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.
Olympic triathlon champion Gwen Jorgensen is pregnant and will not compete this year.
“Just kind of take this year a little bit easier,” Jorgensen said in a video posted on Facebook on Thursday.
The baby is due Aug. 3, according to Jorgensen’s social media.
Jorgensen, 30, became the first U.S. Olympic triathlon champion in Rio after going in as the heavy favorite. She has said for months that she planned to take time off to have a baby before returning to defend her Olympic title at Tokyo 2020.
Swiss Nicola Spirig, the 2012 Olympic gold medalist and 2016 silver medalist, is reportedly expecting a child in May.
In Jorgensen and Spirig’s absences, the top triathletes going into the season are defending world champion Flora Duffy of Bermuda, U.S. Olympians Katie Zaferes and Sarah True and Britons Vicky Holland and Helen Jenkins.
Jorgensen’s last competition was the New York City Marathon on Nov. 6, when she finished 14th in her first running race longer than 10 miles.
The World Triathlon Series kicks off in Abu Dhabi the first weekend of March.
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The PyeongChang Winter Olympics, the first Winter Games in South Korea, are a little more than one year away.
A number of U.S. stars are establishing themselves in this winter sports season as medal contenders.
NBC Sports takes a look at some of those names to watch, as the U.S. looks to return to the top of the medal standings.
Russia earned the most medals at home in Sochi in 2014 with 33 medals, with the U.S. coming in second with 28. Those standings could change if Russian results are stripped due to its ongoing doping scandal.
The U.S. has never topped the total medal standings at a Winter Olympics outside of North America. It led the way at Lake Placid 1932 and Vancouver 2010.
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