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.”
Pyeongchang Olympic organizers published a promotional video Friday highlighting the South Korean host’s venues and its slogan, “Passion. Connected.”
The video highlights South Korea’s history of hosting major sports events — the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, the 2002 FIFA World Cup across Japan and South Korea and the 2011 World Track and Field Championships in Daegu — which was also a point during its host city candidacy several years ago.
Pyeongchang finally earned the right to host the Olympics after finishing second in voting for the 2010 Winter Games (losing by three votes) and the 2014 Winter Games (losing by four votes).
The Opening Ceremony on Feb. 9, 2018, will mark the first Winter Games in East Asia in 20 years.
The slogan was announced on May 16, 2015.
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Mack Horton, the Olympic 400m freestyle champion, said he had a mole on his chest removed after a fan emailed his Australian swim team doctor alerting to get it checked out.
Horton said he believed the concerned fan may have been a skin specialist, according to the (Melbourne) Herald Sun.
“I’ve been watching this mole for a little while, Mack should probably go and get it checked out,” Horton said the fan said in an email to the doctor, according to the report. “They just looked at it [Thursday] and said let’s take it out now.
“They checked my whole body and then looked at this one and said we’d rather do it sooner rather than later.”
Horton joked on Australian TV that he probably owes the fan a free swim lesson.
“Sometimes I was blasé and sometimes I’d see it in the mirror and say, ‘I probably should get this one checked out,’ because I had noticed it had been changing a little bit, but I guess this person calling me out on it made me finally go and do it, which was a good thing,” Horton said, according to the newspaper.
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