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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.

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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.

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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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Boglarka Kapas, world champion swimmer, tests positive for coronavirus

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Boglarka Kapas, the Hungarian swimmer and world 200m butterfly champion, said she tested positive for the coronavirus.

“I don’t have any symptoms yet, and that’s why it’s important for you to know that even if you feel healthy you can spread the virus,” was posted on her social media. “Please be careful, stay at home and stay healthy.”

Nine total members of the Hungarian national team — including swimmers and staff — have tested positive, according to the federation.

Kapas said her first test was negative but a second test showed she had the virus. She was staying in quarantine at home for two weeks.

Kapas, 26, won the 200m fly at last summer’s world championships by passing Americans Hali Flickinger and Katie Drabot in the last 25 meters. She clocked 2:06.78 to prevail by .17 of a second.

Kapas also took bronze in the Rio Olympic 800m freestyle won by Katie Ledecky.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

NHL players: Marie-Philip Poulin is world’s best female hockey player

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The U.S. may have the world’s best women’s hockey team, but NHL players believe Canadian Marie-Philip Poulin is the world’s best player.

Poulin received the most votes out of 496 responses in the 2019-20 NHLPA Player Poll, conducted before the season was suspended. The tally:

Poulin: 39.92%
Hilary Knight (USA): 36.29%
Kendall Coyne Schofield (USA): 15.52%
Emily Pfalzer Matheson (USA): 1.41%
Other: 6.85%

Last year, Knight received the highest percentage of votes from 203 NHL players (27.59), edging Poulin (24.14) with Amanda Kessel third (12.81) and Coyne Schofield and Pfalzer Matheson each receiving 5.91 percent.

Why were Poulin and Knight swapped this year? Perhaps Poulin’s Canadian team winning the debut of the NHL All-Star Skills Competition women’s 3-on-3 game on Jan. 24, even though Knight scored and Poulin did not.

Poulin, now 29, scored both goals in the 2010 Olympic final and the game-tying and -winning goals in the 2014 Olympic final. Even before her Olympic debut at age 18, the daughter of Quebec hospital workers was dubbed “the female Sidney Crosby.”

Knight, 30, led last April’s world championship tournament with seven goals as the U.S. won a fifth straight title. Poulin played 4 minutes, 44 seconds, total at the tournament, missing time with a knee injury.

This spring’s tournament, which was to start Tuesday, was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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