Allyson Felix discusses 2016, 400m, more with Ato Boldon (video)

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Allyson Felix will not race her signature event, the 200m, at the World Championships next week, but she will nevertheless go in as an experienced championship competitor in the 400m.

In an interview with NBC Olympics analyst Ato Boldon, Felix reflected on her only other time contesting the one-lap race at a global meet at the 2011 World Championships in Daegu, South Korea.

Felix took on her toughest challenge yet at those World Championships, running the 400m and then the 200m in the same meet. She will not double up in Beijing next week because the 400m final and the 200m semifinals are a little more than an hour apart.

In the 400m in Daegu, Felix nearly won the gold. She set a personal best of 49.59 and took silver, .03 behind gold medalist Amantle Montsho of Botswana.

Montsho, who clocked a national record in that race, is now serving a doping ban.

“I definitely look back and think, man, I learned a lot,” Felix said of Daegu. “It was my first time really taking on something like that. I can honestly say I didn’t know the race very well. Still, it’s a work in progress, of course. But I feel more confident now, more experienced, and, definitely, that I can draw on that experience and say that, OK, I can do things a little differently.”

In 2012, Felix decided to complement her 200m with the 100m at the London Olympics. She placed fifth in the 100m and then earned a long-awaited gold in the 200m.

In 2013, Felix contested a single event at Worlds, the 200m, where she tore her right hamstring in the final and was carried off the track by brother Wes.

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Does Lance Armstrong believe doping contributed to cancer?

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Lance Armstrong said on Sunday’s ESPN film “Lance” that he didn’t know whether he got testicular cancer because of his doping in the early-to-mid 1990s.

“I don’t know the answer to that,” he said. “And I don’t want to say no because I don’t think that’s right, either. I don’t know if it’s yes or no, but I certainly wouldn’t say no. The only thing I will tell you is the only time in my life that I ever did growth hormone was the 1996 season [before being diagnosed with moderate to advanced cancer in October 1996]. So just in my head, I’m like ‘growth, growing, hormones and cells.’ Like, if anything good needs to be grown, it does. But wouldn’t it also make sense that if anything bad is there, that it, too, would grow?”

Armstrong was asked a similar question by Oprah Winfrey in his January 2013 doping confession.

“Do you think that banned substances contributed to you getting cancer?” Winfrey asked.

“I don’t think so,” Armstrong said then. “I’m not a doctor, I’ve never had a doctor tell me that or suggest that to me personally, but I don’t believe so.”

That was not the first time doping and cancer were part of the same conversation.

Teammate Frankie Andreu and then-fiancee Betsy said that Armstrong told a doctor on Oct. 27, 1996, at Indiana University Hospital that he had taken performance-enhancing drugs; EPO, testosterone, growth hormone, cortisone and steroids.

Armstrong said he probably began doping at age 21, in 1992 or 1993.

“I remember when we were on a training ride in 2002, Lance told me that [Michele] Ferrari [the infamous doctor who provided performance-enhancing drugs] had been paranoid that he had helped cause the cancer and became more conservative after that,” former teammate Floyd Landis said in 2011, according to Sports Illustrated.

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Cortina requests to postpone Alpine skiing worlds from 2021 to 2022

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The Italian Winter Sports Federation was making a formal request on Monday to postpone next year’s world Alpine skiing championships in Cortina d’Ampezzo until March 2022.

Italian Olympic Committee president Giovanni Malagò revealed the plans during an interview with RAI state TV on Sunday night.

Considering the fallout in Italy from the coronavirus pandemic, Malagò said “this is the best solution” in order to avoid the championships being canceled or shortened.

“It’s a decision in which we both lose but we realize this is the best — or maybe the only thing — to do,” Malago said.

The Italian federation confirmed that the proposal would be presented during an International Ski Federation (FIS) board meeting Monday. The Italian federation added that the decision to make the proposal was made jointly by the organizing committee in Cortina, the Veneto region and the Italian government.

It will be up to FIS to decide on any postponement.

Cortina was already forced to cancel the World Cup Finals in March this year due to the advancing virus, which has now accounted for more than 30,000 deaths in Italy.

Moving the worlds to March 2022 would put the event one month after the Beijing Olympics and likely force FIS to cancel that season’s finals in Méribel and Courchevel, France.

The Cortina worlds are currently scheduled for Feb. 7-21, 2021.

Worlds are usually held every other winter, in odd years.

Cortina is also slated to host Alpine events during the 2026 Milan-Cortina Olympics.

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