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Brittany Bowe breaks world record at Salt Lake City (video)

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American speed skater Brittany Bowe broke the world record in the 1000m on the final day of the Salt Lake City World Cup.

Bowe, 25, clocked 1 minute, 12.58 seconds, beating Canadian Christine Nesbitt’s 1:12.68 from January 2012.

“I daydream about it,” said Bowe, according to The Associated Press. “I’ve dreamed in my sleep about it. When it becomes a reality and finally hits you, it’s a dream come true. … I knew if I could just hang on, it would be a really fast time.”

Bowe became the first U.S. woman to hold a world record in an Olympic speed skating event since Chris Witty had her 1000m mark broken in 2006. She’s a former inline skater and college basketball player who switched to ice after watching the 2010 Olympics.

The other top U.S. woman, Heather Richardson, finished second in 1:12.61, the second fastest time in history. It was Richardson’s fourth medal of the weekend.

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Ireen Wuest of the Netherlands finished third in 1:13.33.

Bowe and Richardson finished the day on a strong note, taking bronze for the U.S. in the women’s team pursuit in 2:57.09. The Netherlands won in 2:56:02, coming .23 shy of Canada’s world record from 2009.

The Netherlands’ impressive day peaked with an entirely Dutch podium in the men’s 5000m. Olympic gold medalist Sven Kramer won in 6:04.59, followed by Bob de Jong and Jorrit Bergsma.

Japan’s Keiichiro Nagashima, an Olympic silver medalist, won the second men’s 500m race in 34.24, ahead of the Netherlands’s Ronald Mulder and South Korea’s Mo Tae-Bum.

The next stop on the World Cup circuit is in Astana, Kazakhstan in two weeks.

Salt Lake City World Cup — Sunday

Men’s 500m — Race 2
1. Keiichiro  Nagashima (JPN) 34.24
2. Ronald Mulder (NED) 34.25
3. Mo Tae-Bum (KOR) 34.28
7. Mitchell Whitmore (USA) 34.52
18. Tucker Fredricks (USA) 34.73

Women’s 1000m
1. Brittany Bowe (USA) 1:12.58
2. Heather Richardson (USA) 1:12.61
3. Ireen Weust (NED) 1:13.33

Men’s 5000m
1. Sven Kramer (NED) 6:04.59
2. Bob de Jong (NED) 6:07.43
3. Jorrit Bergsma (NED) 6:08.13
5. Jonathan Kuck (USA) 6:09.73
16. Brian Hansen (USA) 6:17.84

Women’s Team Pursuit
1. Netherlands 2:56.02
2. Canada 2:56.90
3. U.S. 2:57.09

Dan Hicks, Rowdy Gaines call backyard pool swim race

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Dan Hicks and Rowdy Gaines covered swimming together at the last six Olympics, including every one of Michael Phelps‘ finals, but they’ve never called a “race” quite like this.

“We heard you were looking for something to commentate during the down time….might this short short short course 100 IM help?” tweeted Cathleen Pruden, posting a video of younger sister Mary Pruden, a sophomore swimmer at Columbia University, taking individual medley strokes in what appeared to be an inflatable backyard pool.

“Hang on,” Gaines replied. “This race of the century deserves the right call. @DanHicksNBC and I are working some magic!”

Later, Hicks posted a revised video dubbed with commentary from he and Gaines.

They became the latest commentators to go beyond the booth to post calls on social media while sports are halted due to the coronavirus pandemic.

NBC Sports hockey voice Doc Emrick (who has also called Olympic hockey and water polo) did play-by-play of a windshield wiper installation.

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Which athletes are qualified for the U.S. Olympic team?

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Soon after Tokyo Olympic qualifying events began getting postponed, the International Olympic Committee announced that all quota places already allocated to National Olympic Committees and athletes will remain with those NOCs and athletes.

The IOC repeated that position over the last week, after the Tokyo Games were postponed (now to open July 23, 2021). What does that mean for the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee?

Well, 76 athletes qualified for the U.S. Olympic team before the Olympic postponement was announced. That full list is here.

Those 76 athletes can be separated into two categories.

  • Athletes who earned Olympic spots BY NAME via International Federation (i.e. International Surfing Association or International Aquatics Federation) selection procedures.
  • Athletes named to the U.S. Olympic team by their national governing body (i.e. USA Swimming or USA Track and Field) and confirmed by the USOPC using NGB selection procedures after the NGB earned a quota spot.

When the IOC says “all quota places already allocated to National Olympic Committees and athletes will remain with those NOCs and athletes,” it means just that. USA Softball still has 15 athlete quota spots from qualifying a full team via international results. Surfer Kolohe Andino still has his Olympic spot from qualifying BY NAME via the International Surfing Association selection procedures route.

USA Softball named its 15-player Olympic roster last fall. Those 15 athletes did not earn Olympic quota spots for themselves. Unlike Andino (and 13 other American qualifiers across all sports), the 15 softball players had to be nominated by USA Softball and confirmed by the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee.

Unless and until the USOPC confirms that any of those other 62 athletes remain qualified, for now the list of U.S. Olympic qualifiers is these 14 who qualified BY NAME:

Karate (1)
Sakura Kokumai

Modern Pentathlon (2)
Samantha Achterberg
Amro Elgeziry

Swimming (3)
Haley Anderson
Ashley Twichell
Jordan Wilimovsky

Sport Climbing (4)
Kyra Condie
Brooke Raboutou
Nathaniel Coleman
Colin Duffy

Surfing (4)
Caroline Marks
Carissa Moore
Kolohe Andino
John John Florence

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