No one’s sure if gold medalist Apolo Anton Ohno is prepping for a run at Sochi, including the short track skater himself, but the clock is ticking and everyone on the team is waiting to hear an answer from America’s most decorated winter Olympian.
“I’ve not made an official decision either way,” Ohno told the AP. “I very much love the sport…
“Physically, I feel like I can make a decision very quickly, but it’s more about gaining the experience back and getting the rust out of your skates,”
National coach Guy Thibault thinks that Ohno is physically conditioned to join the team – mostly from all the dancing with people of note that he’s been doing – but that he’ll need some more time on the ice to fully prepare.
“It’s interesting to see how he feels about it” Thibault added. “He doesn’t say ‘no,’ doesn’t say ‘yes.'”
But no matter what Ohno decides, he says he’ll definitely be in Sochi, either as a skater or a TV correspondent for NBC Sports. Although we’re pretty sure we know which way his competitors would vote.
Brad Snyder, who took home three swimming gold medals from the Rio Paralympic Games, threw the ceremonial first pitch at the Baltimore Orioles game on Sunday.
Snyder, who lost his vision while serving in the U.S. Navy in Afghanistan by stepping on an improvised explosive device, is a native of Baltimore.
He pitched alongside fellow Paralympic swimmer McKenzie Coan, who also claimed three gold medals in Rio.
The Orioles honored two more Paralympians, track and field sisters Hannah and Tatyana McFadden, before Saturday’s game.
Tatyana won six medals in Rio, which tied her with swimmer Jessica Long for the most for a U.S. athlete.
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The gymnasium at Winslow Township (N.J.) High School was renamed Jordan Burroughs Gymnasium on Saturday in honor of the 2012 Olympic wrestling champion.
“I just want people to recognize it’s possible,” Burroughs said to the Courier-Post. “It takes focus, dedication and really, discipline, to get to this high level of success. But like, I did it. From here. These same teachers, these same facilities, this same community. It’s possible. I want people to recognize that.”
Burroughs was a state champion in 2006 at Winslow Township High School. Six years later, he claimed an Olympic gold medal in the men’s freestyle wrestling 74kg division.
In Rio, he lost his quarterfinal match to Russia’s Aniuar Geduev, who went on to earn the silver medal. After the match, an emotional Burroughs referred to the loss as the “hardest day of my life.”
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