Bode Miller might be 36, but he put together the type of training session that reminds why he’s one of the biggest names in the 2014 Olympics on Saturday.
Miller had the fastest training run in the final warm-up before the men’s downhill medal event kicks off on Sunday, clocking in at 2 minutes, 6.09 seconds. He also enjoyed the quickest session in the first training run, signaling that he should be taken seriously in the event.
But he knows the course will make it tough — or worse. He saw the first starter on the course, Rok Perko, crash violently, while Marco Sullivan of the United States and Brice Roger of France both had issues. Miller later told reporters that the treacherous Rosa Khutor piste “could kill you.”
“It’s very treacherous. This course has teeth everywhere,” Miller said. “The top is aggressive and speeds are so high and the turns are so swingy and bumpy that you can hook an edge anywhere.
“You saw Marco today. It doesn’t look like it, it’s an innocuous place and there’s nothing there, but he almost killed himself. If that crash doesn’t go just the way it went, he goes flying through B nets going 75 (mph) straight into the trees.”
Miller has five Olympic medals to his name, including a gold, silver and bronze from Vancouver. He’ll face fierce competition on Sunday, but he seems ready to give his all.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Nine more athletes, including six medal winners, have been retroactively disqualified from the 2008 Beijing Olympics after failing retests of their doping samples.
The International Olympic Committee announced the decisions on Wednesday in the latest sanctions imposed on athletes whose stored samples came back positive after being retested with improved methods.
Four athletes from former Soviet countries were stripped of silver medals, and two of bronze medals. The medals were in weightlifting, wrestling and steeplechase.
The IOC stores doping samples for 10 years to allow them to be reanalyzed when enhanced techniques become available.
The IOC recorded a total of 98 positive cases in recent resting of samples from Beijing and the 2012 London Olympics.
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Rory McIlroy has said he was proven wrong about golf’s place in the Olympics, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he’s keen on the 2020 Tokyo Games after skipping Rio.
The four-time major champion was asked Wednesday if he had any plans to play in the next Olympics and called it a “tough question.”
“The participation in the Olympics for me, it’s just a little more complicated I feel for me than some other people from where I’m from and the whole politics of the thing,” McIlroy said. “It’s a difficult subject for me.”
McIlroy is from Northern Ireland, which does not have a separate delegation at the Olympics. That led to a scrutinized decision for McIlroy, who had to choose in 2014 between representing Great Britain and Ireland for golf’s Olympic return in Rio.
McIlroy opted for Ireland, which he represented at the World Cup of Golf in 2009 and 2011.
“I don’t know whether it’s been because the World Cup has been in Brazil and I’ve been thinking a couple of years down the line,” McIlroy reportedly said in June 2014. “Thinking about all the times that I played as an amateur for Ireland and as a boy and everything, I think for me it’s the right decision to play for Ireland in 2016.”
Golf’s place in the Olympics is not guaranteed beyond 2020, so Tokyo may be McIlroy’s last opportunity.
“Four years’ time is a long ways away, so we’ll see what happens,” McIlroy said Wednesday. “Right now, I’ll concentrate on the 16 majors that we have between now and then and try to get a few more of those and go from there.”
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