Canadian women’s soccer captain Christine Sinclair has been suspended four games and fined $3,500 by FIFA for showing “unsporting behavior towards match officials” following an exciting 4-3 extra-time loss to Team USA in the Olympics semifinals.
Sinclair scored all three goals for Canada and had her team up 3-2 in the 80th minute when an official awarded America a penalty kick because Canadian goalkeeper Erin McLeod held the ball too long. Abby Wambach scored the penalty to tie and Alex Morgan headed in the winner during the 123rd minute.
After the match, Sinclair was publicly critical of the official, saying “it’s a shame in a game like that that was so important, the ref decided the result before it started.” But neither Sinclair nor the team have been told exactly what the reason for the suspension is and won’t comment until they do.
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.