Lolo Jones, Aja Evans present at incident at Lake Placid night club

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Lolo Jones and U.S. bobsled teammate Aja Evans were present during an incident at Roomers Night Club in Lake Placid, N.Y., on Friday night, but Jones did not “knock out” anyone as had been previously said, according to the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation (USBSF).

“There was an incident that occurred on Friday night and our coaches are talking to the athletes and witnesses, which follows USBSF procedures,” a USBSF spokesperson said in an email.

Jones, who has been training in her winter sport at the site of the 1932 and 1980 Olympic Winter Games, was involved in an incident with the stepdaughter of Lake Placid sliding track manager Tony Carlino, according to Fox Sports Radio.

USBSF could not confirm that Carlino’s stepdaughter was involved.

Lake Placid police have not charged anyone and don’t expect to, according to The Associated Press.

Jones is still slated to compete in the upcoming U.S. bobsled push championships in Calgary.

Carlino would not confirm or deny an incident took place when contacted by telephone Sunday. An email to Jones’ agent Tuesday morning was not returned. A voicemail was left with Roomers before its Tuesday business hours.

Six-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer Amy Van Dyken-Rouen spoke of the incident, without naming a source, on Fox Sports Radio on Monday night.

Jones, 30, finished fourth at the 2012 Olympics in the 100-meter hurdles. She was seventh in 2008, leading until hitting the penultimate hurdle.

Jones took up bobsledding last fall and made the U.S. team for the world championships, winning a gold medal in the mixed team event. She returned to track this season but failed to make the worlds team and ended her campaign earlier this month to return to bobsled training.

The U.S. will likely qualify a trio of two-woman bobsled teams for the Olympics. Jones is in the running — though not a favorite after her first season — to be a push athlete on one of the sleds.

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World champion skier Kyle Smaine dies in avalanche at age 31

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Kyle Smaine, a retired world champion halfpipe skier, died in an avalanche in Japan on Sunday, according to NBC News, citing Smaine’s father. He was 31.

Smaine, a 2015 World champion in ski halfpipe, had been doing ski filming in Japan, sharing videos on his Instagram account over the past week.

The native of South Lake Tahoe, California, finished ninth in ski halfpipe at the 2016 Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado.

In 2018, Smaine won the fifth and final U.S. Olympic qualifying series event in ski halfpipe but did not make the four-man team for PyeongChang. His last sanctioned international competition was in February 2018.

Late Sunday, two-time Olympic champion David Wise won the X Games men’s ski halfpipe and dedicated it to Smaine.

“We all did this for Kyle tonight,” Wise said on the broadcast. “It’s a little bit of an emotional day for us. We lost a friend.”

Ilia Malinin wins U.S. Figure Skating Championships despite quadruple Axel miss

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One year ago, Ilia Malinin came to the U.S. Championships as, largely, a 17-year-old unknown. He finished second to Nathan Chen in 2022 and was left off the three-man Olympic team due to his inexperience, a committee decision that lit a fire in him.

After the biggest year of change in U.S. figure skating in three decades, Malinin came to this week’s nationals in San Jose, California, as the headliner across all disciplines.

Though he fell on his quadruple Axel and doubled two other planned quads in Sunday’s free skate (the most ambitious program in history), he succeeded the absent Chen as national champion.

Malinin, the world’s second-ranked male singles skater, still landed two clean quads in Friday’s short program and three more Sunday. He totaled 287.74 points and prevailed by 10.43 over two-time Olympian Jason Brown, a bridge between the Chen and Malinin eras.

“This wasn’t the skate that I wanted,” said Malinin, who was bidding to become the second man to land six quads in one program after Chen. The Virginia chalked up the flaws at least partially to putting more recent practice time into his short program, which he skated clean on Friday after errors in previous competitions.

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Brown, a 28-year-old competing for the first time since placing sixth at the Olympics, became the oldest male singles skater to finish in the top three at nationals since Jeremy Abbott won the last of his four titles in 2014. As usual, he didn’t attempt a quad but had the highest artistic score by 9.41 points.

Brown’s seven total top-three finishes at nationals tie him with Chen, Michael WeissBrian Boitano, David Jenkins and Dick Button for the second-most in men’s singles since World War II, trailing only Todd Eldredge‘s and Hayes Jenkins‘ eight.

“I’m not saying it’s super old, but I can’t train the way I used to,” Brown said after Friday’s short program. “What Ilia is doing and the way he is pushing the sport is outstanding and incredible to watch. I cannot keep up.”

Andrew Torgashev took bronze, winning the free skate with one quad and all clean jumps. Torgashev, who competed at nationals for the first time since placing fifth in 2020 at age 18, will likely round out the three-man world team.

Japan’s Shoma Uno will likely be the favorite at worlds. He won last year’s world title, when Malinin admittedly cracked under pressure in the free skate after a fourth-place short program and ended up ninth.

That was before Malinin became the first person to land a quad Axel in competition. That was before Malinin became the story of the figure skating world this fall. That was before Malinin took over the American throne from Chen, who is studying at Yale and not expected to return to competition.

Malinin’s next step is to grab another label that Chen long held: best in the world. To do that, he must be better than he was on Sunday.

“You always learn from your experiences, and there’s always still the rest of the season to come,” he said. “I just have to be prepared and prepare a little bit extra so that doesn’t happen again.”

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