When you put together the kind of run that eventually grabs an Olympic host country’s first medal, you’re probably going to be excited. That’s what happened for Russia’s Olga Graf,
as she unzipped her speed skating suit in the heat of the moment following a bronze medal run before realizing what she did.
VIDEO: Graf’s near “wardrobe malfunction”
“I totally forgot,” Graf told the Associated Press through a translator. “We have very good suits and they are very tight. … You just want to breathe and you want to take off your suit.”
Photo credit: AP
Graf, 30, said she didn’t think about the YouTube-type implications until after it happened, but doesn’t “think it will be so bad.”
Really, in the grand scheme of things, it probably isn’t. She won a surprise bronze in front of an adoring crowd and had a very human moment. Plenty of Olympians would gladly
embrace such a situation.
The 2018 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, the final competition to determine the Pyeongchang Olympic team, will be in San Jose, California, at the SAP Center, concluding Jan. 7.
It appears to be the earliest the U.S. Figure Skating Championships will end in an Olympic year in at least 50 years.
The competition will be broadcast live on NBC and streamed live on Icenetwork.com.
San Jose previously hosted the U.S. Championships in 1996 and 2012, but it has never hosted in an Olympic year.
Polina Edmunds is from San Jose and figures to receive a boost of crowd support. Edmunds, 18, begins classes at nearby Santa Clara University next month.
The January 2017 U.S. Championships will be in Kansas City. The international figure skating season starts next month, with Skate America kicking off the Grand Prix season in October.
Recent Nationals host cities in Olympic years were Boston in 2014 and Spokane, Washington, in 2010.
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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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