Usain Bolt ‘angered’ by West Ham moving into London Olympic Stadium

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Usain Bolt is already making noise in Moscow for the world championships, but perhaps the most newsworthy items about the world’s fastest man over the weekend came from an interview in London.

Spanish sports newspaper Marca conducted a question-and-answer with Bolt and published it Sunday.

The reporter described the scene as he entered a hotel room to interview Bolt.

Here’s the play by play:

(Bolt) is talking to someone from Puma. “I don’t understand, I don’t understand”, he keeps saying repeatedly. The subject he can’t come to terms with is the decision by the London Legacy Development Corporation to let West Ham play at the Olympic Stadium from 2016 onwards. Bolt is angered by this move. “We’re talking about the Olympic Stadium here and West Ham is going to take it over?” “Money”, a third voice interjects.

Earlier this year, the English Premier League club West Ham United was approved as the new tenant for the 2012 Olympic Stadium. Bolt, a noted Manchester United fan, may have been dismayed that a club that finished in 10th place in the Premier League last season will play in the same building where he won three gold medals last year.

Bolt was reported to be included on the Manchester United roster to play a special testimonial match for long-time defender Rio Ferdinand the day before the 100-meter heats at the world championships. Bolt’s agent said that wasn’t going to happen, though.

Last week, Bolt was quoted in Sport magazine saying he’s hoping to meet new Manchester United manager David Moyes. Moyes replaced Sir Alex Ferguson, who retired after United won the Premier League title last season. Bolt struck a friendship with Ferguson but has yet to meet Moyes.

“I’m waiting for Alex to put the meeting together, so he can let him know that Usain is pretty much part of the Manchester team, and he should just take care of him when it is time to go,” Bolt reportedly told the magazine. “Football is on the cards when I retire. Hopefully I can get a few charity matches in before then.”

The last question in the Marca Q&A was noteworthy, as well.

Q. Would you agree to have your blood frozen for 50 years to prove you are clean?

A. Sure. I do a lot of blood tests every season and that’d be no problem on my part. Definitely.

As for Bolt’s happenings in Moscow? He’s already enjoying himself, taking the microphone to rap and dance at a Puma party.

Bolt has said he hopes to get into physical shape to be able to break a world record in Moscow. That’s quite a lofty goal, given Bolt’s fastest times this year, 9.85 and 19.73, are well off his world records from the 2009 world championships, 9.58 and 19.19.

He’ll also be without top competition Yohan Blake and Tyson Gay, who are missing the meet due to injury and failed drug tests, respectively. If Bolt plans on getting near either of his records, he’ll likely have to do it with nobody pushing him. But that’s exactly how he did it in three of his four races at the 2008 Olympics and 2009 world championships, so who knows.

The 100 meters at the world championships begin with heats Saturday morning. Bolt is pre-qualified through to the next round later Saturday.

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Aleksander Aamodt Kilde sweeps Beaver Creek World Cup races

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Norway’s Aleksander Aamodt Kilde held off Swiss Marco Odermatt for a second consecutive day to sweep World Cup races in Beaver Creek, Colorado, this weekend.

Kilde won Sunday’s super-G by two tenths of a second over Odermatt, one day after edging Odermatt by six hundredths. France’s Alexis Pinturault took third as the podium was made up of the last three men to win the World Cup overall title, the biggest annual prize in ski racing.

This season’s overall figures to be a two-man battle between Kilde, the 2019-20 champion, and Odermatt, the reigning champion, and could come down to March’s World Cup Finals. They’ve combined to win the first five of 38 scheduled races.

The top American Sunday was River Radamus, who finished an impressive 16th given his start number was 57. Radamus’ best event is the giant slalom.

Ryan Cochran-Siegle, the Olympic super-G silver medalist, and Travis Ganong, who was third in Beaver Creek last year, both skied out.

The men’s World Cup heads next weekend to Val d’Isere, France, for a giant slalom and slalom.

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Alpine skiing TV, live stream schedule for 2022-23 World Cup season

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NBC Sports and Peacock combine to air live coverage of the 2022-23 Alpine skiing season, including races on the World Cup, which starts this weekend.

Coverage begins with the traditional season-opening giant slaloms in Soelden, Austria, this Saturday and Sunday, streaming live on Peacock.

