Gracie Gold to start work on triple Axel, quad Salchow

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Former U.S. figure skating champion Gracie Gold will spend her offseason learning new jumps — a triple Axel and quadruple Salchow, according to IceNetwork.com.

“In two weeks, [coach] Frank [Carroll] and I are going to start working on triple Axel and quad [Salchow],” Gold said, according to the report. “It was our plan after Sochi to start working on it, but when we looked at the plate, with [the Stars on Ice] tour, we just never really had the chance. We were constantly trying to recover and catch up.”

The comments echoed what Gold said last April.

“Frank and I do want to work on a triple Axel, and we definitely would like to play around with — it seems silly when women talk about it — but a quad toe loop,” Gold told the St. Paul Pioneer-Press. “Right now, unless we add in a second triple-triple (combination jump), I’m kind of reaching the technical limit, and that means we really have to enhance the artistic component.”

Gold, 19, was the top U.S. woman at the Sochi Olympics (fourth), 2014 World Championships (fifth) and 2015 World Championships (fourth).

No U.S. woman has won an individual medal at the Olympics or World Championships since 2006, the longest drought since World War I.

Russian World champion Elizaveta Tuktamysheva is the only active elite woman performing a triple Axel in competition.

No elites are doing quads in competition. Tuktamysheva said after winning Worlds last month that she may try to learn a quad toe loop but had no immediate plans of adding it to her competitive programs.

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Olympian Derrick Mein ends U.S. men’s trap drought at shotgun worlds

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Tokyo Olympian Derrick Mein became the first U.S. male shooter to win a world title in the trap event since 1966, prevailing at the world shotgun championships in Osijek, Croatia, on Wednesday.

Mein, who grew up on a small farm in Southeast Kansas, hunting deer and quail, nearly squandered a place in the final when he missed his last three shots in the semifinal round after hitting his first 22. He rallied in a sudden-death shoot-off for the last spot in the final by hitting all five of his targets.

He hit 33 of 34 targets in the final to win by two over Brit Nathan Hales with one round to spare.

The last U.S. man to win an Olympic trap title was Donald Haldeman in 1976.

Mein, 37, was 24th in his Olympic debut in Tokyo (and placed 13th with Kayle Browning in the mixed-gender team event).

The U.S. swept the Tokyo golds in the other shotgun event — skeet — with Vincent Hancock and Amber English. Browning took silver in women’s trap.

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Mo Farah withdraws before London Marathon

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British track legend Mo Farah withdrew before Sunday’s London Marathon, citing a right hip injury before what would have been his first 26.2-mile race in nearly two years.

Farah, who swept the 2012 and 2016 Olympic track titles at 5000m and 10,000m, said he hoped “to be back out there” next April, when the London Marathon returns to its traditional month after COVID moved it to the fall for three consecutive years. Farah turns 40 on March 23.

“I’ve been training really hard over the past few months and I’d got myself back into good shape and was feeling pretty optimistic about being able to put in a good performance,” in London, Farah said in a press release. “However, over the past 10 days I’ve been feeling pain and tightness in my right hip. I’ve had extensive physio and treatment and done everything I can to be on the start line, but it hasn’t improved enough to compete on Sunday.”

Farah switched from the track to the marathon after the 2017 World Championships and won the 2018 Chicago Marathon in a then-European record time of 2:05:11. Belgium’s Bashir Abdi now holds the record at 2:03:36.

Farah returned to the track in a failed bid to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics, then shifted back to the roads.

Sunday’s London Marathon men’s race is headlined by Ethiopians Kenenisa Bekele and Birhanu Legese, the second- and third-fastest marathoners in history.

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