Usain Bolt ‘reconsidering’ retiring after 2016 Olympics, trains with Sergio Aguero (video)

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Usain Bolt‘s having second thoughts about retiring, three years before his planned retirement.

“I am definitely reconsidering (retiring after 2016),” Bolt said, according to the Telegraph. “I think my fans especially have really voiced their concern about me retiring.

“They think I should carry on, and so do my sponsors. I have discussed it with my coach, and he says it is possible. We will see what happens, but it’s on the cards that I will extend it by one more year.”

Bolt, 27, made global headlines Sept. 4, before his final meet of the season, when he said “it will be a good time to retire” after the 2016 Olympics.

If Bolt goes one more year, he could finish his career at the 2017 World Championships, which will be in London, site of his triple gold performance at the 2012 Olympics.

Bolt has been spending time in England promoting his new book, “Faster than Lightning,” a title that contradicts the title of one of his previous books.

He also repeated his desire to compete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, next year, should his coach OK it. Bolt has never competed at the once-every-four-years competition. He later said on BBC radio he would likely only run the 200 in Glasgow.

Bolt was also asked about the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which do not seem like a possibility. Bolt will turn 34 in August 2020 and be at a similar age to Carl Lewis (35), Michael Johnson (33) and Donovan Bailey (32) at their final Olympics.

“I have not thought about (Japan),” Bolt said, according to the Telegraph. “It’s a long way away, but if I win the next Olympics I will have done everything I wanted to do in my career so there would be no reason to continue (to Japan 2020).”

Bolt, a noted Manchester United supporter, also recently went out of his way to help a rival before the Manchester Derby on Sunday.

The world’s fastest man gave Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero a lesson in speed in a Puma video published Thursday. He even donned a red United jersey with the No. 10.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVclLj3FSH4

“Usain was terrible at the beginning, but I realized after a while that he was just trying to wear me out,” Aguero said, according to the Telegraph. “When he started to play properly, he showed some skills though. He is not good enough to play for City, but I think he would have a good chance of getting into the United team.”

Remember, Bolt was reported to be on the United roster list for a preseason tribute match in August, one day before the first round of the 100 meters at the World Championships.

Bolt’s agent quickly squashed that, but Bolt has said he’d like a shot at soccer, perhaps after he retires.

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Mikaela Shiffrin heads to world championships with medal records in sight

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Before Mikaela Shiffrin can hold the World Cup wins record, she can become the most decorated Alpine skier in modern world championships history.

Shiffrin takes a respite from World Cup pursuits for the biennial world championships in France. She is expected to race at least four times, beginning with Monday’s combined.

Shiffrin has a tour-leading 11 World Cup victories in 23 starts this season, her best since her record 17-win 2018-19 campaign, but world championships do not count toward the World Cup.

Shiffrin remains one career victory behind Swede Ingemar Stenmark‘s record 86 World Cup wins until at least her next World Cup start in March.

Shiffrin has been more successful at worlds than at the Olympics and even on the World Cup. She has 11 medals in 13 world championships races dating to her 2013 debut, including making the podium in each of her last 10 events.

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She enters worlds one shy of the modern, post-World War II individual records for total medals (Norway’s Kjetil Andre Aamodt won 12) and gold medals (Austrian Toni Sailer, Frenchwoman Marielle Goitschel and Swede Anja Pärson won seven).

Worlds take place exactly one year after Shiffrin missed the medals in all of her Olympic races, but that’s not motivating her.

“If I learned anything last year, it’s that these big events, they can go amazing, and they can go terrible, and you’re going to survive no matter what,” she said after her most recent World Cup last Sunday. “So I kind of don’t care.”

Shiffrin ranks No. 1 in the world this season in the giant slalom (Feb. 16 at worlds) and slalom (Feb. 18).

This year’s combined is one run of super-G coupled with one run of slalom (rather than one downhill and one slalom), which also plays to her strengths. She won that event, with that format, at the last worlds in 2021. The combined isn’t contested on the World Cup, so it’s harder to project favorites.

Shiffrin is also a medal contender in the super-G (Feb. 8), despite starting just two of five World Cup super-Gs this season (winning one of them).

She is not planning to race the downhill (Feb. 11), which she often skips on the World Cup and has never contested at a worlds. Nor is she expected for the individual parallel (Feb. 15), a discipline she hasn’t raced in three years in part due to the strain it puts on her back with the format being several runs for the medalists.

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Lucas Braathen, world’s top male slalom skier, in doubt for world championships

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Norway’s Lucas Braathen, the world’s top male slalom skier this season, is doubtful to compete in the world championships slalom on Feb. 19 after appendix surgery on Tuesday.

“It’s been a tough couple of days fighting after surprisingly finding out about quite an intense infection on my appendix,” Braathen, a 22-year-old soccer convert with a Brazilian mom, posted on social media. “I’ve been through surgery and I’m blessed that it went successfully.”

The Norway Alpine skiing team doctor said Braathen’s recovery will take a few weeks, but there is a small possibility he can make it back for the world championships slalom, which is on the final day of the two-week competition.

Braathen has two slalom wins and one giant slalom win this World Cup season. He will miss Saturday’s slalom in Chamonix, France, the last race before worlds. Countryman Henrik Kristoffersen and Swiss Daniel Yule can overtake him atop the World Cup slalom standings in Chamonix.

Braathen entered last year’s Olympics as the World Cup slalom leader and skied out in the first run at the Games.

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