Ryan Lochte‘s first video ad for his first new sponsor after his Rio Olympic gas-station incident is, well, weird.
The 30-second spot for Pine Bros. Softish Throat Drops shows Lochte sitting in a director’s chair, barefoot, kicking at some leaves in a studio with “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” playing in the background.
“Soft, delicious Pine Bros. throat drops on a sore throat – they magical!” Lochte says.
The ad then rolls to a closing banner that reads, “Pine Bros.: In this Season of Forgiveness.”
Pine Bros. added Lochte on Aug. 25, 11 days after his gas-station incident at the Rio Olympics. Lochte had previously lost sponsorship deals, including with Speedo, after the incident for which he was suspended 10 months by USA Swimming.
Aksel Lund Svindal, a retired Olympic Alpine skiing champion from Norway, said he underwent surgery for testicular cancer and the prognosis “looked very good.”
“Tests, scans and surgery all happened very quickly,” Svindal, 39, wrote on social media. “And already after the first week I knew the prognoses looked very good. All thanks to that first decision to go see a doctor as soon as I suspected something was off.”
Svindal retired in 2019 after winning the Olympic super-G in 2010 and downhill in 2018. He also won five world titles among the downhill, combined and giant slalom and two World Cup overall titles.
Svindal said he felt a change in his body that prompted him to see a doctor.
“The last few weeks have been different,” he wrote. “But I’m able to say weeks and not months because of great medical help, a little luck and a good decision.
“I wasn’t sure what it was, or if it was anything at all. … [I] was quickly transferred to the hospital where they confirmed what the doctor suspected. Testicle cancer.”
The U.S. goes for its fourth consecutive title at the FIBA World Cup in Sydney — and eighth global gold in a row overall when including the Olympics.
A’ja Wilson, a two-time WNBA MVP, and Breanna Stewart, the Tokyo Olympic MVP, headline a U.S. roster that, for the first time since 2000, includes neither Sue Bird (retired) nor Diana Taurasi (injured).
The new-look team includes nobody over the age of 30 for the first time since 1994, before the U.S. began its dynasty at the 1996 Atlanta Games. The Americans have won 52 consecutive games between worlds and the Olympics dating to the 2006 Worlds bronze-medal game.
The field also includes host Australia, the U.S.’ former primary rival, and Olympic silver medalist Japan.
Nigeria, which played the U.S. the closest of any foe in Tokyo (losing by nine points), isn’t present after its federation withdrew the team over governance issues. Spain, ranked second in the world, failed to qualify.