Michael Phelps attended the third hockey game of his life Saturday and left with a custom-made Washington Capitals jersey autographed by Alex Ovechkin.
The jersey had Phelps’ last name on the back and the number 22, same as his record amount of Olympic medals.
“Twenty two is a good number,” Phelps said upon receiving it from Ovechkin.
Ovechkin was then handed a Sharpie by a man in a suit.
“I don’t think he [Phelps] wants my signature,” said Ovechkin, who has zero medals in two Olympics but owns three Hart Trophies and leads the NHL in goals this season.
“No, I want you to sign it,” Phelps responded. “I would love you to sign it.”
This was followed by Speedo jokes and Phelps telling two other Capitals players of his hockey game experiences — one University of Michigan game (when he attended Michigan), the 2010 Olympic gold-medal game and that Capitals-Devils game on Saturday night.
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Miles Chamley-Watson may be an Olympian and World champion, but many people with those titles can walk the streets of New York with nobody looking twice.
It’s a different story when he’s in competition uniform.
Chamley-Watson showed just how useful his fencing training, stances and equipment — especially his foil blade — can be.
The 25-year-old Chamley-Watson just missed an Olympic medal three years ago, finishing fourth with the U.S. foil team in London. He also fell in the round of 32 in the individual foil.
Chamley-Watson, a 6-foot-4, tattooed model, rebounded to win the 2013 World Championship individually.
However, he is not assured of making the Rio Olympic team.
Chamley-Watson is ranked No. 11 in the world, behind three other Americans — No. 1 Race Imboden, No. 3 Alexander Massialas and No. 8 Gerek Meinhardt.
A maximum of three Americans can compete individually in Rio in the foil. Three would also compete in the team event, with, possibly, a fourth fencer as a replacement athlete who could be subbed in and out during the team event rounds.
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PARIS (AP) — The sport of boules has launched a bid to be included in the 2024 Olympics.
The Bowls Sports World Confederation, which is recognized by the International Olympic Committee, is campaigning on behalf of three disciplines: the French petanque, the Boule Lyonnaise and the Raffa, a version of the game popular in Italy.
According to the international world games association, about 20 million people regularly play boules in France and Italy, and more than 2 million players are licensed in 150 other countries.
Under new IOC rules, Olympic host cities can propose the addition of one or more sports to their games. Paris and Rome are among the five cities bidding for the 2024 Games, along with Los Angeles, Budapest and Hamburg.
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