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Usain Bolt talks about foot injury, focus beyond 2014

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Usain Bolt spoke to the media for the first time since it was revealed last month he suffered a foot injury, calling it “nothing serious,” confirming he’s back in training and saying his coach believes he can lower his world records.

“My experience [the foot injury] has taught me that that’s just the nature of the sport,” Bolt told the Jamaica Gleaner. “Setbacks are a part of track and field. I have come to accept that a long time ago. I had mine, and [I’m] now back in training preparing for the upcoming season.”

The six-time Olympic champion’s first scheduled meet of 2014 is June 17 in Ostrava, Czech Republic. That would be a very late season opener by his standards.

Bolt discussed the debut of the World Relay Championships in the newspaper interview, but he did not say if he will be competing. That event is May 24-25 in Nassau, Bahamas.

He also said his coach, Glen Mills, said he thinks it’s “very possible” that Bolt can break his world records. His 100m and 200m world records (9.58 and 19.19) still stand from 2009.

Bolt, 27, is likely to play it safer this year since there are no Olympics nor a World Outdoor Championships.

“I just want to run some fast times and finish the season injury free so I can focus on these three major championships coming up,” Bolt said, citing the 2015 World Championships, 2016 Olympics and 2017 World Championships.

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Russian pairs skater slices leg in worlds practice, needs 10 stitches (video)

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Russian pairs skater Yevgenia Tarasova needed 10 stitches after her partner’s skate sliced her leg in practice Wednesday.

Hours later, Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov skated to third place in the short program at the world championships in Helsinki.

“We were thinking about withdrawing because after this incident we left the ice immediately, there was a long break off the ice, we didn’t know how I would feel in skates,” Tarasova said afterward. “But when I was asked, ‘Will you skate?’ I said, ‘I will!’ And I wasn’t thinking about the pain during our performance.”

Morozov called her “a hero.”

In Thursday’s free skate, Tarasova and Morozov will be largely tasked with keeping Russia from going three straight years without world championships pairs medalists, which would be the longest drought for Soviet and Russian pairs since their dominance began in the 1960s.

Tarasova and Morozov trail Chinese leaders Sui Wenjing and Han Cong by 1.86 points and second-place Aliona Savchenko and Bruno Massot of Germany by .47.

Another Russian pair is in fifth place going into the free skate (1 p.m. ET, NBCSN, NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app).

Full worlds short program results are here.

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World Cup champ lands first quad cork 1800 (video)

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Switzerland’s Andri Ragettli landed what’s being touted as the first ski quad cork 1800 in a video published recently.

Ragettli, 18, is one of the leading slopestyle skiers in the world. He won the World Cup season title in 2015-16 and placed second this year, in addition to fifth- and sixth-place finishes at the last two Winter X Games.

Previously, Ragettli became the first slopestyle skier to land back-to-back triples in a full competition at the 2016 Winter X Games, according to ESPN.com.

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