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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Ugandan Olympian’s body shuts down at World Cross-Country Champs (video)

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Ugandan Joshua Cheptegei went from leading the race to finishing 30th in the final kilometer at the World Cross-Country Championships in Kampala, Uganda, on Sunday.

Cheptegei, a 20-year-old Olympian, saw his body shut down in the last four minutes of his race.

His stride shortened. His pace slowed. Cheptegei appeared on the verge of falling. At one point, a teammate deliberately pushed him from behind to keep going.

Cheptegei led by 12 seconds going into the final two-kilometer lap. He would finish 1 minute, 44 seconds behind Kenyan winner Geoffrey Kamworor, with 28 other runners separating them after the 10km race that took about a half-hour.

Cheptegei’s body movement looked similar to that of British triathlete Jonny Brownlee, who had to be helped to the finish line by brother Alistair Brownlee at the World Triathlon Series Grand Final in Cozumel, Mexico, in September.

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Mark McMorris hospitalized after snowboarding accident

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Olympic bronze medalist Mark McMorris suffered several injuries including a fractured jaw, fractured left arm, ruptured spleen, stable pelvic fracture, rib fractures and a collapsed left lung during a backcountry snowboarding trip Saturday, according to Canada Snowboard.

McMorris underwent surgery to control bleeding from the spleen on Saturday. He underwent another surgery to repair the jaw and arm fractures Sunday and was resting in Vancouver General Hospital on Monday morning.

“While both the mandible and humerus fractures were complicated injuries, the surgeries went very well, and both fractures are now stabilized to heal in excellent position,” Canada Snowboard team physician Dr. Rodney J. French said, according to the press release. “It is too early to speculate on a timeline for Mark’s recovery.”

McMorris, 23, won bronze in the first Olympic snowboard slopestyle event in Sochi, competing 12 days after breaking a rib.

McMorris has been considered a threat for two gold medals in PyeongChang, with the addition of big air. He earned Winter X Games medals in both slopestyle and big air in 2015, 2016 and 2017, including double gold in 2015.

He has already come back in this Olympic cycle from breaking his right femur in an Air and Style big air run in Los Angeles on Feb. 21, 2016 (video here). His rehab has been extensively documented by Canadian media.

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