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good morning, america. breaks news for our viewers in the west, paempx in a ship told to abandoned ship. the coast guard on the scene right now. also breaking for the west, a massive wildfire exploding overnight. violent flames forcing 82,000 evacuations. scorching thousands of acres. more heat and wind move in. big game backlash. the 12-year-old hunter under fire for killing and posing with zebras, giraffes and more. >> i'm a hunter and no matter what the people say to me, i'm never going to stop. >> she's now receiving death threats. she and her father speaking out
this morning on "gma." and the greatest, simone biles making history with her fourth gold in rio flipping in a flawless floor routine on the final night for america's final five and from the mat to the track, that heartwarming moment, putting spirit ahead of medals. and you'll meet the american man called the olympic selfie king who called his boss saying i can't return to work until he lands the one star that got away. can our team help him get to the finish line? >> announcer: live in times square and rio de janeiro, this is "good morning america." and we do say good morning, america, on this wednesday morning. and what a stunning night at the olympics. simone biles as you said, david, making history with her fourth gold in rio. >> she is just incredible. and take a look at this, simone on the cover of "sports illustrated" along with katie ledecky and michael phelps and they simply just say "the
greatest." >> that they are. these athletes may not have won a medal but they won our hearts and a lot of praise. abbey d'agostino and nikki hamblin helping each other up on the track. boy, that was a moment. more on that i head. start here with the breaking us nor for our viewers in the west. rescue operation off the coast of san juan, passengers told to abandon ship. fire reportedly on board. abc's gio benitez is following late developments here this morning. gio, good morning. >> reporter: david, good morning to you. we don't know if anyone has been injured or killed. considering there are more than 500 people on board rescuers are doing everything they can right now. a tourist capturing this billowing black cloud of smoke pouring out of this passengers ship. the coast guard rushing to the scene to rescue the 512 passengers trapped on board. he's visiting puerto rico and
shot 24 video. >> we noticed this boat, the smoke has gotten worse. it looks like it's leaning to the side -- >> reporter: they're assisting passengers, advising them to abandon ship. it runs regular daily ships between the dominican republic and puerto rico. >> i haven't seen any lifeboats coming after the ferry. i have seen the coast guard responding. >> reporter: the ferry was due to arrive at 8:00 a.m. eastern time just a stone's throw from its final destination when it caught on fire. we're still learning more details about this ship. it was built in 1989, it weighs some 27,000 tons. it makes the same trip every day. that trip takes 13 hours. this happened just an hour before the ship reached its final destination.
david. >> now to a massive new wildfire in california. the blaze forcing more than 82,000 people from their homes. part of the highway between l.a. and las vegas is now shut down. abc's lauren lyster is on the front lines for us in san bernardino county, good morning, lauren. >> reporter: good morning, robin. the flames raging out here all night and morning. we have been seeing scenes like this, structures burning to the ground. homes -- take at the remains of these cars. the fire roaring through here. at terrifying speeds. overnight, this fast-moving wildfire in san bernardino county exploding growing nine times the size in less than 12 hours. >> this is a monster of a fire that is moving faster than any other fire i've seen in a very, very long time. >> reporter: 18,000 acres charred. structures destroyed. zero percent contained. so you can't got in here and fight? >> no, that's how how much heat
was in here. >> reporter: the smoke staying put but flames burning violently. look at this whirling firenado. more than 2,000 people forced to evacuate tuesday leaving their homes to more than 750 firefighters on scene and fate. >> there's fires all around it. all around it but the firemen are doing a wonderful job. thank you. please save us. >> reporter: two firefighters injured after their truck was overrun by flames. the fire overtaking an historic route 66 diner and this giant mountaintop cross. further north, the clayton fire near lake county now 35% contained after claiming 175 homes and businesses and 4,000 acres. all that destruction blamed by authorities on this man, 40-year-old anthony pashlik. >> part of the puzzle that the investigators have to figure out is try and get inside the mind of the arsonist.
>> reporter: the alleged arsonist suspected of setting this fire and a number of others in northern california is due to be arraigned in court today. and here, the weather forecast is not looking good for crews battling this blaze with more heat and gusty winds expected today. robin. >> just incredible those pictures behind you. we turn to ginger with more on that forecast. >> david, this is not just california. there are 26 large wildfires are burning in the west from colorado to wyoming, utah, nevada, so many other states dealing with this, those fire warnings are on. heat is on from medford to seattle, we're talking 90s and 100s. then the wind. gusts up to 50 miles per hour in some of those mountain passes. david. >> thank you so much, ginger. robin.
abc's tom llamas is on the trail in wisconsin. good morning, tom. >> reporter: it's a new day for the trump campaign. when he said he doesn't need a pollster, he's promoted his pollster to campaign manager. as he hopes to extend his base he's brought in an ultra conservative to campaign ceo. donald trump shaking up his campaign. hiring steven bannon chairman of breitbart news. trump saying in a statement, they're extremely capable, highly qualified people who love to win and know how to win. keeping paul man ji afort on as chairman. >> america first. america first.
