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American alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin speaks with reporters at the U.S. Olympic team media event Wednesday. Shiffrin said it's "cool" to see sports play a bigger role in politics and culture than it has in the past.
Ben Hansen (left) watches data on a hand-held device as Pittsburgh Pirates prospect Matt Benedict throws a ball. Benedict is wearing sensors that recorded 39 sets of measurements.
Usain Bolt from Jamaica celebrates winning the gold medal in the men's 200-meter final during the athletics competitions of the 2016 Summer Olympics at the Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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