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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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.
Sochi Olympian 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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