German 1976 Olympic fencing gold medalist, and, maybe more importantly, IOC vice president Thomas Bach announced Thursday that he’ll run for the organizations’s presidency when Jacques Rogge’s term ends in September.
“From my first training sessions as a young boy through to becoming Olympic champion in Montreal to my current tasks as [German Olympic Sports Confederation] president, I have dedicated a large part of my life to Olympic sports,” Bach told reporters in Frankfurt Thursday.
“Thanks to the wide-ranging assignments I was privileged to have in the Olympic movement, I am humbly aware of the magnitude of the task of an IOC President.”
Bach, 59, a lawyer by trade, joined the IOC in 1991 and has held various positions before being named to the executive committee. He’s considered powerful and well liked, he speaks a number of different languages, and, we’ll mention again, he won an Olympic gold in fencing. Pretty solid resume.
“I have gained a wealth of management and leadership experience in national and international sports, economics, politics, law, and society. This is why I feel well prepared. I am honored that over recent months many colleagues in the IOC and the German sports community have supported me in this view.”
Bach is expected to go up again fellow IOC VP Ser Miang of Singapore, IOC Finance Commission chair Richard Carrion of Puerto Rico, and IIHF president Rene Fasel of Switzerland, among others.
Usain Bolt wants you to get into the Christmas spirit.
A video published on Bolt’s social media Wednesday morning shows a two-minute music video starring Bolt, with an entourage including backup singers. It’s titled, “Gold. Gold. Gold. Platinum.”
Though Bolt is mouthing words, unfortunately a different voice is speaking melodious lyrics such as this:
“I see the holiday lights in the sky
They shine so bright, so bright, I just want to cry
My spirit’s lifted so way up high
I feel so gifted, I feel so gifted
Because I’m run, run, running
I’m running for Christmas
And I’m sprint, sprint, sprinting
Sprinting through my wish list”
Bolt teased this video in an Instagram on Monday, but no singing means he must continue to be judged primarily off of his Queen and Kings of Leon performances at recent Oktoberfest visits in Munich.
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Michael Phelps brandishes weapons in a trailer for the upcoming video game, “Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare,” which is to come out Nov. 4.
Phelps, an avid Call of Duty player, filmed his spot after the Rio Olympics in Long Beach, Calif., according to reports. Actor Danny McBride is also in the 90-second video.
“We were in full getup and full armor,” Phelps said, according to Time magazine. “Where we were shooting was kind of wild. Danny and I were just playing off each other, talking trash. It was really tough to keep a straight face with him just firing off super funny comments left and right. It was fun.”
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