American short-track speedskater Apolo Anton Ohno’s racing career is apparently over as of Wednesday. And while you’ll still see him at the Sochi Games next February, it will be with a mic in his hand as a correspondent for NBC.
“I think it’s pretty sure at this point [that a comeback is] not going to be,” Ohno told Sports Illustrated’s Nick Zaccardi. “It was always in the back of my head. I just didn’t want to rule it out. I’ve been very blessed, had such an amazing career, overcome a lot of obstacles in my life. It’s time to try some different opportunities.”
Ohno ends his career as America’s most decorated Winter Olympian after winning eight medals between Salt Lake, Torino, and Vancouver, including two golds. He’s also taken home eight world championship titles since 2001.
But the allure of TV has been too much for Ohno, who won Dancing with the Stars in 2007 and competed again this past year before being eliminated in week nine. He’s also starred in the SyFy film Tasmanian Devils, and recently shot a daytime version of NBC’s “Minute to Win It” for the Game Show Network.
Two Americans will go from the Rio Olympic track next month to the New York City Marathon on Nov. 6.
Kim Conley, who made her second Olympic 5000m team earlier this month, will debut in the marathon less than three months after her event final in Rio. The full American field for the race is here.
Conley joins fellow two-time Olympian Molly Huddle in making a 26.2-mile debut in New York. Huddle announced her entry June 9, following a trend of recent great U.S. distance runners, and one month later won the Olympic Trials 10,000m.
The New York field will also include Dathan Ritzenhein, a 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympian who failed to make the Rio team. Ritzenhein was the fastest American at the 2015 Boston Marathon in seventh place (2:11:20) but dropped out of the Olympic Trials marathon on Feb. 13 around mile 20.
Sara Hall, the wife of the retired Ryan Hall (fastest American marathoner of all time), will make her New York City Marathon debut on Nov. 6 as well. Sara Hall was the top American at the London Marathon on April 24 in 12th place.
More Rio Olympians could still be added to the New York City Marathon field.
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The Brazil men’s basketball team may be down two of its top four scorers from the 2012 Olympics.
Golden State Warriors big man Anderson Varejao is likely to be withdrawn from the Rio roster (named last week) due to a back injury, according to ESPN.com.
Varejao’s absence would further deplete Brazil in the frontcourt. The team is already without Atlanta Hawks big man Tiago Splitter, who underwent NBA season-ending hip surgery in February.
Splitter and Varejao were the third- and fourth-leading scorers on Brazil’s 2012 Olympic team that was eliminated in the quarterfinals after not qualifying for the Games in 2000, 2004 and 2008.
The Rio roster includes four other NBA players — Leandro Barbosa, Marcelo Huertas, Nenê and Raul Neto.
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