The universe’s greatest athlete, gold medal American decathlete Ashton Eaton, humbled himself this weekend and gave some normal humans a look at his training regiment at a gym in Falls Church, Va.
Dozens joined the free session at a recently opened 24 Hour Fitness as Eaton put them through the same 45-minute workout he used to train for London; one he barely made it through himself Saturday after taking a break from his training rigor post Olympics.
“The Olympics was so stressful,” Eaton told Patch.com. “During and before I was so nervous. It’s not that I didn’t want to be there, but once I got going I was alright.”
Eaton broke the decathlon record at the U.S. Trials in Oregon and became the twelfth American to win the title of “world’s greatest athlete” with his gold in London. U.S. teammate Trey Hardee finished with silver.
Eaton is only 24 now and hopes to become the first American to defend his title since Robert Matthias did it in 1948 and ’52. Of course, Matthias was only 17-years-old when he won his first title – also in London – so Eaton will need a time machine if he wants to really impress us.
Fenway Park will host some of the world’s best freeskiers in the one-of-a-kind Big Air at Fenway, live on NBC Sports Live Extra on Friday night.
Big air skiers will descend from a ramp that’s four times higher than the Green Monster inside the hallowed Boston Red Sox home.
Ski big air is most like slopestyle of the current Olympic disciplines, except skiers get one jump per run.
WATCH LIVE: Big Air at Fenway — 8:30 p.m. ET
On Thursday, Canadian Max Parrot and American Julia Marino won the snowboard big air competitions at Fenway Park.
Big Air at Fenway coverage will conclude with an NBC show on Saturday at 5 p.m. ET.
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In an homage to the Lillehammer 1994 Winter Olympics, Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway lit the Lillehammer Youth Winter Olympic cauldron to cap the Opening Ceremony on Friday night.
The princess’ father, Crown Prince Haakon, lit the 1994 Olympic cauldron in a very similar fashion (video here). Princess Ingrid Alexandra was born in 2004.
The Opening Ceremony, held outdoors at a ski jump (same venue as 1994) in sub-freezing temperatures, included a speech from International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach.
“I’m just a little bit too old to compete in the YOG,” Bach said, urging listeners to use the hashtag #IloveYOG during the nine-day Winter Games.
The ceremony included Olympic legends, such as 2010 figure skating gold medalist Yuna Kim and eight-time Olympic cross-country champion Bjorn Daehlie carrying the Olympic flag.
Marit Bjoergen, a 10-time Olympic medalist cross-country skier, handed the Olympic flame to the princess.
NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra will air coverage of the Opening Ceremony on Saturday at 12:30 a.m. ET, plus daily coverage throughout the Winter Games. A full broadcast schedule is here.
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