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  • Apolo Ohno became the most decorated American winter athlete by winning eight Olympic medals – two of them gold – in short-track speed skating, a high-speed, collision-filled sport compared to NASCAR on ice.

    So it's no surprise that Ohno, who retired from speed skating after the 2010 Vancouver Games, would pursue something even crazier than racing around an oval on skates with extremely sharp, 16-to-18-inch blades for his latest post-Olympics athletic endeavor.

    On Oct. 11, Ohno will take part in a triathlon, but it won't be just any triathlon. It'll be the Ironman World Championship, the world's most grueling endurance race, in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

    "Why the most coveted race in all of endurance races on the planet in the most brutal conditions? For that exact reason," Ohno told Yahoo Sports while promoting his Built With Chocolate Milk campaign.

    "Because it is the most difficult race, because the conditions are so brutal and because it's so far of a departure from what I'm normally

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  • Torrin Lawrence, a competitor for the United States and a former track star at the University of Georgia, died early Monday morning in an accident on a Georgia highway.

    Lawrence had a tire blow out and his car was stopped in the center of three-lane Interstate 75 near Cordele, Ga. He had called 911, but before local police could arrive, a semi truck crashed into his car. Crisp County (Ga.) police said Lawrence was "caught up in the accident," but were uncertain of where he had been in relation to the car.

    Most recently, Lawrence finished ninth in the 400m at the U.S. Outdoor Championships in late June. He had been part of the United States' gold medal-winning 4x400m relay team at the IAAF World Relays in Nassau in May.

    At Georgia, Lawrence was a seven-time All-American and three-time SEC champion. He won the NCAA 400m championship in 2010.

    "Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and everyone who knew him," USA Track & Field CEO Max Siegel said. "Torrin represented USATF

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  • Six-time Olympic gold medalist Amy Van Dyken-Rouen has been hospitalized and is in ICU in Scottsdale, Arizona following an all-terrain vehicle accident, according to the Arizona Republic.

    Van Dyken-Rouen, who is married to former Denver Broncos punter Tom Rouen, is in the intensive care unit of Scottsdale Healthcare's Osborn Medical Center. According to David Van Dyken, Amy's brother, she was airlifted to the hospital following an injury in the town of Show Low, Arizona, about 170 miles from Scottsdale.

    Van Dyken won four of her golds, in 50m freestyle, 100m butterfly, 4×100m freestyle relay, and 4×100m medley relay, at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, making her the most decorated athlete of those Games. She won two more golds in the relay events at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.

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  • Remember this day, friends. We're living in the opening minutes of a robots-take-over-the-world film.

    The contraption above is known as "The Raptor," and it's the creation of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology. It combines blades similar to those used by amputee athletes and an optional tail for balance to reach top speeds of 28.58 miles per hour. Usain Bolt, the world's fastest human, has hit 27.44 miles per hour.

    The Raptor weighs about 26 pounds, and uses an individual motor per leg. Its Achilles tendon both absorbs shock and recovers energy in the course of its motion. The robot isn't the fastest in the world; that honor belongs to the Boston Dynamics Cheetah, which uses four legs to hit 29-plus miles per hour.

    The inspiration for the Raptor was, of course, the velociraptor, the dinosaur that could chase down its prey before ripping it to pieces with its claws. While this Raptor is, at the moment, confined to treadmills, researchers have indicated that they

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  • Canadian luger John Fennell just turned 19, but he's already competed in one Olympics. Even so, he's felt he's been living life under a cloud, and to clear the air, he took the opportunity of his 19th birthday on Wednesday to announce that he is gay.

    The reason, Fennell told the Calgary Herald, is because he could no longer go on living a life of secrecy, being untrue to himself. “It’s suffocating,” he said. “You have to play this game of, ‘who knows?’ You can’t let off any vibes or secrets. You have to act super macho. You have to be hyper aware of your mannerisms and to not let off any vibes that could get detected. It’s very exhausting. It’s an all-consuming paranoia of who could find out through what means.”

    Fennell joins an ever-growing list of athletes coming out as gay, including the New Jersey Nets' Jason Collins and the St. Louis Rams' Michael Sam. Fennell said that he felt alone and isolated in Sochi, as there were so few publicly gay athletes present at the Games. As a

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