Michael Phelps

This is why Michael Phelps is in Europe

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Anybody who follows Michael Phelps on Twitter or Instagram may be a bit curious as to what he’s been up to.

First, Phelps tweeted this on Sunday:

Then, he posted this photo on Instagram on Tuesday:

Nice little view outside my room of the alps!!!

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Sunday’s tweet caused a bit of a stir and more comeback speculation. But the Instagram photo Tuesday offered more stable details of why he’s traveling: golf.

Phelps is scheduled to compete in a pro-am at the Omega European Masters in Switzerland on Wednesday. He and longtime agent Peter Carlisle are in a group with the tournament’s defending champion, Richie Ramsay, and Omega president Stephen Urquhart.

Phelps recently competed in the American Century Championship in Lake Tahoe, Calif., where he finished 84th in a field of 85, beating Larry the Cable Guy.

Phelps had previous golf success in Europe, sinking a reported 153-foot putt at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at St. Andrews in Scotland in October.

Also in the pro-am field is retired Olympic silver medalist Alpine skier Didier Cuche of Switzerland.

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Hilary Knight: Heavy is the crown for the selfie queen

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Following three-time Olympian Hilary Knight on social media means pictures. Specifically, selfies.

Lots and lots of selfies.

The forward easily qualifies as the selfie queen of the U.S. women’s Olympic hockey team. But it’s not because the 5-foot-11 Knight doesn’t try to share the photo duties documenting these Olympic moments with her teammates.

“I always ask someone else to do it, and they’re like, ‘No, no you just do it,'” Knight said with a laugh. “Just because of my arms. I have the angle or something figured out.

Knight stayed busy the night of the opening ceremonies at the Pyeongchang Games.

She’s also been documenting life in the athletes’ village.

Knight says she startles herself when she opens up her SnapChat app and finds it on selfie mode.

“I’m like, ‘Oh my gosh, what’s going on there?” she said. “But I feel badly for posting all the selfies. At the same time, we’re trying to capture all these memories we have together because they’re something special.”

 

Anna Gasser edges out Jamie Anderson for big air gold

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With a pair of extremely progressive tricks, Austria’s Anna Gasser has become the first-ever Olympic champion in women’s snowboard big air.

Gasser landed all three of her jumps in the big air final, but it was the last one — a cab double cork 1080 — that knocked Jamie Anderson out of the top spot and gave Gasser the win.

Anderson ended up with a silver medal. It’s her second medal of these Olympics and the third medal of her career.

New Zealand’s Zoi Sadowski-Synnott took bronze.

Read the full story and watch video at NBCOlympics.com