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Shani Davis wins in first race since Olympics, says he’s ‘still really depressed’

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U.S. speed skaters captured two more wins on the second day of World Cup racing in Inzell, Germany, on Saturday, putting Olympic disappointment behind them.

Shani Davis won in his first race since the Olympics, taking the 1000m in 1 minute, 8.7 seconds.

Davis, the 2006 and 2010 Olympic 1000m champion, had finished eighth in the 1000m in Sochi. Davis has won four of the five World Cup 1000m races this season and clinched the season title in the event.

“There’s a lot of mixed feelings,” Davis told Dutch media outlet NOS. “I’m still really depressed about my past results, but I’m happy that I can still race the 1000m at the highest level.

“It lets me know in my heart that it wasn’t me [in Sochi]. This was Shani that should have been two weeks ago.”

Davis said he’s starting to find his rhythm again but was cryptic about the future.

“There’s a lot of things up in the air I’m not quite sure about, so I can’t really speak on it yet,” Davis said. “Maybe some day in the future we’ll have a talk about it.”

The Netherlands’ Stefan Groothuis was second, one tenth behind Davis, and another American, Brian Hansen, was third. Groothuis won the Olympic 1000m in Sochi.

Heather Richardson won her second 500m in two days, skating 37.70 to win by .14 over Russian Olga Fatkulina. Richardson was eighth in the Olympic 500m.

In other races, Olympic champion Ireen Wuest of the Netherlands won the 3000m and bronze medalist Ronald Mulder won the 500m on Saturday.

Inzell men’s 500m Race 1
1. Ronald Mulder (NED) 34.96
2. Gilmore Junio (CAN) 35.02
3. Nico Ihle (GER) 35.10
8. Tucker Fredricks (USA) 35.27
19. Mitchell Whitmore (USA) 1:34.68

Women’s 500m Race 2
1. Heather Richardson (USA) 37.70
2. Olga Fatkulina (RUS) 37.84
3. Jenny Wolf (GER) 37.89
15. Sugar Todd (USA) 38.95
20. Kelly Gunther (USA) 39.87

Men’s 1000m
1. Shani Davis (USA) 1:08.70
2. Stefan Groothuis (NED) 1:08.80
3. Brian Hansen (USA) 1:08.90
11. Joey Mantia (USA) 1:09.91
14. Mitchell Whitmore (USA) 1:10.23
17. Jonathan Garcia (USA) 1:10.67

Women’s 3000m
1. Ireen Wuest (NED) 4:01.52
2. Martina Sablikova (CZE) 4:04.00
3. Yvonne Nauta (NED) 4:04.44

Men’s mass start
1. Arjen Stroetinga (NED) 10:11.43
2. Bart Swings (BEL) 10:11.56
3. Bob de Vries (NED) 10:13.59
5. Patrick Meek (USA) 10:11.74
6. Brian Hansen (USA) 10:18.49

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Eddy Alvarez, Olympic short track medalist, to play for Miami Marlins

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Eddy Alvarez realized his MLB dream, six years after earning a Winter Olympic medal, and during a global pandemic that affected his club more than any other U.S. professional sports franchise.

Alvarez, a 2014 U.S. Olympic short track speed skating medalist, is being added to the Miami Marlins roster for Tuesday’s restart of their abbreviated season, president of baseball operations Mike Hill said Monday, according to Marlins beat reporters.

The 30-year-old was among a group added after as many as 18 Marlins tested positive for the coronavirus last week, forcing the club to cancel seven games.

Alvarez is believed to be the first U.S. Winter Olympian to become a Major League Baseball player.

He may be the second Olympic medalist in a sport other than baseball to make it to the majors, joining Jim Thorpe. (Michael Jordan tried to do so with the Chicago White Sox, playing Double-A in 1994, but returned to the Chicago Bulls in 1995.)

Alvarez, a Miami native, played baseball in high school and at Salt Lake Community College before focusing on short track in 2012 for a 2014 Olympic run.

He came back from missing the 2010 Olympic team and surgeries on both knees, reportedly leaving him immobile and bedpan dependent for four to six weeks, to make the Sochi Winter Games. Eddy the Jet earned a silver medal in the 5000m relay.

Then Alvarez returned to baseball after three years away. He signed a minor-league contract with the Chicago White Sox in June 2014. He worked his way through the minors between that franchise and the Marlins system.

Alvarez was a Kannapolis Intimidator, a New Orleans Baby Cake and a Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp.

Now, he’s a big leaguer.

“It definitely was a chance, picking up a kid who hasn’t played in three years who is starting at the age of 24,” Alvarez said in 2014. “It’s not your typical story, but I play like a 17-year-old kid. I’m running around everywhere. I’m diving around everywhere. I’m full of life. I definitely see my progression moving at a rapid pace.”

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Katie Ledecky balances glass of chocolate milk on her head while swimming

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Katie Ledecky will always remember Aug. 3 as the date she won her first Olympic gold medal, at age 15 in 2012.

Now, she can also associate it with the time she created another kind of buzz on social media.

The five-time Olympic champion posted video of her swimming the length of a pool while balancing a glass of chocolate milk on her head. Barely any, if any, milk spilled into the pool.

Ledecky swam as part of a new got milk? ad campaign.

“Hoooowww nervous were you when you did this?!” fellow Olympic champion and training partner Simone Manuel asked Ledecky on Instagram.

“I have never braced my core so hard,” Ledecky wrote. “It’s a great drill!”

“Try doing it breaststroke,” British Olympic 100m breaststroke champion and world-record holder Adam Peaty wrote.

“Is it wrong of me to think this is even more impressive than a few of your WR’s?!!!” wrote 1992 Olympic champion Summer Sanders.

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