Phew, we were concerned Usain Bolt might be getting boring there for a second.
Earlier this week the Jamaican sprinter, who holds world records in the only three events he runs, said he’d probably just attempt a repeat of his Beijing and London gold medal performances in the 100m, 200m, and 4x100m relay instead of trying anything new. Now it sounds like he’s changed his mind.
“It’s just to find something else now to strive towards,” Bolt told reporters in Tokyo. “There’s a few things I’ve thought about. I could try another event. Maybe the long jump or the 400 meter.”
He also discussed playing soccer and referred to himself as a legend at least twice.
Bolt had success in the 400m on the youth and junior circuits, and still holds the sixth fastest under-18 time, but decided to focus on the shorter events for the Olympics. His personal best of 45.28, set in 2007, wouldn’t have even got him in the London final, which Greneda’s Kirani James won with a world record 43.94.
As far as the long jump goes, world record holding American Mike Powell, who jumped 8.95m in 1991, said after the 2009 world championships that he thinks Bolt could be the first man to break 9.00m (nearly 30 feet) because the event is perfectly suited for his speed and height. Hopefully we’ll find out if that’s true in Rio.
Steve Langton, who was described by driver Steven Holcomb as the “best push athlete in the world,” announced his retirement today.
A collegiate sprinter and jumper at Northeastern University, Langton decided to try bobsledding after watching the 2006 Winter Olympics. He filled out an online athlete resume, and, by the 2010 Games, he was an Olympian.
At the Sochi 2014 Games, Langton teamed with Holcomb to win a bronze medal in the two-man race. It was the first Olympic medal in the event by American sled since 1952. He claimed another bronze medal as a member of Holcomb’s four-man “Night Train.”
“In Sochi I competed on the world’s biggest stage, I won two medals for my country and I did so along not only the best teammates but best friends anyone could ever ask for,” Langton told USA Bobsled.
Langton, who has a 62-inch standing box jump and can squat more than 500 pounds, was described by Men’s Health as “the most powerful winter Olympian” in the lead-up to 2014 Games.
“[Langton’s] work ethic and discipline rubbed off on the other athletes and made everyone better,” said USA Bobsled & Skeleton Chief Executive Officer Darrin Steele. “I have no doubt that he’ll find success in the next chapter of his life as well.”
Langton appeared on “The Amazing Race” in 2015 with his girlfriend, Aly Dudek, an Olympic short track speedskater.
None of the push athletes on the current U.S. roster have Olympic experience. Holcomb will compete in the World Cup opener this Saturday with Sam McGuffie, a former University of Michigan football player. The race will be McGuffie’s World Cup debut.