Adrian Peterson won’t try for Olympics, but other RBs might

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Adrian Peterson will not retire from the NFL to pursue track sprinting and the Olympics, according to ProFootballTalk, which reports he plans to play football in 2015.

The news came after Peterson was quoted by ESPN.com last week saying he considered returning to sprinting. The 29-year-old was a high school track and field standout.

“I’ve thought about going after the Olympics — you only live once,” Peterson said, according to the ESPN report. “I’ve seriously thought about this real hard. I continue to pray about it, but it’s been something that has been heavy, heavy on my heart.”

Peterson said he was interested in competing in the 200m and 400m, according to ESPN.

In high school, Peterson’s personal-best times were 10.19 seconds in the 100m and 47.6 in the 400m, according to Sports Illustrated. He also had a 200m personal best of 21.23, according to ESPN.

Those times were from more than 10 years ago.

The times that made the U.S. Olympic team at the 2012 trials finals were 9.93 in the 100m (10.27 to make the relay), 20.16 (wind-aided) in the 200m and 44.8 in the 400m (45.24 to make the relay).

Former New York Giants running back David Wilson has said he is trying to make the 2016 U.S. Olympic team in the triple jump.

Retired four-time Pro Bowl running back Ahman Green will take part in a USA Rugby recruitment camp in January. Rugby is returning to the Olympics for the first time since 1924 in 2016, though the U.S. faces a tough road to qualify.

Current U.S. rugby player Carlin Isles spent a month on the Detroit Lions practice squad as a wide receiver last winter.

Forty NFL players have competed in a Summer Olympics — 33 in track and field, six in wrestling and one in handball — according to sports-reference.com.

The most successful NFL players in the Olympics were Cowboys receiver Bob Hayes, who won a Super Bowl title and Olympic gold medals in the 100m and 4x100m relay in 1964, and Jim Thorpe.

Thorpe, born in 1887, won the Olympic decathlon and pentathlon in 1912 and began playing in the NFL in 1920.

The only NFL regular-season player to compete in a Winter Olympics was Herschel Walker. The Heisman Trophy winner finished seventh in two-man bobsled in 1992.

Johnny Quinn, a former NFL preseason wide receiver, made the 2014 U.S. Olympic bobsled team.

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Gracie Gold qualifies for nationals, Polina Edmunds shut out

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2014 Olympian Gracie Gold qualified for the 2020 U.S. Figure Skating Championships by virtue of a third-place finish at the Eastern Sectional Singles Final on Saturday in Hyannis, Massachusetts.

“Bronze: so hot this fall,” Gold posted on Instagram. She last competed at U.S. nationals in 2017, when she finished sixth. She won the national title in 2014 and 2016.

Gold sat second after the short program with 63.55 points, and ultimately finished third overall with 109.90 points in the free skate for 173.45 points. The top four at the event qualify for the national championships in Greensboro, North Carolina in January.

Her free skate included a fall on the opening triple Lutz and an under-rotation on the triple Lutz, double toe loop combination. She also put a hand down on the landing of a double Axel. The rest of the program, though, was clean.

Her performance, set to “She Used to be Mine” by Sara Bareilles, can be found at the 2:05 mark of the on-demand stream of the event for NBC Gold Pass subscribers.

Meanwhile, her Sochi teammate Polina Edmunds was shut out of nationals based on a fifth-place finish at the Pacific Coast Sectional Singles Final (top four qualify). Her performance can be found for NBC Gold Pass subscribers at the 1:50 mark of the on-demand stream for the event. Edmunds last competed at Nationals in 2016, when she earned the silver medal behind Gold.

As a reminder, you can watch the events from the 2019-20 figure skating season live and on-demand with the ‘Figure Skating Pass’ on NBC Sports Gold. Go to NBCsports.com/gold/figure-skating to sign up for access to every ISU Grand Prix and championship event, as well as domestic U.S. Figure Skating events throughout the season. NBC Sports Gold gives subscribers an unprecedented level of access on more platforms and devices than ever before.

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Brittany Bowe extends unbeaten streak to open speed skating World Cup

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Brittany Bowe extended one of the most dominant runs for any U.S. Winter Olympian, earning her first straight World Cup 1000m win to open the season on Sunday.

Bowe, fourth and eighth in the event at her two Olympics, clocked 1:15.35 in Minsk, Belarus, to beat PyeongChang gold medalist Jorien ter Mors by six tenths. Ter Mors missed all of last season after knee surgery.

Bowe won every World Cup 1000m dating to last December, plus her second world title in the event last February, lowering track records at each stop.

She ended last season by breaking the world record by .48 of a second on the fast ice of the 2002 Olympic oval in Kearns, Utah. That time — 1:11.61 — would have been the men’s world record as recently as 1997.

Bowe, a former Florida Atlantic point guard who missed all of 2016-17 with a concussion, is up to 23 career World Cup wins. That’s fifth on the U.S. all-time list behind Bonnie Blair (69), Shani Davis (58), Dan Jansen (46) and Heather Bergsma (34), according to schaatsstatistieken.nl.

The World Cup moves to Poland next week.

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