>> i'm asking for the vote of every african-american citizen strucking in our country today who wants a different and much better future. >> reporter: trump asking for the african-american vote in front of a nearly all-white crowd in west bend, wisconsin, a town that's 95% white. >> the democratic party has failed and betrayed the african-american community. >> reporter: the gop nominee vowing to clean up urban areas by instituting more law and order. >> the problem in our poorest communities is not that there are too many police, the problem is that there are not enough police. >> reporter: trump's newly focused message comes amid reports he's getting advice on the debates from former fox news chief roger ailes. the trump campaign downplaying any help from ailes saying in a
statement, "mr. ailes is not advising mr. trump or helping with debate prep. they are longtime friends but mr. ailes has no formal or informal role with the campaign," but campaign sources telling abc news trump is going to ailes for advice on those debates. the two meeting over the weekend at one of trump's new jersey golf courses. and when ailes was ousted from fox last month, following accusations of sexual harassment, trump stood by his side. >> i've always found him to be just a very, very good person and by the way, a very, very talented person. >> reporter: and this morning, hillary clinton's e-mail scandal is back in the spotlight. the fbi has turned over classified documents including their notes of the investigation and their interview with clinton to congress. republican lawmakers want to know why she wasn't prosecuted. the clinton campaign says this is merely an attempt by republicans to keep this issue alive. david. >> yeah, the e-mails are not going away. all right, tom llamas this morning. tom, thanks. let's get right to abc's
matt dowd and, matt, first off, a new interview with donald trump last night about all this talk that he should pivot and here's what he said. i want to get your reaction on the back side. >> i am who i am. it's me. i don't want to change. everybody talks about you're going to pivot. i don't want to pivot. you have to be you. if you start pivoting you're not being honest with people. >> so, no pivot, no reset and then, overnight, another major shake-up, is that a reset? >> he's trying to reset his campaign without resetting himself, david. but i think the problem here is that when your football team is losing and your quarterback is throwing interceptions and fumbling, changing your line coach and assistant coaches isn't going to affect this. it sounds to me like they've doubled down on the fact they'll let donald trump be donald trump. the problem with that, it only gets you to 40% or 41% and that's not a victory. >> as you know, matt, 82 days left until election day. a lot of people at home saying it can't get here fast enough. with the trump team facing tough numbers in the battleground states now against hillary
clinton, how important does that make the first debate for donald trump and really for clinton? does she have to be ready for anything, even some of the most uncomfortable topics thrown her way? >> well, it's the most important moment left in the campaign and for each side of this. donald trump is the only way he can change the dynamics of this race, david, in this. he can't -- it's no longer a state battle it's national battle and he has to change the national battle before any states come in line. hillary clinton basically, if she performs well at that debate and responds to him well, she puts this race away in that first debate. it's all -- it's the entire ball game that first debate. >> matt dowd, always appreciate your insight, thanks. louisiana, now, facing historic deadly flooding. search teams going door to door looking for survivors as the waters rise. rob marciano is on the scene for us. rob, good morning. >> reporter: this is main street in one of the hard-hit towns in
louisiana. piles of debris ready to be hauled away. while the water has receded here. it's still high across much of the state. this morning, residents across louisiana scrambling to save what they can. >> everything that i had is gone, everything. >> reporter: many starting the painstaking process of cleaning up. 40,000 homes damaged. >> we're seeing the water line on the buildings and it looks to have been about seven feet. >> it's like the end of your life, end of your world. having to start over like that. we worked so hard for it. >> reporter: devastating floods still ravaging parts of the state. rivers still rising as the water flows south. tossed and abandoned cars just littering this landscape. this drainage ditch became a raging river, toppling and submerging full-size pickup trucks. many cars still inaccessible as drivers wait for waters to recede. over 11,000 homes destroyed.
families unable to return home. >> we got out safely. all our friends are safe so that's the main thing. >> reporter: in denham springs, nine out of ten homes suffering damage. what's your biggest concern? >> we'll come back. it's just going to be a long road. >> just raw emotion on very little sleep. it's a painful cleanup process. in the antique district things just, breaking this glass window. i talked to one of the store owners here, he said that no one on this street has insurance and likely this street alone, millions of dollars in losses. david, robin. >> thank you, rob, so much. i have so many family and friends in that area and they just talk about that storm, they know it wasn't a hurricane, but in many ways it was so much worse. >> it just hovered over.
the water keeps rising. >> we're thinking of you. history-making night at the olympics. simone biles adding to her legacy as one of the greatest ever. abc's t.j. holmes is there at our olympic desk in rio holding things down another exciting day yesterday there in rio. good morning, t.j. >> okay, good morning to you, guys. yes, can you believe the olympics are over? the rio olympics for simone biles. they have no more gold to give her but other usa gymnastics team members have reason to celebrate this morning as well. also, a u.s. track and field star won a silver medal but then immediately gave away a diamond ring. overnight, the games said good-bye to the gymnastics competition but not before more glory for the red, white and blue. >> she makes everything look so easy. >> reporter: it was the perfect ending for the near-perfect rio olympics of simone biles, the american sensation looked to bounce back from a bronze in the
balance beam putting her game face on for the finals in the floor exercise. >> the biles, she was the first in the world to complete this skill. >> reporter: leaping higher, tumbling faster and shining brighter than everyone else. >> and she's just got so much power. >> reporter: biles grabbed another gold, her fourth of these games. she leaves rio the most decorated u.s. gymnast, aly raisman also medaled in this event, scoring silver with this near-perfect performance. >> watch the height. it just keeps going up and, bam. this is pretty good. >> reporter: the u.s. men also celebrated last night. american danell leyva won two silver medals. >> oh, my. >> reporter: one for this routine in the parallel bars and another for his soaring performance on the high bar. >> first american woman ever to win a 1500-meter olympic medal. >> reporter: a stellar night for the stars and stripes in track and field as well. team usa picked up three medals. >> and not a bad way to start.
>> reporter: the u.s. men finished one and two in the triple jump. after the competition silver medalist will claye climbed into the stands and proposed to his fellow track star girlfriend queen harrison. she said yes. and team usa's abbey d'agostino and new zealand's nikki hamblin collided in the women's 5,000 meter. >> abbey d'agostino helping nikki hamblin back up. >> reporter: the american injured her ankle but still finished the race in pain. the runners came together for a hug before d'agostino left the track in a wheelchair. now, some happy news about those two runners, yes, they ended way behind in the race, but they got exemptions. they'll still be able to race in the final. also, a shocking result here. kerri walsh jennings and april ross, the volleyball duo lost in the semis. this was the first loss ever for kerri walsh jennings in the olympics. remember, she had a huge collection of those gold medals, guys. quite a shocker there. >> that was a huge upset there. all right, thank you, t.j.
