The U.S. Senate approved a resolution last week in an effort to convince the IOC it should keep wrestling in the Games when its members vote on which of eight prospective sports will get the lone spot available on the 2020 Olympics schedule.
“The call for wrestling to remain in the Olympics is growing increasingly louder,” Ohio democrat Sherrod Brown told the Washington Times. “The sport has meant so much to so many Ohioans – teaching discipline, strength, and a fierce competitiveness both in athletics and in life.”
The resolution was sponsored by Brown, who met with former Olympians at the Ohio Regional Training center last week. Not surprisingly, it has plenty of support from both sides of the aisle, including being co-sponsored by democrats Al Franken, Bob Casey Jr., Tom Harkin, and Carl Levin, and republicans Chuck Grassley, James Inhofe, Lisa Murkowski, and Roy Blunt.
Ohio rep Jim Jordan, a champion wrestler in college, is proposing a similar resolution in the House.
With a pair of extremely progressive tricks, Austria’s Anna Gasser has become the first-ever Olympic champion in women’s snowboard big air.
Gasser landed all three of her jumps in the big air final, but it was the last one — a cab double cork 1080 — that knocked Jamie Anderson out of the top spot and gave Gasser the win.
Anderson ended up with a silver medal. It’s her second medal of these Olympics and the third medal of her career.
New Zealand’s Zoi Sadowski-Synnott took bronze.
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Austria’s Marcel Hirscher, the reigning world champion and 2014 Olympic silver medalist, missed a gate and skied out in his opening slalom run at the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Bode Miller, NBC’s Alpine skiing analyst and a six-time Olympic medalist, called Hirscher’s mistake “one of the biggest upsets in this Games.”
Slalom features two runs. The times are added together, and the fastest total time determines the winner.
The second run is scheduled for 11:30 p.m. ET. Watch live by clicking here.