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U.S. would top 2016 Olympic medal standings in virtual projection

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The U.S. would top the Olympic overall and gold medal standings if the Rio Games started today, according to Infostrada’s virtual medal projection updated Tuesday.

The update coincided with Tuesday’s marking of 500 days out from the Rio Olympic Opening Ceremony on Aug. 5, 2016. The projection is based on recent international results.

The U.S. would win 97 medals, with nearly half of them golds, 47, according to the medal projection available here.

The U.S. has won at least 100 medals at each of the last three Olympics. It hasn’t won at least 47 gold medals since it captured 83 at the Los Angeles 1984 Games.

Infostrada has the U.S. topping the overall medal count by 21 over China and the gold medal count by 19 over China. That would continue the Americans’ distancing of the rival Chinese since China earned the most gold medals at Beijing 2008 and came within 10 overall medals of the U.S. at those Games.

Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time with 22 medals, would win two more individual gold medals in the 100m butterfly and the 200m individual medley, according to the projection. He’s won each of those races at the last three Olympics.

If he wins those golds, Phelps will pass Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina for the most career Olympic individual medals with 15. He would also tie U.S. track and field legends Al Oerter (discus) and Carl Lewis (long jump) for the most consecutive Olympic titles in the same individual event.

Usain Bolt would lose to American Justin Gatlin in the 100m, according to the projection. Gatlin, the 2004 Olympic 100m champion five years removed from a four-year doping ban, ran the fastest time in the world in 2014, a 9.77.

Bolt’s last season was cut short due to foot surgery. He ran 9.98. Bolt and Gatlin last went head to head at the 2013 World Championships, won by Bolt, 9.77 to 9.85.

Gymnast Simone Biles would win four individual medals and swimmers Missy Franklin and Katie Ledecky three each, according to the projection.

The U.S. would sweep the basketball and beach volleyball golds.

Host nation Brazil, whose goal is to win 27 to 30 medals, would take home 27 total and 10 golds. Those would both be record totals at a single Games for Brazil, though not surprising given the medal boost nations usually receive with home-field advantage.

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Gracie Gold qualifies for nationals, Polina Edmunds shut out

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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.

As a reminder, you can watch the events from the 2019-20 figure skating season live and on-demand with the ‘Figure Skating Pass’ on NBC Sports Gold. Go to NBCsports.com/gold/figure-skating to sign up for access to every ISU Grand Prix and championship event, as well as domestic U.S. Figure Skating events throughout the season. NBC Sports Gold gives subscribers an unprecedented level of access on more platforms and devices than ever before.

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Brittany Bowe extends unbeaten streak to open speed skating World Cup

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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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