Jeff Demps won a Silver medal at the London Games and will now try and win a Super Bowl as he just signed with the New England Patriots. Demps had a successful football career at the University in Florida, but the 5’7″ runningback chose to focus on Olympic trials instead of entering the NFL Draft.
Demps represented Team USA in London when he was added to the men’s relay pool after Mike Rodgers suffered a stress fracture. Demps helped Team USA win Silver in the men’s 4X100 relay.
Demp’s silver medal and 2,470 career yards rushing and 23 touchdowns at University of Florida, caught the attention of NFL scouts. Demp’s agent Daniel Rose said: ”The NFL is about speed and there’s so much you can do with a guy like that if used correctly. He could be a kick returner, slot receiver, stuff like that. There’s gadget plays teams can come up with. If used correctly, he could definitely be a weapon.”
Life, libery and string bikinis… the US women’s beach volleyball team is vowing to stay true to our American values and will compete in their bikinis at the London Games. New Olympic rules allow athletes the option of wearing baggy shorts and a t-shirt. The new uniforms were passed to accomodate concerns from nations with stricter religions.
Misty May-Treanor, the sports all-time winning player and two-time Olympic gold medalist, isn’t fazed by the changes saying: “What you see is what you get — there’s no airbrushing.” While beach volleyball was being critized for being two sexy, in both badminton and boxing, there were pushes to replace female athletes’ shorts with skirts.
Other countries , including Australia, are opting for the uniform changes because of weather concerns. London temperatures expected to drop to the low 50s. ”We need it to keep our muscles warm,” Australian player Tamsin Hinchley said. ”It’s an extremely strenuous sport.”
Team USA has worn bikinis since beach volleyball became an offical Olympic sport in 1996 and will continue to wear theam. Jen Kessy told the NY Post, “If it is cold, we will put clothes on. But we won’t be playing in shorts… We’re not uncomfortable in our bikinis.”