we'll get back to you in a bit. but we'll take a look at the medal count. the u.s. leading the way, 84 including 28 gold medals, china, great britain, russia, japan round out the top five. joining us now someone who knows something about winning olympic medals is gold medalist dominique dawes. we really have appreciated you being with us these last couple of weeks. >> it's been a lot of fun. >> come on. this u.s. gymnastics team was expected to do well. but a record-setting olympics for them. >> they -- the final five have done spectacularly well. i'm so impressed with these young girls and simone biles lived up to the billing, she's walking away with four olympic gold medals and an olympic bronze medal. that one slipup she had on the balance beam, i know at the end of the day she'll be beating herself up over that because it's the mentality of a gymnast but she has to leave feeling very satisfied. >> what does she do for an encore? >> do we worry about that right now, enjoy it, i remember when i came back from the '92 olympics when i was 15 years old i was
back in the gymnastics gym the next day because i loved the sport so much and i was still a kid and believe it or not this young girl is still a kid so hopefully she thinks about another olympics games in four years but enjoy this moment. >> yeah, i am glad you said that. we're always so looking ahead. and enjoying the moment like that. you're a three-time olympian and you were part of the '96 magnificent seven and so you know what they're facing in the weeks ahead. >> they're professional athletes so it's all about securing endorsements. look at times square, you'll see a lot more of simone biles and she'll impact thousands and thousands of young kids. >> we'll see, ginger, i can see you as a gymnast. >> you're too sweet, robin. i want to give you some new information this is unfortunate. now that fire has jumped to 30,000 acres exploded really. 103 the high temperature in san bernardino today. we can see record fall in places
like portland, oregon, 100 as you head into your thursday. medford, you'll do it. seattle, all of you are going to warm up as we head into the weekend. happen hump day, i am meteorologist mike nicco, with the high lights, sunny at noon but the coast, clouds and drizzle are more likely the next several nights bringing in a video cooling trend and today 60s at the cost and san francisco, and 70s around the bay and 80s in the in vitro bay and south bay and look at the mid-to-upper 90s inland,
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now, from abc 7 news. >> good morning. it's 7:23. the lake county man suspected of starting this devastating clayton fire makes his first court appearance today. he is scheduled to appear in lake port on 17 arson charges. here's a look at some of the damage he is accused of causing. containment of the fire at 40%. we're going to continue to follow this throughout the day. let's go to lexus smith, who is looking at traffic for you. >> quite a bit of fog out there. the golden gate bridge. we have a lot of reduced visibility. keep that in mind. one new collision to talk about, highway 17 past the summit. we've got the far right lane blocked. that is about a five-mile
you may want to prepare for warmer weather, as our temperatures take a turn upwards today. let's look at what's going on right now. temperatures in the mid to upper 50s in most neighborhoods. a few 60s. your planner for today, 58 at the coast. noon to 4:00, 65 to 75 around the bay. easily our warmest day this week. we'll see more cloud cover. more drizzle. and that will start a cooling trend starting tomorrow and into the afternoon, all the way through at least monday. >> thank you, mike. coming up, the 12-year-old hunter whose social media postings are causing a fire storm. she and her father are speaking next on "gma." we'll have another abc 7 news update in about 30 minutes and always on our news app and abc7news.com. we hope you join us every
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can't come back till i get it. "gma" to the rescue. >> we did it. first this half hour to outrage growing over a 12-year-old hunter posting pictures of her big game on facebook smiling next to animals she's killed, it has sparked a fierce backlash, even death threats, and she and her dad are speaking out. abc's diane macedo has the story. good morning, diane. >> reporter: good morning, david. she named her facebook page braids and bows. and when you look at the photos, you realize she doesn't mean the kind that go in your hair. while many call her a murderer she says she's actually saving these animals. this morning, a 12-year-old is under fire after posting these images on social media posing with a giraffe and a zebra, animals she killed while hunting with her dad in africa. >> it's something that i cherish and i enjoy and i want other people to see that what i've been able to experience. >> reporter: aryanna gourdin and her father took the hunting trip last week, one of their many over the past five years.
in this facebook photo with a zebra, she writes one of my dream hunts for sure but online, outrage, 73,000 comments on this post alone. some calling aryanna sick and an animal hater, even threatening the 12-year-old's life. >> they love animals, but i mean we love animals too. it's just we also love hunting. >> reporter: still some are defending the father/daughter duo writing let the haters hate. hunt away, aryanna. >> we're proud to be hunters and we'll never apologize for being a hunter. >> reporter: aryanna's dad says critics should mind their business. >> i don't tell anybody else how to raise their children. >> reporter: he maintains the hunting farm told them the giraffe was a problem animal and this isn't the first time social media has created a firestorm over big game hunts. minnesota dentist walter palmer sparked international outrage after killing cecil the lion in zimbabwe. but for aryanna, despite the backlash, she says she'll keep hunting. >> i would never back down from hunting. because i'm a hunter and no
matter what the people say to me, i'm never going to stop. >> and aryanna also wrote on facebook that the money from her hunts all go toward conservation efforts but, david and robin, her critics are responding saying she should continue with the conservation part but they'd rather she stop with the hunting. >> and you can understand the dad says mind your business but on the other hand, it's all on facebook. >> it goes in circles and you can see just thousands and thousands of comments of people weighing in on both sides. >> on both sides. great to see you, diane. >> likewise. now to a disturbing story out of tulsa. a man shot and killed by a neighbor just moments after police left the scene. the victim's family says the alleged shooter tormented them for years because of their nationality. abc's clayton sandell has the latest. >> reporter: this morning, one victim's family is reeling from a murder they believe is clearly a hate crime. >> he just was a sweet, sweet soul. >> reporter: 31-year-old khalid jabara was shot and killed in tulsa, oklahoma, friday allegedly at the hand of a neighbor who his family says
terrorized them for years, 61-year-old stanley majors. >> he would call us racial slurs, dirty lebanese. arabs, muslims, even though my family is christian, he was hateful, just hateful. >> anybody over here who can start to a shooting. >> reporter: jabara called 911 friday, worried majors had a gun and tulsa police came but then left without making an arrest. >> if we knocked on the door and he doesn't answer, there's nothing that gives us the opportunity to go into his house. >> reporter: but just eight minutes after they left police say majors shot and killed jabara on his own front porch. jabara's family says this was a hate crime, neighbors saw it too. >> he walked on to your property and started screaming to my family, all you mexicans, we are here. >> reporter: he was arrested for running down jabara's mother with his car last september despite prosecutors' objections in may, majors was released on bond. >> how did this man get out of jail?
