The normally humble and subdued Jamaican track team apparently got a little full of themselves after taking the top two spots in the men’s 100m, and then sweeping the 200m just for fun.
Yohan Blake, who finished second in both races to compatriot Usain Bolt, said that he sees Jamaica’s dominance in the sport continuing, not kidding, “Until the day we all leave the earth,” while speaking at a Kingston news conference.
Unfortunately for the United States, Blake probably isn’t too far off, a fact that he says frustrates the American team, who are less than chummy with their friends from the small Caribbean island nation.
“We don’t really have a relationship,” Blake told reporters. “We say ‘hi’ and ‘bye’, because they hated us, they totally hated us because of our exploits and because we can run and we can have fun and because of our dominance.”
Blake set a personal best during the 100m in London, winning silver and finishing in 9.75 seconds, and then shaved another 0.6 seconds off that time a few weeks later at a Diamond League meet in Switzerland. He believes he’ll be the man to beat come Rio.
“It’s going to be really hard for anybody who comes up against me,” he said. “Because I’ll be stronger and I’ll be much fitter and much faster.”
The long, long wait is over.
Team USA ended their 42-year Olympic medal drought in cross-country skiing Wednesday and they made American cross-country history in the process.
Jessie Diggins and Kikkan Randall became the first American cross-country skiers to capture a gold medal by winning the women’s team sprint at the Alpensia Cross-Country Centre in PyeongChang, South Korea. Sweden captured silver and Norway took home bronze.
Diggins and Randall are the first American women to win an Olympic medal and join Bill Koch as the only American cross-country skiers to earn an Olympic medal.
The Americans advanced to the finals courtesy of their first place finish in the semifinals, beating Sweden and OAR in the process.
Diggins out-sprinted both the gold and silver medalists of the individual sprint (Stina Nilsson and Maiken Falla, respectively) in the final stretch to take the gold.
Gold: Kikkan Randall and Jessie Diggins (USA)
Silver: Charlotte Kalla and Stina Nilsson (SWE)
Bronze: Marit Bjoergen and Maiken Falla (NOR)
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Petr Loukal scored the lone shootout goal as the Czech Republic defeated the United States and advance to the medal round.
Jan Kolar and Tomas Kundratek scored in regulation, while Pavel Francouz made 18 saves and stopped all five shootout attempts.
Ryan Donato scored his tournament-leading fifth goal, and Jim Slater added a shorthanded goal as the Olympics come to an end for the United States.