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British discus champ says no to NFL

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British discus champ Lawrence Okoye, who finished 12th in London, says he’s turned down offers from NFL teams so he can pursue his dream of winning gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

“I’ve succeeded at everything I’ve done in life. I can’t leave the sport having not done what I came in it to do,” Okoye told the Mirror. “I see myself being world record holder and Olympic and world champion. It’s just going to take a bit of time. I think another year and I’ll be ready.”

Okoye is a 6-foot-6 nearly 300 pounds beast (all muscle) who reminds us of Arizona Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell. The terrifying fact is that, at only 20, the British track star might still have a growth spurt left in him.

But while Okoye could field the same offers from NFL teams in five years — he’s committed to track through the London world championships in 2017 — he’ll also look into playing pro rugby, as well as attending law school at Oxford. For now, though, he feels he has some “unfinished business.”

“Inexperience cost me,” Okoye said. “But that motivates me going forward towards Rio in 2016.”

Michael Phelps, Katie Ledecky big winners at Team USA Awards

Michael Phelps, Katie Ledecky
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Swimmers Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky were named the Male and Female Athletes of the Olympic Games at the Team USA Awards, which took place Wednesday evening at Georgetown University’s McDonough Arena in Washington, D.C.

Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, claimed six medals in Rio to increase his Olympic medal total to 28.

Ledecky broke two world records on her way to winning four golds and one silver in Rio.

Other winners included:

Team of the Olympic Games: Final Five (women’s gymnastics)

Female Athlete of the Paralympic Games: Tatyana McFadden (track and field)

Male Athlete of the Paralympic Games: Brad Snyder (swimming)

Team of the Paralympic Games: Women’s sitting volleyball

The show will air on NBCSN on Oct. 4 from 10-11 p.m. ET.

MORE: Best photos from red carpet of the Team USA Awards

Best photos from red carpet of the Team USA Awards

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Swimmers Allison Schmitt and Elizabeth Beisel hosted the Team USA Awards Red Carpet Show live on Facebook from Washington, D.C. on Wednesday.

The show will air on NBCSN on Oct. 4 from 10-11 p.m. ET.

In the meantime, here are photos from the red carpet:

400 free gold medalists 🏅 #teamusaindc @usaswimming @kledecky

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