Bobsled track

What it’s like to ride in a bobsled (video)

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How does it feel to speed at up to 90 miles per hour down an icy track in a 400-pound bobsled?

“This is what you need to tell the rookies when they ask what the trip is like,” Lolo Jones said. “You need to tell them it’s like being put in a medal garbage can and thrown off of Mount Everest. That is what a bobsled trip is like.”

Undeterred, Denver’s NBC 9News reporter Matt Renoux took a ride down the 2002 Olympic track in Park City, Utah, at the U.S. Olympic media summit this week.

“For me, it sort of felt like being in a blender on a merry-go-round at high speeds,” Renoux said.

Here’s video of the run (accompanied by a Jones interview):

Lolo Jones wants to try another Olympic sport

Fiji Olympic rugby coach given 3 acres of land, special name

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 11:  Gold medalists Ro Dakuwaqa of Fiji and Fiji head coach Ben Ryan celebrate after the medal ceremony for the Men's Rugby Sevens on Day 6 of the Rio 2016 Olympics at Deodoro Stadium on August 11, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
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Olympic coaches don’t receive gold medals. Fiji Olympic men’s rugby coach Ben Ryan may have gotten something better anyway.

Ryan’s reward for guiding Fiji to its first Olympic medal in any sport — gold in rugby sevens’ Olympic debut — included three acres of land in Fiji and a new name, Ratu Peni Raiyani Latianara, according to Fijian reports.

Ryan, a London native, is stepping down as coach of the Fijian team. The 44-year-old coached the team for three years after leading the England national sevens team for six years.

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Aksel Lund Svindal says season, career still at risk after crash

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OSLO, Norway (AP) — Norwegian skier Aksel Lund Svindal says the knee injury that took him out of the World Cup last season was worse than he’s been letting on.

Svindal was the overall World Cup leader when he injured his right knee in a crash during a downhill in Kitzbuehel, Austria, on Jan. 23. Watch video of the crash here.

In an interview with Norwegian broadcaster NRK, Svindal said not only did he rupture a cruciate ligament, he also damaged his meniscus and cartilage.

Svindal, who won a medal of every color at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games, is back on skis training for the upcoming World Cup season.

But he said the cartilage problems are particularly worrisome and could put the season, and even his career, at risk.

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