London match-maker: What if these U.S. Olympians got together?

Someone "spilled" a drink on Kobe in London, so he took his shirt off. What was Tim Tebow's excuse again at Jets camp?

Today’s PTF features Part I of our Olympic match-maker series, a look at which U.S. Olympians would be great together and, of course, which ones have nuclear love bombs strapped to their backs.
 
In the dated words of Love Connection host turned conservative koo-koo Chuck Woolery, we’ll be back in 2-and-2.


Diana Taurasi and Kobe Bryant

Compatibility: 5
If this recent shirt-less Kobe Bryant photo doesn’t scream “I’m single, I’m in a foreign country and … I’m artistic,” nothing does.

Kobe’s bad boy image has gone through various twists and turns over the years, but at his core, he remains a surly individual.

Much of the same can be said for women’s basketball player Diana Taurasi. Her doping suspension was lifted by the Turkish Basketball Federation in February, but her image was temporarily tarnished. Her eternal back-and-forth with head coach Geno Auriemma is cute to many, odd to most. At her core, she is surly.
But she still finds time to party.

She once said in a UConn women’s basketball media guide that the once place she wanted to live “after basketball” was Cancun. Ya know, the obvious landing spot for 40-something ex-women’s basketball stars.

Lolo Jones and Michael Phelps
Compatibility:
9
For America’s sake, this needs to happen. Yes, we know Phelps has a beard but the guy is single at heart.

Jones’s virginity has been a hot topic for quite some time and it would
take way more than just a couple of nice triceps to win the girl over.
And we all know Mr. Charisma Phelps isn’t exactly Ric Flair on the mic.

But this is America and breeding should be allowed on a limited basis.
The 2032 Olympics are right around the corner and we desperately need
Momo Phelps-Jones, the greatest U.S. athlete since Jim Brown, if we have
any shot of catching China.

 
Lauren Perdue and LeBron James
Compatibility: 7
Sure, Perdue turned down James’ offer to take her to dinner at a dining hall (if only I had a dollar for every time that happened), but rest assured – there is chemistry here and it’s painfully obvious that Perdue is playing hard to get with the best basketball player in the world.

Perdue is just like that once-elusive championship ring for James. It might take a year, it might take three years, it might take nine, but the recently engaged (wink, wink) LeBron will land Perdue.

Holly Mangold and Ryan Lochte
Compatibility: 10
Who better to humble the grill-wearing Lochte than 350-pound weight-lifter Holly Mangold?

My guess is their first date would look something like this:


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