Where in the world is Ryan Lochte?

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U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte’s life has been anything but boring since he won five medals – two gold, two silver and a bronze – at the London Olympics.

Here’s a brief snapshot of what he’s been up to:

–      Birthday party in Las Vegas, where England’s Prince Harry found him and challenged him to three races (in a swimming pool). Lochte accepted and won the royal showdowns.

–      Fashion Week in New York City, where he posed for pictures on red carpets, snagged seats next to the runways and even did some on-camera reporting for “Extra!” and “E! News.”

–      Back to New York, where he filmed a cameo appearance in NBC’s “30 Rock.”

–      iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas, where he walked yet another red carpet and met some A-list celebrities such as Miley Cyrus and his favorite musician, Lil Wayne.

There was more, of course, but that pretty much summarizes Lochte’s life since Aug. 12. And, as you can obviously see, not much time was allotted to swimming (aside from his races with the Prince).

But things have now changed. On his Twitter account, Lochte said he resumed training Sept. 18 – last Tuesday. He’s lifting weights with his trainer, Matt DeLancey, and swimming under the direction of his longtime coach, Gregg Troy, at the University of Florida.

And that reminds us – you might have heard rumors of Lochte relocating to Southern California so he can focus some of his attention on his Hollywood aspirations while training for the next Olympics. We checked with Lochte’s manager Thursday about the move and she confirmed that it’s not in the cards – for now.

Last month Lochte hinted at competing at some of the FINA World Cup meets this fall, which are held in 25-meter (short course) pools, and then there’s the Short Course World Championships in December — Lochte won six races at the 2010 Short-Course Worlds.

Lochte told Fox News that he spent so much time in the spotlight after London in order to raise swimming’s profile, but he knows it’s time to buckle down and start swimming again.

After all, the 2016 Olympics are 1,407 days away.

Mikaela Shiffrin heads to world championships with medal records in sight

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Before Mikaela Shiffrin can hold the World Cup wins record, she can become the most decorated Alpine skier in modern world championships history.

Shiffrin takes a respite from World Cup pursuits for the biennial world championships in France. She is expected to race at least four times, beginning with Monday’s combined.

Shiffrin has a tour-leading 11 World Cup victories in 23 starts this season, her best since her record 17-win 2018-19 campaign, but world championships do not count toward the World Cup.

Shiffrin remains one career victory behind Swede Ingemar Stenmark‘s record 86 World Cup wins until at least her next World Cup start in March.

Shiffrin has been more successful at worlds than at the Olympics and even on the World Cup. She has 11 medals in 13 world championships races dating to her 2013 debut, including making the podium in each of her last 10 events.

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She enters worlds one shy of the modern, post-World War II individual records for total medals (Norway’s Kjetil Andre Aamodt won 12) and gold medals (Austrian Toni Sailer, Frenchwoman Marielle Goitschel and Swede Anja Pärson won seven).

Worlds take place exactly one year after Shiffrin missed the medals in all of her Olympic races, but that’s not motivating her.

“If I learned anything last year, it’s that these big events, they can go amazing, and they can go terrible, and you’re going to survive no matter what,” she said after her most recent World Cup last Sunday. “So I kind of don’t care.”

Shiffrin ranks No. 1 in the world this season in the giant slalom (Feb. 16 at worlds) and slalom (Feb. 18).

This year’s combined is one run of super-G coupled with one run of slalom (rather than one downhill and one slalom), which also plays to her strengths. She won that event, with that format, at the last worlds in 2021. The combined isn’t contested on the World Cup, so it’s harder to project favorites.

Shiffrin is also a medal contender in the super-G (Feb. 8), despite starting just two of five World Cup super-Gs this season (winning one of them).

She is not planning to race the downhill (Feb. 11), which she often skips on the World Cup and has never contested at a worlds. Nor is she expected for the individual parallel (Feb. 15), a discipline she hasn’t raced in three years in part due to the strain it puts on her back with the format being several runs for the medalists.

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Lucas Braathen, world’s top male slalom skier, in doubt for world championships

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Norway’s Lucas Braathen, the world’s top male slalom skier this season, is doubtful to compete in the world championships slalom on Feb. 19 after appendix surgery on Tuesday.

“It’s been a tough couple of days fighting after surprisingly finding out about quite an intense infection on my appendix,” Braathen, a 22-year-old soccer convert with a Brazilian mom, posted on social media. “I’ve been through surgery and I’m blessed that it went successfully.”

The Norway Alpine skiing team doctor said Braathen’s recovery will take a few weeks, but there is a small possibility he can make it back for the world championships slalom, which is on the final day of the two-week competition.

Braathen has two slalom wins and one giant slalom win this World Cup season. He will miss Saturday’s slalom in Chamonix, France, the last race before worlds. Countryman Henrik Kristoffersen and Swiss Daniel Yule can overtake him atop the World Cup slalom standings in Chamonix.

Braathen entered last year’s Olympics as the World Cup slalom leader and skied out in the first run at the Games.

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