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“If I go out and really hit it in practice and still feel it, I’ll let somebody else run,” he said.

Either way, he sounded like a man who has more races in him.

“It’s not the end of the world. The Olympics is going to come around again. Next year is a world championship,” he said. “We have a season every year. So now it’s a matter of getting healthy and getting back to what I love to do.”