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Is Darts worthy of the Olympics?

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Before London, I would have scoffed at the idea of darts as an Olympic sport, but after spending each morning waking, ironing, and dressing to the popular world sport on the BBC, I’m now all for it.

Apparently so is former British Olympic Association director Sir Clive Woodward.

“Darts is definitely an Olympic sport. Look at the fans, TV coverage, audience and real skill under pressure,” Woodward tweeted during the world championships on Tuesday.

“You’d have a good atmosphere, it’d be exciting to watch,” eventual winner Phil Taylor told the BBC after capturing his sixteenth world title. “If we got in there, I’d be chuffed to bits. I don’t think it’ll be in my lifetime but you never know.”

Since it will still be pretty difficult to convince people that squash is worthy of the Olympic stamp, despite having what we assuming was the best pitch, we’re guessing that darts is a long-shot. Still, you can’t help but wonder if the Olympics could use some chubby 50-year-olds to mix things up.

Michael Phelps, Katie Ledecky big winners at Team USA Awards

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Swimmers Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky were named the Male and Female Athletes of the Olympic Games at the Team USA Awards, which took place Wednesday evening at Georgetown University’s McDonough Arena in Washington, D.C.

Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, claimed six medals in Rio to increase his Olympic medal total to 28.

Ledecky broke two world records on her way to winning four golds and one silver in Rio.

Other winners included:

Team of the Olympic Games: Final Five (women’s gymnastics)

Female Athlete of the Paralympic Games: Tatyana McFadden (track and field)

Male Athlete of the Paralympic Games: Brad Snyder (swimming)

Team of the Paralympic Games: Women’s sitting volleyball

The show will air on NBCSN on Oct. 4 from 10-11 p.m. ET.

MORE: Best photos from red carpet of the Team USA Awards

Best photos from red carpet of the Team USA Awards

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Swimmers Allison Schmitt and Elizabeth Beisel hosted the Team USA Awards Red Carpet Show live on Facebook from Washington, D.C. on Wednesday.

The show will air on NBCSN on Oct. 4 from 10-11 p.m. ET.

In the meantime, here are photos from the red carpet:

400 free gold medalists 🏅 #teamusaindc @usaswimming @kledecky

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