we definitely want to make sure that it doesn't happen again. >> reporter: police are still investigating a motive. >> this was an ongoing dispute with neighbors so, yeah, there's hate there. i just don't think the only reason is because they're middle eastern. >> reporter: for "good morning america," clayton sandell, abc news, denver. and joining us now, abc's chief legal analyst dan abrams. this is such a horrible story. you can understand the position of the family wondering why this neighbor was out in the first place. >> oh, absolutely. i'm often on this program defending judges who release people on bond or bail, saying it isn't intended to punish but it is intended to protect meaning, if there is someone a threat to society or to their neighbors, that's the classic case where you don't release the person on bail or bond. and that's why this family has every right to look back and be furious. >> and we hear in the report, dan, it seems like they did everything they were supposed to do. >> everything right. >> and the police were there but they left. >> the fact the police were
there minutes before is certainly going to lead them to have to answer some questions. doesn't necessarily mean they did anything wrong but they're going to have to answer questions as to how is it they called the police right before this happened, i mean this family repeatedly calls the police, repeatedly brings law enforcement in, repeatedly asks and gets restraining orders against this guy. their position at this point is what else could we have possibly done here? >> so what could be the possible defense? >> i expect that he, believe it or not, will claim some sort of self-defense. this guy, the defendant now, also had asked for a restraining order against the victim. >> do we know why? >> yes, there were claims of he came over to his house and damaged property and this and that, so i would expect there will be some sort of self-defense claim. it's not going to be easy. it's not a whodunit. it's clear he did it. the question is why. self-defense is not going to be easy considering the totality of these experiences. >> thank you for your insight. dan, thank you. coming up here on the big
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oh, it's that time again for our big board and our team of insiders standing by live for more on this morning's top stories and we're getting our money's worth out of dominique today. we're going to have you doing some exercises in our last half hour. >> that will be exciting. i'll be sweating. >> but we are going to start with the highly anticipated first debate between hillary clinton and donald trump. with the september 26 showdown
fast approaching lots of speculation about how the candidates are preparing. jon karl is joining us, so, jon, let's start with donald trump. how is he prepping for the first debate? >> well, you know, the big news that came out was the meeting that trump had with roger ailes, the former fox news chairman and one of the most experienced and skilled professional political debate preparers in the history of presidential politics. the campaign says he is not really an adviser, robin. it's not an informal or a formal role but they acknowledged they had a long conversation at one of trump's golf courses. and you may remember this, but back in 1988, i'm sorry, 1984 when ronald reagan was pressed about his age and he said he would not exploit the youth and inexperience experience of walter mondale. it was roger ailes that was credited with coming up with that line, one of the most memorable ever. >> jon, tell us this, whose job
is it going to be to stand in that room with hillary clinton and throw at her all the possibilities that could come her way from donald trump and really does it come down to how she reacts that could make or break her in that first debate? >> god, would you want that job? can you imagine? your job is explicitly to get under hillary clinton's skin. the campaign won't say, my guess is that it would be bob barnett who has played -- he played bernie sanders during the primary debate prep and he's worked with hillary clinton for a long time and he's done this stuff for many, many, many years. but that is one tough job, david, because you have to throw out all of the stuff the campaign expects, fully expects that trump will throw everything at her including all of the stuff about her personal life, bill clinton's affairs. it won't be an easy job. >> all right, jon karl. >> huge numbers for that. they're talking about olympic size numbers, super bowl numbers of viewers watching. >> yeah. now to a stunning moment caught on camera serving as a warning to all homeowners. look at this. this had been an open house, an
open house where folks can come right in. it's houston, texas, the real estate agent steps away and the woman appears to steal a bottle of prescription medication and egypt sherrod joins us this morning. great to have you. listen, we've all had an open house at some point. it's not something you think about but opening your doors up to strangers. >> good morning, first and foremost. but what i will say is this is not the norm. however, over the years i have heard of several occurrences that would just shock you. anything from a realtor showing the house to other buyers and then they wander in the kitchen and notice that other would-be buyers are eating food out of the homeowner's cabinet and refrigerator. >> oh, come on. >> or, you know, three people distract the realtor while one walks around the house casing the joint. it happens. >> oh, so what can people do to prevent this from happening, egypt? >> what i would say is just be smart. number one, hide your valuables, any expensive jewelry, electronics, laptops, lock it
up, so that it doesn't develop legs all of a sudden and walk away and then conceal your personal information. many times people will think they locked everything away but they've left their mail or social security cards out. it is common that people will snatch your information and, therefore, steal your identity. another thing is ask your realtor to require a sign-in sheet when people come in your house and ask for i.d.s. if someone is there for the wrong reason they could sign the wrong name but, if you ask for an i.d., chances are it will ward them off. >> ooh, that's some good advice right there. >> thank you. if you are the type of person that leaves a spare key near the garage, hanging on the wall, hide those. chances are someone, if they're there to case the joint or come back and steal something, they'll snatch those keys and walk right out and lastly, when you return home, this is a big one, make sure you check all of your doors to make sure they're locked as well as your windows. it has happened where someone's walked right by, unlocked a window and came back later to basically rob the place. >> thank you. this is all really good.
>> we'll never have an open house again. >> no. >> it is a great, great tip. >> good luck finding anything in my refrigerator that you want to eat. now to a fierce debate about sportsmanship at the olympics. shaunae miller's dramatic dive for gold. in the women's 400 meters. it's legal. it's legal but it sparked backlash as you know on social media. but this isn't the first time something like this has happened and we talked about this yesterday, dominique. you said when it comes to the olympics by any means necessary but people are saying, really. >> yes, really. really, people have to put things in perspective. i did the calculations. from my first olympic games to my second olympic games i was training 7,280 hours in the gym as a kid from my first to second olympic games, 1992 barcelona, 1996 olympic games. you will do whatever it takes to win a gold medal within the rules and my sport i am held at the mercy of the judges so really i have no control. shaunae miller had full control and if you have to dive to get across that finish line first and it's legal, then you do it.
>> we've seen different things like this happen in sports. >> in 2008 olympic games in beijing, david neville did it so it was him beating a behemoth of an athlete. >> the hug taught us the opposite. >> sportsmanship. >> that's great. gold medalist shaunae miller is joining us exclusively live in our next hour. so, we'll talk about that with her. thanks to egypt and jon and thank you dominique. coming up in two minutes -- the olympic king of selfies scoring gold but missing a photo with michael phelps. our huge surprise, well, is it a surprise now? come on back. come on back.
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certain swimmer, who has more medals than anybody in history. let's go back to t.j. who is way up there. >> of course, he has the penthouse apartment. >> only the best for you, t.j. >> that is not a penthouse, david. that is not a penthouse. the wind is too high we have to evacuate. this guy is absolutely amazing. he's been able to get all these photos but no matter how good you are, it's hard to get close to the michael phelps unless you have connections. but lucky for him i know people. who is that guy? the final five are all smiles posing for a selfie with him. here he is with u.s. track star allyson felix and with ryan murphy, gold medal swimmer. so, who is he? brent folan of ft. worth, texas. the undisputed selfie king of the olympics. and there he is popping up behind aly raisman during her medal ceremony.
you're some sort of selfie with whiz. what is it? >> right place, right time. i mean, if they would give medals to spectators i would get a gold for my performance this olympics. >> reporter: brent describes himself as a sports super fan. he used up all his vacation time at work to be here. his wild ride in rio and his impressive collection of selfies won't be complete without that one selfie he's desperate to get. michael phelps. >> phelps is like my white buffalo. he's the reason why i skipped my flight home. >> reporter: that's right. brent had to call his boss to ask for more vacation time so he could stay in rio longer to pursue a coveted selfie with phelps. will that gamble pay off? well, what brent doesn't know is that our interview with him is just a front. but before i continue, you're the selfie master so i need you to come around here, we're going to do it from this angle and i
need you to tell me the trick now to doing a selfie. >> yes, yes. >> let's see here. >> what's the trick? click around for me. >> oh. >> there's a trick to doing this selfie. >> no way. >> yes. >> what's up, man? so good. this is not real. >> he just called you his white buffalo. he's been trying to track you down this whole time, man. >> here i am. here we are. >> this is it in rio at the olympics. >> how long you here for. >> i was supposed to fly home three days ago, i skipped my flight to meet you. and look, it happened. >> yeah, i hope he gets home to his job. well, we had to thank -- i said i know people but that was crave, one of the sponsors to michael phelps helped us put all that together. a nice moment we could make happen for that kid. >> wonderful moment. thanks for making that happen. >> t.j. making dreams come true. >> yes, he is. coming up, the gold medalist who won with a dive, joining us exclusively right here on "gma" but got to love that. now he's got to go back to work with the photo of phelps, though. >> come on back.
