Daniel Radcliffe, best known for playing Harry Potter, will be cast as two-time Olympic champion runner Seb Coe in an upcoming film, according to reports.
“Gold” will tell the story of Coe’s middle-distance rivalry with fellow Brit
Steve Ovett leading up to the 1980 Moscow Olympics. Coe won gold in the 1500m at the 1980 and 1984 Olympics and silver in the 800m at both Games. Ovett won gold in the 800m and bronze in the 1500m in Moscow.
It’s not yet known who will play Ovett,
according to the BBC.
“I hadn’t realized how good it was until you dig into their past,” Oscar-winning screen writer
Simon Beaufoy told the BBC. “They were fantastically different athletes and different people. And they rarely met … apart from on the track — but not very often, even on the track.”
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Beaufoy said they raced against each other twice before Moscow, one of them being a school cross-country meet.
Filming will reportedly begin in the United Kingdom and Russia in April.
Does Radcliffe resemble Coe? You be the judge.
It’s not the first time Radcliffe’s been compared to an Olympian.
Many thought of Radcliffe’s Potter when Swiss ski jumper
Simon Ammann won double gold at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics.
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Fenway Park will host some of the world’s best freeskiers in the one-of-a-kind Big Air at Fenway, live on
NBC Sports on Friday night. Live Extra
Big air skiers will descend from a ramp that’s four times higher than the Green Monster inside the hallowed Boston Red Sox home.
Ski big air is most like slopestyle of the current Olympic disciplines, except skiers get one jump per run.
WATCH LIVE: Big Air at Fenway — 8:30 p.m. ET
On Thursday, Canadian
Max Parrot and American Julia Marino won the snowboard big air competitions at Fenway Park.
Big Air at Fenway coverage will conclude with an NBC show on Saturday at 5 p.m. ET.
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In an homage to the Lillehammer 1994 Winter Olympics,
Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway lit the Lillehammer Youth Winter Olympic cauldron to cap the Opening Ceremony on Friday night.
The princess’ father,
Crown Prince Haakon, lit the 1994 Olympic cauldron in a very similar fashion ( video here). Princess Ingrid Alexandra was born in 2004.
The Opening Ceremony, held outdoors at a ski jump (same venue as 1994) in sub-freezing temperatures, included a speech from International Olympic Committee president
“I’m just a little bit too old to compete in the YOG,” Bach said, urging listeners to use the hashtag #IloveYOG during the nine-day Winter Games.
The ceremony included Olympic legends, such as 2010 figure skating gold medalist
Yuna Kim and eight-time Olympic cross-country champion Bjorn Daehlie carrying the Olympic flag.
Marit Bjoergen, a 10-time Olympic medalist cross-country skier, handed the Olympic flame to the princess.
NBC Sports will air coverage of the Opening Ceremony on Saturday at 12:30 a.m. ET, plus daily coverage throughout the Winter Games. Live Extra A full broadcast schedule is here.
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