Viktor Ahn wants to skate at Pyeongchang 2018 Olympics

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Russian short track speed skater Viktor Ahn wants to compete in one more Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang in his birth nation in 2018, according to Russian media.

Ahn, 29, said he would probably decide in 2015 or 2016 if he would strive for a third Olympics in 2018 and that it would be dependent on his health.

Ahn was the most decorated male athlete at the Sochi 2014 Winter Games, winning three gold medals and one bronze. He also won three golds and one bronze for South Korea at Torino 2006 before switching to Russia.

If Ahn competes at the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympics in his home nation against skaters from his birth country, he would be one of the most scrutinized athletes, perhaps the most scrutinized.

NBC Olympic short track analyst Apolo Ohno said last year that Ahn would be warmly received at the Pyeongchang Olympics.

“He’ll be an absolute superstar,” Ohno said. “I think they’ll get over [that he competes for Russia]. He’s an anomaly.”

Ahn is two gold medals shy of the career record for a Winter Olympian shared by Norwegian biathlete Ole Einar Bjoerndalen and cross-country skier Bjorn Daehlie.

Ahn won the overall World Championship in 2014, one month after the Sochi Olympics, and was shut out of the medals in all events at the 2015 World Championships.

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David Rudisha escapes car crash ‘well and unhurt’

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David Rudisha, a two-time Olympic champion and world record holder at 800m, is “well and unhurt” after a car accident in his native Kenya, according to his Facebook account.

Kenyan media reported that one of Rudisha’s tires burst on Saturday night, leading his car to collide with a bus, and he was treated for minor injuries at a hospital.

Rudisha, 30, last raced July 4, 2017, missing extended time with a quad muscle strain and back problems. His manager said last week that Rudisha will miss next month’s world championships.

Rudisha owns the three fastest times in history, including the world record 1:40.91 set in an epic 2012 Olympic final.

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Tokyo Paralympic medals unveiled with historic Braille design, indentations

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The Tokyo Paralympic medals, which like the Olympic medals are created in part with metals from recycled cell phones and other small electronics, were unveiled on Sunday, one year out from the Opening Ceremony.

In a first for the Paralympics, each medal has one to three indentation(s) on its side to distinguish its color by touch — one for gold, two silver and three for bronze. Braille letters also spell out “Tokyo 2020” on each medal’s face.

For Rio, different amounts of tiny steel balls were put inside the medals based on their color, so that when shaken they would make distinct sounds. Visually impaired athletes could shake the medals next to their ears to determine the color.

More on the design from Tokyo 2020:

The design is centered around the motif of a traditional Japanese fan, depicting the Paralympic Games as the source of a fresh new wind refreshing the world as well as a shared experience connecting diverse hearts and minds. The kaname, or pivot point, holds all parts of the fan together; here it represents Para athletes bringing people together regardless of nationality or ethnicity. Motifs on the leaves of the fan depict the vitality of people’s hearts and symbolize Japan’s captivating and life-giving natural environment in the form of rocks, flowers, wood, leaves, and water. These are applied with a variety of techniques, producing a textured surface that makes the medals compelling to touch.

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