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Allyson Felix and Beyoncé

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It’s the 2005 ESPYs. Actor Matthew Perry is hosting, one year after the end of “Friends.” The Best Male and Female Athlete awards go to Lance Armstrong and Annika Sörenstam.

And the show ends with a performance by Destiny’s Child.

The trio wearing all black and pointed toe pumps are three minutes into “Lose My Breath” when sparks fly from the backdrop. It’s the cue for two athletes in black dresses and matching heels to join them center stage.

Then-six-time Grand Slam singles champion Serena Williams is on the far right, next to Michelle Williams.

And on the left, bordering Kelly Rowland, is Allyson Felix.

At the time, Felix was 19 years old and the owner of one Olympic medal, silver in the 200m from the Athens 2004 Games.

“[Serena and I] were asked to do this little walk-out thing with Destiny’s Child,” Felix said recently. “We were both totally out of our element, like what are we supposed to do exactly? … It’s like, what am I doing up here?”

They spent about 30 seconds strutting and posing as the performance came to a close and Perry re-emerged to dismiss the crowd from Los Angeles’ Kodak Theatre.

It marked one of Felix’s first interactions with Serena Williams. They are now so close that Felix and brother Wes sat in Serena’s Wimbledon box at last year’s final at the All England Club.

One member of Destiny’s Child has a different kind of impact on Felix’s career. That’s Beyoncé.

For a 2013 ESPN the Magazine shoot, Felix posed as Beyoncé from the singer’s 2003 debut album, “Dangerously in Love.”

Those memories were conjured when Felix was asked at a U.S. Olympic Committee media summit last week what artist she listens to while warming up for competition.

“For me, it’s very specific,” Felix said among a panel of U.S. Olympic track and field athletes. “I have to listen to Beyoncé, ‘I’m a Diva.’ I have to get that alter ego on. I have to go to that different place. I’m a really laid-back person, but when it comes to the track, gotta switch it on.”

“I don’t consider myself a diva at all, but the song has a bit of an attitude and I inherit that when I step on the track,” Felix said, according to ESPN the Magazine in 2013. “I think about winning and not really caring about anyone else’s feelings and just caring about myself in that moment.”

The 2009 song has been on Felix’s playlist since before she won her first individual Olympic gold medal at London 2012.

“As soon as I heard it, I was like, man, I identify with this,” Felix said. “This is really cool. This one just hit me.”

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Yuzuru Hanyu to miss Japan Figure Skating Championships

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Yuzuru Hanyu, the reigning Olympic and world figure skating champion, will miss his national championships this week due to ankle and knee injuries suffered in a Nov. 9 practice fall, according to Japanese media citing the Japan Skating Federation.

Hanyu can (and very likely will) be named to Japan’s three-man Olympic team despite missing nationals.

Hanyu has reportedly been off the ice for more than one month since the fall.

“It is an important selection competition, and the Olympics are a big goal, so with that in mind we would like to think things through together,” Japan Skating Federation director Yoshiko Kobayashi said last week, according to Kyodo News.

Hanyu, who turned 23 on Dec. 7, fell on a quadruple Lutz attempted and then favored his right ankle in a Nov. 9 practice at a Grand Prix event (video here).

He skated the run-through for his free skate, although he elected not to do any more jumps.

“I have been told by the doctor that I need 10 days of complete rest,” Hanyu said in a statement on Nov. 12, according to Kyodo. “Following that, it will take three to four weeks to return and get back to where I was.”

Hanyu and world silver medalist Shoma Uno are favored to lead Japan’s Olympic men’s figure skating team. The third spot is likely to go to Takahito Mura or Keiji Tanaka.

Hanyu competed twice this season.

He posted a world-record short program score in his debut at a small September event in Canada, but struggled to fifth place in the free skate and finished second overall behind two-time world champion Javier Fernandez of Spain.

He then finished second to U.S. champion Nathan Chen at the first Grand Prix event of the season in Moscow in October. Chen is the only undefeated skater this season.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Matt, Becca Hamilton are first U.S. Olympic mixed doubles curling team

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A brother and sister from Wisconsin will be the busiest athletes at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

A month ago the Hamilton siblings, Matt and Becca, qualified to compete at the Olympics with the U.S. men’s and women’s curling teams, and today they also qualified to play as a mixed doubles team.

With a win over two of their teammates, John Shuster (skip of Matt’s four-man team) and Cory Christensen (alternate on Becca’s four-woman team), at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for mixed doubles curling, the Hamiltons earned the opportunity to curl on potentially every day of the Olympics.

The Hamiltons will start their Olympic competitions with the mixed doubles tournament on Thursday, Feb. 8, the day before the the Opening Ceremony marks the official beginning of the Olympics. When mixed doubles wraps up on Tuesday the 13th, they’ll start playing separately in the men’s and women’s tournaments on Wednesday the 14th. The traditional curling tournaments go until Sunday, Feb. 25, the day of the Closing Ceremony.

Of course, if one of their teams doesn’t advance past the round-robin rounds to the semifinals and medal games, they’ll have some time off. But if they do go all the way to the gold medal matches, it’ll mean 18 straight days of competition for the Hamiltons.

Matt and Becca showed their readiness during the Olympic Trials. They had the second-best record of the round-robin stage, 5-2, then beat Shuster and Christensen twice in two days to win the Olympic berth. The score of the final was 6-5.

After the match, the siblings–who say their partnership works because they can be brutally honest on the ice–had nothing but kind words for each other.

Becca, the younger Hamilton by a year and a half, said her older brother “taught me everything I know.”

Matt then said of Becca, “it’s been impressive to watch her grow up and become the superstar she is now.”

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