The first of four stops in the U.S. — the most in 26 years — is Thanksgiving weekend with a women’s giant slalom and slalom in Killington, Vermont. The men’s tour visits Beaver Creek, Colorado the following week, as well as Palisades Tahoe, California, and Aspen, Colorado after worlds in Courchevel and Meribel, France.

NBC Sports platforms will broadcast all four U.S. stops in the Alpine World Cup season, plus four more World Cups in other ski and snowboard disciplines. All Alpine World Cups in Austria will stream live on Peacock.

Mikaela Shiffrin, who last year won her fourth World Cup overall title, is the headliner. Shiffrin, who has 74 career World Cup race victories, will try to close the gap on the only Alpine skiers with more: Lindsey Vonn (82) and Ingemar Stenmark (86). Shiffrin won an average of five times per season the last three years and is hopeful of racing more often this season.

On the men’s side, 25-year-old Swiss Marco Odermatt returns after becoming the youngest man to win the overall, the biggest annual prize in ski racing, since Marcel Hirscher won the second of his record eight in a row in 2013.

2022-23 Alpine Skiing World Cup Broadcast Schedule
Schedule will be added to as the season progresses. All NBC Sports TV coverage also streams live on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app.

Date Coverage Network/Platform Time (ET)
Sat., Oct. 22 Women’s GS (Run 1) – Soelden (PPD) Peacock 4 a.m.
Women’s GS (Run 2) – Soelden (PPD) Peacock 7:05 a.m.
Sun., Oct. 23 Men’s GS (Run 1) — Soelden Peacock 4 a.m.
Men’s GS (Run 2) – Soelden Peacock 7 a.m.
Sat., Nov. 12 Women’s Parallel (Qualifying) — Lech (PPD) Peacock 6 a.m.
Women’s Parallel (Finals) — Lech (PPD) Peacock 12 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 13 Men’s Parallel (Qualifying) — Lech (PPD) Peacock 4 a.m.
Men’s Parallel (Finals) — Lech (PPD) Peacock 10 a.m.
Sat., Nov. 19 Women’s SL (Run 1) — Levi Skiandsnowboard.live 4 a.m.
Women’s SL (Run 2) — Levi Skiandsnowboard.live 7 a.m.
Sun., Nov. 20 Women’s SL (Run 1) — Levi Skiandsnowboard.live 4:15 a.m.
Women’s SL (Run 2) — Levi Skiandsnowboard.live 7:15 a.m.
Fri., Nov. 25 Men’s DH — Lake Louise (PPD) Skiandsnowboard.live 2:30 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 26 Women’s GS (Run 2) — Killington NBC, Peacock 12:30 p.m.
Men’s DH — Lake Louise Skiandsnowboard.live 2:30 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 27 Women’s SL (Run 2) — Killington NBC, Peacock 12:30 p.m.
Men’s SG — Lake Louise Skiandsnowboard.live 2:15 p.m.
Fri., Dec. 2 Women’s DH — Lake Louise Skiandsnowboard.live 2 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 3 Women’s DH — Lake Louise Skiandsnowboard.live 2:30 p.m.
Men’s DH — Beaver Creek NBC, Peacock 5 p.m.*
Sun., Dec. 4 Women’s SG — Lake Louise Skiandsnowboard.live 1 p.m.
Men’s SG — Beaver Creek NBC, Peacock 5 p.m.*
Sat., Dec. 10 Men’s GS (Run 1) – Val d’Isere Skiandsnowboard.live 3:30 a.m.
Women’s GS (Run 1) – Sestriere Skiandsnowboard.live 4:30 a.m.
Men’s GS (Run 2) — Val d’Isere Skiandsnowboard.live 6:30 a.m.
Women’s GS (Run 2) – Sestriere Skiandsnowboard.live 7:30 a.m.
Sun., Dec. 11 Men’s SL (Run 1) – Val d’Isere Skiandsnowboard.live 3:30 a.m.
Women’s SL (Run 1) – Sestriere Skiandsnowboard.live 4:30 a.m.
Men’s SL (Run 2) — Val d’Isere Skiandsnowboard.live 6:30 a.m.
Women’s SL (Run 2) – Sestiere Skiandsnowboard.live 7:30 a.m.

*Delayed broadcast.

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