Wayde van Niekerk, Usain Bolt
Getty Images

Usain Bolt’s home finale to include Wayde van Niekerk, Olympic champs

Leave a comment

Usain Bolt‘s last scheduled meet in Jamaica will be star-studded.

Bolt will be joined by Olympic champions Wayde van NiekerkDavid RudishaMo Farah and Christian Taylor at the Racers Grand Prix in Kingston on June 10, meet organizers announced Friday.

It would be a surprise if any of Bolt, Van Niekerk, Rudisha and Farah are in the same race. Bolt is expected to contest the 100m.

Jamaica’s other top sprinters — Yohan BlakeAsafa Powell and Warren Weir — plus U.S. Olympians Tori BowieTrayvon BromellDalilah Muhammad and Jenna Prandini are also confirmed for the meet. Plus, South African Akani Simbine, the fastest man in the world so far this year at 9.93 seconds.

“I might shed a tear even though I’m not an emotional person as I close out where it started on Jamaican soil,” Bolt said Friday, according to Reuters, adding that he wanted to run under 9.8 seconds.

Bolt has broken 9.8 twice since the 2012 Olympics, in winning the 2013 and 2015 World Championships in 9.77 and 9.79, respectively.

OlympicTalk is on Apple News. Favorite us!

MORE: Bode Miller says ‘a lot of pieces’ necessary for possible comeback

Team USA Opening Ceremony uniforms have heaters

NBC Universal
Leave a comment

The U.S. Olympic team uniforms for the PyeongChang Opening Ceremony contain heating components that will last up to 11 hours.

Ice dancers Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani and bobsledder Aja Evans wore the uniforms on TODAY on Monday.

The heat technology will come in handy.

The PyeongChang Opening Ceremony on Feb. 9 (live streaming on NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app) will be in an outdoor stadium, likely in below-freezing temperatures.

From USA Today:

“The athletes can set the temperature (there are three settings) via their cellphones. The heat can last up to five hours on the high setting and 11 hours on the low setting, fully charged.”

OlympicTalk is on Apple News. Favorite us!

MORE: PyeongChang Olympic schedule daily highlights

Images via NBC Universal:

Jamaica misses Olympic men’s bobsled by one spot

Getty Images
Leave a comment

The only Jamaican bobsled team in PyeongChang will be its women’s bobsled team.

Jamaica missed qualifying a two-man bobsled team for the Olympics by one spot in rankings finalized last week.

Jamaica still had a chance to sneak into the 30-sled Olympic field if one of the qualified nations declined a spot, but that didn’t happen.

The International Bobsled and Skeleton Federation made it official Monday, publishing the Olympic fields for each event.

At least one Jamaican men’s sled competed in every Olympics from 1988 through 2002, then again in 2014.

Sochi driver Winston Watts retired, but a new team was formed in this Olympic cycle that included former Green Bay Packers and Cincinnati Bengals running back Michael Blair.

New driver Seldwyn Morgan competed on the lower-level North American Cup the last three seasons with a top finish of seventh.

OlympicTalk is on Apple News. Favorite us!

MORE: Would Usain Bolt make a good bobsledder?