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Liu Xiang, Chinese athletes dress in Red Army uniforms

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Liu Xiang and other Chinese athletes donned Red Army uniforms at a national team meeting in China on Sunday.

The athletes were together for what’s been called a “motivational convention” and an “oath-taking rally” in the birthplace of China’s communist revolution on Sunday, according to the South China Morning Post.

Here’s what China Daily posted:

“The team members are all in Red Army uniforms at Jinggang Mountains, known as the birthplace of the Chinese Red Army, predecessor of the People’s Liberation Army, and the ‘cradle of Chinese revolution.'”

Liu, the 2004 Olympic champion, pulled out of the last two Olympics due to an Achilles injury. The Achilles also sidelined him this year.

He is in “recovery training” and does not have a schedule to return to the national team, according to the South China Morning Post.

source: Reuters
Liu is dressed in a Red Army uniform in the center. (Reuters)

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Jan Hudec, Olympic bronze medalist skier, switches from Canada to Czech Republic

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Co-Olympic super-G bronze medalist Jan Hudec was granted a request by Alpine Canada to represent the Czech Republic next season after being left off Canada’s national team.

Hudec, 34, wasn’t eligible for Canada’s national team after racing once in 2015-16 due to the latest of his many knee surgeries, according to Alpine Canada.

“It is important to know that we continued to work with Jan after the team selection was announced, and let him know that we were more then willing to find accommodation that would enable him to return to the team,” Alpine Canada said in a press release. “However, at this stage of Jan’s career, he is making a decision that can best meet his desire to fulfill and lead a different way of life, that reaches beyond ski racing.”

The International Ski Federation must still grant Hudec’s request. Hudec was born in the Czech Republic.

At the Sochi Olympics, Hudec shared bronze with Bode Miller in the super-G. He is also the 2007 World Championships downhill silver medalist and a two-time winner of World Cup races.

The 2016-17 Alpine skiing World Cup season is expected to begin in Soelden, Austria, in late October.

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Triplets set for Olympic history in Rio (video)

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Estonian sisters Leila, Liina and Lily Luik are set to become what is believed to be the first set of triplets to compete in an Olympics, according to Games historians.

The Luiks, identical triplets born Oct. 14, 1985, remain the only Estonian women to meet the Olympic qualifying time for the marathon. And since a nation can send three qualified athletes to the Olympic marathon, all three are in line to go to Rio.

The Estonia athletics federation’s qualifying cutoff is Wednesday. It doesn’t believe any other Estonians will register an Olympic qualifying time by then.

With most marathons taking place on weekends, it appears the Luiks are safe, even though none has run faster than 2:37, and the Olympic medal winners will likely be running in the low-to-mid 2:20s.

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