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.
NBC Sports will air coverage of 87 Alpine skiing races at 22 resorts across the globe this fall and winter, from October through March, in the final full season before the 2018 Olympics.
Highlights include fall and winter stops in the U.S. with races in Killington, Vt.; Beaver Creek, Colo.; Squaw Valley, Calif.; and the World Cup Finals in Aspen, Colo., in March.
Lindsey Vonn‘s highlighted World Cup stop will be downhill and super-G races in Lake Louise, Canada, the first weekend of December.
The world championships in February will be in St. Moritz, Switzerland, where Ted Ligety and Mikaela Shiffrin will look to defend titles.
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Canadian skier Phil Brown was fortunate to walk away from an airborne crash at the World Cup season opener in Soelden, Austria, on Sunday.
Brown failed to finish his first run, losing contact with the snow early on and falling hard onto his side.
He tweeted a video of the crash, with slow-motion replays, with a soundtrack of Irish singer Enya‘s “Only Time.”
The World Cup season continues with men’s and women’s slaloms in Levi, Finland, in three weeks.
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