World record Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt has finally confirmed that he’ll race at the London Grand Prix in July at the Olympic Stadium, where last year he became the first man ever to win the 100m and 200m double at consecutive Games.
“I’m looking forward to coming back to the UK, especially with it being a year since winning three golds in the Olympic Stadium,” Bolt said. “The crowd were amazing at the Games and I hope they will be out again… I haven’t competed at the London Diamond League since 2009, but it has always been a great meet with lots of Jamaican support. It almost feels like running at home.”
The reason Bolt hadn’t raced in London since 2009, save for the Olympics, was because he’s typically forced to pay taxes on his appearance fees (now $300,000 per event) and endorsements. But now they’ve created an exemption specifically for “non-resident athletes” to bring back the talent.
All-told, the London field will include 29 Olympic medalists, 12 world champions, and four world record holders. Besides Bolt, familiar faces will include Brits Mo Farah, Jessica Ennis, and Greg Rutherford, as well as Sally Pearson of Australia, Carmelita Jeter of the U.S., and Kirani James of Grenada.
After two and a half weeks of brilliant sport, the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics will officially close.
NBCOlympics.com: How to watch the Closing Ceremony
The Winter Olympics have born witness to some truly remarkable events, from Ester Ledecka winning two gold medals in two different sports to Team USA’s improbable curling run.
Jessie Diggins, who won the U.S.’s first cross-country Olympic gold with teammate Kikkan Randall, will be the flag bearer for the United States.
Join Terry Gannon, Tara Lipinski, and Johnny Weir as they host the Closing Ceremony on TV and online at primetime.
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History was made in PyeongChang in all sorts of ways, but the U.S. figure skaters put their name in the books at these Winter Games.
Here’s a look at all the ways figure skaters from Team USA pushed the sport forward in 2018.
Nathan Chen is the first skater to hit five clean quads in a free skate at the Olympics
Nathan Chen was disappointed in his short program, where he took a few unexpected tumbles. With medal contention seeming out of the picture, Chen was able to freely skate without pressure.
Despite missing his first quad attempt, Chen nailed the subsequent five to move all the way up to fifth place.
Mirai Nagasu is the first U.S. woman to do a triple Axel at the Olympics
It was this moment that really put the Americans in medal contention for the team event. A move rarely done by any competitors at all, Nagasu laid it all on the line and perfectly executed her triple Axel.
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