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good morning, america. it's 8:00 a.m. going for gold, simone biles flips into the record books. and lands a kiss from her superstar crush. >> oh. plus, the diving runner behind the startling photo finish. now she's here one-on-one live. also this morning, the skin cancer care for khloe kardashian. the reality star revealing her close call urging everyone now to get checked. our doctor with a skin reality check this morning. ♪ it's good to be alive weight loss win, he's the dad who was weighing in at over 600 pounds, his doctors telling him his life was in danger. how simple walks to walmart helped him drop more than 300 pounds. he's turned his life around. ♪ the way you move and get ready to move and groove your way into olympic
shape. we're kicking workout wednesday into gold medal gear. live in times square as we say -- >> all: good morning, america! ♪ baby i'm worth it give it to me i'm worth it ♪ we do say good morning, america, and it is workout wednesday. olympics edition. gold medalist dominique dawes, jessica mendoza and our trainer emily abbate leading the charge and you can join the action on our website and facebook livestream all hour long. they're having a good time out there. >> nothing more intimidating than working out with olympic gold medalists. we got something to work toward. and she's the woman who won olympic gold with a dive, of course, that dive made global headlines sparking a conversation. now shaunae miller standing by and joins us live with the gold medal, the smile and i got to
say we probably would have done that dive too. i mean -- >> good for her. >> great to have her with us. our own gold medalist cecilia vega. good morning, everyone. the big story this morning is breaking news a fire on board a passenger ferry brought orders to abandon ship. it was frightening scene at shore. about a mile off the cost of puerto rico, more than 500 people scrambling to lifeboats after that fire started in the engine room. that huge ship runs a regular route between puerto rico and the dominican republic. just moments ago, those passengers arriving at the dock. so far no reports of injuries. also breaking this morning, a new explosive wildfire across southern california, forcing more than 80,000 people from their homes. abc's lauren lyster is right there in san bernardino county. lauren, good morning. >> reporter: cecilia, this fast-moving wildfire exploding overnight, growing nine times
its size in less than 12 hours. 18,000 acres charred so far. structures destroyed, some of them homes. 82,000 people have been forced to evacuate and part of the highway between los angeles and las vegas is shut down. two firefighters have been injured fighting this bliss and crews will face more heat and gusty winds today with this fire zero percent contained. >> lauren, thank you. this morning, the second campaign shake-up in two months for donald trump. trump promoted his pollster kellyanne conway to campaign manager and he's also bringing on a top executive from conservative website breitbart news, paul manafort will stay on as his campaign chair. and a major scare at a connecticut amusement park. six children electrocuted while on a ride and rushed to the hospital. one boy suffered burns on his hand. the ride is now shut down indefinitely. the children thankfully are all okay. and a new study shows that 50 children a day end up in hospitals because of stroller and baby carrier accidents. a growing number of them
suffering brain injuries. experts say kids should be buckled in and strollers locked when parked and that using newer gear is best because they need higher safety standards. did you enjoy that banana this morning? because the fruit could soon be extinct. scientists warn a deadly fungus could wipe them out within ten years. 40% of the world's banana crop has already been wiped out. and finally, you probably would not believe this one if there was not video to prove it so take a look. a group of kayakers in canada got this up close view. that's a humpback there clearly showing off. not afraid of cameras and conveniently the kayakers all have their cameras ready to go. they also got soaked once that humpback that hit the water, everyone was supposed to stay about 300 feet away, guys, but clearly the whales there weren't very good at measuring that. but what an amazing photo-op they had.
and i see our friend t.j. over there is ready to go in rio. how do you say whale in t.j. -- in portuguese, t.j. >> in t.j. you say whale. but i'll work on the portuguese for you but, i'll take you to the beach right now, cecilia. that's where we'll start, women's beach volleyball, the final is tonight but three-time gold medalist kerri walsh jennings won't be there. early this morning, she and april ross lost their semifinal to brazil. this is the first time walsh jennings has ever lost in the olympics. she and ross will play for bronze, however. meanwhile, simone biles is now the fourth woman to win four golds in gymnastics in one olympics and won the floor exercise competition to pick up her fifth medal in rio. u.s. women's basketball team is in tomorrow's semis after a squeaker against japan. they won by 46 and the japanese women were incredibly upset about it as they posed for pictures with the americans after the game. in the medal race the u.s.
increased its total to 84, tops among any nation, the americans also leading the games with 28 gold medals. with the news out of the olympics we'll do it pop style. some "pop news" and start with simone biles. she's finally met her celebrity crush. zac efron after his very public support of team usa. the actor surprised her with a cheek kiss. check this out. >> it's going. >> it's going? >> yeah. >> is it going? >> it's going. >> is it going? >> yes. >> oh, my goodness gracious. did you see that? well, the olympic medalist shared the moment on snapchat and twitter saying, proof had to retake because i thought we were taking a picture then he kissed me instead. she also said, guys, you can call me mrs. ephron, really? really? i love zac but slow down, simone, slow down.
also, while the u.s. is leading the medal count in rio maybe the university of georgia should think of forming a country of its own, considering the fact its alum have racked up ten medals total in rio. that means if bulldog attended as an individual country it would tie for 15th place in the medal count. also impressive married couple and cycling superstars jason kenny and laura trott from great britain have ten gold medals between them, five from rio alone. that's an impressive duo. finally here, we now know who really started that #loveforgabbyusa in support of gymnast gabby douglas, who has been trold publicly online. pretty nasty stuff on social media but "ghostbusters" star turned rio correspondent leslie jones calling on her followers to show their support for the gymnast on twitter by creating the hashtag and grabbed the attention of fellow celebs
including shonda rhimes who tweeted my 3-year-old announced her name is now gabby douglas rhimes. the love didn't go unnoticed by the gold medalist saying, my heart is full. it never fails, when we see something nasty and all that trolling, everybody comes back strong and supports that person that sometimes gets picked on. >> yeah, and i'm glad to see leslie back out there. she took a real beating and she took down some of her social media accounts and said that's it but then she started tweeting about the olympics and over there now and just so glad she's back out in front. yeah. >> yeah, nobody is having a better time here than she is. >> good tale. thank you, t.j. here's a look at what's coming up on the "gma morning menu," khloe kardashian opening up about her skin cancer scare. what doctors found on one of her visits and her message for you this morning. and diving into first. a runner who won gold lunging across the finish line, shaunae miller will join us live. and it is workout wednesday. they're out there, get to it. it's the olympics edition.
