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Max Aaron

Max Aaron eyes his second national title, while three other men seek their first in the U.S. Figure Skating Championships men’s free skate on Sunday, live on NBC and NBC Sports Live Extra at 4 p.m. ET.

Aaron, the 2013 U.S. champion, takes a slim lead over 2013 U.S. silver medalist Ross Miner into the final day of competition at St. Paul, Minn.

Reigning U.S. silver medalist Adam Rippon is third and Junior Grand Prix Final champion Nathan Chen is fourth, both within striking distance of Aaron.

WATCH LIVE: U.S. Championships men’s free skate — 4-6 p.m. ET

It’s the first U.S. Championships with zero men’s Olympians in the field since 1968. Sochi team members Jason Brown and Jeremy Abbott are out due to a back injury and taking the season off from competition, respectively.

Brown, the 2015 U.S. champion out since November with a back strain, petitioned for a spot on the three-man World Championships team that will be named after Nationals.

The U.S. champion is guaranteed a spot at Worlds in Boston in two months. The other two men will be chosen by a U.S. Figure Skating committee and named after the free skate, taking into account not only Sunday’s results but also recent national and international competitions.

Chen, 16, hopes to become the youngest man to finish in the top three at a U.S. Championships since 1973, youngest to compete at Worlds since 1965 and the youngest U.S. men’s champion since Dick Button in 1946.

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Shaunae Miller-Uibo, Olympic 400m champion, announces pregnancy


Bahamian Shaunae Miller-Uibo, the two-time reigning Olympic 400m champion, announced she is pregnant with her first child.

“New Year, New Blessing,” she posted on social media with husband Maicel Uibo, the 2019 World Championships silver medalist in the decathlon for Estonia. “We can’t wait to meet our little bundle of joy.”

Miller-Uibo, 28, followed her repeat Olympic title in Tokyo by winning her first world indoor and outdoor titles last year.

Also last year, Miller-Uibo said she planned to drop the 400m and focus on the 200m going into the 2024 Paris Games rather than possibly bid to become the first woman to win the same individual Olympic running event three times.

She has plenty of experience in the 200m, making her world championships debut in that event in 2013 and placing fourth. She earned 200m bronze at the 2017 Worlds, was the world’s fastest woman in the event in 2019 and petitioned for a Tokyo Olympic schedule change to make a 200m-400m double easier. The petition was unsuccessful.

She did both races anyway, finishing last in the 200m final, 1.7 seconds behind the penultimate finisher on the same day of the 400m first round.

She did not race the 200m at last July’s worlds, where the 200m and 400m overlapped.

Notable moms to win individual Olympic sprint titles include American Wilma Rudolph, who swept the 100m, 200m and 4x100m at the 1960 Rome Olympics two years after having daughter Yolanda.

And Dutchwoman Fanny Blankers-Koen, who won four gold medals at the 1948 London Olympics, when the mother of two also held world records in the high jump and long jump, two events in which she didn’t compete at those Games.

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Germany goes 1-2 at bobsled worlds; Kaillie Humphries breaks medals record

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Kim Kalicki and Lisa Buckwitz gave Germany a one-two in the world bobsled championships two-woman event, while American Kaillie Humphries earned bronze to break the career medals record.

Kalicki, who was fourth at last year’s Olympics and leads this season’s World Cup standings, edged Buckwitz by five hundredths of a second combining times from four runs over the last two days in St. Moritz, Switzerland. Humphries, with push athlete Kaysha Love, was 51 hundredths behind.

Olympic champion Laura Nolte was in third place after two runs but crashed in the third run.

Humphries, 37 and a three-time Olympic champion between two-woman and monobob, earned her eighth world championships medal in the two-woman event. That broke her tie for the record of seven with retired German Sandra Kiriasis. Humphries is also the most decorated woman in world championships monobob, taking gold and silver in the two times it has been contested.

Humphries rolled her ankle after the first day of last week’s monobob, plus took months off training in the offseason while also doing two rounds of IVF.

“I chose to continue the IVF journey through the season which included a Lupron Depot shot the day before this race began,” she posted after her monobob silver last weekend. “My weight and body fluctuating all year with hormones, it was a battle to find my normal while competing again. I’m happy with this result, I came into it wanting a podium and we achieved it as a team.”

Love, who was seventh with Humphries in the Olympic two-woman event, began her transition to become a driver after the Games.

Worlds finish Sunday with the final two runs of the four-man event.

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