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U.S. would top 2016 Olympic medal standings in virtual projection

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The U.S. would top the Olympic overall and gold medal standings if the Rio Games started today, according to Infostrada’s virtual medal projection updated Tuesday.

The update coincided with Tuesday’s marking of 500 days out from the Rio Olympic Opening Ceremony on Aug. 5, 2016. The projection is based on recent international results.

The U.S. would win 97 medals, with nearly half of them golds, 47, according to the medal projection available here.

The U.S. has won at least 100 medals at each of the last three Olympics. It hasn’t won at least 47 gold medals since it captured 83 at the Los Angeles 1984 Games.

Infostrada has the U.S. topping the overall medal count by 21 over China and the gold medal count by 19 over China. That would continue the Americans’ distancing of the rival Chinese since China earned the most gold medals at Beijing 2008 and came within 10 overall medals of the U.S. at those Games.

Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time with 22 medals, would win two more individual gold medals in the 100m butterfly and the 200m individual medley, according to the projection. He’s won each of those races at the last three Olympics.

If he wins those golds, Phelps will pass Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina for the most career Olympic individual medals with 15. He would also tie U.S. track and field legends Al Oerter (discus) and Carl Lewis (long jump) for the most consecutive Olympic titles in the same individual event.

Usain Bolt would lose to American Justin Gatlin in the 100m, according to the projection. Gatlin, the 2004 Olympic 100m champion five years removed from a four-year doping ban, ran the fastest time in the world in 2014, a 9.77.

Bolt’s last season was cut short due to foot surgery. He ran 9.98. Bolt and Gatlin last went head to head at the 2013 World Championships, won by Bolt, 9.77 to 9.85.

Gymnast Simone Biles would win four individual medals and swimmers Missy Franklin and Katie Ledecky three each, according to the projection.

The U.S. would sweep the basketball and beach volleyball golds.

Host nation Brazil, whose goal is to win 27 to 30 medals, would take home 27 total and 10 golds. Those would both be record totals at a single Games for Brazil, though not surprising given the medal boost nations usually receive with home-field advantage.

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Vonn wins Spirit of Sport Award at Laureus World Sports Awards

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MONACO (AP) — Lindsey Vonn, Tiger Woods, Novak Djokovic and the France national soccer team were among the winners at the Laureus World Sports Awards, with Woods claiming the Comeback Award 19 years after he was first recognized.

Vonn, who retired during the recent Alpine skiing world championships , took home the Spirit of Sport Award, which is given to an athlete for relentless dedication to his or her career, and France was honored for winning the World Cup in July.

Woods, who won the inaugural World Sportsman of the Year award in 2000, won the Tour Championship in September for his 80th PGA Tour title and his first since August 2013.

Djokovic matched Usain Bolt’s record by being named World Sportsman of the Year for the fourth time after winning Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. He also earned the honor in 2012, 2015 and 2016.

Simone Biles was named World Sportswoman of the Year for winning four gold, one silver and one bronze medal at the gymnastics world championships. Naomi Osaka won the Breakthrough Award for winning the U.S. Open and Chloe Kim was named the World Action Sportsperson of the Year.

The awards were given in recognition of outstanding sports performance in 2018.

Remembering the day Dan Jansen struck Olympic gold, 25 years ago

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By US Speedskating

Many of us remember that momentous day 25 years ago (Friday, Feb. 18, 1994), when Dan Jansen finally achieved his dream and won an Olympic gold medal in the 1000m in world record fashion at the 1994 Olympic Winter Games in Lillehammer, Norway.

It was a moment of triumph and exhilaration for Jansen. It was also a time of celebration for many Americans, the whole world for that matter, to see the down-to-earth, all-American good guy finally snap the Olympic medal jinx in such dramatic fashion. The world was a nicer place when Jansen struck Olympic gold.

“Overall I have been very blessed, because of who I am, what I’ve done and how I did it,” Jansen said. “I am in a position to do positive things in this world. If my visibility and character can be used to create more awareness and raise funds for worthy causes, I am happy to do what I can.”

Dan turned his Olympic glory into another form of gold when he started the Dan Jansen Foundation. Thanks to the generosity of individual donors, corporate contributions and his own charity golf outing, his foundation is helping in the fight against leukemia, assisting high school seniors in pursuit of higher education, and supporting a variety of youth sports programs.

Since 1995, the DJ Foundation has contributed more than $800,000 to needy families and causes.

The DJF/Jane Jansen Beres Family Aid Fund has benefited over 700 families affected by leukemia and related cancers. The DJF Scholarship Fund has helped more than 100 high school seniors who need financial aid and have demonstrated the Dan Jansen spirit toward life, education and overcoming adversity. Olympic speed skaters striving to realize their Olympic dream have been among those who also have benefited.

The goal this year for Dan and the Dan Jansen Foundation is to surpass the $1 million mark in total funds donated to worthy causes and those in need.

In honor of Jansen’s epic Olympic gold medal performance, a special Dan Jansen 25th (Gold turns Silver) Anniversary Tribute is being planned on Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee, Wisc.

Donors and participants are being invited to take a trip down memory lane with Jansen; catch up with an Olympic icon and one of Wisconsin’s favorite sons; and honor his achievements with special tributes from the likes of Olympic gold medalists Mike Eruzione (hockey), Kristi Yamaguchi (figure skating), Bonnie Blair (speedskating) and other luminaries. They’ll also be showing their support for the Dan Jansen Foundation.

In addition, Dan serves on the Board of Directors for Cool Kids Campaign Foundation. This foundation provides services and resources to children with cancer and their families in Baltimore, MD and soon in Charlotte, NC. To learn more about Cool Kids Campaign Foundation, go to coolkidscampaign.com

For information on the attending this charity fundraising event or making a donation to this, cause visit djfoundation.org or contact Sean Callahan, Executive Director Dan Jansen Foundation at 414-687-7781.

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