After finishing out of the medals in London, turning 30, dealing with injuries, and only being added to the Jamaican Invitational after Usain Bolt pulled out with a hamstring strain, it’s safe to say Tyson Gay was an afterthought at the premiere track event in Kingston over the weekend.
But history’s second fastest man proved he still has a lot in the tank by coming back from a poor start to win the 100m crown in a 2013 world best time of 9.86 seconds. Jamaican Nesta Carter finished second and American Darvis Patton finished third.
“I’m getting back to full fitness, but I am being very patient with it,” Gay said. “I am feeling good, the best I have been in a long while, and I am looking forward to Moscow and will give it all I’ve got.”
Gay won golds in the 100m, 200m, and 4x100m relay at the 2007 world championships in Osaka (in a pre-Bolt world), but wasn’t able to capture his first Olympic medal until London, when he and the American relay team finished second behind the world record pace of Bolt and the Jamaicans.
May be naive to say, but Jamaica gives us a lot of hope for Gay’s performance at Worlds this summer.
The 2018 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, the final competition to determine the Pyeongchang Olympic team, will be in San Jose, California, at the SAP Center, concluding Jan. 7.
It appears to be the earliest the U.S. Figure Skating Championships will end in an Olympic year in at least 50 years.
The competition will be broadcast live on NBC and streamed live on Icenetwork.com.
San Jose previously hosted the U.S. Championships in 1996 and 2012, but it has never hosted in an Olympic year.
Sochi Olympian Polina Edmunds is from San Jose and figures to receive a boost of crowd support. Edmunds, 18, begins classes at nearby Santa Clara University next month.
The January 2017 U.S. Championships will be in Kansas City. The international figure skating season starts next month, with Skate America kicking off the Grand Prix season in October.
Recent Nationals host cities in Olympic years were Boston in 2014 and Spokane, Washington, in 2010.
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Olympic coaches don’t receive gold medals. Fiji Olympic men’s rugby coach Ben Ryan may have gotten something better anyway.
Ryan’s reward for guiding Fiji to its first Olympic medal in any sport — gold in rugby sevens’ Olympic debut — included three acres of land in Fiji and a new name, Ratu Peni Raiyani Latianara, according to Fijian reports.
Ryan, a London native, is stepping down as coach of the Fijian team. The 44-year-old coached the team for three years after leading the England national sevens team for six years.
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