Good to know America is still the land of opportunity.
Andy Murray followed up his gold medal performance in London by becoming the first Brit since Fred Perry won the U.S. in 1936 to capture a tennis major. The Scotsman beat Serbian star Novak Djokovic in a five-set, five-hour marathon Monday at the U.S. Open in Flushing, N.Y.
“Relief is probably the best word I would use to describe how I’m feeling just now,” Murray said after the match. “You do think: Is it ever going to happen? I think everybody’s in kind of shock.”
Murray also became the second player not named Federer, Nadal, or Djokovic to win a Grand slam tournament in the last seven years, joining only London bronze medalist Juan Martin del Potro, who won the U.S. Open in 2009.
This was the third straight finals appearance (including Wimbledon and the Olympics) for the 25-year-old, who slid past 2010 U.S. champ, Rafael Nadal, to take his spot as the third ranked player in the world. Countrymen Sean Connery looked on proudly from the stands, then probably challenged Murray to a match.
U.S. 800m runner Nick Symmonds‘ right shoulder is apparently twice as valuable as his left shoulder.
The two-time Olympian auctioned ad space on his body for a second straight Olympic summer, with the final bid at $21,800 for nine square inches on his right shoulder in an Ebay auction that ended Thursday afternoon.
In 2012, Symmonds auctioned the same nine inches on his left shoulder for $11,100 to Hanson Dodge Creative, a marketing agency based in Milwaukee. Here’s what that temporary tattoo looked like.
The top bidder from this year’s auction, after 107 bids, has not yet been named.
Symmonds’ temporary tattoo was not visible during the 2012 Olympics or 2012 Olympic Trials, as rules mandate the advertisement is taped over in those events plus other IAAF competitions.
Symmonds, 32, finished fifth at the 2012 Olympics and second at the 2013 World Championships.
He was left off the 2015 World Championships roster, after winning the national title, after refusing to sign a USA Track and Field contract that required athletes to wear Nike-branded Team USA gear at team functions at Worlds.
Symmonds’ apparel sponsor has been Brooks since January 2014. He was previously a Nike-sponsored Oregon Track Club member for seven years.
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Karch Kiraly will continue as U.S. women’s volleyball team head coach through the 2020 Olympics, agreeing to a four-year contract renewal.
“It’s been a tremendous honor to lead this special group of intelligent, powerful, hard-working, dedicated women, and the great staff that supports them — and it’s a double honor to prepare for battle at the Rio Olympics, knowing we’ll have the opportunity to carry that work forward in the next quadrennial,” Kiraly said in a press release.
Kiraly, the only U.S. volleyball player to earn indoor and beach Olympic titles, took over after serving on Hugh McCutcheon‘s staff from 2009 through the 2012 Olympics, where the U.S. women took silver behind Brazil.
Kiraly then led the U.S. women to their first World or Olympic title in 2014. They are ranked No. 1 in the world ahead of China and Brazil.
The program has gone 50 years with zero Olympic golds and broke a 62-year World Championship drought in 2014.
Kiraly, 55, is set to become the first coach of multiple U.S. Olympic women’s volleyball teams since Terry Liskevych from 1988 through 1996.
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