London 100m hurdling champ Sally Pearson of Australia suffered another setback Sunday, injuring her already ailing hamstring during a rare 4x100m relay appearance in Sri Lanka.
Pearson, who was expected to make her season debut on the hurdles two weeks from now in Manchester, had already missed the Australian season. Now the fresh grade-one tear is likely to sideline her another couple months.
“We’re taking every precaution with Sally, so now we don’t expect to see her competing until July,” Australian head coach Eric Hollingsworth told the AAP. “If we can get her through a good set of races in July, there should be no problem from there on in.”
“We just have to be ultra-cautious because it’s the second injury.”
Her injury also ended Australia’s chances of qualifying for Moscow’s worlds in the 4x100m, but Hollingsworth said it’s not expected to keep Pearson off the podium for her signature event.
“She is in good shape and the good thing is that generally with her, because she trains with such an intensity once she’s back, it shouldn’t be too long before she is back into race shape.”
But anymore setbacks could open up the field for the Americans Queen Harrison, Dawn Harper, Kellie Wells, and Lolo Jones, who among them own top four times of the season in the 100m hurdles.
Following three-time Olympian Hilary Knight on social media means pictures. Specifically, selfies.
Lots and lots of selfies.
The forward easily qualifies as the selfie queen of the U.S. women’s Olympic hockey team. But it’s not because the 5-foot-11 Knight doesn’t try to share the photo duties documenting these Olympic moments with her teammates.
“I always ask someone else to do it, and they’re like, ‘No, no you just do it,'” Knight said with a laugh. “Just because of my arms. I have the angle or something figured out.
Knight stayed busy the night of the opening ceremonies at the Pyeongchang Games.
She’s also been documenting life in the athletes’ village.
Knight says she startles herself when she opens up her SnapChat app and finds it on selfie mode.
“I’m like, ‘Oh my gosh, what’s going on there?” she said. “But I feel badly for posting all the selfies. At the same time, we’re trying to capture all these memories we have together because they’re something special.”
With a pair of extremely progressive tricks, Austria’s Anna Gasser has become the first-ever Olympic champion in women’s snowboard big air.
Gasser landed all three of her jumps in the big air final, but it was the last one — a cab double cork 1080 — that knocked Jamie Anderson out of the top spot and gave Gasser the win.
Anderson ended up with a silver medal. It’s her second medal of these Olympics and the third medal of her career.
New Zealand’s Zoi Sadowski-Synnott took bronze.
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