Six-time Olympic gold medalist Amy Van Dyken-Rouen stopped by the “Today” show on Friday morning to talk about her continued recovery after being paralyzed in an ATV accident in June. Joined by her husband, Tom, the swimming legend explained to Matt Lauer how her competitive spirit has helped her rehabilitation and discussed her increased spirituality.
But the inspiring Olympic hero didn’t just talk with Lauer during her 30 Rock visit. Van Dyken-Rouen met and posed for pictures with Usher and Andy Cohen during the show.
As mentioned in her interview, Van Dyken-Rouen was heading to her home to Arizona after the show for the first time since the accident. She expressed her excitement for her homecoming on Twitter.
Could there be a more positive and inspiring person? Good luck, Amy. Everyone is rooting for you.
Hurdler, bobsledder ... ballroom dancer? Yes, Lolo Jones is taking on another new role, as the three-time Olympian will be a contestant on "Dancing With the Stars."
Here is some reaction to Thursday's announcement:
“Philadelphia is one of the most famous half-marathons in the U.S. and we have a world-class field to match a world-class event,” Elite athlete coordinator Matthew Turnbull said.
Dathan Ritzenhein headlines the American field. The three-time Olympian makes a return to the roads after an injury forced him to withdraw from April’s Boston Marathon. Ritzenhein did not race on the track this summer, and in Philadelphia he will be challenged by 2014 Boston Marathon surprise Jeffrey Eggleston.
Kenyan Geoffrey Mutai will also use this race as a tuneup with his sights are set on a three-peat in the New York City Marathon in November.
Kara Goucher, also returning from injury, leads the field of American women. This will be her first long-distance race since leaving her Nike training group and inking a deal with Oiselle and Sketchers. Goucher's toughest challenger will Deena Kastor, the fastest American woman ever over 13.1 miles, who is looking to extend her road-racing career.
Here’s a look at the field by the numbers:
On Tuesday, the world's fastest man was in Bangalore, where his sponsor, Puma, organized a seven-a-side, four-over match against Yuvraj Singh and more of India's top stars at the Chinnaswamy Stadium. Bolt, who played cricket as a child before taking the world by storm on the track, talked about his visit with cricinfo.com:
Bolt added that he thought cricket's inclusion in the Olympics, perhaps beginning in 2020, would be huge for the sport given the Games' large worldwide audience.
Here are some more images from Bolt's first visit to India: