How did Diana Lopez, the 38-year-old Founder and Co-Owner of BodyHoops LLC, become such a hooping talent? Spending one to three hours a day in the spin probably has something to do with it. Lopez is dedicated and from picking up her first hoop in the summer of 2000, she’s become one of the most noteworthy names in Hoopville. It’s time we found out more about the Ojai, California, resident and you can hear about her journey of healing as we interview Diana Lopez, our Hooper of the Week.
Is it the end of an era? Ariel Meadow Stallings, author of Offbeat Bride and a co-founder and driving force behind Hooping.org, who resigned from the publication a year ago, now claims she has retired from hooping. She explains, “Dre and I were in Iowa for Thanksgiving visiting his mom this weekend, and at one point hula hooping came up. For the first time ever, I described myself as a ‘retired hooper.’ My hoops have been roped to the top of our car for three months and I haven’t missed them a bit. Not even once. There was some disappointment at the announcement, but I countered that for godsake, I only have so much time for so many side projects and hobbies — as I add news ones of course I have to cycle through the old ones.” Enjoy your new ones Ariel. You’ve inspired many hoopers. Hooping will most definitely miss you. Electrolicious.com
Actress Hayden Panettiere who plays indestructible cheerleader Claire Bennet on the NBC television series Heroes has been named GQ magazine’s Obsession of the Year. She told GQ, “You can’t schedule rehab for me. And I don’t think you can schedule any DUIs. I think I’m going to be one of those boring girls. I get into trouble on my own time, when nobody’s looking. Not bad trouble, though – good trouble.” Good trouble includes posing in the magazine’s upcoming issue in sexy underwear with a hoola hoop – and a recent dolphin-saving mission that led to a warrant for her arrest in Japan. Fox News
British skier Chemmy Alcott, pictured, is convinced that hooping and juggling will help her achieve her goal of Olympic medal success. Anna Thompson writes for BBC Sport, “She is ready to put it to the test with the opening race of the World Cup season, a giant slalom in Soelden, Austria, on Saturday.” Alcott said, “I thought I was doing everything an elite athlete can do but Sir Clive broadened my horizons, mentioned there were other things I could do to become the best and he told me to look outside the box.” Hooping has helped Alcott improve the responses between her brain and her feet. “It has benefited me massively,” she said. “It’s like skiing in colour now as opposed to black and white!” BBC Sport