David Rudisha

David Rudisha moving up to the 1000m

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Instead of moving down to the 400m for a race against Usain Bolt, Kenya’s 800m gold medalist David Rudisha is adding a couple hundred meters for a race at the Ostrava Golden Spike in June. He’ll run the 1000m as a challenge to himself. And as a chance to try something new.

“When doing something new you are not sure,” Rudisha told SuperSport in Doha Thursday. “I’ve never attempted 1000m before. I don’t want to speculate because this is something new. Until I can go there, I don’t know what I can do.”

But Rudisha and his manager say he won’t be trying his hand at the 1500m anytime soon, since he considers himself too heavy to compete.

“Test yourself at slightly longer event,” Rudisha’s manager James Templeton said. “How is my body going to respond? Am I going to be off the world record or, wow, that was really tough and it put me in a world of pain so forget that. It’s kind of a bit into the unknown so that is nice.”

Sydney 1500m champ Noah Ngeny currently holds the 1000m world record at 2:11.96, giving Rudisha a little more than 31 seconds to cover that extra 200 meters if he feels like padding his resume.

And as for the 400m one-off against Bolt: “Most of the people are asking on Facebook and on Twitter about this sometimes,” Rudisha said. “It’s very difficult. It also puts a lot of pressure on us. At some point, it would not be a bad idea if we can do it maybe one time in the future just for fun and charity.”

Mikaela Shiffrin wrestles with doubt in seconds before World Cup downhill debut

Mikaela Shiffrin, of the United States, skis during the third training run for the World Cup women's downhill ski race in Lake Louise, Alberta, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP)
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After a momentary panic in the start house, Mikaela Shiffrin raced to a tie for 18th in the first downhill of her World Cup career in Lake Louise, Alberta, on Friday.

Shiffrin, the youngest Olympic slalom champion who has also won a World Cup giant slalom, has been slowly adding the speed events of super-G and downhill to her repertoire the last two seasons.

“It wasn’t bad,” Shiffrin said, according to SkiRacing.com. “I certainly didn’t risk anything crazy.”

Her result Friday, 1.99 seconds behind Slovenian winner Ilka Stuhec, came after Shiffrin was 18th, 24th and 30th fastest in downhill training runs the previous three days. Shiffrin also had to wait several minutes in the start house as the racer before her crashed (video here).

“That was just a bummer,” Shiffrin said, according to the Denver Post. “I was like, ‘Just don’t let it affect you,’ but being up there for 10 minutes, like, ‘What happened? What’s taking them so long? What’s going on? Is she hurt?’

“Then I started doubting myself, like my technique going off the jumps, which is actually pretty good. I was going back and forth between, ‘Should I even be doing this? Maybe I just should pull out because I don’t want to kill myself.’ Then I’m like, ‘You’re absolutely fine, you haven’t felt sketched out a single time on this track in the past three days, so stick with that. You don’t have to go crazy.'”

“To be fast in speed there certainly needs to be a certain level of risk, and I know that, but now, if [giant slalom] and slalom are my main priority this season, I don’t need to be going crazy in a downhill with flat light and after I got iced [waiting so long],” Shiffrin said, according to SkiRacing.com.

Stuhec won Friday’s race by .22 of a second over Italian Sofia Goggia. Swede Kajsa Kling was third.

A race replay can be seen here. Full results are here.

Lindsey Vonn, owner of a record 18 wins at Lake Louise, is missing the annual World Cup stop in Alberta due to a broken arm from a November crash. Vonn had raced at Lake Louise each of the previous 15 seasons.

Last season, Shiffrin made her World Cup debut in the super-G at Lake Louise and finished 15th.

The women have another downhill Saturday and a super-G on Sunday in Lake Louise, both streaming live on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app (schedule here).

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High-speed crash at World Cup downhill in Lake Louise (video)

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Swiss Joana Haehlen crashed into netting at high speed during a World Cup downhill at Lake Louise, Alberta, on Friday.

Haehlen, 24, lost her right ski after landing from a jump and sped uncontrollably off course. She braced for impact, slammed into red netting and was turned around before landing with neither of her skis still attached.

She lay on the snow while being attended to and eventually skied down the mountain on her own.

It caused a 10-minute delay before the next skier, American Mikaela Shiffrin, could take her run.

VIDEO: Vonn details the most painful injury of her career