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Michael Phelps entered in 5 events at Olympic Trials; Ryan Lochte in 400m IM

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Michael Phelps is entered in five events, and Ryan Lochte is entered in the 400m individual medley, at the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials that start Sunday in Omaha.

Missy Franklin and Katie Ledecky are entered in four and six events, respectively.

Entry lists were published Wednesday. Swimmers can of course scratch out of events they entered, but they cannot enter events for which they are not named on those lists. The NBC broadcast and daily schedule is here.

Phelps is entered in his three signature individual events — 100m and 200m butterflies and 200m individual medley — and the 100m freestyle and 200m freestyle.

Phelps is not believed to have designs on trying to make the Olympic team in the individual 100m or 200m free (by finishing top two in the Trials final). Rather, it’s believed he wants to be included on the 4x100m and 4x200m free relays at a fourth straight Olympics.

Phelps doesn’t have to swim the 100m or 200m free at Trials to be eligible for the relay pools. However, a strong time at Trials (even if in the preliminary heats) would boost his case to be selected for the 4x100m and 4x200m free in Rio, should he make the team individually in any event.

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Lochte is also entered in the Trials 100m free, likely with the same relay-only hopes as Phelps. But the bigger news is that Lochte is entered in the 400m IM, the individual event he won at the London Games.

Lochte has been coy for months about whether he would race the grueling 400m IM at Trials. He hasn’t raced it at a U.S. Nationals or internationally since the London Games.

In fact, Lochte swam it once in an Olympic-sized pool in 2013 and 2014 combined. But he swam it at two domestic meets each in 2015 and 2016, ranking second in the U.S. this year and leading many to predict that he would enter it at the Olympic Trials.

“If you win it at the Olympics, you have to swim it at the next Trials,” Phelps joked in January, alluding to his own late decision to re-add the 400m IM in 2012. Phelps finished second to Lochte in the 400m IM at those Olympic Trials and then a disappointing fourth at the London Games.

Lochte’s events are the 100m and 200m frees, 200m backstroke, 100m butterfly and 200m and 400m IMs.

Also at these Trials, Franklin is entered in the 100m and 200m backstrokes and 100m and 200m freestyles.

Ledecky is entered in the 50m, 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m freestyles and the 400m individual medley, though the 400m IM may be merely a warm-up swim on the first day of competition for the freestyle star.

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Jordan Wilimovsky qualifies for Tokyo Olympics in open-water swimming

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Open-water swimmer Jordan Wilimovsky is the first male athlete on the 2020 U.S. Olympic team.

Wilimovsky, who placed fourth and fifth in two distance events at the 2016 Rio Games, joined fellow open-water swimmers Haley Anderson and Ashley Twichell in qualifying for Tokyo via the world championships in Gwangju, South Korea.

Wilimovsky, 25, placed fifth in the 10km event on Tuesday. Anderson and Twichell were second and sixth in the women’s 10km on Sunday. Top-10 finishers at worlds qualified for Tokyo.

German Florian Wellbrock won by two tenths of a second over French Olympic bronze medalist Marc-Antoine Olivier after 1 hour, 47 minutes in the water. Wilimovsky led with 600 meters left. Olympic 1500m freestyle champion Gregorio Paltrinieri also qualified for Tokyo in the open-water 10km by finishing sixth.

The other American, David Heron, was 25th, missing the Olympic team, but he can try again in the 1500m free in the pool at the Olympic trials next June.

Wilimovsky missed a medal in the Rio Olympic 1500m in the pool by 4.17 seconds, taking fourth. Three days later, he was fifth in the open-water 10km, 1.2 seconds out of bronze.

Wilimovsky, a Malibu native who redshirted at Northwestern to train for Rio, earned gold and silver in the 10km at the 2015 and 2017 World Championships.

A U.S. man has never earned an Olympic open-water medal. The event debuted at Beijing 2008.

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Ted Ligety scales back race schedule

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Two-time Olympic champion Ted Ligety is scaling back his race schedule as he enters the final portion of his decorated Alpine skiing career.

Ligety, a 34-year-old who has endured many injuries since his last World Cup win in 2015, said he will race strictly giant slaloms this year. The World Cup season starts in late October.

“So it’ll be a little bit easier schedule on my body,” Ligety said in a KPCW radio interview in his native Park City, Utah. “I’ll be able to be home a little bit more as well, and then we see. I mean, I would like to keep going as long as I feel like I can win races and feel healthy. That’s really the biggest part, and nowadays I have a 2-year-old son, and there’s more factors than there was when I was 25 years old.”

Ligety, nicknamed “Mr. GS” for his giant slalom prowess, has a 2014 Olympic gold medal and three world titles in that event.

He also owns an Olympic combined title from 2006 and world titles in the super-G and combined from 2013, but he hasn’t won a race in one of those disciplines since January 2014. And since then, he has undergone back and knee surgeries and dealt with hip problems.

“There’s a lot of hard miles on my body up to this point, but I’m still enjoying it,” said Ligety, whose 321 World Cup starts are the most among active Olympic medalists now that Lindsey Vonn and Aksel Lund Svindal have retired. “Right now, I feel really healthy and trying to get to a point where I feel I can win races. That’s the goal right now.”

Ligety, a four-time Olympian, has not publicly committed to a 2022 Olympic run.

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