Olympians in Action: Where to Catch the Stars this Weekend
Can Olympians Make History with a World Cup Win?
It’s incredibly rare for a footballer to win both an Olympic gold medal and a World Cup championship. In fact, only 12 players from a single team can claim this feat. But that could all change in a matter of weeks.
This year, three World Cup teams have Olympic champions on their rosters. And all three will be competing this weekend.
Argentina’s star-studded team will face off against Iceland at 10 a.m. EST on Saturday. It’s Iceland’s first year competing in the World Cup, and it’s unlikely the newcomers will fare well against a team led by Olympians like Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano.
Mexico plays Germany play at 11 a.m. on Sunday. Germany is currently ranked #1 and many believe they’ll take the World Cup again this year. But with seven Olympic gold medallists on Mexico’s team, an upset isn’t entirely out of the question.
Four of Brazil’s World Cup team members helped lead to the nation to victory during the Rio 2016 games. Now they’re hoping to do the same in Russia—starting with a match against Switzerland at 2 p.m. Sunday.
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Pushing through the Pain at the Women's Tour
Since its inception in 2014, the Women’s Tour has taken the cycling world by storm. The largest and most prestigious women’s bike race in the UK repeatedly attracts top cyclists from around the world.
Belgian cyclist Jolien D´Hoore took the lead by winning the tour opener on Wednesday, despite having broken her collarbone just three weeks earlier.
But she's not the only Olympian present—other competitors include two-time Olympic gold medallist Marianne Vos of the Netherlands, silver medallist Emma Jorgensen of Denmark, and gold medallists Dani Rowe and Katie Archibald of Great Britain.
D’Hoore proved her resiliency with a strong start, but it´s still anyone´s race.
And speaking of comebacks...did you hear about Emma Twigg?
Inna versus Arianna: Fighting for Fencing Glory
It was no surprise when Russian fencer Inna Deriglazova won the 2018 Foil Grand Prix last month.
The Rio gold medallist continues to dominate her sport with 8 World Cups wins, 2 World Championships and now 4 Grand Prix titles. But she’s not stopping there. Deriglazova hopes to add another item to her trophy case this weekend at the European Fencing Championships in Serbia.
Hundreds of the world’s greatest fencers will be flying to Serbia this weekend, but perhaps the one with the best chance of foiling Deriglazova’s plans is Italian fencer Arianna Errigo.
Errigo won silver in the individual women’s foil at the London 2012 games and holds a total of 18 gold medals from international events.
If the two do end up in a match, it wouldn’t be the first time. Errigo’s team won the gold after defeating Deriglazova and her teammates at the women’s team foil final in London.
Team Belgium Represents at Triathalon World Cup
Team Belgium members Marten Van Riel, Jelle Geens and Claire Michel will all be competing this Sunday at the Triathlon World Cup in Antwerp, Belgium.
The course begins with a 1000-meter swim, followed by a 40-kilometre (24.9 mile) journey by bike. Afterwards, contestants will race to the finish line on foot, completing the triathlon with a 10-kilometre (6.2 mile) run.
A Glimpse Towards the Future
Karate may not be an Olympic sport until Tokyo 2020, but this week’s Pan American Karate Championships in Santiago, Chile may give a sneak peak at future Olympic champions in action.
The finals begin this afternoon at 3:00 p.m. local time and continue tomorrow at 9 a.m.