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Peter Forsberg and the Olympics

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Peter Forsberg, one of the most iconic Olympic hockey players, will be inducted into the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame on Monday.

Forsberg won two Olympic gold medals (1994, 2006), played in four Olympics overall and scored the most famous shootout goal in Olympic history in the Lillehammer 1994 gold-medal game.

Forsberg began his senior international career by winning the World Championship with Sweden in 1992, three months after the Albertville Olympics.

Forsberg, then 18, would have been the youngest player (by three years) on the 1992 Sweden Olympic team had he been selected.

He was asked about the possibility of making the 1992 Olympic team on the day he was taken by the Philadelphia Flyers in the first round of the 1991 NHL Draft.

“I don’t think I’m going to play there [in Albertville],” he said, according to the (Allentown, Pa.) Morning Call. “I don’t think I’m good enough.”

Sweden finished fifth in Albertville without him.

Forsberg was plenty good enough for the Lillehammer 1994 Winter Games. He was the second-youngest player on the team.source:

Forsberg was among the 1994 tournament leaders with six assists, but he is best remembered for scoring the gold medal-winning goal in the seventh round of an extended shootout with Canada in the final.

Forsberg skated to Canadian goalie Corey Hirsch‘s right and, as Hirsch lunged to his right, Forsberg cheekily leaned his arm and stick across Hirsch’s body and swept the puck into net.

The goal was commemorated on a Swedish stamp. Forsberg had exceeded the pre-Games billing as one of the most promising players in the tournament, the final Olympics before NHL players joined.

“It was and will always be a big part of my career and something that catapulted me into celebrity status in the hockey world,” Forsberg told NHL.com.

Forsberg returned for the Nagano 1998 Olympics, after winning Rookie of the Year and a Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche.

In Nagano, Sweden fell to Finland in the quarterfinals and was coached by Forsberg’s father.

After missing the 2002 Olympics due to injury, Forsberg led Sweden with six assists en route to gold at the Torino 2006 Winter Games. He helped set up the game winner in a 3-2 victory over Finland in the final.

“When I was 20, I didn’t know how hard it would be to get back and win another gold medal,” Forsberg, who flew to Italy with a groin strain and didn’t play in the first two games, told media after the game.

Those were expected to be Forsberg’s final Olympics, but he returned for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics at age 36, almost two years after his last NHL game. (Forsberg later made a two-game NHL comeback in 2011.)

Forsberg did not star in Vancouver, recording one assist in four games as Sweden lost to Slovakia in the quarterfinals.

“This is not the way we wanted it to end,” Forsberg told The Associated Press after his final Olympic game.

Forsberg finished his Olympic career with two goals and 17 assists, according to sports-reference.com, a testament to his skills as one of the sport’s greatest playmakers.

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Copenhagen withdraws as 2021 World Gymnastics Championships host, cites pandemic

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Copenhagen withdrew as host of the 2021 World Gymnastics Championships, citing financial strain as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Gymnastics worlds are usually not held in Olympic years, but the October 2021 edition remained scheduled when the Tokyo Games were postponed to summer 2021.

Denmark’s gymnastics federation board made the decision to not host worlds due in part to uncertainty about the global development of the coronavirus pandemic. That combined with financial losses already associated with the pandemic led to the bowing out.

The International Gymnastics Federation executive committee will “consider all consequences” from Copenhagen withdrawing, including launching a new bid process.

The 2022 Worlds are set for Liverpool, Great Britain, and 2023 in Antwerp, Belgium. Denmark will look into bidding to host in 2025.

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Allyson Felix, Noah Lyles headline Inspiration Games; TV, stream info

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In Allyson Felix‘s 17 years on the senior international level, she has never experienced anything like what Thursday will bring.

Felix, a nine-time Olympic medalist, will line up at a track in California to race 150 meters. Her opponents will be on the other side of the country — Bahamian Shaunae Miller-Uibo in Florida — and the other side of the Atlantic Ocean — Swiss Mujinga Kambundji in Zurich.

The Inspiration Games air live on Thursday from 2-3:30 p.m. ET on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA, NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app. The meet is a repurposed version of a Diamond League stop in Zurich, Switzerland.

