The Russian-based KHL will add a team in Sochi for the 2014-15 season, it announced Wednesday, confirming reports from late last year that the 2014 Olympic host city will have a club in the second strongest hockey league in the world.
The team does not have an official name yet, the KHL said on Facebook on Wednesday, though the team has been named the Sochi Leopards by the regional governor, according to The Associated Press.
In December, Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko said the club was expected to named “Delfin,” Russian for “Dolphin,” and would play in the Bolshoy Ice Dome, site of the Olympic medal round hockey games, according to R-Sport.
It may also play in Shayba Arena, the other Sochi Olympic hockey venue, the AP reported Wednesday.
Recently, plans were announced to revive Sochi’s club soccer team and have it play in Fisht Stadium, site of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.
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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The world’s best known Olympic historian says it will take something more destructive than the Zika virus to cancel the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
David Wallechinsky tells The Associated Press that “the only time the Games have been cancelled is in war — World War I and World War II. Other than that, nothing has done it.”
Wallechinsky says “it’s pretty late to move the Games, so I’m sure they’ll go forward” and open Aug. 5.
Brazil is the epicenter of the rapidly spreading mosquito-borne Zika epidemic, which is also generating rumors that South America’s first Games may be called off.
Brazil’s sports minister says that canceling the Games “is not in discussion,” and Rio organizers and the IOC have repeatedly shot down the notion it’s even being considered.
“Race,” a film about 1936 Olympic legend Jesse Owens‘ triumphs in the face of Nazi Germany, hits theaters Feb. 19.
In the above clip, Owens competes in long jump qualifying after receiving a tip from fellow jumper German Luz Long to avoid fouling on his last attempt to advance to the final.
Owens would then beat Long in the final, though the pair forged a friendship.
In other clips, Owens, played by Stephan James, speaks with his Ohio State coach, Larry Snyder, played by Jason Sudeikis. Watch that here.
Also, Owens discusses taking part in the Olympics amid racial prejudice in the U.S. Watch that here.
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