Carmelo Anthony: We talk about 2016 Olympic gold ‘all the time’

LeBron James, Kevin Durant

Carmelo Anthony seems pretty intent on returning to the Olympics next year. And, from Anthony’s words, so are LeBron James and Chris Paul.

“We [James, Paul and I] talk about it [winning gold in Rio] all the time,’’ Anthony said, according to the New York Post. “Just about how we want to go out and end it the next year with the Olympics, just how much we want to take from this experience. I’m going on four [Olympics], LeBron is going on four. Paul going for three. We’re connected by the hip.’’

James and Anthony were the youngest members of the 2004 U.S. Olympic team that earned bronze in Athens, the first time since 1988 that the Americans didn’t take gold.

They returned as part of the Redeem Team in 2008 and again in 2012 in London.

James and Anthony can become the first U.S. men’s basketball players to play in four Olympics next year.

For a spot on the 12-man roster in Rio, Anthony will have to contend with competition at forward from the likes of LaMarcus Aldridge, Kevin Durant, Rudy GayPaul GeorgeBlake GriffinKawhi Leonard and Kevin Love.

James, who reportedly has a spot on the Rio 2016 team if he wants it, is the all-time U.S. Olympic men’s basketball leader in points (273), passing David Robinson during the London Olympics, according to USA Basketball.

James won’t be passing the all-time leader across all nations any time soon. That’s held by Brazilian legend Oscar Schmidt, whose tally over five Olympics was a reported 1,093.

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Lucas Braathen, world’s top male slalom skier, in doubt for world championships

Lucas Braathen

Norway’s Lucas Braathen, the world’s top male slalom skier this season, is doubtful to compete in the world championships slalom on Feb. 19 after appendix surgery on Tuesday.

“It’s been a tough couple of days fighting after surprisingly finding out about quite an intense infection on my appendix,” Braathen, a 22-year-old soccer convert with a Brazilian mom, posted on social media. “I’ve been through surgery and I’m blessed that it went successfully.”

The Norway Alpine skiing team doctor said Braathen’s recovery will take a few weeks, but there is a small possibility he can make it back for the world championships slalom, which is on the final day of the two-week competition.

Braathen has two slalom wins and one giant slalom win this World Cup season. He will miss Saturday’s slalom in Chamonix, France, the last race before worlds. Countryman Henrik Kristoffersen and Swiss Daniel Yule can overtake him atop the World Cup slalom standings in Chamonix.

Braathen entered last year’s Olympics as the World Cup slalom leader and skied out in the first run at the Games.

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Sifan Hassan sets marathon debut

Sifan Hassan

Sifan Hassan, who won 5000m and 10,000m gold and 1500m bronze at the Tokyo Olympics in an unprecedented triple, will make her 26.2-mile debut at the London Marathon on April 23.

Hassan, a 30-year-old Dutchwoman, said she will return to the track after the race, but how the London Marathon goes will play into whether she bids for the Olympic marathon in 2024.

“I want to see what I can do on the marathon distance, to make future decisions,” she posted on social media. “We’ll see if I will finish the distance or if the distance will finish me.”

Exhausted by her Olympic feat, Hassan reportedly went at least seven months after the Tokyo Games between training in track spikes. She finished fourth in the 10,000m and sixth in the 5000m at last July’s world championships in Eugene, Oregon.

“I really needed a break after the Tokyo Olympics,” Hassan said at worlds. “I was mentally crashed. I didn’t even care about running.”

London, billed as the best women’s marathon field in history, also boasts Olympic champion Peres Jepchirchir of Kenya, world record holder Brigid Kosgei of Kenya, 2016 Olympic 10,000m champion Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia, 1500m world record holder Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia and the two fastest Americans in history, Emily Sisson and Keira D’Amato.

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