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 first four U.S. Olympic archers for Rio are known, while Khatuna Lorig will learn in three weeks if she makes her sixth Olympic team.
A full men’s team of 2012 Olympic team silver medalists Brady Ellison and Jake Kaminski and first-time Olympian Zach Garrett earned their spots at the U.S. Olympic Trials that ended Monday.
Mackenzie Brown clinched her first Olympic berth by winning the women’s trials Monday.
The U.S. can send two more women to Rio if it qualifies a full team at a World Cup event in Turkey in three weeks. Those two women would be Hye Youn Park and Lorig.
Lorig, 42, is best known for teaching archery to Jennifer Lawrence before “The Hunger Games.” Lorig also competed in the 1992 Olympics for the Unified Team, the 1996 and 2000 Games for Georgia and the 2008 and 2012 Olympics for the U.S.
Lorig earned team bronze at Barcelona 1992 and finished fifth and fourth individually at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.
The U.S. Olympic team alternates are Daniel McLaughlin and La Nola Pritchard.
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Co-Olympic super-G bronze medalist Jan Hudec was granted a request by Alpine Canada to represent the Czech Republic next season after being left off Canada’s national team.
Hudec, 34, wasn’t eligible for Canada’s national team after racing once in 2015-16 due to the latest of his many knee surgeries, according to Alpine Canada.
“It is important to know that we continued to work with Jan after the team selection was announced, and let him know that we were more then willing to find accommodation that would enable him to return to the team,” Alpine Canada said in a press release. “However, at this stage of Jan’s career, he is making a decision that can best meet his desire to fulfill and lead a different way of life, that reaches beyond ski racing.”
The International Ski Federation must still grant Hudec’s request. Hudec was born in the Czech Republic.
At the Sochi Olympics, Hudec shared bronze with Bode Miller in the super-G. He is also the 2007 World Championships downhill silver medalist and a two-time winner of World Cup races.
The 2016-17 Alpine skiing World Cup season is expected to begin in Soelden, Austria, in late October.
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