Michael Phelps back in the pool; Phelps, Ledecky win Golden Goggles

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Michael Phelps has returned to the pool and is working toward goals for next year, an official from his training base said in accepting Phelps’ Male Athlete of the Year award at USA Swimming’s Golden Goggles on Monday night.

Phelps, who was suspended six months by USA Swimming after his Sept. 30 DUI arrest, was not in attendance at the New York event.

Keenan Robinson, director of athlete services at North Baltimore Aquatic Club, accepted on Phelps’ behalf and provided an update on the swimmer.

“Michael is in Baltimore, happily back in the pool, working toward his goals for next year,” Robinson said.

On Oct. 5, it was posted on Phelps’ social media that he was stepping away to get “the help I need.” It was later reported that was referring to a six-week program.

Phelps will not swim at the World Championships in Kazan, Russia, next summer.

Phelps came out of 20-month competitive retirement this year and won three gold medals and two silvers at the biggest meet of 2014, the Pan Pacific Championships in Australia in August.

He was the only U.S. men’s swimmer to finish the season with the top time in the world in an Olympic event.

Katie Ledecky won Female Athlete of the Year after breaking world records in the 400m, 800m and 1500m freestyles this year. She also swept the events and won the 200m free at the Pan Pacific Championships.

Ledecky also won the Female Race of the Year award for her 1500m free victory and world record at Pan Pacs.

Ledecky was also part of the Relay of the Year winner, for the 4x200m free relay at Pan Pacs. Ledecky swam anchor, entered the pool with a deficit and powered to a 1.37-second U.S. win.

In accepting the award with the team, Missy Franklin said the man handing the medals to the women at Pan Pacs proposed to Ledecky.

“Very concerned, Katie said, ‘I’m only 17,'” said Franklin, on the relay with Ledecky, Leah Smith and Shannon Vreeland.

Ledecky’s coach, Bruce Gemmell, won Coach of the Year.

Connor Jaeger won Male Race of the Year for his 1500m free victory at Pan Pacs. Jaeger, 23, took his first career gold medal at a major international meet (Olympics, World Championships or Pan Pacs) and the U.S.’ first gold in the event at a major international meet in 30 years.

Maya DiRado earned Breakout Performer of the Year for bagging her first individual medals at a major international meet. The former Stanford swimmer took gold in the 200m individual medley and 400m IM at Pan Pacs.

Open-water swimmers Haley Anderson and Andrew Gemmell won the Perseverance Award. Anderson and Gemmell won the Pan Pacs 10km titles after their events were moved from Australia to Hawaii.

Ryan Lochte and other top U.S. swimmers (but not Ledecky, Franklin or the suspended Phelps) will next compete at the World Short Course Championships in Doha, Qatar, from Dec. 3-7. The meet is done in a 25m pool rather than the Olympic-size 50m.

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U.S. men’s gymnastics team named for world championships

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Asher Hong, Colt Walker and world pommel horse champion Stephen Nedoroscik were named to the last three spots on the U.S. men’s gymnastics team for the world championships that start in three weeks.

Brody Malone and Donnell Whittenburg earned the first spots on the team by placing first and second in the all-around at August’s U.S. Championships.

Hong, Walker and Nedoroscik were chosen by a committee after two days of selection camp competition in Colorado Springs this week. Malone and Whittenburg did not compete at the camp.

Hong, 18, will become the youngest U.S. man to compete at worlds since Danell Leyva in 2009. He nearly earned a spot on the team at the U.S. Championships, but erred on his 12th and final routine of that meet to drop from second to third in the all-around. At this week’s camp, Hong had the lowest all-around total of the four men competing on all six apparatuses, but selectors still chose him over Tokyo Olympians Yul Moldauer and Shane Wiskus.

Walker, a Stanford junior, will make his world championships debut. He would have placed second at nationals in August if a bonus system for attempting difficult skills wasn’t in place. With that bonus system not in place at the selection camp, he had the highest all-around total. The bonus system is not used at international meets such as world championships.

Nedoroscik rebounded from missing the Tokyo Olympic team to become the first American to win a world title on pommel horse last fall. Though he is the lone active U.S. male gymnast with a global gold medal, he was in danger of missing this five-man team because of struggles on the horse at the U.S. Championships. Nedoroscik, who does not compete on the other five apparatuses, put up his best horse routine of the season on the last day of the selection camp Wednesday.

Moldauer, who tweeted that he was sick all last week, was named the traveling alternate for worlds in Liverpool, Great Britain. It would be the first time that Moldauer, who was fourth in the all-around at last fall’s worlds, does not compete at worlds since 2015.

Though the U.S. has not made the team podium at an Olympics or worlds since 2014, it is boosted this year by the absence of Olympic champion Russia, whose athletes are banned indefinitely due to the war in Ukraine. In recent years, the U.S. has been among the nations in the second tier behind China, Japan and Russia, including in Tokyo, where the Americans were fifth.

The U.S. women’s world team of five will be announced after a selection camp in two weeks. Tokyo Olympians Jade Carey and Jordan Chiles are in contention.

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Paris 2024 Olympic marathon route unveiled

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The 2024 Olympic marathon route will take runners from Paris to Versailles and back.

The route announcement was made on the 233rd anniversary of one of the early, significant events of the French Revolution: the Women’s March on Versailles — “to pay tribute to the thousands of women who started their march at city hall to Versailles to take up their grievances to the king and ask for bread,” Paris 2024 President Tony Estanguet said.

Last December, organizers announced the marathons will start at Hôtel de Ville (city hall, opposite Notre-Dame off the Seine River) and end at Les Invalides, a complex of museums and monuments one mile southeast of the Eiffel Tower.

On Wednesday, the rest of the route was unveiled — traversing the banks of the Seine west to the Palace of Versailles and then back east, passing the Eiffel Tower before the finish.

The men’s and women’s marathons will be on the last two days of the Games at 8 a.m. local time (2 a.m. ET). It will be the first time that the women’s marathon is held on the last day of the Games after the men’s marathon traditionally occupied that slot.

A mass public marathon will also be held on the Olympic marathon route. The date has not been announced.

The full list of highlights among the marathon course:

• Hôtel de ville de Paris (start)
• Bourse de commerce
• Palais Brongniart
• Opéra Garnier
• Place Vendôme
• Jardin des Tuileries
• The Louvre
• Place de la Concorde
• The bridges of Paris
(Pont de l’Alma; Alexandre III;
Iéna; and more)
• Grand Palais
• Palais de Tokyo
• Jardins du Trocadéro
• Maison de la Radio
• Manufacture et Musées
nationaux de Sèvres
• Forêt domaniale
des Fausses-Reposes
• Monuments Pershing –
Lafayette
• Château de Versailles
• Forêt domaniale de Meudon
• Parc André Citroën
• Eiffel Tower
• Musée Rodin
• Esplanade des Invalides (finish)

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