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.
Simone Biles hasn’t qualified for the Olympics yet, but she’s already getting her own cereal box.
The three-time reigning World all-around champion was among five Team USA athletes announced as part of Kellogg’s pre-Rio campaign this week.
As part of it, Biles is on the cover of limited-edition Special K Red Berries and Corn Flakes cereal boxes released in June.
Biles is next expected to compete in the Secret U.S. Classic in Hartford, Conn., on June 4 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Live Extra.
After that comes the P&G Championships (June 24-26, St. Louis) and the U.S. Olympic Trials (July 8-10, San Jose), both on NBC Sports.
A full U.S. Olympic Trials schedule for all sports is available here.
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Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir are used to performing in front of packed arenas, but they had never encountered anything like the Sambadrome.
NBC’s figure skating analysts visited Rio de Janeiro in February to taste the Olympic city ahead of the first Games in South America for “1st Look.”
They sampled cuisine and night life, played footvolley on one of the city’s famous beaches and took part in the famed Carnival.
They danced in costumes atop a float in front of some 100,000 people during the annual festival.
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