Jeremy Wariner a longshot for 4th Olympic team 12 years after gold medal

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The Olympic champion 12 years ago, Jeremy Wariner is not done with his track career just yet. His injuries have made more headlines than his times the past few years, but the 32-year-old thinks he has one more Olympics in him.

He’ll compete in the 400m at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials this weekend hoping to make a fourth Olympic team. Preliminary rounds for his event start Friday. He’ll likely need to post his best time in five years to earn a berth.

Wariner took gold in the 400m at the 2004 Athens Games with a time of 44.00 seconds. He followed with world titles in 2005 (43.93) and 2007 (43.45, the fifth-fastest time ever).

Wariner was upset at the 2008 Beijing Games by compatriot LaShawn Merritt, who crossed nearly a second ahead (43.75 to 44.74). But the silver was Wariner’s third of four Olympic medals (he also won gold in the 4x400m relay in both Athens and Beijing).

He qualified for the 2012 London Games only for the relay squad, but ultimately had to pull out after tearing his hamstring while training in London. He returned to win an indoor national title in 2013, but his outdoor times haven’t gone under 44 seconds since 2012.

Wariner’s fastest time in 2016 is 45.55. That’s well behind Merritt’s top American time of 44.22. In fact, 22 American men have posted better 400m times than Wariner this season.

But if he can finish in the top three at Trials, he’ll go to Rio. The third-fastest time for a U.S. 400m runner this year is 44.88 by Gil Roberts. If that’s the time to meet or beat, Wariner hasn’t gone that low since 2011. He could also earn another spot only on the relay team.

As a husband and father of three children, Wariner has begun to look at life after running. According to, he’s running a Jimmy John’s franchise in Dallas.

Part of the reason he chose Jimmy John’s, Wariner said, was because the restaurant’s slogan is “Freaky fast.” That’s how he’ll need to run this weekend if he wants to run in Rio.

NBC 5 News in Dallas featured Wariner this week:

Teri McKeever fired by Cal as women’s swimming coach after investigation

Teri McKeever

Teri McKeever, the first woman to serve as a U.S. Olympic swimming head coach, was fired by the University of California at Berkeley after an investigation into alleged verbal and emotional abuse of swimmers that she denied.

McKeever was put on paid administrative leave from her job as head women’s swimming coach in May after an Orange County Register report that 20 current or former Cal swimmers said McKeever verbally and emotionally bullied her swimmers.

Cal athletics director Jim Knowlton wrote in a letter to the Cal team and staff that a resulting independent law firm report detailed “verbally abusive conduct that is antithetical to our most important values.”

“I strongly believe this is in the best interests of our student-athletes, our swimming program and Cal Athletics as a whole,” Knowlton said of McKeever’s firing in a press release. “The report details numerous violations of university policies that prohibit race, national origin and disability discrimination.”

The Orange County Register first published what it says is the full independent report here.

“I deny and unequivocally refute all conclusions that I abused or bullied any athlete and deny any suggestion I discriminated against any athlete on the basis of race, disability or sexual orientation,” McKeever said in a statement Tuesday confirming her firing and expressing disappointment in how the investigation was conducted. “While I am disappointed in the way my CAL Career will conclude, I wish to thank and celebrate the many student-athletes and staff that made my time in Berkeley a true blessing and gift.”

McKeever’s lawyer wrote that McKeever “will be filing suit to expose the manner in which gender has affected not only the evaluation of her coaching but harmed and continues to harm both female and male athletes.”

McKeever led Cal women’s swimming and diving for nearly 30 years, winning four NCAA team titles and coaching Olympic champions including Missy FranklinNatalie Coughlin and Dana Vollmer.

In 2004, she became the first woman to be on a U.S. Olympic swim team coaching staff, as an assistant. In 2012, she became the first woman to be head coach of a U.S. Olympic swim team. She was an assistant again for the Tokyo Games.

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Diana Taurasi returns to U.S. national basketball team

Diana Taurasi

Diana Taurasi is set to return to the U.S. national basketball team next week for the first time since the Tokyo Olympics, signaling a possible bid for a record-breaking sixth Olympic appearance in 2024 at age 42.

Taurasi is on the 15-player roster for next week’s training camp in Minnesota announced Tuesday.

Brittney Griner is not on the list but is expected to return to competitive basketball later this year with her WNBA team, the Phoenix Mercury (also Taurasi’s longtime team, though she is currently a free agent), after being detained in Russia for 10 months in 2022.

Taurasi said as far back as the 2016 Rio Games that her Olympic career was likely over, but returned to the national team after Dawn Staley succeeded Geno Auriemma as head coach in 2017.

In Tokyo, Taurasi and longtime backcourt partner Sue Bird became the first basketball players to win five Olympic gold medals. Bird has since retired.

After beating Japan in the final, Taurasi said “see you in Paris,” smiling, as she left an NBC interview. That’s now looking less like a joke and more like a prediction.

Minnesota Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve succeeded Staley as head coach last year. In early fall, she guided the U.S. to arguably the best FIBA World Cup performance ever, despite not having stalwarts Bird, Griner, Tina Charles and Sylvia Fowles.

Taurasi was not in contention for the team after suffering a WNBA season-ending quad injury in the summer. Taurasi, who is 38-0 in Olympic games and started every game at the last four Olympics, wasn’t on a U.S. team for an Olympics or worlds for the first time since 2002.

Next year, Taurasi can become the oldest Olympic basketball player in history and the first to play in six Games, according to Spain’s Rudy Fernandez could also play in a sixth Olympics in 2024.

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