It’s been almost a year since David Boudia won his somewhat surprising 10m platform gold in London, but the two-time Olympic medalist said he’s ready to get back in the water at the AT&T USA Diving Grand Prix this weekend. Well, not entirely ready.
“I’m probably at sixty-percent, but I’m okay with that,” Boudia confessed to Purdue Sports.
“I’m not looking to go in there and sweep away everything in the competition, but I’m going in there like the Olympic Games: to just go in, dive how I’ve prepared, and hopefully walk away with some learning experience again.”
Boudia, who admitted he was a bit nervous about returning to competition, hasn’t really been far from the pool during his layoff. Instead, he’s been helping the celebrities of ABC’s Splash become pro divers in their own right.
“It was cool to see what the celebrities did in the ten weeks they had to prepare. It shows how brutal this sport is, how hard it is, and that not everyone can just get up there and go and look like an Olympian.”
Boudia said he’s using the Florida meet as a tuneup for the USA Diving World Championships Trials in Tallahassee next week, as he aims to earn a spot at worlds in Barcelona this summer. If he qualifies, it’s expected to be his only other event on the calendar in 2013.
Check out the full interview here:
Basketball reporter Craig Sager will miss the Rio Games as he returns to a cancer center to continue his battle against acute myeloid leukemia, NBC announced in a statement Thursday.
Sager was set to cover his fifth straight Olympics for NBC, but instead needs to undergo a third bone marrow transplant at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. He resumed receiving chemotherapy on Wednesday, according to the Houston Chronicle, with the goal being to force the disease into remission so the transplant can be performed next month.
“We’ve known since February we would have to have the third transplant,” Sager told the Chronicle. “We tried to delay it until after the Olympics, but (the disease) is very aggressive, and there is a sense of urgency to do it now.”
Sager was diagnosed in 2014, went into remission after a bone marrow transplant, was told the cancer came back in March 2015, underwent a second transplant last year, and then found out in February he was no longer in remission.
“My body isn’t getting stronger, so they want to do it while I’m strong enough,” Sager said. “Third transplants are kind of rare, so hopefully we will get it done and I’ll be ready in time for (NBA) opening night.”
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NBC Olympics, Facebook and Instagram will team up to provide video highlights and interviews on social media daily during the Rio Olympics.
An on-site “Social Command Center” in Rio will capture Facebook Live content, including interviews with athletes and NBC Olympics commentators.
A daily two-minute recap video will be produced for Facebook, while Instagram will have a daily slow-motion video around an inspiring moment.
Instagram will also feature NBC Olympics commentators and athletes on its own account, @instagram, along with highlights of NBC videos through its Search & Explore video channels.
More on the NBC Olympics, Facebook and Instagram partnerships is here.
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