The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) reinstated windsurfing into the Olympics program Saturday, overturning a vote from earlier this year that kicked the sailing discipline out of the Games in exchange for increasingly popular sport of kite boarding.
Meanwhile, the rug was pulled from underneath the kite boarding community, including billionaire mogul Richard Branson, who wrote that the reinstatement of wind surfing is a sad day for his favorite sport.
“Their original decision was the right one and a brave one,” Branson wrote. “Although my own feeling is that there is room for both sports in the Olympics. If they had to drop anything it should have been one of the less exciting sailing races, which really don’t capture the public’s imagination.
‘Kitesurfing is one of the greatest spectator sports around, pitting man against the elements. After a magnificent summer, it leaves the Olympics the poorer for this decision.”
Windsurfing had been knocked out of the Olympics by a 19-to-17 majority during an ISAF council vote during back in May, but Spain, as well as a few other countries, claimed that “language difficulties” and confusion led to them accidentally voting in favor of kite boarding.
British silver medal windsurfer, Nick Dempsey, who dubbed the May vote a “massive mistake,” “short-sighted” and even called kite boarding too dangerous for the Olympics couldn’t be more thrilled. He tweeted “Windsurfing is back!!!!! No kiteboarding in Rio. This is the right decision……”
He that hath the steerage of my course, direct my sail!
It has been 300 days since Jim Craig first announced he would sell a bundle of his “Miracle on Ice” memorabilia, including his gold medal, for $5.7 million.
They didn’t sell last year. So he took most of the items in the original bundle and is splitting them up in an auction that runs though June 17.
On Tuesday, Craig said he had no thoughts about keeping the most precious items in the 10 months in between sales.
“We wanted to sell an entire collection to a person that would have the financial means to be able to display it, hopefully that everybody would be able to come and enjoy it like they have the last 35 years,” Craig said. “It’s a lot better than being tucked in a closet.”
There are a few items from the original bundle that Craig decided not to auction this time around — a 1980 Sports Illustrated Sportsmen of the Year trophy, two watches that he gave to his kids and an Olympic ring.
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Christie Rampone, the 40-year-old captain of the 2015 U.S. Women’s World Cup team, has yet to return to full fitness after December knee surgery and pulled out of a U.S. camp ahead of two pre-Olympic friendlies in June.
Her bid for a fifth Olympics, and to become the oldest U.S. Olympic soccer player of all time, is in danger.
The camp begins Friday. The friendlies against rival Japan (which failed to qualify for Rio) are June 2 and June 5.
“I don’t feel 100 percent healthy enough to train and compete at that level,” Rampone said in a press release Tuesday. “I’ve been able to manage myself and contribute to Sky Blue [her club team] this season, which I will continue to do, but I also have an understanding of the level of fitness and health needed to push for an Olympic roster spot, and I know I’m not there right now. It’s not the right choice for myself or the team to put myself in that environment.”
Rampone, a defender, hasn’t played for the U.S. since her December arthroscopic knee surgery. At the 2015 Women’s World Cup, she played a total of 14 minutes.
The U.S. national team is currently without nine players from the 23-player World Cup team, though some are expected back for the Olympics, but only one of the missing other than Rampone is a defender (the retired Lori Chalupny).
The U.S. Olympic women’s soccer team for London was named in May 2012, but the Rio roster of 18 players is expected to be announced by early July.
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