In 2016, golf will return to the Olympics for the first time since 1904. The sport is getting a head start at the Youth Olympics, where it’s being contested for the first time in Nanjing this week.
The first rounds were played at Zhongshan International Golf Club on Tuesday. The separate men’s and women’s tournaments are three rounds each, 54 stroke-play holes total, concluding Thursday. A mixed team event takes place next week.
The fields were capped at 32 men and 32 women, maximum one man and one woman per country based off world amateur rankings. No Americans are playing.
The Youth Olympics continue with coverage on NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
“Oh really?” Gil reportedly said after being told he struck the first hole-in-one in Olympic history. “That’s very cool. It was actually the first hole-in-one in my career, too!”
Gil, 16, carded a 3-under 69 and was three shots off the Swedish and Australian men’s leaders after the first round. Four golfers — from Chinese Taipei, Italy, Japan and South Korea — shared the women’s lead at 3 under.
Steve Langton, who was described by driver Steven Holcomb as the “best push athlete in the world,” announced his retirement today.
A collegiate sprinter and jumper at Northeastern University, Langton decided to try bobsledding after watching the 2006 Winter Olympics. He filled out an online athlete resume, and, by the 2010 Games, he was an Olympian.
At the Sochi 2014 Games, Langton teamed with Holcomb to win a bronze medal in the two-man race. It was the first Olympic medal in the event by American sled since 1952. He claimed another bronze medal as a member of Holcomb’s four-man “Night Train.”
“In Sochi I competed on the world’s biggest stage, I won two medals for my country and I did so along not only the best teammates but best friends anyone could ever ask for,” Langton told USA Bobsled.
Langton, who has a 62-inch standing box jump and can squat more than 500 pounds, was described by Men’s Health as “the most powerful winter Olympian” in the lead-up to 2014 Games.
“[Langton’s] work ethic and discipline rubbed off on the other athletes and made everyone better,” said USA Bobsled & Skeleton Chief Executive Officer Darrin Steele. “I have no doubt that he’ll find success in the next chapter of his life as well.”
Langton appeared on “The Amazing Race” in 2015 with his girlfriend, Aly Dudek, an Olympic short track speedskater.
None of the push athletes on the current U.S. roster have Olympic experience. Holcomb will compete in the World Cup opener this Saturday with Sam McGuffie, a former University of Michigan football player. The race will be McGuffie’s World Cup debut.