Derrick Rose wants to play in 2016 Olympics; Coach K wants him there, too

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Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose is just a few preseason games into his comeback, but he’s already thinking 2016.

Rose, 25, missed all of last season after tearing an ACL in the 2012 playoffs.

“For sure, I would love to play on the team,” Rose told reporters Wednesday. “It would be an honor. But at the same time it’ll take me trying out for the team and Coach K (Olympic and Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski) and this coaching staff along with Thibs (Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, an Olympic assistant) would pick the players and allow me to play for them. So, if I have the opportunity to play for them, I will, but it’s just going to take me trying out for the team.”

What are Rose’s chances? Krzyzewski pointed to 2010, when Rose was the starting point guard for the U.S. gold-medal-winning team at the World Championships.

“(Rose) did a really good job,” Krzyzewski told ESPN Chicago. “He was only 21 years old at that time and probably would have been on our Olympic team in London.”

That torn ACL ended Rose’s 2012 Olympic dreams. The U.S. didn’t need him, steamrolling to its second straight Olympic gold and fifth in the last six Games.

The U.S. generally puts three point guards on the 12-man Olympic team. In 2008, they were Jason KiddChris Paul and Deron Williams. In 2012, they were Paul, Williams and Russell Westbrook.

The latter three, plus the Warriors’ Stephen Curry and the Cavs’ Kyrie Irving (a Krzyzewski pupil at Duke), appear to be Rose’s primary competition to make the U.S. team for next year’s World Cup in Madrid.

“I want (Rose) to be on the (team), to be in the pool of players, and hopefully be on both teams, but I also want to give him the opportunity to see how the year goes for him because there’s nothing more important than making sure his career is going in a very positive way, and we’re always cognizant of that with the USA Basketball program,” Krzyzewski said, according to ESPN Chicago.

A Bulls player hasn’t made the U.S. Olympic team since Scottie Pippen in 1996.

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South Korea’s first gold medalist of 2018 PyeongChang Olympics to compete for China

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Lim Hyo-Jun, a short track speed skater who won South Korea’s first gold medal of the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, has been cleared to skate for China and was reportedly named to the national team Monday.

Lim, who won the 1500m on the first day of medal competition at the PyeongChang Games, began the process of switching to China after a June 2019 incident where he pulled down a teammate’s trousers, leaving him standing, exposed, in front of female teammates.

Lim, the 2019 World overall champion, was banned from the team for a year and later found guilty of sexual harassment before the verdict was overturned on appeal.

It was reported in March 2021 that Lim was in the process of trying to gain Chinese nationality to compete at the Beijing Winter Olympics, but Lim was not cleared to switch by the International Skating Union until this July. His Chinese name is Lin Xiaojun.

Another star South Korean skater, triple 2006 Olympic gold medalist Ahn Hyun-Soo, switched to Russia after not making the 2010 Olympic team. He then won three golds for the host nation as Viktor Ahn at the 2014 Sochi Games.

China’s national team for the upcoming season reportedly does not include veterans Wu Dajing, the nation’s lone gold medalist across all sports at the 2018 Olympics, and Fan Kexin, a three-time Olympic medalist.

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Brigid Kosgei, world record holder, to miss London Marathon

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World record holder Brigid Kosgei withdrew before Sunday’s London Marathon due to a right hamstring injury that has bothered her for the last month.

“My training has been up and down and not the way I would like to prepare to be in top condition,” was posted on Kosgei’s social media. “We’ve decided it’s best I withdraw from this year’s race and get further treatment on my injuries in order to enter 2023 stronger than ever.”

Kosgei, a 28-year-old Kenyan mother of twins, shattered the world record by 81 seconds at the 2019 Chicago Marathon. She clocked 2:14:04 to smash Brit Paula Radcliffe‘s record from 2003.

Since, Kosgei won the 2020 London Marathon, took silver at the Tokyo Olympics, placed fourth at the 2021 London Marathon and won this past March’s Tokyo Marathon in what was then the third-fastest time in history (2:16:02).

Ethiopian Tigist Assefa moved into the top three by winning the Berlin Marathon last Sunday in 2:15:37.

The London Marathon women’s field includes Kenyan Joyciline Jepkosgei, a winner in New York City (2019) and London (2021), and Yalemzerf Yehualaw, who was the Ethiopian record holder until Assefa won in Berlin.

The men’s field is headlined by Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele, the second-fastest male marathoner in history, and Brit Mo Farah, a four-time Olympic champion on the track.

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