Young figure skater Sophie Hansen expected a meet-and-greet with Olympic ice dancing champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White. It turned out to be much more.
Sophie, 12, has been a patient at Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City since age 3. Doctors diagnosed her with an auto-immune liver disease, and she’s been waiting for a transplant for one year, as NBC affiliate KSL in Utah reported.
Sophie said she’s been watching Davis and White skate for a long time. She met them at an event in Sun Valley, Idaho, recently.
“Charlie asked me if I wanted to skate with them,” Sophie said. “He picked me up and flipped me around and put me on his shoulder. It was awesome.”
“Sophie’s family said that she had an amazing time in Sun Valley,” a Primary Children’s Hospital spokesperson said, according to the Valley Sun in Idaho. “Her mother said she couldn’t stop smiling and that the experience made her entire year.”
Then on Wednesday, Davis and White visited more than a dozen young people at a hospital in their native Michigan.
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British Paralympic champion Josef Craig was disqualified from a race because he didn’t cover up an Olympic rings tattoo on his chest at the IPC European Championships on Sunday.
Craig, 19, was disqualified because of an International Paralympic Committee swimming rule that states, “body advertisements are not allowed in any way whatsoever (this includes tattoos and symbols).”
Craig, who did not have the tattoo when he took gold at London 2012, has since competed at the European Championships with the Olympic rings tattoo covered.
If people attend the Paralympics, which are held weeks after the Olympics at the same venues, they will very often see the Paralympic Agitos logo where the Olympic logo once appeared.
It is visual proof that the International Olympic Committee and the International Paralympic Committee are separate entities.
At the London Paralympics, American Rudy Garcia-Tolson earned silver in a 200m individual medley with an Olympic rings tattoo visible near his left shoulder-blade.
An IPC spokesperson said the rule pertaining to the Paralympics — which covers all sports — was new going into 2012 and will be fully enforced for the first time in Rio.
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Missy Franklin broke into tears reading a letter to her parents in a mock press conference in a spot for Minute Maid, one of the four-time Olympic champion’s sponsors since turning professional a year ago.
It was filmed in April near her home in Denver.
Franklin has split time training and competing and working with companies including GoPro, Laureus, Minute Maid, Speedo, United Airlines, Visa and Wheaties.
Franklin has said the sponsor commitments will curtail in the middle of May, when she starts a blackout period to focus on training for the U.S. Olympic Trials, which are June 26-July 3 in Omaha and air on NBC Sports.
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