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Jordan Spieth jokes, ‘win Olympic golf gold medal, say it’s for triathlon’

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Top-ranked Jordan Spieth values the Olympics just as much or more than his elite golf peers, but he also has a sense of humor about the sport’s return to the Games in August.

“You won a gold medal for your country [in golf] in the Olympics, some day you could go ahead and lie and say it was a triathlon or you could say it was whatever and seem like a real athlete,” Spieth joked in Abu Dhabi ahead of a tournament on Wednesday.

Spieth was also asked what athlete he’d like to chat with at the Olympic Village in Rio.

“To name one would be hard,” he said. “I’d like to sit down with [fellow Under Armour athlete] Steph Curry. I’d like to sit down — I mean, you could go through each sport if you wanted to. I’m not sure what it’s going to be like there. I know in the Olympic Village, you can kind of have free game to go wherever, but I know that it’s probably split up significantly based on gender and athletics, your sport. I’m interested to see what it’s like. But if you can come in contact with some of the all-time greats and what they do, I’d love to pick their brain. It can’t hurt at all.”

Spieth, 22, is all but assured to qualify for the first U.S. Olympic golf team in 112 years on the rankings cutoff on July 11.

He has said marching in an Opening Ceremony was a childhood dream and compared an Olympic gold medal to a Green Jacket.

The other favorites to make the U.S. Olympic team in golf are Rickie FowlerBubba Watson and Patrick Reed. Fowler said Tuesday that he valued a major championship and a Ryder Cup over an Olympic gold medal.

The U.S. Olympic team qualifiers will be the top four golfers ranked in the top 15 on July 11.

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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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