Oscar Pistorius is full of Monday surprises.
First the South African sprinter hinted at a framework for the rest of his running career (and beyond), saying he’ll likely run one more Olympic cycle and then begin working with African landmine victims.
Second: he’ll be racing a horse Wednesday.
“I have never even thought of doing something like this,” Pistorius told reporters Monday. “This concept was brought up six months ago… And you know the Arabian horse is an iconic thing of the region. It is just a very special kind of thing to do. I think it is going to be an amazing spectacle.”
The Paralympic gold medalist will face-off against the horse, aptly named Run Like the Wind, in Doha as part of the “Definitely Able” campaign that highlights the accomplishments of people with disabilities.
Pistorius laughed when he was asked what his chances were against the horse.
“I am not sure. We will have a good race. I am going to do great deal of stretching. I will make sure I have enough proteins in my system. We’ll see what happens. “
Canada beat the U.S. for the 39th time in 43 games in World Hockey Championship history, 5-1 in the biggest rout between the two rivals since 1997 in their Worlds opener in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Friday.
NHL players Brad Marchand, Taylor Hall, Matt Duchene, Brendan Gallagher and Boone Jenner scored for Canada, which came back from a 1-0 deficit.
The U.S. had New Jersey Devils backup Keith Kincaid in goal. Canada started Edmonton Oilers No. 1 Cam Talbot, who allowed a first-period goal to Patrick Maroon.
The U.S., bronze-medal winner in 2013 and 2015, and reigning World champion Canada are in the same eight-team group at Worlds.
The top four teams in each group advance to the quarterfinals that begin May 19.
The U.S. next plays Belarus on Saturday. Full NBC Sports broadcast coverage information of Worlds is here.
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Lindsey Vonn continued her offseason tour by sailing with Oracle Team USA, winner of the last two America’s Cups, in the Hudson River in New York City on Thursday.
That came one day after Vonn joined Tom Brady, Jordan Spieth and Vanilla Ice at an Under Armour party in Baltimore.
Vonn is next expected to hit Louisville for this weekend’s Kentucky Derby.
NBC Sports will present live coverage of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series from New York at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday (NBC Sports Live Extra) and Sunday (NBCSN, Live Extra).
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