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Strip Scribbles: Gordon Ramsay completes Ironman Triathlon in Hawaii

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Chef Gordon Ramsay and retired NFL star Hines Ward go over their bikes before the start of the 2013 Go Pro Ironman World Championship Triathlon in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013.

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Chef Gordon Ramsay and retired NFL star Hines Ward go over their bikes before the start of the 2013 Go Pro Ironman World Championship Triathlon in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. Launch slideshow »

2013 Ironman World Championship Triathlon in Hawaii

Fiery star chef Gordon Ramsay intends to have the word “Ironman” tattooed on his body when he next arrives in Las Vegas. He wants the artwork to be a permanent reminder of his successful completion of Saturday’s Ironman World Championship Triathlon in Hawaii, a 2.4-mile ocean swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.2-mile marathon in the hot sun on a windy course on the Big Island.

Gordon was one of 1,900 athletes who were selected from the 80,000 applications to compete in what’s described as “one of sport's most hellish endurance events.” He had never qualified for it before.

His official time was 14:04:48. Despite a slow speed of 20 minutes per mile in the marathon, he cracked the 112-mile bike segment in just six hours, 35 minutes and the 2.4-mile swim in one hour, 20 minutes. Competitors dropped out, and many finished by midnight after starting at 7 a.m.

Professional athlete Frederik Van Lierde of Belguim won with a time of 8:12:29. “Dancing With the Stars” champion and retired Pittsburgh Steelers great Hines Ward clocked in at 13:08:15.

The now much thinner 46-year-old Scottish chef — who has restaurants here at Caesars Palace, Planet Hollywood and Paris — used Twitter to tell supporters “it’s done” as he crossed the finish line. The “Master Chef” judge was saddened in his victory celebration to learn of the tragic death in Chicago of his “Master Chef” Season 3 winner Josh Marks. You can watch Gordon’s amazing achievement on NBC on Nov. 16.

'Crazy Girls' 25th Anniversary: Oct. 1-3, 2012

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TOPLESS GIFT: Two of Riviera’s “Crazy Girls” topless temptresses will deliver a check for $2,500 on Friday to the charity Safe Nest at the 30th Annual Domestic Violence Awareness Luncheon at the Rio. Originally, to celebrate the start of their 26th anniversary, the dancers wanted to donate a portion of the ticket sales to a cancer charity, but it rejected the gift, saying that it didn’t want an adult cabaret’s financial support.

TV TIDBITS: Las Vegas soul singer Barry Black starts on his quest for fame and fortune on NBC’s “The Voice” tonight. Barry, a Samoan, will have Adam Levine of Maroon 5 as his mentor.

Showtime’s “Gigolos” filmed here will start shooting Season 5 shortly to air next spring. Congratulations on the renewal to sexy studs Nick Hawk, Vin Armani, Brace Land, Ash Armand and Bradley Lords.

Tattooed chef and DJ Steve Martorano got the go-ahead to film his new reality TV series here as his new Mediterranean restaurant opens at Paris. Steve, who runs Cafe Martorano at the Rio, now has five restaurants, and the series will deal with the heartache and headaches of ensuring that all five are up to his high standards of Mama’s Philadelphia meals.

Magician Murray Sawchuck will appear on this week’s “What Not to Wear” as the Learning Channel wraps its multiyear run. Then, Murray hosts the first anniversary of the Neon Boneyard with “Walking Dead” memorabilia at its Boneyard Bash for Halloween.

Jennifer Lopez at Mandalay Bay Events Center

Jennifer Lopez performs at Mandalay Bay Events Center on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012. Launch slideshow »

Dancers on the Jennifer Lopez world tour have Nuvo TV cameras focused on them for its new reality TV series, “A Step Away,” which features Las Vegas darling Tera Perez, J.Lo’s stand-in dance captain.

CHANGING HOMES: Leggy Leigh Zimmerman and husband former Foreigner guitarist Domenick Allen have relocated from Summerlin to London, where they have launched their own duets show in the West End. They say this second return to Britain is a permanent move, but they will still keep their Las Vegas home so that Domenick can fulfill his “Vinyl Classic Rock Experience” shows with Denny Laine.

Leigh won an Olivier Award during her recent run in “A Chorus Line” there, which prompted a slew of offers in the British capital. “It’s as permanent as permanent can be in our business,” Domenick said in an email to me over the weekend. They lived there for seven years starting in 2002, when she starred onstage in “The Producers.”

TONIGHT’S TIPS

Learn everything about the future and what’s being developed in downtown from former Mayor Oscar Goodman and Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh in a documentary airing on PBS Channel 10.

Hip-hop DJ Carnage spins the wheels of steel at Marquee in the Cosmopolitan.

Check out the unique photo look at Nevada in the Cody Brothers exhibition at the Springs Preserve titled “Nevada Reflections: The Silver State in Black and White.”

Shania Twain: ‘Still the One’ Opening Night

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TOMORROW’S TEASE

AEG entertainment chief John Meglen reviews the Las Vegas show landscape and talks about his superstar artists Celine Dion, Sir Elton John and Rod Stewart as Shania Twain resumes her residency at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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Follow Sun A&E Senior Editor Don Chareunsy on Twitter at Twitter.com/VDLXEditorDon.

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