Exciting news: gold medal swimmer Tyler Clary, who once claimed he worked harder than genetic freak Michael Phelps, found a new way to remain our least favorite U.S. Olympian this week when he turned down the President and First Lady’s invitation to join them and the rest of Team USA at the White House Friday morning. Instead, he’ll be playing around with race cars in Fontana, Calif., according to TMZ.
The London 200m backstroke champ is apparently looking ahead to a career beyond swimming and has hopes of becoming a professional driver on either the NASCAR or IndyCar circuit. Rumors are he’s attracted suitors and he’ll be test driving cars around the track for a few days, and then he’ll stick around to catch the MAVTV 500 IndyCar event Saturday.
Guess we can’t really be mad at the guy for making a career decision, but we live in a world where you don’t say no to the President. We’d almost understand if he did it because of his belief in Mitt Romney’s platform, but regardless, you probably can’t drive 200mph around the track every day, so it’s an opportunity one shouldn’t pass up. Just know that Phelps can probably do it better with way less effort involved.
The U.S. Olympic marathon trials will air live for the first time, on NBC and NBC Sports Live Extra on Saturday from 1-4 p.m. ET.
The top three finishers in each of the men’s and women’s races in Los Angeles will become the first members of the 2016 U.S. Olympic track and field team.
The men’s race (1:06 p.m. ET) includes 2012 Olympic trials winner Meb Keflezighi hoping to become the oldest U.S. Olympic runner ever, Olympic 10,000m silver medalist Galen Rupp in his 26.2-mile debut and three-time Olympian Dathan Ritzenhein, who was fourth at the 2012 trials in Houston.
The women’s race (1:22 p.m. ET) includes all three 2012 Olympic marathon team members — Shalane Flanagan, Desi Linden and Kara Goucher. Plus, Amy Hastings Cragg, who was fourth at trials four years ago.
Tom Hammond hosts coverage, joined by Craig Masback, Tim Hutchings, Lewis Johnson and Carrie Tollefson.
Olympic Marathon Trials Previews: Men | Women
Usain Bolt has not expressed much of a desire to go into coaching in retirement, but he plays the role in a commercial published Tuesday.
The six-time Olympic champion sprinter acted in a one-minute spot for the South African telecommunications company Telkom.
At one point in the commercial, Bolt wears headphones with the number “9.58” on one side, referencing his 100m world record.
It’s unknown when Bolt will compete for the first time in 2016, but when healthy he usually does smaller races in Jamaica in the late winter before ramping up in the spring and summer outdoor season.
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