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June 03, 2002
You'd have to imagine that the World's Fastest Man wouldn't have problems catching women. So what was Maurice Greene doing on a recent episode of Blind Date? "I watch the show all the time," says the 100-meter world-record holder. "They were looking for some athletes to be on it and they asked me. I thought it would be fun." Greene went through the same procedures as any other contestant, including doing a video interview in which he revealed his dating preferences. ("Likes: Good butts. Dislikes: Bad breath.") The sprinter ended up getting paired with Christi, 24, who had no idea who her companion was. ("You probably won some gold medal or something," said Christi upon learning that Greene had competed in the Sydney Games. Responded Greene, "Actually, I did.") Highlights of their encounter included the couple getting a cheerleading lesson from the USC pep squad and Greene giving Christi a foot massage during dinner. "There was nothing difficult about it at all," says Greene of his Blind experience. "The toughest part was going up to the door in the beginning because I didn't know what she'd look like. But she was cute." Greene and Christi ended the evening by agreeing to go out on a second (off-camera) date. Looks like once again, Greene got off to a fast start.
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You'd have to imagine that the World's Fastest Man wouldn't have problems catching women. So what was Maurice Greene doing on a recent episode of Blind Date? "I watch the show all the time," says the 100-meter world-record holder. "They were looking for some athletes to be on it and they asked me. I thought it would be fun." Greene went through the same procedures as any other contestant, including doing a video interview in which he revealed his dating preferences. ("Likes: Good butts. Dislikes: Bad breath.") The sprinter ended up getting paired with Christi, 24, who had no idea who her companion was. ("You probably won some gold medal or something," said Christi upon learning that Greene had competed in the Sydney Games. Responded Greene, "Actually, I did.") Highlights of their encounter included the couple getting a cheerleading lesson from the USC pep squad and Greene giving Christi a foot massage during dinner. "There was nothing difficult about it at all," says Greene of his Blind experience. "The toughest part was going up to the door in the beginning because I didn't know what she'd look like. But she was cute." Greene and Christi ended the evening by agreeing to go out on a second (off-camera) date. Looks like once again, Greene got off to a fast start.

?The world's highest-paid athlete can't build his dream house. Formula 1 driver Michael Schumacher last week scrapped plans to construct a sprawling estate in Wolfhalden, Switzerland. Schumacher—who has an annual income of $50 million—had been set to build an 11,800-square-foot luxury home complete with gym, pool and riding stables on 42 wooded acres in Wolfhalden. The German driver, who lives with his family just east of Geneva in the French-speaking area of Switzerland, wanted to move to the German-speaking quarter of the country. However, environmental groups, including the Foundation for the Protection of Swiss Landscapes, challenged the project, claiming that Schumacher's estate would have stood partly on land zoned for agricultural use. "It was a difficult decision to give up [the house]," says Schumacher's lawyer, Peter Munch, "but a long legal process would have been unbearable."

?He's broken down wide receivers' crossing patterns, and he's seen Lawrence Taylor naked. So it makes perfect sense that CBS football analyst Phil Simms will host the 51st Miss Universe pageant from San Juan on Wednesday, doesn't it? "What qualifications do you need for this?" says Simms, who was tapped by CBS's brass for the pageant. "I've hosted TV shows, I've done live TV, I've worked without scripts. I'm just going to go down there and wing it. Besides, how long do you think I'll be on camera to begin with?" At least one person is excited that the former Giants quarterback got the gig—his wife, Diana. "She hasn't traveled on the road once to do an NFL game, but she's going to go to this one," says Simms, who adds that he isn't worried about not getting recognized by the beauty event contestants. "First off, they know nothing about American football. Besides, kids in the U.S. don't even know who I am. If anything, they tell me, 'Hey, I saw you on Hollywood Squares! That's me—the Hollywood Squares guy."

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