In news that would be much easier to report if I spoke another language, two-time London Olympics swimming champ Yannick Agnel is leaving his coach and training facility in Nice, France and will move to Baltimore to train with Michael Phelps’s longtime coach Bob Bowman.
The young Frenchman announced at a press conference Tuesday that after reaching his breaking point with coach Fabrice Pellerin, Agnel met with Bowman at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs where his North Baltimore Aquatic Club was training, and the two decided to work together through the Rio Games.
And according to L’Equipe, the move was apparently spearheaded by the French Swimming Federation, which convinced Bowman to take Agnel as his pupil after Phelps officially retired following London.
Agnel, only 20, will join six-time Olympic medalist Allison Schmitt under Bowman’s tutelage in Baltimore. Agnel has already ruled out swimming in any individual events at this year’s Worlds in Barcelona after a disappointing European Championships, but will take part in the relay.
Not sure what this means for Michael Phelps rumors, but it sounds like a great situation for Agnel.
QUEBEC CITY (AP) — Brianna Decker scored twice to help the U.S. women’s hockey team open its pre-Olympic exhibition schedule with a 5-2 victory over Canada on Sunday.
Hilary Knight, Annie Pankowski and Alex Carpenter also scored for the Americans.
Meghan Agosta and Jillian Saulnier scored for Canada.
The teams will meet again Wednesday night in Boston. Canada has won four straight Olympic titles, and the U.S. has claimed seven of the last eight world championships.
Lindsey Vonn’s top rival for downhill gold is in danger of missing the upcoming Olympics.
Ilka Stuhec, a world champion Alpine skier from Slovenia, suffered a torn ACL after a practice crash in Austria this weekend.
Stuhec had become a strong medal favorite for PyeongChang after winning FIS World Cup titles in downhill and Alpine combined last season. She also won a gold medal in downhill at the 2017 World Championships, where Vonn placed third.
According to a post on the FIS website, surgery is set for this Wednesday, with more information to come after that. But preliminary reports suggest that she is likely to miss the Olympics.
“For now it looks like Ilka Stuhec will have to miss a large part or maybe the whole World Cup season, including the Winter Olympic Games in South Korea,” a spokesperson for Struhec told Reuters.
In a tweet, Struhec acknowledged that she would be sidelined “for a few months.”
The Olympics start in less than four months.