South Korea second skeleton team to boycott Sochi World Championships

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The Korea Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (KBSF) is reportedly the second federation to announce a boycott of the upcoming world championships, meaning two of the top three skeleton sliders will not compete in the biggest competition of the season.

Only the KBSF skeleton team has announced a boycott; according to South Korean media, no decision has been announced by the bobsled team.

The IBSF Bobsleigh and Skeleton World Championships are set to be held in Feb. 2017 in Sochi, Russia. Other nations, including the U.S., have threatened to boycott in the wake of the McLaren report, which contained serious allegations about a state-run doping program that involved 1,000 Russian athletes.

The Latvian skeleton federation, home to the reigning world champion in skeleton, was the first to announce that they would not participate in the world championships if they are not moved out of Russia.

Their announcement stated:

“We will be glad to race in World Championships at any track of the world, but WE ARE NOT PARTICIPATING in World Championships in Sochi, Russia – a place where Olympic spirit was stolen in 2014.”

Latvia’s Martins Dukurs, a two-time Olympic silver medalist, won skeleton gold at last year’s world championships, and South Korea’s Yun Sung-bin tied for silver.

With both athletes boycotting, Russia’s Alexander Tretiakov would be a clear favorite to win the world title. Tretyakov tied with Sung-bun for world silver in 2016, was the Olympic champion in Sochi and is one of the athletes named on the Sochi doping list, as first reported by The New York Times in May.

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Joseph Schooling eyes Michael Phelps’ world record at world champs

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Shortly after Joseph Schooling upset Michael Phelps in the Rio Olympic 100m butterfly, the Singapore swimmer made his next goal quite clear.

Take Phelps’ 100m butterfly world record.

Schooling repeated that claim after returning to the University of Texas for his junior season in November and again following March’s NCAA Championships, where he was beaten by Caeleb Dressel in the 100-yard butterfly.

The goal is apparently an imminent one.

Schooling said he believes he can break Phelps’ record at the world championships in Budapest in July, according to Channel News Asia. It would require lowering his personal best by more than a half-second.

“I’m looking forward to that race, and deep down I think if I do what I know I can do, if I execute everything well perfectly, I’d have a really good shot,” Schooling said Thursday, according to the report.

Schooling, 21, hasn’t raced a 100m butterfly since the Olympics, where he clocked 50.39 seconds. That broke Phelps’ Olympic record of 50.58 set at the 2008 Olympics. It’s the fifth-fastest time ever.

All of the top four times, including Phelps’ world record of 49.82, were set in 2009 at the peak of the high-tech swimsuit era.

“My dad told me 50.39 is a world record in a textile suit, but I want the world record on paper,” Schooling reportedly said less than a week after his Olympic title in August. “My next goal is breaking 49.8.”

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Aly Raisman calls out airport worker for ‘muscles’ comment

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Three-time Olympic champion Aly Raisman called out a male airport security worker who she says questioned whether she had enough muscles to be a gymnast.

Raisman posted on Twitter on Wednesday that after a female Transportation Security Administration worker said she recognized Raisman by her biceps, a male employee said, “I don’t see any muscles.” Raisman called the encounter “rude & uncomfortable.”

Raisman, who turned 23 Thursday, says she works “very hard to be healthy & fit.” She says that if a man can’t compliment a girl’s muscles, he’s sexist.

Raisman didn’t say where or when the airport exchange took place.

Raisman previously authored a powerful social media post about body image, shouting out “to all the boys from 5th-9th grade who made fun of me for being ‘too strong’” in November.

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