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Eugenie Bouchard makes Olympic decision: ‘I didn’t want to watch on TV’

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Canadian tennis player Eugenie Bouchard weighed the risks of the Zika virus and security and decided to play in the Olympics.

“I didn’t want to be sitting at home watching the Olympics on TV,” she said Sunday, calling it a “hard decision.” “Also knowing I might have two or three Olympics in my career, I felt that the decision to go is the right one.”

Last week, the 22-year-old said she would make a “last-minute” decision on whether to play.

“It’s just unfortunate because it would be my first Games, and to have a problem like this [Zika] kind of dampening the excitement of, potentially, your first Olympic Games, it really sucks, to be honest,” Bouchard said then. “It’s something that I haven’t been thinking about. I’m just going to, like, wake up and make a decision.”

Bouchard reached the semifinals of the 2014 Australian Open and 2014 French Open and the 2014 Wimbledon final. She struggled for much of 2015, then suffered a concussion slipping and falling in a locker room at the U.S. Open.

Bouchard is ranked No. 42 in the world. Several other top tennis players have withdrawn from the Olympics for various reasons, including Zika.

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Eugenie Bouchard to make ‘last-minute’ decision on Olympics

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Canadian tennis player Eugenie Bouchard said she’s undecided on whether to play in the Rio Olympics and won’t decide until next week, citing Zika virus concerns Tuesday.

“I’m kind of a last-minute person, so I’m going to make a decision next week, I guess, the week before [the Olympics],” Bouchard said after losing in the first round of the Citi Open in Washington, D.C. “I really don’t know what to do at this point.”

Bouchard, 22, reached the semifinals of the 2014 Australian Open and 2014 French Open and the 2014 Wimbledon final. She struggled for much of 2015, then suffered a concussion slipping and falling in a locker room at the U.S. Open.

Bouchard is ranked No. 41 in the world. Several other top tennis players have withdrawn from the Olympics for various reasons, including Zika.

“It’s just unfortunate because it would be my first Games, and to have a problem like this [Zika] kind of dampening the excitement of, potentially, your first Olympic Games, it really sucks, to be honest,” she said. “It’s something that I haven’t been thinking about. I’m just going to, like, wake up and make a decision.”

MORE: U.S. Olympic tennis team includes 546th-ranked singles player

Kaillie Humphries wins Canada Athlete of the Year

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Olympic bobsled champion Kaillie Humphries won the Lou Marsh Trophy, awarded to Canada’s Athlete of the Year.

The award, named after the former Toronto Star sports editor and columnist, was voted on by Canadian sports journalists on Wednesday.

The other finalists were tennis players Eugenie Bouchard and Milos Ranoic, hockey player Drew Doughty and lacrosse player Johnny Powless, according to the Canadian reports.

In Sochi, the tattooed Humphries became the first woman to repeat as an Olympic bobsled gold medalist. Women’s bobsled has been on the Olympic program since 2002.

Humphries is expected to make her four-man bobsled World Cup driving debut on Dec. 20 in Calgary. Four-man bobsled was made gender neutral by the international bobsled federation starting this season.

She’s the first bobsledder to win the award.

Other top Canadian athletes this year were Olympic champions Alex Bilodeau and Justine Dufour-Lapointe (moguls), Marielle Thompson (ski cross) and Marie Philip-Poulin (hockey).

Bouchard won 48 percent of votes in the first 2,500 votes of a Toronto Star public poll that did not officially factor into the selection. Humphries was second in that poll of 14 athletes with 17 percent. Sidney Crosby had less than 1 percent.

Canadian Football League running back Jon Cornish won the award last year.

Hockey is Canada’s sport, but Crosby is the only hockey player to win the Lou Marsh Trophy since Mario Lemieux in 1993. Crosby won in 2007 and 2009 (but baseball player Joey Votto won in 2010, the year Crosby scored Canada’s golden goal to win the Vancouver Olympics).

From 1984 through 2008, every Lou Marsh winner in an Olympic year was an Olympic or Paralympic champion.

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