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Usain Bolt a character in Temple Run 2 video game, also eyes world record at world championships

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In 2008, Ato Boldon said Usain Bolt had taken track and field into the era of “video game times.” The video games finally caught up.

Bolt is reportedly a limited-time character in Temple Run 2, the mobile device game released earlier this year.

Bolt is seen in his Jamaican national team colors, and he is quite fast in the above video.

“It’s an honor to be a part of such an established game,” Bolt said in an email to the Los Angeles Times. “Many of my fans have told me that I should be a playable character in Temple Run, so when this opportunity was put before me, I had to say YES!”

Bolt will compete at the world championships in Moscow, which run Aug. 10-18. He’s the two-time defending world champion in the 200 meters, and he hopes to win back the 100-meter world title after false starting out of the final in 2011.

He said he’s never been to Russia before, according to Spikes magazine.

“I’ve been listening to a few Russian words, but it’s definitely not an easy language,” he told the magazine. “It’s very different to the way we speak in Jamaica, that’s for sure.”

Bolt said he doesn’t think about the false start in Daegu in 2011 anymore.

“At the time it was very disappointing because I was in great shape and knew that if I had started and run well I would have got a gold medal,” Bolt said. “But that’s behind me now, I learned from it and moved on. Right now, I’m only focusing on Moscow and preparing well for that.”

He also said a world record is possible in Moscow, even though his best times this year (9.85 and 19.73) are nowhere near his top marks (9.58 and 19.19).

“It would require a near-perfect race technically and for the weather conditions to be good, but I’m focused on getting myself in a physical condition where I’m capable of doing it,” he said. “The 200m world record would be the one I’d really love to break again, to see if it’s maybe even possible to get under 19 seconds. That would be something special.”

Video: Usain Bolt learns Russian

Laurie Hernandez eyes return to competition in 2018

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NEW YORK – Laurie Hernandez hardly considers her 14 months away from competitive gymnastics a break.

Since earning Olympic team gold and balance beam silver in Rio, the 17-year-old won “Dancing with the Stars,” authored a book and even enrolled in ballet lessons.

But her most rewarding experience has been speaking at schools. Students have asked her seemingly every question, from when she started taking gymnastics classes (age 5) to whether she climbed trees when she was younger (yes, all the time).

Seeing how many children were inspired by her Rio performance motivated Hernandez as she prepares to return to the sport.

“I didn’t realize at the Olympics how many people were truly watching,” Hernandez said Wednesday night at the annual Women’s Sports Foundation Salute to Women in Sports. “Now I’m excited to get back into the gym.”

Hernandez recently added handstand holds, back tucks and front flips to her conditioning program, in addition to continuing to run and lift weights.

“It’s a little difficult, but it’s fine,” she said. “I’ll push it a little more after the holidays.”

She has her eye on returning to competition in 2018.

“That’s definitely the hope,” Hernandez said. “I’m not going to rush anything, but I would love to compete in 2018.”

Hernandez, who said her next goal in gymnastics is to compete at the world championships for the first time and hopefully the 2020 Olympics, has not yet identified her comeback meet.

She noted that Aly Raisman took more than two years off after the London Olympics.

“I know every athlete is different,” Hernandez said. “But I wouldn’t mind following in her footsteps.”

Simone Biles, who has not competed since winning four gold medals in Rio, recently announced that she plans on returning to full-time training Nov. 1 and competition next summer.

“I look up to her, even though we are teammates,” Hernandez said. “I can’t wait to see her out there, but hopefully I’ll be out there with her soon.”

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Olympic cycling champion running for Congress

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Olympic cycling gold medalist Marty Nothstein is the latest to announce he’s running for the eastern Pennsylvania congressional seat being vacated by fellow Republican U.S. Rep. Charles Dent.

Dent, a former state senator, is a centrist Republican who has held the seat since 2005. He’s retiring after his term expires next year.

Nothstein, who won sprint silver in 1996 and gold in 2000, is the only American track cyclist to win an Olympic title at a fully attended Games.

Two Republican state representatives, Ryan Mackenzie and Justin Simmons, previously announced they’re running for Dent’s 15th District seat.

Democrat Bill Leiner, a former Lehigh County commissioner, is also running.

Dent’s district includes Allentown and all of Lehigh County, and parts of four surrounding counties.

Republicans in 2011 stretched the district almost 90 miles to the Susquehanna River in central Pennsylvania to make it more Republican.

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