IRVINE, Calif. — Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte, Missy Franklin and Katie Ledecky headline the 60-swimmer U.S. roster for the Pan Pacific Championships.
The team was finalized at the U.S. Championships here this past week.
It will next head to Brisbane, Australia for a training camp and then Gold Coast for Pan Pacs, the year’s major international meet, from Aug. 21-25. NBC Universal will have coverage of the meet.
Swimmers who made the team can enter any individual event they want at Pan Pacs, but only two swimmers per nation can qualify for finals at Pan Pacs.
Pan Pacs pit U.S. swimmers against the world’s best swimmers outside of Europe.
Here’s the team:
Missy Franklin — Five Olympic medals
Katie Ledecky — Olympic 800m free champion
Nathan Adrian — Olympic 100m free champion
Tyler Clary — Olympic 200m back champion
Anthony Ervin — 2000 Olympic 50m free champion
Matt Grevers — Olympic 100m back champion
Ryan Lochte — 11 Olympic medals
Michael Phelps — 22 Olympic medals
Usain Bolt, the world’s fastest man, recently met former soccer star David Beckham at a restaurant.
Both global sporting icons posted similar photos on social media with similar captions Monday morning.
Beckham played midfield for Manchester United, and Bolt is a longtime fan of the soccer club.
Bolt, who is planning on retiring after the 2017 World Championships, was recently asked about the possibility of Manchester United while hosting a Facebook Live.
“If I had the chance to play for Manchester United, I would go right now,” he said, laughing. “I would retire and start playing futbol right now. That’s how much I really want to play for Manchester United.”
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Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott was running down the open field when he encountered Chicago Bears safety Chris Prosinski.
Prosinski went low and Elliott, a high school state champion in the 110m and 300m hurdles, decided to go high and hurdle the defender:
The track and field community took notice of Elliott’s hurdle.
Lolo Jones, a 100m hurdler who competed at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, gave Elliott grades of an A++ for difficulty and an A for technique on Twitter. She wrote that it “hands down would’ve been best NFL hurdle technique of the yr.” if a second Bears defender, Jonathan Anderson, hadn’t prevented Elliott from landing cleanly:
Dawn Harper-Nelson, the 2008 Olympic champion and 2012 Olympic silver medalist in the 100m hurdles, also had a positive review of Elliott’s efforts:
Emma Coburn, the 2016 Olympic 3000m steeplechase bronze medalist, thought Elliott’s leap resembled her event:
Elliott finished with 30 carries for 140 yards to lead the Cowboys to a 31-17 win during Sunday Night Football.
His mother, Dawn, who was a track and field athlete at the University of Missouri, posted a photo on Twitter to remind everyone where her son inherited his hurling gene from:
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