London gold medalist and Fierce Fiver Jordyn Wieber will be on hand in Oklahoma this week when she’s awarded the first ever Nadia Comaneci Sportsmanship Award by the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame.
The award, named after the famous Romanian gold medalist best known for her prefect ten on the bars at the 1976 Games, is given to an active or retired gymnast “who has demonstrated great sportsmanship or fair play.”
Comaneci said she was happy to present the inaugural award to Jordyn because, as as the reigning world champ, “she showed great sportsmanship by overcoming her personal disappointment to help lead the US women to the gold medal,” after failing to make the all-around finals in London.
And of course, gymnastics legends Gina Gogean of Romania, Albert Azaryan of Armenia, and Yuri Korolev and Lyubov Burda of Russia will all be inducted as part of the Hall’s 2013 class.
Usain Bolt, the world’s fastest man, recently met former soccer star David Beckham at a restaurant.
Both global sporting icons posted similar photos on social media with similar captions Monday morning.
Beckham played midfield for Manchester United, and Bolt is a longtime fan of the soccer club.
Bolt, who is planning on retiring after the 2017 World Championships, was recently asked about the possibility of Manchester United while hosting a Facebook Live.
“If I had the chance to play for Manchester United, I would go right now,” he said, laughing. “I would retire and start playing futbol right now. That’s how much I really want to play for Manchester United.”
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Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott was running down the open field when he encountered Chicago Bears safety Chris Prosinski.
Prosinski went low and Elliott, a high school state champion in the 110m and 300m hurdles, decided to go high and hurdle the defender:
The track and field community took notice of Elliott’s hurdle.
Lolo Jones, a 100m hurdler who competed at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, gave Elliott grades of an A++ for difficulty and an A for technique on Twitter. She wrote that it “hands down would’ve been best NFL hurdle technique of the yr.” if a second Bears defender, Jonathan Anderson, hadn’t prevented Elliott from landing cleanly:
Dawn Harper-Nelson, the 2008 Olympic champion and 2012 Olympic silver medalist in the 100m hurdles, also had a positive review of Elliott’s efforts:
Emma Coburn, the 2016 Olympic 3000m steeplechase bronze medalist, thought Elliott’s leap resembled her event:
Elliott finished with 30 carries for 140 yards to lead the Cowboys to a 31-17 win during Sunday Night Football.
His mother, Dawn, who was a track and field athlete at the University of Missouri, posted a photo on Twitter to remind everyone where her son inherited his hurling gene from:
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