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Bolt looking to limit races against Yohan Blake

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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.

Watch NBC Sports’ Alpine skiing World Cup preview video

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NBC Sports will air coverage of 87 Alpine skiing races at 22 resorts across the globe this fall and winter, from October through March, in the final full season before the 2018 Olympics.

Highlights include fall and winter stops in the U.S. with races in Killington, Vt.; Beaver Creek, Colo.; Squaw Valley, Calif.; and the World Cup Finals in Aspen, Colo., in March.

Lindsey Vonn‘s highlighted World Cup stop will be downhill and super-G races in Lake Louise, Canada, the first weekend of December.

The world championships in February will be in St. Moritz, Switzerland, where Ted Ligety and Mikaela Shiffrin will look to defend titles.


Skier goes airborne in World Cup opener (video)

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Canadian skier Phil Brown was fortunate to walk away from an airborne crash at the World Cup season opener in Soelden, Austria, on Sunday.

Brown failed to finish his first run, losing contact with the snow early on and falling hard onto his side.

He tweeted a video of the crash, with slow-motion replays, with a soundtrack of Irish singer Enya‘s “Only Time.”

The World Cup season continues with men’s and women’s slaloms in Levi, Finland, in three weeks.

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