Usain Bolt pulls out of July track meets

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Usain Bolt pulled out of his two scheduled July meets, citing a left leg injury that required him to fly to Munich for treatment.

Bolt “has been feeling discomfort in his left leg since his last competition which has restricted his training,” according to a press release. “He visited Doctor Müller-Wohlfahrt in Munich who confirmed that he has a blocked sacroiliac joint which is restricting his movement and putting pressure on his knee and ankle. Usain will spend the next couple of days in Munich getting treatment after which he will resume full training in his quest to defend his titles at the IAAF World T&F Championships in Beijing at the end of August.”

Bolt withdrew from Diamond League meets in Paris on Saturday and Lausanne, Switzerland, on July 9. Those were his only remaining announced competitions before the World Championships in Beijing from Aug. 22-30.

Bolt’s coach, Glen Mills, said Bolt has been complaining “for several weeks” and restricted in training, triggering the trip to the German doctor, according to Reuters.

“What I can say is I’m very concerned about the progress of his preparation [for the World Championships] so far,” Mills said, according to Reuters. “But as to between now and Beijing that depends on what I learn when I have the discussion with the doctor.”

Bolt, 28 and a six-time Olympic champion, reportedly visited Munich for two weeks for treatment last year, when he had March foot surgery that delayed the start of his 2014 season.

Bolt pulled out of last week’s Jamaican Championships after Mills said he would race, but he didn’t need to compete as he had byes into the World Championships as the 2013 World champion in the 100m and 200m.

Bolt last raced at the Adidas Grand Prix on June 13, clocking 20.29 in a 200m, his slowest 200m final time since 2006.

Bolt is increasingly looking like an underdog to American Justin Gatlin in the 100m and 200m at the World Championships. Gatlin is the world’s fastest man in the 100m and 200m this year and was last year.

Gatlin, 33 and five years removed from a four-year doping ban, has run personal bests 9.74 and 19.57 in the 100m and 200m this year. Bolt’s best times since the start of 2014 are 9.98 and 20.13.

In Paris, Bolt was lined up to face former world-record holder and countryman Asafa Powell in a 100m. Powell, 32, is the only Jamaican to run 9.90 or faster in 2014 or 2015, which he has done four times.

Powell last beat Bolt on July 22, 2008, in Bolt’s last race before the Beijing Olympics, when he won the first three of his six Olympic golds.

Video: Usain Bolt at the Athens 2004 Olympics

Simone Biles discusses anxiety medicine, therapy in up-and-down year

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Simone Biles sees a therapist regularly and takes medication for anxiety, acknowledging mental-health struggles.

Biles was asked on “Good Morning America” how she has processed standing up as a Larry Nassar survivor on Jan. 15.

“I’m on anxiety medicine now because I had a lot of ups and downs throughout the year, trying to figure out what was wrong,” Biles said. “So I go to therapy pretty regularly. It’s not easy, but the people surrounding me are some of the best.”

Biles is an experienced mental-health advocate.

Last year, she partnered with the #BeUnderstood campaign for Learning Disabilities and ADHD Awareness Month in October. She spoke with two sisters who have ADHD about her own experience with ADHD since age 9.

Biles appeared on Tuesday’s morning show to reveal her ESPN the Magazine cover for being named the most dominant athlete of 2018.

Biles, after taking 14 months off from training, swept all five titles at the U.S. Championships, then became the first gymnast to earn medals on every event at a world championships in 31 years.

She is not expected to compete again before March.

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Mikael Kingsbury named Canada Athlete of the Year

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Mikael Kingsbury, the Olympic moguls champion, is the first freestyle skier to win the Lou Marsh Trophy, Canada’s athlete of the year award.

Kingsbury, 26, dominated in PyeongChang, receiving the highest scores for time, turns and air moves in the final to win by 4.06 points. It marked the first instance in moguls history that a man topped the final field in all three categories that make up the total score, albeit the format moved from a 20-skier final to a six-skier final in 2014.

Kingsbury also finished first or second in all eight World Cup moguls or dual moguls events so far in 2018. He’s up to 50 World Cup victories, breaking the moguls record shared by U.S. Olympic champions Donna Weinbrecht and Hannah Kearney.

The other reported Lou Marsh finalists were:

Brooke Henderson, Golf: Second in the LPGA Tour’s Race to the CME Globe
Kaitlyn Lawes, Curling: Olympic mixed doubles, world women’s titles
Connor McDavid, Hockey: 2017-18 NHL points leader, most outstanding player
Kaetlyn Osmond, Figure Skating: Olympic bronze medalist, world champion

The Lou Marsh Trophy went to an Olympian 15 times in the last 20 years, most recently Olympic 100m freestyle swimming champion Penny Oleksiak in 2016. Winners in Winter Olympic years included speed skaters Catriona LeMay Doan (2002) and Cindy Klassen (2006) and bobsledder Kaillie Humphries (2014), all gold medalists those years.

That history worked against Henderson and McDavid, who didn’t have an Olympics in 2018. Osmond had arguably the best year for an individual Canadian figure skater with her three major medals, but Russians Alina Zagitova and Yevgenia Medvedeva beat her in PyeongChang.

Lawes led all women in shooting percentage in the first Olympic mixed-doubles event and led her team (skipped by Sochi Olympic champ skip Jennifer Jones) in shooting in the gold-medal game of the world championship a month later.

Olympic ice dance champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir were ineligible for the individual award together, according to Canadian media.

The Lou Marsh Trophy, named after the former Toronto Star sports editor and columnist, is annually voted on by Canadian sports journalists.

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