The news that NFL speedsters Chris Johnson and Devin Hester raced a cheetah in a made-for-TV event is certainly intriguing, but track and field has seen several similar scenarios.
Let’s start with perhaps the most famous sprinter vs. animal showdown of all: Jesse Owens raced horses multiple times after his quadruple gold performance at the 1936 Olympics.
Oscar Pistorius joined Owens in beating a horse in a race in Doha late last year.
Shawn Crawford, the 2004 Olympic champion in the 200 meters, took on a giraffe and a zebra on the Fox show “Man vs. Beast.”
British world indoor 400-meter champion Jamie Baulch also raced a horse. This video appears to be well after Baulch’s career ended. He got creamed.
Disgraced Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson, who won the 1988 Olympic 100 meters but was stripped due to doping, went up against two horses and a race car in 1998.
In a commercial, Michael Johnson lined up against NFL cornerback Jason Sehorn, a horse named “Lightening Bolt” and NASCAR driver John Andretti.
There’s also South African rugby star Bryan Habana, who raced a cheetah in 2007.
One more note on Johnson vs. Hester vs. Cheetah. Three-time Olympic swimming champion Brooke Bennett served as the sideline reporter.
Yohan Blake’s GQ interview: The Notebook, Michael Jackson, socks
Bob Costas reported from Rio de Janeiro for NBC News on Wednesday, 100 days out from the Opening Ceremony.
In the clip below, Michael Phelps, Simone Biles and even Brazil soccer legend Pelé comment on preparing for the first Games in South America.
Costas finished the clip with a stand-up from Copacabana Beach, where beach volleyball will take place in August.
VIDEO: Bob Costas picks biggest storyline of Rio Olympics
NBC Olympics will partner with Snapchat for daily “Live Stories” and an NBC Rio Olympic Discover channel (co-produced with Buzzfeed) during the U.S. Olympic Trials and the Rio Games.
The Live Stories allows Snapchatters attending select U.S. Olympic Trials events and the Rio Games to contribute photo and video Snaps to the Snapchat-curated story.
The Live Stories will include behind-the-scenes and fan moments, and Snapchat will feature NBC’s Rio Olympic brand marks, logos and more.
The Discover channel will be live from Aug. 4 (one day before the Opening Ceremony) through Aug. 22 (one day after the Closing Ceremony).
From NBC Sports Group:
Buzzfeed will leverage NBC’s access to athletes, as well as clips and shots from inside and outside Rio Olympic venues, to bring Snapchatters a fresh, mobile-first look at the Games.
MORE: Full Olympic Trials broadcast schedule