“I’ve just been training and training and training, so anything to break it up. … this seemed like something great. I just loved the concept,” said Felix, who memorably raced alone in at the Rio Olympics in a re-run of the 4x100m first round. “I’m not really sure what to expect. I think [it’s] the first time that we’ve all done anything like this. I’m just approaching it to have fun and hopefully give people something to watch and to be entertained by. I think we all miss sports so much.”

Meet organizers had to get creative with the coronavirus pandemic limiting athlete travel and group events. The Impossible Games was first to go on June 11 — in an Oslo stadium with few spectators and even fewer athletes (and others competing in different countries).

The Inspiration Games takes virtual competition to another level. Felix, Miller-Uibo and Kambundji are all slated to sprint at the same time in different locations. As are world champion Noah Lyles, Frenchman Christophe Lemaitre and the Netherlands’ Churandy Martina in a later 200m.

It marks the first meet since the coronavirus pandemic for Felix, bidding to make her fifth Olympic team and first as a mom. The pandemic and restrictions in California forced her to train on streets.

“Everything is still pretty much locked down,” she said. “You can’t get onto a track without jumping a fence.”

Felix admitted she’s “definitely not sharp” going into her first race since February.

“Once we knew for sure that the Olympic Games would be postponed, we really had to think about being at our best a year from now,” said Felix, a 34-year-old bidding to break Michael Johnson‘s record as the oldest Olympic 400m medalist. “In my situation and where I’m at in my career, I had to make some adjustments, just with the level of impact on my body so that I could still be able to continue to train, but to save something and to have that one last time to be at my best next year. I definitely think things have shifted now.”

Lyles raced last Saturday at a small meet in Florida, outsprinting Justin Gatlin in a 100m heat (9.93 seconds to 9.99 with a hefty four meter/second tailwind).

The regular Diamond League calendar is scheduled to resume in August.

Here are the Inspiration Games entry lists. Here’s the schedule of events (all times Eastern):

1:35 p.m. ET — Men’s Pole Vault
1:35 — Women’s Pole Vault
2:05 — Men’s Triple Jump
2:10 — Women’s 150m
2:27 — Men’s 100 Yards
2:41 — Women’s 300m Hurdles
3:06 — Men’s 200m
3:20 — Women’s 3x100m Relay

Here are five events to watch:

Women’s Pole Vault — 1:35 p.m.
Greek Katerina Stefanidi, a Stanford grad, and American Sandi Morris renew their rivalry. Stefanidi will be in California. Morris will be in Florida. Swede Angelica Bengtsson rounds out the field. Stefanidi relegated Morris to silver at the 2016 Olympics and 2017 Worlds. But Morris snapped’ Stefanidi’s streak of eight straight wins in their head-to-head back in 2018 and has bettered Stefanidi in four of their last six meetings.

Men’s Triple Jump — 2:05 p.m.
Double Olympic champion Christian Taylor takes on longtime rival Pedro Pablo Pichardo, a Cuban-born Portuguese, and American Omar Craddock. Taylor bettered Pichardo in five of their last six meetings. In more than 30 meets together, Taylor has lost to Craddock just once (when Taylor has competed in full).

Women’s 150m — 2:10 p.m.
Felix and Miller-Uibo go head to head for the first time since the 2017 World Championships. Their most memorable duel came at the Rio Olympics, where a diving Miller-Uibo edged Felix by .07 for 400m gold. While Miller-Uibo and Felix primarily compete over a full lap, the 150m is closer to Kambundji’s wheelhouse. The Swiss earned 200m bronze at the 2019 World Championships, taking advantage of a depleted field.

Men’s 100 Yards — 2:27 p.m.
Triple Olympic medalist Andre De Grasse of Canada, Olympic 110m hurdles champion Omar McLeod of Jamaica and French veteran Jimmy Vicaut all train in Florida and will presumably be racing at the same venue on Thursday. The 100 yards is scantly contested in top-level meets. Nobody has broken nine seconds in a 100-yard (91.44-meter) race, according to World Athletics. But Usain Bolt‘s estimated 100-yard time en route to his 2009 world record in the 100m was 8.87 seconds.

Men’s 200m — 3:06 p.m.
Lyles has lost an outdoor 200m just once in this Olympic cycle and wouldn’t normally be pestered by Lemaitre or Martina, but these are unusual times and this an unusual competition. Lemaitre is the Olympic bronze medalist but was sixth at last year’s French Championships. Martina, 36, and, like Lemaitre, hasn’t broken 20 seconds in more than three years.

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