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Jesse Owens "Race"

‘Race’ film poster unveiled

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A poster for “Race,” a film about Olympic sprint legend Jesse Owens that hits theaters Feb. 19, was published Monday.

Owens, who won four gold medals at the Berlin 1936 Olympics in the face of Nazi Germany, is played by Stephan James in the film.

Jason SudeikisJeremy Irons and William Hurt are also in the cast for the Focus Features film. Sudeikis plays Owens’ coach, Larry Snyder. Irons will play Avery Brundage, then the president of the U.S. Olympic Committee.

VIDEO: Full trailer for ‘Race’


Heather Richardson takes another world record from Brittany Bowe

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Heather Richardson took Olympic teammate Brittany Bowe‘s name off the world record books for the second straight Saturday, breaking Bowe’s mark in the 1500m in Kearns, Utah.

Richardson won a World Cup race at the 2002 Olympic venue in 1 minute, 50.85 seconds, taking .74 off Bowe’s world record set Sunday in Calgary (Dutch broadcast video here).

Bowe, skating in the same pair, also came in under her own world record (1:51.31).

Richardson’s time was .44 faster than the time Norwegian legend Johann Olav Koss skated to win the men’s 1500m at the Lillehammer 1994 Olympics, then a world record before the clap-skate era.

Last Saturday, Bowe broke the 1000m world record and Richardson reset it about three minutes later.

“I think we feed off each other,” Richardson said, according to US Speedskating. “I know last weekend I fueled her fire after taking the record in the 1000m, then she went and did the 1500m, so I’m sure tomorrow she’s going to bring her A game [in the 1000m at Kearns].”

Now, Richardson owns the women’s 1000m and 1500m world records, while another U.S. Olympian, Shani Davis, owns the men’s 1000m and 1500m world records from 2009.

In the last two weekends, world records have been broken in four of the 10 individual Olympic speed skating events. In three of those four, the world record has been broken multiple times.

The races have all been at Calgary and Kearns, the fastest venues in the world. World Cup races are held in Calgary and Kearns annually, which makes this year’s bevy of records quite extraordinary but also means no more records should be set the rest of this season.

The record flurry included one in the grueling men’s 10,000m earlier Saturday, when Dutch-born Canadian Ted-Jan Bloemen clocked 12:36.30, taking 5.39 seconds off Sven Kramer‘s mark from 2007.

Kramer’s time was the longest-standing Olympic event world record.

On Friday, Russian Pavel Kulizhnikov broke the men’s 500m world record for the second straight week, clocking 33.98 seconds in Kearns.

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Yelena Radionova leads Russian sweep at Rostelecom Cup

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Russian Yelena Radionova led the first Grand Prix women’s podium sweep by one nation since 2008 at Rostelecom Cup on Saturday.

Radionova, World junior champion Yevgenia Medvedeva and Olympic champion Adelina Sotnikova topped the standings in the Moscow event following the free skate.

The last women’s Grand Prix podium sweep was by Japan at 2008 NHK Trophy.

NBC and NBC Sports Live Extra will have Rostelecom Cup coverage Sunday from 12-1:30 p.m. ET.

Radionova, the leader after Friday’s short program, performed a clean free skate with seven triple jumps to notch her third career Grand Prix title. Her 211.32 total points are the highest by any skater since Mao Asada won the March 2014 World Championship.

The 16-year-old clinched her second straight Grand Prix Final berth and will look to better last year’s silver medal at the December event in Barcelona. She previously finished third at Cup of China this season.

“I feel I redeemed myself after the Cup of China,” Radionova said, according to the International Skating Union.

Medvedeva, also 16 and the reigning World junior champion, totaled 206.76 points after landing seven triple jumps in her free skate with no major errors. Medvedeva won Skate America in October and also qualified for the six-skater Grand Prix Final.

Sotnikova, in her first top-level competition since winning the Sochi Olympics, improved from fourth after the short program for the bronze medal. Sotnikova erred near the end of her program, performing a weak double-single jump combination and falling on a double Axel. Watch her free skate here.

Sotnikova cannot qualify for the Grand Prix Final since she’s only competing in one qualifying event and not the required two.

U.S. Olympian Polina Edmunds was fourth.

The Grand Prix season continues next week with NHK Trophy in Japan, where Ashley Wagner will look to qualify for the Grand Prix Final with a podium finish.

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Top Grand Prix season scores
1. Yelena Radionova (RUS) — 211.32 (Rostelecom Cup)
2. Yevgenia Medvedeva (RUS) — 206.76 (Rostelecom Cup)
3. Yevgenia Medvedeva (RUS) — 206.01 (Skate America)
4. Gracie Gold (USA) — 202.80 (Skate America)
5. Ashley Wagner (USA) — 202.52 (Skate Canada)
6. Mao Asada (JPN) — 197.48 (Cup of China)
7. Rika Hongo (JPN) — 195.76 (Cup of China)
8. Elizaveta Tuktamysheva (RUS) — 188.99 (Skate Canada)
9. Satoko Miyahara (JPN) — 188.07 (Skate America)