Japan’s top-ranked women’s tennis player doesn’t plan on sticking around seven more years for the Tokyo Olympics.
Kimiko Date-Krumm was an Olympian in 1992 and 1996, retired for 12 years, came back and is now ranked No. 60. The oldest player in the top 100, she has been lauded for her consistency at such an advanced age.
Date-Krumm dismissed the notion she could become the oldest Olympic tennis player ever, according to sports-reference.com.
“Eh? I’ll be 50. Fifty!” Date-Krumm told Agence France-Presse. “I’m not (Martina) Navratilova.”
Date-Krumm will be older in 2020 than Navratilova was in her only Olympic appearance, 47 in 2004.
“You’re asking if there’s a one percent chance?” Date-Krumm said. “Well probably it’s 99.9999 percent I won’t, but I suppose you never say never 100 percent. It’s almost impossible, though I’d like to be involved in some capacity and support the next generation of players coming through.”
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One of Brazil’s most recognizable Olympians (to a U.S. audience, at least) will miss the Rio Games.
Golden State Warriors big man Anderson Varejao will miss the Olympics due to a back injury, the NBA team said Wednesday.
The Brazil men’s basketball team is now down two of its top four scorers from the 2012 Olympics.
The team was already without Atlanta Hawks big man Tiago Splitter, who underwent NBA season-ending hip surgery in February.
Splitter and Varejao were the third- and fourth-leading scorers on Brazil’s 2012 Olympic team that was eliminated in the quarterfinals after not qualifying for the Games in 2000, 2004 and 2008.
Brazil’s Olympic roster includes four other NBA players — Leandro Barbosa, Marcelo Huertas, Nenê and Raul Neto.
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Former NFL linebacker Dhani Jones will serve as a reporter during NBC’s coverage of the Rio Games it was announced Wednesday.
The host of NBC primetime hit “Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge,” Jones will travel to various venues over the course of the Games and contribute to features on a variety of platforms. He’ll also be a part of the Olympic Zone, which is a 30-minute nightly show set to air on NBC affiliates.
“Dhani is an engaging personality with a wide-range of experiences and interests – from professional athlete to primetime entertainment host to haberdashery and philanthropy. We’re excited to have him on our team in Rio,” said Jim Bell, Executive Producer, NBC Olympics.
Jones has worked on various shows since his 11-year career with the New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles and Cincinnati Bengals came to an end in 2011. He hosted “Dhani Tackles the Globe” on Travel Channel, and is the current host of “Playbook 360” on Spike. He has also written a memoir, The Sportsman.
Jones’ colleague on “Spartan,” Kyle Martino, will be an NBC Olympics soccer analyst after serving in that role for NBC Sports Group’s Premier League coverage.
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