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U.S. Olympians attempt other sports, look average in ad campaign (video)

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Olympians are incredible athletes. There’s no question about that.

But how about when they try their athleticism in another sport? They can appear to be just a regular Joe Schmoe who doesn’t know what they’re doing.

In an ad campaign for Milk Life, some Olympic medalists switched sports. In one video, swimmer Elizabeth Beisel met rugby player Perry Baker in the pool. Then they ran some drills on the pitch.

Beisel won two medals at the 2012 Olympics: silver in the 400 IM and bronze in the 200 backstroke. Baker, meanwhile, is set to make his Olympic debut. He is one of the stars of the U.S. rugby sevens team, a sport which will make its Olympic debut in Rio (15-a-side rugby was last in the Olympics in 1924).

In another video, swimmer Caitlin Leverenz, who won 200 IM bronze in London, taught beach volleyball player Jen Kessy, who took silver in London, some swimming technique. And Kessy put Leverenz through some drills on the sand.

Beisel and Leverenz will be competing at the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials from June 26-July 3. Baker is all but a lock to make the U.S. Olympic rugby team. Kessy, however, did not qualify for the Rio Games.

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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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