Mixed-gender relays will make their Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020.
The U.S. is clearly ready.
Two American quartets combined to lower the mixed 4x100m medley relay world record by 3.15 seconds at the world championships in Budapest on Wednesday.
Matt Grevers, Lilly King, Caeleb Dressel and Simone Manuel won the final by 2.65 seconds over Australia, keeping the Aussies without a gold through four of seven days at worlds.
Earlier, Ryan Murphy, Kevin Cordes, Kelsi Worrell and Mallory Comerford broke Great Britain’s world record in the preliminary heats.
Two mixed relays will debut at the Tokyo Games — the medley and a 4x100m freestyle. The U.S. won the 2015 World title in the freestyle event, lowering that world record as well.
The mixed 4x100m free at this year’s worlds is Saturday. The U.S. should do pretty well there, given it won both the men’s and women’s 4x100m free relays in Budapest on Sunday.
Mixed 4x100m Medley Relay Results
Gold: U.S. — 3:38:56
Silver: Australia — 3:41.21
Bronze: Canada — 3:41.25
Bronze: China — 3:41.25
5. Great Britain — 3:41.56
6. Russia — 3:43.02
7. Germany — 3:46.03
8. Italy — 3:46.33
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Lindsey Vonn’s top rival for downhill gold is in danger of missing the upcoming Olympics.
Ilka Stuhec, a world champion Alpine skier from Slovenia, suffered a torn ACL after a practice crash in Austria this weekend.
Stuhec had become a strong medal favorite for PyeongChang after winning FIS World Cup titles in downhill and Alpine combined last season. She also won a gold medal in downhill at the 2017 World Championships, where Vonn placed third.
According to a post on the FIS website, surgery is set for this Wednesday, with more information to come after that. But preliminary reports suggest that she is likely to miss the Olympics.
“For now it looks like Ilka Stuhec will have to miss a large part or maybe the whole World Cup season, including the Winter Olympic Games in South Korea,” a spokesperson for Struhec told Reuters.
In a tweet, Struhec acknowledged that she would be sidelined “for a few months.”
The Olympics start in less than four months.
Mikey Lillis, a 17-year-old aerials skier, died in his sleep at his home in East Rochester, N.Y., overnight Saturday, according to U.S. Ski & Snowboard.
“We are a family, and as a family our entire team grieves for Mikey, his own family and his teammates,” U.S. Ski & Snowboard President and CEO Tiger Shaw said in a statement. “We’ll remember him for the pathway he was following and the goals he was beginning to achieve. Our condolences go out to his parents Bernie and Jamie and the entire Lillis family.”
Lillis was working his way to join his two older brothers at the elite international level. He made three podiums on the Nor-Am Cup tour between the last two seasons.
Jon Lillis, 23, is the reigning world champion in aerials. Chris Lillis, 19, won the FIS Rookie of the Year award last season with four top-10 finishes on the World Cup.