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Amanda Kessel skates, return to hockey possible

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Olympic silver medalist Amanda Kessel returned to skating and could play for the University of Minnesota this season, Gophers coach Brad Frost said Tuesday.

“At this point it’s completely unknown,” Frost said. “She’s just doing some exertional rehab and testing the waters.”

Kessel, 24 and the younger sister of NHL All-Star and Olympian Phil Kessel, hasn’t played a game since the Sochi 2014 Olympic final loss to Canada.

In September 2014, it was first reported she suffered a concussion before the Olympics. Kessel, who missed a series of fall 2013 Olympic lead-up games, played all five games in Sochi while being hampered by what she said was a hip injury.

She sat out the 2014-15 University of Minnesota season due to lingering concussion symptoms.

In July, Frost said that Kessel would not play at all in the 2015-16 season because “it’s just not worth it for her and her health,” according to the Grand Forks (N.D.) Herald.

“This is a step in that progression with her rehab, and we’ll see where it goes,” Frost said Tuesday.

In 2014, Kessel visited a brain institute in Atlanta headed by the same doctor who worked with Sidney Crosby and two-time U.S. Olympic medalist Caitlin Cahow after their concussions.

Kessel won the 2012-13 NCAA Player of the Year award as part of Minnesota’s 41-0-0 NCAA champion team and missed the 2013-14 season to play for the U.S. National Team.

She potted what proved to be the gold-medal-game-winning goal at the 2013 World Championship, beating the most decorated women’s player of all time, Canadian Hayley Wickenheiser, and the goalie who denied the U.S. in the last two Olympic finals, Shannon Szabados, on the scoring play.

“Amanda was the best player in the world when she played here last,” Frost said Tuesday.

This NCAA season, which ends March 20, is Kessel’s final year of eligibility, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

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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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