’ and interview Roberts and each other in heartfelt and often humorous conversations that showcase authenticity and vulnerability.  Guests include Debbie Allen, Sofia Carson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jenna Dewan, Sheila E., Melissa Etheridge, Mickey Guyton, Betsey Johnson, Billie Jean King, Tig Notaro, Raven-Symoné and Josie Totah.” 

Love Is Blind: After the Altar: How are some of your favorite couples from Netflix’s Love Is Blind doing? Let’s find out! Streaming on Netflix 

Thursday, July 29 

FBoy Island: Read the official description, below. Streaming on HBO Max 

Jennifer Lopez Posts Bikini Make Out Pic With Ben Affleck on Her 52nd Birthday

January 2004: Less than three months later, the wedding is off. The couple confirm their split with separate statements.

Lopez’s rep releases the following statement, per People: “Jennifer Lopez has ended her engagement to Ben Affleck. At this difficult time, we ask that you respect her privacy.”

Meanwhile, Affleck’s rep adds, “I am not going to confirm anything about his personal life. We don’t want to get dragged into quicksand. Everybody wants a war. It’s not happening from our side.”

April 2021: Affleck and Lopez stay friendly (at least in recent years). He praises her work ethic to InStyle: “She has great talent, but she has also worked very hard for her success, and I’m so happy for her that she seems, at long last, to be getting the credit she deserves.”

Affleck visits Lopez at her Los Angeles home on April 30, a source tells People. “They are friends. They have always been friends and they have seen each other through the years,” another source says. 

But TMZ alleges their reunion began before Lopez and ex-fiancé Alex Rodriguez’s recent breakup. Insiders tell the outlet Lopez and Affleck were emailing each other regularly, starting in early February, when she was filming Shotgun Wedding in the Dominican Republic. Allegedly, Affleck’s emails were “loving” and showed “longing” for Lopez. 

May 10, 2021: Lopez and Affleck reportedly take a trip together to Montana and are spotted at a resort near Big Sky.

“She had a great time with Ben,” a source tells People about the Montana trip. “She is happy with him and enjoys spending time with him.” A separate insider reveals to People, “[Jennifer] spent several days with Ben out of town. They have a strong connection. It’s all been quick and intense, but Jennifer is happy.”

Meanwhile, a source tells E! Online, “She wants to give it a shot with Ben. They never really had closure and she has always wondered what could have been. The timing was never right and they were in different places until now.”

A source told People for a May 14 article, “[Jennifer] is in touch with Ben every day. They are making plans to see each other. Jennifer is still very excited about how things are going with Ben.”

May 21, 2021: A source told Us Weekly that they have reunited in person in Los Angeles since their trip to Montana.

May 25, 2021: a source told Entertainment Tonight the two are now in Miami together: “[Jennifer] has been telling her friends nice things about Ben, and they’re having a lot of fun together…. They feel very comfortable with each other, but are also completely smitten, and it still feels like having a new crush after all these years.” Aww!

June 8, 2021: Lopez is allegedly moving back to L.A. for a “fresh start” with Affleck, E! News reports. A source says that she’s “packing up her Miami rental” and leaving the city where she lived with ex-fiancé Alex Rodriguez. “She will be between L.A. and the Hamptons this summer, but L.A. will be her base,” the insider says. Her twins, Emme and Max, will join her, and Lopez is reportedly already looking at schools for them to attend in the fall.

June 9, 2021: Speaking of L.A., the pair have reportedly reunited in California following a brief period apart. Affleck has been in Las Vegas filming a movie. On June 9, Affleck was spotted with Jennifer Lopez’s mom, Guadalupe Rodríguez, at a casino. According to a source speaking with People, “Lupe was there to film a fun cameo.”