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. “
Fenway Park will host some of the world’s best freeskiers in the one-of-a-kind Big Air at Fenway, live on NBC Sports Live Extra on Friday night.
Big air skiers will descend from a ramp that’s four times higher than the Green Monster inside the hallowed Boston Red Sox home.
Ski big air is most like slopestyle of the current Olympic disciplines, except skiers get one jump per run.
WATCH LIVE: Big Air at Fenway — 8:30 p.m. ET
On Thursday, Canadian Max Parrot and American Julia Marino won the snowboard big air competitions at Fenway Park.
Big Air at Fenway coverage will conclude with an NBC show on Saturday at 5 p.m. ET.
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In an homage to the Lillehammer 1994 Winter Olympics, Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway lit the Lillehammer Youth Winter Olympic cauldron to cap the Opening Ceremony on Friday night.
The princess’ father, Crown Prince Haakon, lit the 1994 Olympic cauldron in a very similar fashion (video here). Princess Ingrid Alexandra was born in 2004.
The Opening Ceremony, held outdoors at a ski jump (same venue as 1994) in sub-freezing temperatures, included a speech from International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach.
“I’m just a little bit too old to compete in the YOG,” Bach said, urging listeners to use the hashtag #IloveYOG during the nine-day Winter Games.
The ceremony included Olympic legends, such as 2010 figure skating gold medalist Yuna Kim and eight-time Olympic cross-country champion Bjorn Daehlie carrying the Olympic flag.
Marit Bjoergen, a 10-time Olympic medalist cross-country skier, handed the Olympic flame to the princess.
NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra will air coverage of the Opening Ceremony on Saturday at 12:30 a.m. ET, plus daily coverage throughout the Winter Games. A full broadcast schedule is here.
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