U.S. swimming Golden Goggles nominees announced

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The Big Four of Katie Ledecky, Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte and Missy Franklin are all nominated for USA Swimming’s Golden Goggle Athlete of the Year awards.

Ledecky and Lochte were the only U.S. swimmers to win individual World Championships in the pool in August.

Ledecky and Phelps, who missed Worlds as part of his punishment for last September’s DUI arrest, were the only U.S. swimmers to post world-leading times in Olympic events, for a second straight year.

Franklin and Ledecky were two of the three swimmers overall to earn five medals at the World Championships.

That quartet was joined in Male and Female Athlete of the Year nominations by World champions in open-water swimming — Olympians Haley Anderson and Jordan Wilimovsky.

Ledecky and Phelps won the 2014 Athlete of the Year awards. Ledecky, Phelps, Lochte and Franklin have combined to win every Male and Female Athlete of the Year award since 2011. The last man other than Phelps or Lochte to win was Brendan Hansen in 2006.

Online Golden Goggles voting is available here through Nov. 13. A percentage of the fan vote will count toward the final balloting. The Golden Goggle Awards are Nov. 22 in Los Angeles.

The full nominees:

Breakout Performer of the Year

Katie Meili — Pan American Games and Nationals champion in 100m breaststroke; ranked No. 3 in the world in 2015.
Jordan Wilimovsky — First career U.S. titles (open-water 10km, 1500m freestyle) and World title (open-water 10km) to make first Olympic team.
Kelsi Worrell — NCAA, Pan American Games and Nationals champion in 100 butterfly; ranked No. 3 int he world in 2015.

Perseverance Award

Kevin Cordes — Worlds silver in 200m breaststroke, bronze in 50m breaststroke, two relay medals after DQs at 2013 Worlds, 2014 Pan Pacific Championships.
Connor Jaeger — Won Worlds 1500m freestyle silver in an American record after fourth-place finishes in 400m and 800m frees.
Allison Schmitt — Won 200m free at Pan American Games, U.S. Championships, opened up about battle with depression after missing 2013, 2015 World Championships teams.

Coach of the Year

Bob Bowman — Star pupil: Michael Phelps
Bruce Gemmell — Star pupil: Katie Ledecky
Dave Kelsheimer — Star pupil: Jordan Wilimovsky
David Marsh — Star pupil: Ryan Lochte
Catherine Vogt — Star pupil: Haley Anderson

Relay Performance of the Year (all World Championships finals)

Men’s 4x100m Medley Relay — U.S. wins by .15 of a second over Australia.
Women’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay — U.S. wins by 3.04 seconds over Italy.
Mixed 4x100m Freestyle Relay — U.S. wins in world-record time by .05 over Netherlands.

Female Race of the Year (all World Championships finals)

Haley Anderson’s open-water 5km — Gold by 1.4 seconds.
Katie Ledecky’s 200m free – Gold by .16 of a second in come-from-behind fashion.
Katie Ledecky’s 800m free – Gold in world-record time, lowering her mark by 3.61 seconds and winning by 10.26 seconds.
Katie Ledecky’s 1500m free — Gold in world-record time, lowering her mark by 2.33 seconds and winning by 14.66 seconds.

Male Race of the Year

Connor Jaeger’s Worlds 1500m freestyle — Silver in an American record time.
Ryan Lochte’s Worlds 200m individual medley — Gold for fourth straight World title.
Michael Phelps’ Nationals 100m butterfly — Fastest time in the world since 2009.
Michael Phelps’ Nationals 200m butterfly — Fastest time in the world since 2009.
Jordan Wilimovsky’s Worlds open-water 10km — Gold by 12.1 seconds.

Female Athlete of the Year

Haley Anderson — World champion, open-water 5km.
Missy Franklin — World silver medalist, 200m back. World bronze medalist, 200m free. Three Worlds relay medals.
Katie Ledecky — World champion, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m freestyles. One Worlds relay gold medal.

Male Athlete of the Year

Ryan Lochte — World champion, 200m individual medley. Three Worlds relay medals.
Michael Phelps — World’s fastest swimmer in 2015 in 100m, 200m butterflies.
Jordan Wilimovsky — World champion, open-water 10km.

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Mo Farah likely to retire this year

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British track legend Mo Farah will likely retire by the end of this year.

“I’m not going to go to the Olympics, and I think 2023 will probably be my last year,” the 39-year-old Farah said, according to multiple British media reports.

Farah, who swept the 5000m and 10,000m golds at the Olympics in 2012 and 2016, was announced Tuesday as part of the field for the London Marathon on April 23.

Last May, Farah reportedly said he believed his career on the track was over, but not the roads.

London might not be his last marathon. Farah also said that if, toward the end of this year, he was capable of being picked to run for Britain again, he would “never turn that down,” according to Tuesday’s reports.

It’s not clear if Farah was referencing the world track and field championships, which include a marathon and are in Budapest in August. Or selection for the 2024 British Olympic marathon team.

The fastest British male marathoner last year ran 2:10:46, ranking outside the top 300 in the world. Farah broke 2:10 in all five marathons that he’s finished, but he hasn’t run one since October 2019 (aside from pacing the 2020 London Marathon).

Farah withdrew four days before the last London Marathon on Oct. 2, citing a right hip injury.

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’s best London Marathon finish in four starts was third place in 2018.

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

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Kendall Gretsch wins six gold medals at Para Nordic Ski Worlds

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Kendall Gretsch, who won Paralympic titles at the last Summer and Winter Games, added another six gold medals at the World Para Nordic Skiing Championships in Sweden last week.

Gretsch, 30, earned seven total medals in seven days between biathlon and cross-country skiing.

Gretsch won gold medals in three different sports across the last three Paralympics: biathlon and cross-country skiing in 2018 (two years after taking up the sports), triathlon in 2021 and biathlon in 2022.

She plans to shift her focus back to triathlon after this winter for 2024 Paris Games qualification.

Gretsch, born with spina bifida, was the 2014 USA Triathlon Female Para Triathlete of the Year. Though triathlon was added to the Paralympics for the 2016 Rio Games, her classification was not added until Tokyo.

Also at last week’s worlds, six-time Paralympian Aaron Pike earned his first Paralympic or world championships gold medal in his decade-plus career, winning a 12.5km biathlon event.

Oksana Masters, who won seven medals in seven events at last year’s Paralympics to break the career U.S. Winter Paralympics medals record, missed worlds due to hand surgery.

The U.S. also picked up five medals at last week’s World Para Alpine Skiing Championships in Spain — three silvers for five-time Paralympian Laurie Stephens and two bronzes for 17-year-old Saylor O’Brien.

Stephens now has 18 career medals from world championships, plus seven at the Paralympics.

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