Much has been written about the temperatures expected during February’s Olympics, but the bigger concern is the Paralympics that follow.
The Sochi Paralympics run from March 6-17.
One of Russia’s state agency weathermen said Sochi temperatures in February are expected to be in the normal five degrees Celsius range (41 degrees Farenheit). Of course, it will be colder in the mountains.
But it will be warmer in March, perhaps more so than normal, if you believe weather forecasts six months in advance.
“In March in the Caucasus region we are seeing an anomaly of positive temperatures,” Dmitry Kiktev, deputy director of the state-run Gidromettsentr weather agency, said, according to R-Sport. “There may be a very warm spell for a few days, and if this is accompanied by heavy precipitation in the form of rain, the snow could melt quickly and the snow cannons and reservoirs may be required.”
It’s a good thing, then, that the region is storing a half-million cubic meters of snow from last winter. It may just come in handy.
Usain Bolt, the world’s fastest man, recently met former soccer star David Beckham at a restaurant.
Both global sporting icons posted similar photos on social media with similar captions Monday morning.
Beckham played midfield for Manchester United, and Bolt is a longtime fan of the soccer club.
Bolt, who is planning on retiring after the 2017 World Championships, was recently asked about the possibility of Manchester United while hosting a Facebook Live.
“If I had the chance to play for Manchester United, I would go right now,” he said, laughing. “I would retire and start playing futbol right now. That’s how much I really want to play for Manchester United.”
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Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott was running down the open field when he encountered Chicago Bears safety Chris Prosinski.
Prosinski went low and Elliott, a high school state champion in the 110m and 300m hurdles, decided to go high and hurdle the defender:
The track and field community took notice of Elliott’s hurdle.
Lolo Jones, a 100m hurdler who competed at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, gave Elliott grades of an A++ for difficulty and an A for technique on Twitter. She wrote that it “hands down would’ve been best NFL hurdle technique of the yr.” if a second Bears defender, Jonathan Anderson, hadn’t prevented Elliott from landing cleanly:
Dawn Harper-Nelson, the 2008 Olympic champion and 2012 Olympic silver medalist in the 100m hurdles, also had a positive review of Elliott’s efforts:
Emma Coburn, the 2016 Olympic 3000m steeplechase bronze medalist, thought Elliott’s leap resembled her event:
Elliott finished with 30 carries for 140 yards to lead the Cowboys to a 31-17 win during Sunday Night Football.
His mother, Dawn, who was a track and field athlete at the University of Missouri, posted a photo on Twitter to remind everyone where her son inherited his hurling gene from:
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