Following in the footsteps of Lolo Jones (and the many that came before her) Australian hurdling world champ Jana Pittman is hopping in a bobsled and aiming for the Sochi Winter Games.
“It’s a very different sport,” Pittman told the local media at her workout Wednesday. “I have the physical attributes, it’s just now whether I can put it together in the split second we take off.”
She’ll join two-time Olympian Astrid Radjenovic in Australia’s two-woman sled.
“Astrid is only a tenth, two-tenths of a second off the leaders. So she has been looking for someone with a lot of speed and power for a while,” Pittman said. “If we can train well, I am committed to it 100 percent. Hopefully we can become top six at the Olympics.”
Pittman was the 400m hurdles world champ in 2003 and 2007, but injuries kept her from both the Beijing and London Olympics. Much like Jones, who never made an Olympic podium, Pittman has been heartbroken by her failures, but is excited by the new sport.
PARIS (AP) — The sport of boules has launched a bid to be included in the 2024 Olympics.
The Bowls Sports World Confederation, which is recognized by the International Olympic Committee, is campaigning on behalf of three disciplines: the French petanque, the Boule Lyonnaise and the Raffa, a version of the game popular in Italy.
According to the international world games association, about 20 million people regularly play boules in France and Italy, and more than 2 million players are licensed in 150 other countries.
Under new IOC rules, Olympic host cities can propose the addition of one or more sports to their games. Paris and Rome are among the five cities bidding for the 2024 Games, along with Los Angeles, Budapest and Hamburg.
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South Korean Olympic gymnast Shin Soo-ji made a triumphant return to the mound over the weekend and outdid her acrobatic 2013 first pitch.
Shin, who finished 12th in rhythmic gymnastics at Beijing 2008, added another gymnastics move to her wind-up before tossing a little bit high.
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