Usain Bolt and the great tortoise race (video)

Usain Bolt

Usain Bolt has never seen a race this slow before.

The six-time Olympic champion visited “Access Hollywood” during his autobiography tour in California. The above clip appears to start with a previous racewalking challenge between Bolt and Billy Bush.

A makeshift course was set up for this year’s race. Not for the world’s fastest man, but for some of the world’s slowest animals.

Bolt, Bush and Kit Hoover coached tortoises in a race. Bolt’s tortoise — Rocky — prevailed.

Bolt also discussed his book, “Faster Than Lightning,” on the show. He discussed his first race, where the prize was rice, peas and chicken at about age 8 and his future.

Is 2020 a possibility?

“My coach says I can do it, but I don’t really want to go four more years,” Bolt said. “That’s a long time.”

He said he asked Michael Johnson why he chose to retire after winning the 2000 Olympic 400m, when he was 33. Bolt will be 30 after the 2016 Olympics.

“There was nothing else to do in the sport,” Johnson told him. “It’s better to retire while you’re on top,” Bolt said.

Bolt was also asked who is the greatest Olympic athlete of all time.

“Michael Johnson is one of my favorites,” Bolt said.

Not Michael Phelps?

“It’s in my field,” Bolt said. “Because this is the guy, I grew up, I’d love to be like Michael Johnson. I wanted to be the 200-meter Olympic champion.” 

If Bolt wins triple gold again in Rio, is he the greatest of all time?

“Clearly,” he said, laughing.

He also said he has a crush on Beyonce, in addition to his crush on Rihanna, apparently.

Bolt also did an interview with Arsenio Hall, where he reiterated his love of Chicken McNuggets.

“I don’t know, it works,” he said. “Stick to what works.

“I remember, I was in China for the first Olympics, and we got there, and we got to the cafeteria, and there was so much food,” said Bolt, whose Olympic debut was actually 2004. “I was like, you know what, I’m not going to mess with this. McDonald’s!”

How much did he eat?

“There’s 20 in a pack times eight maybe,” Bolt said. “Athletes, don’t follow me. Eat your vegetables, kids.”

Bolt was also asked about partying in the Olympic Village.

“I don’t know what you’re talking about,” Bolt said.

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U.S. men’s gymnastics team named for world championships

Asher Hong
Allison and John Cheng/USA Gymnastics

Asher Hong, Colt Walker and world pommel horse champion Stephen Nedoroscik were named to the last three spots on the U.S. men’s gymnastics team for the world championships that start in three weeks.

Brody Malone and Donnell Whittenburg earned the first spots on the team by placing first and second in the all-around at August’s U.S. Championships.

Hong, Walker and Nedoroscik were chosen by a committee after two days of selection camp competition in Colorado Springs this week. Malone and Whittenburg did not compete at the camp.

Hong, 18, will become the youngest U.S. man to compete at worlds since Danell Leyva in 2009. He nearly earned a spot on the team at the U.S. Championships, but erred on his 12th and final routine of that meet to drop from second to third in the all-around. At this week’s camp, Hong had the lowest all-around total of the four men competing on all six apparatuses, but selectors still chose him over Tokyo Olympians Yul Moldauer and Shane Wiskus.

Walker, a Stanford junior, will make his world championships debut. He would have placed second at nationals in August if a bonus system for attempting difficult skills wasn’t in place. With that bonus system not in place at the selection camp, he had the highest all-around total. The bonus system is not used at international meets such as world championships.

Nedoroscik rebounded from missing the Tokyo Olympic team to become the first American to win a world title on pommel horse last fall. Though he is the lone active U.S. male gymnast with a global gold medal, he was in danger of missing this five-man team because of struggles on the horse at the U.S. Championships. Nedoroscik, who does not compete on the other five apparatuses, put up his best horse routine of the season on the last day of the selection camp Wednesday.

Moldauer, who tweeted that he was sick all last week, was named the traveling alternate for worlds in Liverpool, Great Britain. It would be the first time that Moldauer, who was fourth in the all-around at last fall’s worlds, does not compete at worlds since 2015.

Though the U.S. has not made the team podium at an Olympics or worlds since 2014, it is boosted this year by the absence of Olympic champion Russia, whose athletes are banned indefinitely due to the war in Ukraine. In recent years, the U.S. has been among the nations in the second tier behind China, Japan and Russia, including in Tokyo, where the Americans were fifth.

The U.S. women’s world team of five will be announced after a selection camp in two weeks. Tokyo Olympians Jade Carey and Jordan Chiles are in contention.

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Paris 2024 Olympic marathon route unveiled

Paris 2024 Olympic Marathon
Paris 2024

The 2024 Olympic marathon route will take runners from Paris to Versailles and back.

The route announcement was made on the 233rd anniversary of one of the early, significant events of the French Revolution: the Women’s March on Versailles — “to pay tribute to the thousands of women who started their march at city hall to Versailles to take up their grievances to the king and ask for bread,” Paris 2024 President Tony Estanguet said.

Last December, organizers announced the marathons will start at Hôtel de Ville (city hall, opposite Notre-Dame off the Seine River) and end at Les Invalides, a complex of museums and monuments one mile southeast of the Eiffel Tower.

On Wednesday, the rest of the route was unveiled — traversing the banks of the Seine west to the Palace of Versailles and then back east, passing the Eiffel Tower before the finish.

The men’s and women’s marathons will be on the last two days of the Games at 8 a.m. local time (2 a.m. ET). It will be the first time that the women’s marathon is held on the last day of the Games after the men’s marathon traditionally occupied that slot.

A mass public marathon will also be held on the Olympic marathon route. The date has not been announced.

The full list of highlights among the marathon course:

• Hôtel de ville de Paris (start)
• Bourse de commerce
• Palais Brongniart
• Opéra Garnier
• Place Vendôme
• Jardin des Tuileries
• The Louvre
• Place de la Concorde
• The bridges of Paris
(Pont de l’Alma; Alexandre III;
Iéna; and more)
• Grand Palais
• Palais de Tokyo
• Jardins du Trocadéro
• Maison de la Radio
• Manufacture et Musées
nationaux de Sèvres
• Forêt domaniale
des Fausses-Reposes
• Monuments Pershing –
• Château de Versailles
• Forêt domaniale de Meudon
• Parc André Citroën
• Eiffel Tower
• Musée Rodin
• Esplanade des Invalides (finish)

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