WATCH LIVE: Katie Ledecky, Michael Phelps look for more gold

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Four more Olympic gold medals will be handed out at the pool Tuesday night, with Americans Katie Ledecky and Michael Phelps among those looking to add to their collections. Ledecky will be competing in the 200 meter freestyle final, and a win in that event would give the 19-year old her second gold medal of these Olympics. Ledecky won the 400 free in dominant fashion, setting a World record in the process, and she was also part of the 4×100 relay team that won a silver medal. She and Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom are viewed as the favorites in the 200 free final.

Phelps is competing in the 200 butterfly final, with rival Chad le Clos of South Africa also part of the eight-swimmer field. Le Clos attempted to get Phelps off his game ahead of their semifinal heat Monday night but to no avail, and it will be interesting to see if he uses similar tactics ahead of tonight’s final.

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Two Americans will be swimming in the women’s 200 IM, with Maya DiRado and Melanie Margalis both advancing to the final. Also in the final: Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu, who has already won gold in the 100 meter breaststroke and the 400 IM in these Olympics. Great Britain’s Siobhan O’Connor posted the fastest qualifying time in the semifinal heats, and she’s another medal contender in this event.

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The last final of the night will be the men’s 4×200 freestyle relay, with the United States looking to win a fourth consecutive Olympic gold medal in the event. The Americans won in London by more than three seconds, and with Phelps and Ryan Lochte both part of tonight’s quartet they will be favored to win another gold medal. Conor Dwyer and Townley Haas will complete the United States 4×200 freestyle relay team.

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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World champion skier Kyle Smaine dies in avalanche at age 31

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Kyle Smaine, a retired world champion halfpipe skier, died in an avalanche in Japan on Sunday, according to NBC News, citing Smaine’s father. He was 31.

Smaine, a 2015 World champion in ski halfpipe, had been doing ski filming in Japan, sharing videos on his Instagram account over the past week.

The native of South Lake Tahoe, California, finished ninth in ski halfpipe at the 2016 Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado.

In 2018, Smaine won the fifth and final U.S. Olympic qualifying series event in ski halfpipe but did not make the four-man team for PyeongChang. His last sanctioned international competition was in February 2018.

Late Sunday, two-time Olympic champion David Wise won the X Games men’s ski halfpipe and dedicated it to Smaine.

“We all did this for Kyle tonight,” Wise said on the broadcast. “It’s a little bit of an emotional day for us. We lost a friend.”