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.
GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Bjorn Krupp’s journey started at the Duluth IceForum in suburban Atlanta.
Brooks Macek piled up the points in Bantam hockey in Winnipeg, Manitoba, for the Notre Dame Hounds.
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Now they’re in the Olympic gold-medal game for Germany, having advanced further than the teams from their home countries. The U.S.-born Krupp and Canadian-born Macek have German fathers and now call Germany home with no apologies for beating or scoring against the countries of their birth.
When Macek scored a go-ahead power-play goal in what turned out to be a remarkable upset semifinal win against Canada, he pumped his fist and never felt conflicted about beating a team with the Maple Leafs on its jerseys.
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GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — They forged bonds from Riga to Cologne and in Moscow and St. Petersburg.
It’s all led Germany and the Russians to a David versus Goliath Olympic gold-medal game Sunday. Even though the Russians were favorites all along and expected to win gold in a tournament without NHL stars and Germany was a longshot to even reach the semifinals after not qualifying in Sochi, these two teams are more similar than they are different.
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Their familiarity and continuity is the biggest reason they’re facing off in the final.
Germany’s core group has been together through the Olympic qualification tournament and world championships and has played the same system for the past three years under coach Marco Sturm. The Russians’ 25-man roster is made up of 15 players from SKA St. Petersburg and eight from CSKA Moscow, the two best teams in the Kontinental Hockey League.
“That’s a big key to our success,” Germany defenseman Christian Ehrhoff said Saturday. “We were very familiar with each other. … (The Russians also) should be really familiar because almost everybody plays on the same teams in Russia.”
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