Katie Ledecky is so fast that she has already posted qualifying times for two men’s events at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials.
Ledecky’s world records from this summer came in under the USA Swimming Olympic Trials men’s time standards announced last week, as the Chicago Tribune and swimming outlets reported.
Ledecky holds the women’s world record in the 400m freestyle of 3:58.37. The men’s Olympic Trials qualifying time is 3:58.69.
Ledecky holds the women’s world record in the 1500m freestyle of 15:28.36. The men’s Olympic Trials qualifying time is 15:49.99.
Not even the great Janet Evans came in under a men’s Olympic Trials cut in her heyday in 1988, though the 1500m qualifying standard in 1988 was actually tougher than for 2016.
Ledecky likely won’t be the only woman in the world who beats the men’s time standard in the 1500m free during the qualifying period that began July 30, 2014. Last year, her top rivals — Lotte Friis (Denmark), Lauren Boyle (New Zealand) and Jazz Carlin (Great Britain) — swam faster than 15:49.99.
However, the 1500m free is not an Olympic event on the women’s side.
Ledecky’s 1500m free world record is .01 faster than Ryan Lochte‘s time at the 2004 Olympic Trials, one of the rare instances Lochte swam a 1500m free. Ledecky’s time would have placed fifth in the final there.
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2014 Olympian Gracie Gold qualified for the 2020 U.S. Figure Skating Championships by virtue of a third-place finish at the Eastern Sectional Singles Final on Saturday in Hyannis, Massachusetts.
“Bronze: so hot this fall,” Gold posted on Instagram. She last competed at U.S. nationals in 2017, when she finished sixth. She won the national title in 2014 and 2016.
Gold sat second after the short program with 63.55 points, and ultimately finished third overall with 109.90 points in the free skate for 173.45 points. The top four at the event qualify for the national championships in Greensboro, North Carolina in January.
Her free skate included a fall on the opening triple Lutz and an under-rotation on the triple Lutz, double toe loop combination. She also put a hand down on the landing of a double Axel. The rest of the program, though, was clean.
Her performance, set to “She Used to be Mine” by Sara Bareilles, can be found at the 2:05 mark of the on-demand stream of the event for NBC Gold Pass subscribers.
Meanwhile, her Sochi teammate Polina Edmunds was shut out of nationals based on a fifth-place finish at the Pacific Coast Sectional Singles Final (top four qualify). Her performance can be found for NBC Gold Pass subscribers at the 1:50 mark of the on-demand stream for the event. Edmunds last competed at Nationals in 2016, when she earned the silver medal behind Gold.
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Brittany Bowe extended one of the most dominant runs for any U.S. Winter Olympian, earning her first straight World Cup 1000m win to open the season on Sunday.
Bowe, fourth and eighth in the event at her two Olympics, clocked 1:15.35 in Minsk, Belarus, to beat PyeongChang gold medalist Jorien ter Mors by six tenths. Ter Mors missed all of last season after knee surgery.
Bowe won every World Cup 1000m dating to last December, plus her second world title in the event last February, lowering track records at each stop.
She ended last season by breaking the world record by .48 of a second on the fast ice of the 2002 Olympic oval in Kearns, Utah. That time — 1:11.61 — would have been the men’s world record as recently as 1997.
Bowe, a former Florida Atlantic point guard who missed all of 2016-17 with a concussion, is up to 23 career World Cup wins. That’s fifth on the U.S. all-time list behind Bonnie Blair (69), Shani Davis (58), Dan Jansen (46) and Heather Bergsma (34), according to schaatsstatistieken.nl.
The World Cup moves to Poland next week.
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