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Two Olympic silver medalists out of U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials

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Lashinda Demus and Brigetta Barrett, two 2012 Olympic silver medalists, will miss the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials in July and will not be able to return to the Games in August.

Demus, 33, took silver in the 400m hurdles in London, .07 behind Russian Natalya Antyukh.

Demus, also a four-time world championships medalist in the event, last competed June 28, 2015, finishing fourth at the U.S. Championships.

Since, she has been slowed by plantar fasciitis, vitamin deficiencies, a herniated disc in her lower back that required surgery, a broken right arm and meniscus and PCL tears in her knee, according to a blog post published Tuesday.

“I’ve struggled with injuries every single year since my silver medal, and you can see every bit of that in my performances,” Demus said in the post. “The athlete over these 4 years hasn’t come close to the athlete that I knew myself to be, and I think that’s what hurt my warrior soul the most.”

Demus said in the post she planned to come back next season.

The high jumper Barrett, on the other hand, has retired, according to her public relations and marketing agency.

She went from July 2014 to January 2016 without competing, according to Tilastopaja.org, reportedly undergoing hip surgery during that break.

She competed once this year but did not clear a height that would have automatically qualified her for the Olympic Trials. She was .01 off the needed height but still could have been invited to Trials.

Barrett took high jump silver at the 2012 London Games behind Russian Anna Chicherova, who recently failed a recent retest of a 2008 Beijing Olympic doping sample.

NBC Olympics track and field producer Seth Rubinroit contributed to this report.

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Sam Girard, Olympic short track champion, surprisingly retires at age 22

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Sam Girard, who avoided a three-skater pileup to win the PyeongChang Olympic 1000m, retired from short track speed skating at age 22, saying he lost the desire to compete.

“I leave my sport satisfied with what I have accomplished,” Girard said in a press release. “This decision was very well thought through. I am at peace with the choice that I’ve made and am ready to move onto the next step.”

Girard and girlfriend and fellow Olympic skater Kasandra Bradette announced their careers end together in a tearful French-language press conference in Quebec on Friday.

Girard detailed the decision in a letter, the sacrifices made to pursue skating. Notably, moving from his hometown of Ferland-et-Boilleau, population 600, to Montreal in 2012. His hobbies had been of the outdoor variety, but he now had to drive an hour and a half from the training center just to go fishing.

In PyeongChang, Girard led for most of the 1000m final, which meant he avoided chaos behind him on the penultimate lap of the nine-lap race. Hungarian Liu Shaolin Sandor‘s inside pass took out South Koreans Lim Hyo-Jun and Seo Yi-Ra, leaving just Girard and American John-Henry Krueger.

Girard maintained his lead, crossing .214 in front of Krueger to claim the title. He also finished fourth in the 500m and 1500m and earned bronze in the relay.

“My first Olympics, won a gold medal, can’t ask for more,” he said afterward.

Though Girard was already accomplished — earning individual silver medals at the 2016 and 2017 Worlds — he came to PyeongChang as the heir apparent to Charles Hamelin, a roommate on the World Cup circuit whom Girard likened to a big brother. Girard earned another world silver medal this past season.

Hamelin, after taking individual gold in 2010 and 2014, left PyeongChang without an individual medal in what many expected to be his last Olympics. However, he went back on a retirement vow and continued to skate through the 2018-19 season.

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Maia, Alex Shibutani extend break from ice dance competition

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Brother-sister ice dance duo Maia and Alex Shibutani will not compete next season, the Olympic bronze medalists announced via U.S. Figure Skating on Friday.

“We’re healthier and stronger than we were after the Olympics, and we’re continuing to push ourselves,” Maia Shibutani said in a press release.

“We’ve continued to skate a lot, and we feel like we’ve benefited from some time away to create in different environments and focus on experiences that can help us grow,” Alex said.

The “Shib Sibs” won the U.S. title in 2016 and 2017. They won their first world medal in 2011 (bronze) before reaching the world podium again in 2016 and 2017 with silver and bronze, respectively.

They most recently competed at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, where they earned bronze both individually and in the team event.

Maia and Alex Shibutani are now the second ice dance medalists from PyeongChang to announce they’ll sit out at least part of next season. Gold medalists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada will tour instead this fall and are not expected to return to competition.

The siblings haven’t stayed away from the ice entirely in their break from the sport, though — they’ve also been touring and performing in shows.

The Shibutanis became the second set of siblings to earn Olympic ice dance medals after France’s Isabelle and Paul Duchesnay in 1992.

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