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Yohan Blake out ‘quite a long time,’ coach says

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Just as Usain Bolt is returning, his top Jamaican rival is back on the shelf.

Olympic 100m and 200m silver medalist Yohan Blake will not race again in 2014 after recent surgery on an injured hamstring, his coach, Glen Mills, told Reuters.

Blake, who missed most of last season with a hamstring injury, pulled up and fell to the track in a 100m race in Glasgow, Scotland, on July 11 (video here). He was wheeled off the track in a chair but told at least one reporter he suffered a cramp.

“The injury was quite severe and the original prognosis was misdiagnosed and he went Germany and when they had a good look, they realized that it was more serious and required surgery, so he’ll be out for quite a long time,” Mills said.

Blake, 24, beat Bolt in the 2012 Jamaican Olympic Trials 100m and 200m. He is the second-fastest man all time in both events and was, in 2012, seen as the future of sprinting given Bolt and Americans Justin Gatlin and Tyson Gay were all at least three years older.

The hamstring injuries and mediocre results this season have dimmed the outlook on Blake, who will have plenty to prove when he returns to the track.

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Men’s snowboard big air preview

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Now that Anna Gasser of Austria has successfully captured the first-ever Olympic gold medal in women’s snowboard big air, it’s almost time to crown the first-ever Olympic champion on the men’s side.

Big air snowboarding has progressed tremendously in recent years, and there’s been a lot of build-up to these Olympics, so expect heavy tricks to come out quickly in the final.

Or as Mark McMorris put it: “There’s probably [going to be] some mind-boggling s—.”

Every time there’s a big air event, there’s always talk about “quads” — a type of trick that features four inverted flips. It’s such a progressive trick that only two riders have landed a quad in competition, only a few others have done it in training, and many are hesitant to even try.

Read the full preview at NBCOlympics.com

Karen Chen shares disappointment, thanks fans

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Karen Chen was the last U.S. figure skater to make her PyeongChang debut (and her Olympic debut for that matter). A mistake on her opening jump in the short program left her in 10th place going into the free program. Two days later, her free skate also had technical mistakes, and she finished 11th overall. While Team OAR won its first Olympic gold of the PyeongChang Games and got a silver to boot, the U.S. women were plagued with falls and technical errors, and Chen was no exception.

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Just hours after the ladies’ event concluded, Chen took to Instagram to share her frustration, disappointment and newfound perspective.

Chen, 18, is the youngest woman on the 2018 U.S. figure skating team. Chen was born and raised in Fremont, California, she cites gold medal figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi, who is also from Fremont, as a mentor. Unlike most in the world of figure skating, Chen makes her own costumes and choreographs her own programs. Last season, Chen won the U.S. national championship. She skated an inconsistent 2017-18 season, but her third place finish at nationals was enough to land her a spot on Team USA.