World record sprinter Usain Bolt seemed concerned about his age – all of 26 – this weekend in Barcelona when he picked up his award for IAAF world athlete of the year, so he says he’ll run as fast and as smooth as he can now, instead of waiting to break the world record on the Olympics stage in Rio.
He’s also decided to limit his races against compatriot Yohan Blake, who beat Bolt in the 100m and 200m races at the Jamaican nationals, but finished with silver in both at the Olympics.
“When we get two races a season it’s much more exciting for everyone to come and see us,” Bolt said at a press conference. “I don’t think we should run more than once or twice a year. I don’t think I should put my body through too much stress.”
Bolt’s also ruled out out running the 400m in 2013 to avoid injuries, though we’re hoping he can ignore that instinct for an exhibition race against Kenyan 800m gold medalist and friend David Rudisha.
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.