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Bradley Wiggins wants to ride one more Tour de France, then switch to track cycling for 2016 Olympics

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Bradley Wiggins, the first British cyclist to win the Tour de France and a seven-time Olympic medal winner, wants his fifth Olympics to be in track cycling.

Wiggins, 33, told The Times his plan is to compete in road cycling one more season before switching back to the velodrome, where he won the first six of his British record-tying seven Olympic medals.

“Having lost weight and muscle the last few years I wouldn’t be able to walk back into that team pursuit squad, so I’m not taking anything for granted, but I am working towards that,” said Wiggins, who won team pursuit bronze in 2000, silver in 2004 and gold in 2008. “It would be nice to finish the career with another Olympic gold.”

Wiggins, who didn’t defend his Tour de France title this year because of injury, said he wouldn’t mind helping Team Sky teammate Chris Froome to another Tour de France title next year rather than going for a second title himself.

“I don’t mind admitting that Chris is probably a better Grand Tour rider than me,” Wiggins told The Times. “He is a much better climber, he can time-trial well. He has age on his side, he has no kids, that’s fine. If Chris wants to, he could potentially win five Tours now. So if I want to win another Tour, I’d probably have to leave the team.”

Wiggins won the British Sports Personality of the Year award for his remarkable 2012, which also included ringing a giant bell at the Olympic opening ceremony and winning the Olympic time trial on the road. It was his first Olympics competing on the road rather than the track.

Froome’s fiancee reportedly said Wiggins has yet to congratulate Froome on his Tour win this July.

“For a start, this is a pathetic excuse — and it’s not an excuse — but I don’t have his phone number,” Wiggins told The Times. “The second thing is, a lot of stuff happened with me and him and his girlfriend and it was left in a very bad way and rather than me send him some naff (worthless) little text message, I would rather wait till I see him, genuinely put my hand out and say ‘you know what, that was a good ride’.”

Wiggins said he will ride to support Froome at the World Championships in Florence, Italy, in late September.

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Olympic skater Nancy Kerrigan remembers slain Colorado officer, a childhood friend

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Former figure skating champion Nancy Kerrigan remembers the Colorado police officer who was killed in a shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic as loyal, caring and a true friend.

She told media outlets that Garrett Swasey was “one of my best friends” as they grew up together practicing figure skating in Melrose, Massachusetts. Before he became a police officer, Swasey was a junior national couples ice dancing champion.

An emotional Kerrigan says she wasn’t surprised he took a career path where he helped others first. She says he always had fun and did everything with a smile.

Swasey’s father has told the Boston Globe that his son moved to Colorado in the 1980s to pursue competitive figure skating and became an officer six years ago.

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Kobe Bryant announces retirement but remains in contention for Rio team

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Veteran basketball player and 2008 and 2012 Olympic gold medalist Kobe Bryant has announced he will retire from professional basketball after the end of this season. However, ESPN reported that the chairman of USA Basketball, Jerry Colangelo, said that Bryant “remains in contention for Team USA spot for Rio 2016.”

In the form of a poem titled “Dear Basketball” on the Player’s Tribune, Bryant wrote:

This season is all I have left to give.
My heart can take the pounding
My mind can handle the grind
But my body knows it’s time to say goodbye.

Bryant played on the U.S. national team from 2007 to 2012. At the 2008 Beijing Olympics he scored 20 points in the gold medal game to win gold over Spain. He helped the U.S. men to gold again in 2012, then said that it would be his last Olympics.

But he’s changed his tune in recent months. Bryant told the Associated Press in November that he’d like a shot at another Olympics.

“I would like to play,” Bryant said. “I think it’d be awesome. A beautiful experience.”

If he were selected and won again, Bryant, LeBron James, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony would become the first U.S. male basketball players to win three gold Olympic medals.

In the AP interview Bryant spoke glowingly of his Olympic teammates. “It would mean the world to me to be around those guys,” he said. “I think to be able to have a chance to continue the relationship that I already have with most of those guys, talking and just kind of being around each other and understanding that this is it, it’s just us being together, that would be fun.”

He also said he believes he’d be an asset to the team, stating, “I feel like I can add value from a leadership perspective and a defensive perspective. I can still move extremely well defensively.”

Bryant’s age will likely be a concern, as his 38th birthday is just two days after the gold-medal game on August 21st, 2016.

Colangelo said that they will be looking at “all of our players” this season, and Bryant’s retirement announcement “doesn’t have any bearing” on whether he’d be selected for the 2016 Olympic team.

The 12 player team will be selected in June 2016.

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