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cancerous mole on her back and this morning she has a message for her fans. abc's linsey davis has more. >> reporter: the kardashians are known for sharing the most personal parts of their lives on reality tv. now, khloe kardashian is opening up on her website about a skin cancer scare. >> this is the first time she's really getting into detail about what it's like and her really real scare with skin cancer. >> reporter: the 32-year-old says several years ago after having a few moles checked out doctors found a cancerous mole on her back. there was one mole i had on my back that was skin cancer, she says, i had eight inches of skin removed. it was definitely painful because it was a lot of skin but most of the time the removals haven't been that bad. >> khloe kardashian decided to share this story in the hopes that it would make people go and speak to their own doctor if they see anything irregular on their skin. >> reporter: the "keeping up with the kardashians" star shares this chart to help others identify irregular moles saying
i wanted to share my experience with you so that if you know something doesn't look right, you will take action and take care of your health. now that i've gone through this a couple of times i'm extra aware of my skin, body and moles. for "good morning america," linsey davis, abc news, new york. >> our thanks to linsey. joining us now is dermatologist dr. rosemarie ingleton, always good to have you here. >> good morning. >> good morning to you. a lot of people are talking about this and khloe is being very up front about it and she said about all the moles that she had, does that mean if you have a lot of moles you're more susceptible to this? >> that's one of the risk factors. the more you have the more chance you have. slightly weird moles or increased risk for getting melanoma. >> because there are different types. i know a lot of people are probably looking at their morales that they have, how do you determine if something is up?
>> okay, so we have a lot of moles and usually when they're normal they are round. even colored, no irregularities of the edges, not changing. regardless of your stage in life, so, if you see something that's different from that or suddenly a mole that used to be round and even colored is suddenly irregular and lost an area of color, it looks white on an edge or it's getting bigger, you're not gaining weight or changing but the mole is changing. you need to have it looked at. >> and that is something you look at. >> at the office when doing a full skin exam we have a dermatoscope that allows us to look really closely at a mole when we think it may be a little off but we're not sure we look up close and there are details that it will show us that will tell us that maybe this is one of those that you need to biopsy to make sure there's nothing wrong with it. >> how often? we should know our skin and -- know our body and our skin too, as well. how many times should we -- how often should we go and have a full checkup? >> i tell my patients be familiar with your body. look every month in the mirror. get naked. look at everything front, back,
so that if something shows up you'll be the first one to know and professionally you should have your full body exam once annually. if you've had skin cancer, much more frequently, maybe every three to six months. regular public, once a year in your birthday suit on your birthday. >> your birthday suit on your birthday. that's a good idea. you can see if some of the moles are changing like that. just give us -- we can never hear this too much. how we can prevent this from happening? >> oh, you need to wear sunscreen. you need -- >> year round? >> year round, make it a habit. your face, neck, the areas exposed. in the summer the rest of your body, get a body lotion or something that has spf in it so you'll do it every day. avoid midday sun sitting out there baking. wear hats. use awnings, umbrellas, they all help. >> you can't hear this often enough, and it doesn't matter your skin tone. >> it does not matter. melanoma is the least common of the skin cancers but it's affecting people of color. very small percentage but it does affect us. basal cell and squamous cells
are the ones that are more common. melanoma the worst but deadly. save lives. >> that's what you're doing. always good to see you. thank you very much. coming up, the olympian diving for gold in a photo finish making a lot of headlines. there she is, shaunae miller is going to join us and talk to t.j. come on back. ♪ the edge of glory
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♪ i'm on the edge of glory we all saw it back with an abc news exclusive, this is the dive seen around the world, shaunae miller throwing herself across the finish line head first to claim first. >> and that move sparking a bit of a debate, you can say, but also landing shaunae a gold medal and t.j. is with her now there in rio. good morning again. >> yes, hello again, here she is, does it pain you to see that video even? >> no, no, it really doesn't. >> because you got a gold medal. >> yeah. >> so it's all good. >> settle this for us right now. was that dive intentional or not? >> it really wasn't. it really wasn't. let me break the entire thing down. before going into the race knowing my coaches we sat down
and we discussed everything, what we were going to do and, you know i feel as though i executed the plan really well. when i got -- because i got to 300 first then when i got -- >> it comes up. >> when i got about 40 more meters to go my legs were so heavy from going around so fast then, you know, i started to lose feelings in them and when i was heading towards the line, i saw it was the line, i was like, oh, my gosh, i've got to go and afterwards i felt nothing at all in my legs and i started falling and i was like -- >> you telling me you accidentally collapsed your way into the gold medal. >> i -- hey, if that's what they want to call it, that's what happened. you know, i just went really hard and just tried to hold on for dear life. >> what do you think? if the dive didn't take place do you think you would have won in stride? do you still think you would have won the race? >> i can't say. it was a really close race but sometimes the diving can help. sometimes it doesn't.
i don't know how it would have played out but it played out in my fay very -- favor. >> have you ever done that before? >> no. i've never -- actually i have fell -- >> you fell. you didn't dive. are you the clumsiest track star? >> i did and ended up flying and so many bruises and almost like a replay again. >> but never an intentional dive but we see runners do this plenty. did you ever think it wasn't in the spirit of the sport like some are suggesting. >> well, you know, sometimes it is like that. but, you know, it's a part of the sport. it's legal in the sport so, you know, people go for it. >> are you disappointed by the controversy and even surprised by it, as well. >> i was really surprised by it but i don't let things affect me. i was reading them. i got a few laughs and saw all the memes. >> some people calling you a cheater. >> i saw that but, you know, it's like i said it's a part of the sport. it's been done so many times in the sport. you know, things happen.
it's track and field. >> but you got a gold medal now. >> yes. >> however it came about. congratulations there, didn't take away from the celebration. >> no, it didn't. >> it's an absolute pleasure, congratulations to you, guys, she's got the gold medal. people can think what they want about it, but it's legal, it's fair. >> i can't believe you called her clumsy. she has the gold medal. you're calling her clumsy. >> she's the one that said she's falling all the time. >> i'm glad we heard that. it didn't look like it was intentional. it didn't look like she meant to do that but she's got the gold. >> and she has a good attitude. you're clumsy when you have that heavy gold medal on. let's head out to ginger. >> calling an olympian clumsy. married 35 years. we're celebrating out here. i wanted to get it started with not celebrating, though, in austin, texas, up to 11 inches of rain falling in that region. so, it's not just louisiana dealing with that flash flooding, but they certainly still have those flood warning
happen hump day, i am meteorologist mike nicco, with the high lights, sunny at noon but the coast, clouds and drizzle are more likely the next several nights bringing in a video cooling trend and today 60s at the cost and san francisco, and 70s around the bay and 80s in the in vitro bay and south bay and look at the mid-to-upper 90s inland, tonight, it will cool off nicely back in the 50s with cloud cover more likely and my seven-day outlook, gradual cooling all the way through monday. >> it is workout wednesday and our gold medalist moms and our trainers are helping us get in shape. >> and is it the cruelest rule in sports? one false start and you're out of the olympics. athletes facing that reality straight ahead.
