The Sochi Games are still seven-plus months away, but apparently it’s already time for the film world to start capitalizing on the world event.
Enter: Gerard Depardieu. The French actor is set to star in the tentatively-titled Sports Without Borders, a “low-budget comedy” taking place during Sochi, in which he’s team director for what we can only assume is a misfit group of Russian Alpine skiers. He also fires the whole coaching staff and replaces them with an eccentric Austrian.
While it doesn’t quite remind us of famous Olympics film classics like The Cutting Edge, Miracle, or Cool Runnings, it’s probably going to be better than Blades of Glory, Pentathlon, and both Prefontaine biopics. And to his credit, Depardieu has become rather popular in Russia after threatening to renounce his French citizenship, taking up a new residence on Moscow’s Democracy Street, and making friends with President Vladimir Putin.
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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ROME (AP) — Rome’s city council will vote Thursday whether to support Mayor Virginia Raggi‘s rejection of the city’s bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics.
The motion is expected to pass easily since Raggi’s anti-establishment 5-Star Movement holds a majority on the city council.
Raggi announced her formal opposition of the candidacy in a news conference last week, citing concerns over high costs given the city is barely able to have its trash picked up.
Raggi’s rejection occurred four years after then-Premier Mario Monti stopped Rome’s plans to bid for the 2020 Summer Olympics because of financial concerns.
If the motion is approved, it would leave only Los Angeles, Paris and Budapest, Hungary, in the running for 2024. The International Olympic Committee will decide on the host city in September 2017.
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