Olympic Names In The News: First Athletes Hit By Norovirus
Two Swiss freestyle skiers including Fabian Boesch were the "first athletes confirmed to have been hit" by norovirus at the Pyeongchang Games. The Swiss Olympic team said in a statement that the athletes had "contracted the virus a few days ago but their symptoms had now mostly gone away and could potentially still compete" (REUTERS, 2/15). IOC Communications Dir Mark Adams indicated that the two athletes were "separated from the rest of their team after they were suspected of catching the virus" (KYODO NEWS, 2/16). The norovirus outbreak at the Games has "increased to 244 cases." Investigators "traced the outbreak to contaminated water used in food preparation at the Horeb Youth Center." Fifty-six people "remain under quarantine" (LATIMES.com, 2/15).
TAKE A HIKE: British IOC member Adam Pengilly has been "sent home" following an "altercation with a security guard outside a hotel." The IOC "did not provide full details" on the altercation, but it "noted that an interview with the IOC's ethics and compliance officer took place, leading to Pengilly's removal." The IOC "did not suspend or fire Pengilly." He was "elected by fellow Olympic athletes" to join the IOC's Athletes' Commission in '10, and his membership expires at the end of these Games (USATODAY.com, 2/15).
WANT TO GO SLEDDING? Sam McGuffie, a former RB and track star at Michigan and Rice, is the "latest in a long list notable athletes from other sports to represent the U.S. in bobsled." Lolo Jones and Lauryn Williams "were Olympic track stars who re-emerged as Olympic bobsledders" at the '14 Sochi Games, while former collegiate heptathlete Jamie Greubel Poser is the "defending bronze medalist in the two-woman race." The list goes as far back as former NFLer Herschel Walker, who competed in the '92 Albertville Games (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 2/16).
VETERAN PRESENCE: NBC's Lester Holt is covering his ninth Olympics for the net, and the "Nightly News" host said his favorite Games took place in London in '12. Holt: "Transportation was good. The people were nice, and even the weather was great. It rained every day in the weeks leading up to the opening, but it was beautiful every day after" (L.A. TIMES, 2/15).