now, from abc 7 news. >> good morning to you. we are tracking developing news right now out of southern california. the wild fire has blown up to 30,000 acres. it's forced 82,000 people out of their homes. the fire is burning through heavy brush right now in san bernardino county. a red flag condition is in effect until 9:00 tonight. and that means hot, dry, breezy conditions there. let's get an update on your morning commute here with alexis smith. >> unfortunately, we do have a new sig alert. this is a problem i told you about a couple hours ago. this is in sunnyvale. northbound 35 started out as a pothole. now it sounds like it's a big break in the road there, and the two right lanes are blocked. they're hoping to have those repairs done and those lanes
we're back up on the roof, where i'm already seeing a few breaks in the cloud cover. i think we'll have faster sunshine today. but most of us still in the 50s and 60s. a quick look at your planner for today. our hottest day of the week. my accuweather seven-day forecast, a slow cooling trend all the way through the weekend.
>> thank you so much. we're going to have another update in about 30 minutes and you can join us weekdays, 4:30 workout wednesday is under way olympics edition this time. we have our gold medalist moms. the trainer there leading the charge. >> they're ready to go. >> their legs have to be tired. you can join in on our facebook page. moves for your arms and legs. >> i love hearing from people they watch us on the treadmill when they're working out so envious. >> ahead in the day for us. >> it is. one of the toughest rules in rio, the false start policy. one quick move and you could be out of the olympic games for good. >> t.j. is taking a closer look at the athletes jumping the gun and saying good-bye to the gold. so harsh after years of training. >> yeah, years and really we're
talking about a lifetime of training for some of these athletes. you get ready, you finally have the olympic moment. you're getting to the starting blocks and you scratch your nose and all of a sudden your olympic dreams are over. come on, folks. this rule, we know that just ain't right. did you see that? look again as 21-year-old wilhelm belocian, frenchman, jumps the gun in monday night's 110 hurdles race. in just milliseconds his olympic dreams are shattered. >> he is out of the olympic games. that's got to be an awful feeling. >> reporter: he's not alone. on sunday a potential finalist in the 100-meter dash against usain bolt also was knocked out after a false start. and, yes, the fastest man on the planet he's not even immune. usain bolt disqualified after this false start at the 2011 world track and field championships. >> i believe usain bolt false started.
>> reporter: call it the one and done rule that took effect in 2010 to keep relatively slower runners from intentionally jumping the gun to throw off the competition. before that they were at least given a warning. it's a rule long known to swimming. this spanish swimmer headed to the locker room last week but in a twist of humanity the ref gave him a second chance. that was not the case for this double disqualification in sydney in 2000. leaving just one man in the pool to swim the race all by himself. >> i've never seen anything like this at the olympic games before. >> what do you do? it's a rule now, guys and, you know, i just talked to shaunae miller a second ago. she's still sitting here with me and asked her about it. you sprinters, you like this rule? she gave me a death stare like are you crazy? >> she still is. >> they have to do it within the rules. >> i bet she did. she's still giving you i look like really.
let's bring in jessica mendoza back with us and played softball on two olympic teams. you agree with it. >> absolutely not. i think the biggest reason, one of the reasons they gave when they first started in 2010 actually was for television an the fact that because of a lot of the false starts it was lengthening the amount of time and to me i think you think about usain bolt as we saw disqualified in 2011 at the world championships, that to me is just not the reason why this rule was first set in place and i just -- i don't like -- when you think about an athlete trained for four years and one moment -- >> or longer than that. >> t.j. brings up a good point, though. they say part of the rule is what it does to the other athletes at the starting line, but you firmly believe they should not be disqualified. >> well, one of the reasons you're disqualified in the olympic games and as an olympic athlete it's because you're cheating. you know, that's the whole idea so whether you're doping, positive drug test and when you think about this, if you're a fraction of a second late you lose so you have to push that envelope but it's not cheating.
it's just you competing and now you're done. >> so there's probably changes they can make and modify it probably. >> it starts with the athletes. as much as media and we can talk about how much we don't like it, i know as an athlete you have to band together, talk to your federations and make it an issue. that's where the olympic games and why they create these rules and if they want it reversed it has to begin with athletes who get disqualified. >> i love when they left softball in. >> 2020. i'll put back on my shoes. >> because it's workout wednesday, right? >> yes, yes. >> yeah. >> i'm going to be talking about it. but ginger is already there outside. ginger. >> i am out here. i totally took my shoes off. look at this. this ground, i took them off because we're on this soft olympic ground. i feel like i could be simone biles right now. probably not even close. how about we say good morning. >> all: good morning. >> look at these folks having a good time. still sticky out here. the dew point a little lower.
look what came through with the storms or after them, warwick, new york, a double rainbow from our very own robert and north carolina, still has the heat advisories. storms coming through later this afternoon and through the overnight hours. >> good morning, i am meteorologist mike nicco. check out the day planner, nearly 60 at coast and 80s and 90s from noon to 4:00 inland. my seven-day outlook shows this is as warm >> this weather brought to you by starbucks and we have a programming announcement. the hit show "60 days in" about innocent people discovering life behind bar, well, it's returning for an explosive new season. you can get the behind-the-scenes look tonight on "nightline" right here on abc and see the premiere tomorrow night on a&e. >> if you can't stay up that late, dvr it. a man dropping more than 300
pounds by taking walks to walmart shedding the weight and getting back his life. mara schiavocampo went one-on-one with him. >> a transformation you will not believe. they call him impossible pat and accomplished the near impossible. he was tipping the skills at 600 pounds when his doctor told him he may die in his sleep. he decided to change his life going from 53% body fat to 10% body fat and now he's training to be a body builder. how did he do it all? well, it started with one walk to walmart. >> walmart? >> reporter: ever since he was little he was known as the big kid. >> pat steaks. >> reporter: at 28 he weighed in at a shocking 605 pounds. already prediabetic his doctors told him he was in serious danger. >> he said, you know, it's possible that you might die. it really hit home.
