Michael Phelps is taking this golf thing seriously.
After signing up for help from Tiger Woods’ old coach Hank Haney as part of a golf channel reality TV show, and then appearing in the celebrity Ryder Cup last week with Justin Timberlake and idol Michael Jordan, Phelps will now head to Scotland to play in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship alongside fellow Olympian Oscar Pistorius.
“I am a big golf fan and love the game,” the South African sprinter, who plays an 18-handicap, said. “When the invitation came to play, not even a holiday was going to stop me.”
British Olympians (and sirs) Matthew Pinsent and Steve Redgrave, two rowing legends, will also be playing in the Pro-Am tournament, as well as defending Open champ Ernie Els, and rockers Bon Jovi and Huey Lewis for good measure. The men will play the Old Course at St Andrews, the Championship Course at Carnoustie, and at Kingsbarns Golf Links with a prize pool of $5 million.
SCHEDULE UPDATE: Vonn will will return for the final women’s downhill training run on Monday at 9 p.m. ET. LIVE STREAM
Look closely at Lindsey Vonn.
When NBC cameras zoom in on the two-time Olympic medalist, viewers will notice that she wrote a couple of messages on her uniform in permanent marker.
On the thumb of her right glove, Vonn has the word “believe” in Greek. It mirrors a tattoo she has on the inside of a finger.
“Signifying my last Olympics [in 2018] and just need to believe in myself,” Vonn said to NBC’s Nick Zaccardi.
On her helmet, Vonn has the initials “D.K.” and a heart. It is meant to honor her late grandfather, Don Kildow.
Kildow, who served in the Korean War from 1952-54, died on Nov. 1. Watch to learn more about Vonn’s special relationship with her grandparents:
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — At the bottom of the Olympic aerials landing hill, where crashes are common and the term “slap back” is part of the everyday lingo, skiers spend almost as much time figuring out how to protect their heads as they do working on all those flips and spins.
“We learn how to fall,” U.S. jumper Jon Lillis said.
Elsewhere around the action-sports venue, that’s not so much the case.
Concussion dangers lurk everywhere — from the iced-over deck of the halfpipe, to the steeply pitched landings on the slopestyle course, to the careening twists and turns of the snowboard cross track, to the aerials course, where “slap back” is the term for when a skier’s head slaps backward against the snow. But at the Olympics, there are no hard-and-fast rules regarding who diagnoses head injuries, and no hard-and-fast protocol that athletes must clear to be allowed back on the slopes after a concussion.
“A bit concerning,” says neurologist Kevin Weber of the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center. “Because you worry that athletes in other sports that may not be as popular as football are getting, I wouldn’t say ignored, but the concussions they’re getting are under-scrutinized.”
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