>> reporter: that's when pat went home, looked at himself in the mirror and took this photo. >> my stomach was down to my thighs. my chest was hanging down here. i was disgusted. >> reporter: and so his journey started by throwing out all the food in his house, deciding that every time he was hungry he would walk one mile to the closest walmart and one mile home to eat his meal. doing this for a year and a half. losing a whopping 200 pounds. >> you walk to walmart three types a day and you ended up walking six miles, it was amazing because i've never walked six mys in my life and i was doing it every day. >> saying good-bye to junk food, fast food and soda and hello to clean eating. >> basically was vegetables, meat and clean carbs. >> reporter: carbs such as sweet potatoes, brown rice, quinoa and teal cut oatmeal and learning along the way that he'd never be able to eat certain foods again. >> once i figured out dairy was
my downfall i took it out of my diet and instanted started losing weight again. >> reporter: from that to workouts at the gym inclined on the treadmill pushing the sled, lifting weights and now he can do it all. >> 600 pounds, i couldn't even go to a gym. i didn't fit on machines. >> reporter: from fat pat to possible pat. 330 pounds lighter. not only changing his own life but encouraging his 1-year-old son as well. >> set an example for my son so he can come up and be possible pat too. good job! >> this story makes me so happy. amazing. pat has undergone the final step in his transformation, just this week he had surgery to remove about 30 pounds of excess skin. he had really been looking forward to that at home recovering and feeling good of the we hope he's watching. congratulations on everything you've achieved. >> pat is jacked. not only setting the bar for the
rest of us but by watching what he eats. >> this is one day of what pat was eating before when he was more than 600 pounds. >> one day. >> the snugs here. >> 100 chicken nuggets. we have a shake, we have a huge meatball sandwich, doughnuts, candy, a whole bag of cereal. lots of soda and the dairy he mentioned. this is what pat is eating today. this is about 11,000 calories. this is 2200. all fresh whole foods, nothing processed really setting a great example. >> combining what he's eating with also the exercise. simple walks to walmart. now have to pull off a simple walk to dr. ashton and lose a few calories. joined now by our contributor dr. jen ashton board certified in east beastie medicine. i made the walk. anyway, this is just incredible. you heard that he watched what he ate. how much of that is crucial to losing any kind of weight? >> a large part of it in the nutrition world we call this the
energy balance. it's the calories we put in. it's not just about what we're eating but how much and i'm going to break some news here, david. you know what the best diet is that data has shown? >> best? >> the one that works for you. he found what works for him. my prescription here, portion control. so important. we saw it there. it's important for everyone. >> the first instinct is to just hit the gym hard. we see the olympic athletes out in times square for us but so much has to do with food first, watching what you eat then the gym. >> absolutely, but, look, what we do in the gym, how we move is important for not just how we feel but what people see on the outside. the institute of medicine recommends to lose weight, 60 minutes of moderate intensity exercise a day. for men you want to drop your caloric by about 500 calories a day, for women it's about 400 calories a day. my prescription for fitness. mix it up. lift weights and do cardio and want to work in the interval. >> make it interesting. >> the other thing too, this complex, obesity, you can't just think of it as food or exercise.
there's much more there. >> this pyramid is what we're using in the world of obesity, behind the diet and fitness talk about fda approved weight loss medications. there are numerous ones that are on the market. you can lose between 3 and 10% of your body weight but to be clear, there can be side effects. they can be expensive. my prescription is try to see a physician who is board certified in obesity medicine to see if it's an option. >> pat is getting surgery after the fact that remove the excess skin. what about surgery going in. >> we have over 20 years of data on bariatric surgery. it can be life saving. it is not a quick fix. my prescription, if you tried all of these and you're still obese, go see a bariatric surgeon. see if you may be a candidate. >> if you're overwhelmed look at pat and that story. isn't it incredible. >> i love this story. coming up -- thanks, dr. jen ashton. we showed you a weight loss win. next the workout win. our gold medal moms showing us their best moves to stay in shape.
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wednesday. we're getting into olympic shape, "self" magazine fitness editor emily abbate is going to be leading our "gma" livestream on facebook and our website and we have two gold medalist moms going to show us their best moves. you have two little girls. you have two little boys. your olympic career is behind you but you kept in shape. tell us how. >> i crave the intense workout but without it putting so much stress on my body. that's something where i'm glad i retired but. >> i don't crave that intensity but i'm doing the heavy lifting as a stay -at-home mom and constantly getting up and kept me in decent shape. >> your children are beautiful. you should see them. >> jess, softball, what do you do? >> arm, whether you're thinking rowing, softball, swimming, arms are so important but incorporating the whole body, the olympic throwdown. so you get into a squat, you're going to bring it to your chest and get it overhead and throw it down.
pick it back up. chest and you repeat but the throwdown, robin, incorporates the entire body along with it. >> you want to get the entire body in on it. with gymnasts we see so many aspects of their body thaw want to work. start with what part. >> the legs, i mean, we are doing a lot on the vault and we need how to jump so lunge and kick is a modification, lunge and kick. if you want to add more intensity, lunge and kick jump. now, always good to have a table or chair next to you for balance. you see i'm even falling. how about for the core? a lot don't want to work the core. >> here's a basic move gymnasts, a hollow hold. it looks easy and it's not very easy, but i like to add intensity by holding my little daughters overhead and adds modification, armsover our chest or slightly bend your knees. only hold it for 30 seconds. gymnasts will hold it for five minutes. >> i try not to be marilyn
monroe out here. emily, where are you, emily. hi, how are you? >> hey. emily abbate with a great body is emily. a lot of people who watch us say, hey, this is great. they're former olympians and can do these great moves. how can you modify it with people with back problems. >> we always say and encourage our readers, form is king. the last thing we want you to do is get into a high volume of moves without making sure you have the right form. if you have back problems, feel free to modify, something as simple as the push-up, instead of going in, plank and put the knees down, you get benefit without the unnecessary stress on your back. super important. >> i do that type of push-up. you know, at first i thought oh, boy, i'm wimping out. you still get the workout in and it is easier on the back. other suggestions you have for people who want to start a workout routine. >> you know, what's important is that you're finding something
that works for you. you want to have fun with it. if you are not having fun you won't stick with it. if running is not your thing you won't stick with it. try doing pilates, going to a barre class. it's total great and wonderful. >> i'll see you for yoga at noon today. you can join our livestream and we'll be right back. let's get to it. keep doing it. yes.
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now, from abc 7 news. >> good morning. meteorologist mike nico is tracking our hot bay area forecast. hey, mike. >> hey, natasha. hi, everybody. feels great right now. 50s and 60s on the board. even a 70 in antioch. our hottest day, not too bad in san francisco. 66. but 98 in antioch. all right, that's it. let's get back to average. it will happen this weekend. hi, alexis. >> good morning, mike. we do still have the sig alert in the sunnyvale area. a lot of red for the south bay. take a look at this. this is the problem on northbound 85 just past fremont avenue. a very large pothole, just one lane getting by. as we zoom out, take a look at that backup. you're all the way to highway 17. 280 feeling the effects of that as well. >> thank you, alexis. it's time now for "live with
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