WATCH LIVE: USA Swimming looks to add to medal count

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Four more finals will be held at the swimming venue Wednesday night, including the men’s 100 meter freestyle. Americans Nathan Adrian and Caeleb Dressel are part of the eight-man field, with Adrian rebounding from a poor first preliminary heat to post the fastest time of the semifinals. Adrian’s the reigning gold medalist in this event, and in addition to Dressel Australians Cameron McEvoy and Kyle Chalmers are expected to be contenders as well.

WATCH LIVE: Men’s 200 breast, Men’s 100 free, Women’s 200 butterfly, Women’s 4×200 free finals — 9 p.m. Eastern

The men’s 200 breast will be the first final of the evening, with Josh Prenot and Kevin Cordes both making the field. Japan’s Ippei Watanabe established a new Olympic record in his semifinal heat, finishing in 2:07.22 to grab the top seed in the final. And with the world record not far off of that mark at 2:07.01, there’s a chance that the winner of this race could establish a new mark. Americans Hali Flickinger and Cammile Adams swim in the women’s 200 butterfly final, with Australia’s Madeline Groves the early favorite to win gold.

In the 4×200 free, a team anchored by Katie Ledecky will look to win yet another gold medal for the United States.

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There are also semifinal heats in the women’s 100 free, 200 breaststroke and men’s 200 back being held Wednesday night, and Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps will be swimming in the men’s 200 IM semifinals. The women’s 200 breaststroke semifinals should also be interesting, with Russia’s Yulia Efimova swimming in heat one and American Lilly King in the second heat. King edged out Efimova for gold in the 100 breast, and the rivalry between the two competitors has made for interesting conversation at the swimming venue.

The action gets underway at 9:00 p.m. Eastern, and it will be streamed live at and on the NBC Sports app.

U.S. Alpine skiers wear climate change-themed race suits at world championships

U.S. Alpine Skiing Team Race Suit
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Looking cool is just the tip of the iceberg for Mikaela Shiffrin, Travis Ganong and the rest of the U.S. ski team when they debut new race suits at the world championships.

Even more, they want everyone thinking about climate change.

The team’s predominantly blue-and-white suits depict an image of ice chunks floating in the ocean. It’s a concept based on a satellite photo of icebergs breaking due to high temperatures. The suit was designed in collaboration with Kappa, the team’s technical apparel sponsor, and the nonprofit organization Protect Our Winters (POW).

The Americans will wear the suits throughout the world championships in Courchevel and Meribel, France, which started Monday with a women’s Alpine combined race and end Feb. 19.

“Although a race suit is not solving climate change, it is a move to continue the conversation and show that U.S Ski & Snowboard and its athletes are committed to being a part of the future,” said Sophie Goldschmidt, the president and CEO of U.S. Ski & Snowboard.

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Global warming has become a cold, hard reality in ski racing, with mild temperatures and a lack of snow leading to the postponement of several World Cup events this winter.

“I’m just worried about a future where there’s no more snow. And without snow, there’s no more skiing,” said Ganong, who grew up skiing at Lake Tahoe in California. “So this is very near and dear to me.”

What alarms Ganong is seeing the stark year-to-year changes to some of the World Cup circuit’s most storied venues.

“I mean, it’s just kind of scary, looking at how on the limit (these events) are even to being possible anymore,” said Ganong, who’s been on the U.S. team since 2006. “Places like Kitzbuehel (Austria), there’s so much history and there’s so much money involved with that event that they do whatever they can to host the event.

“But that brings up a whole other question about sustainability as well: Is that what we should be doing? … What kind of message do we need show to the public, to the world, about how our sport is adapting to this new world we live in?”

The suits feature a POW patch on the neck and the organization’s snowflake logo on the leg.

“By coming together, we can educate and mobilize our snowsports community to push for the clean energy technologies and policies that will most swiftly reduce emissions and protect the places we live and the lifestyles we love,” according to a statement from executive director Mario Molina, whose organization includes athletes, business leaders and scientists who are trying to protect places from climate change.

Ganong said a group of ski racers are releasing a letter to the International Ski Federation (FIS), with the hope the governing body will take a stronger stance on sustainability and climate change.

“They should be at the forefront of trying to adapt to this new world, and try to make it better, too,” Ganong said.

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U.S. Alpine Skiing Team Race Suit

12-year-old skateboarders earn medals at world championships

Chloe Covell

At the world skateboarding championships, 12-year-olds Chloe Covell from Australia and Onodera Ginwoo from Japan earned silver and bronze medals, respectively, in Sunday’s street finals.

In the women’s event, Covell took silver behind Brazilian 15-year-old Rayssa Leal, who was a silver medalist herself at the Tokyo Games.

Frenchman Aurélien Giraud, a 25-year-old who was sixth in skateboarding’s Olympic debut in Tokyo, won the men’s final in the United Arab Emirates. Ginwoo was third behind Portugal’s Gustavo Ribeiro.

The top Americans were Olympic men’s bronze medalist Jagger Eaton in sixth and 15-year-old Paige Heyn in seventh in the women’s event.

Nyjah Huston, a six-time world champion who placed seventh in Tokyo, missed worlds after August surgery for an ACL tear.

Up to three men and three women per nation can qualify per event (street and park) for the 2024 Paris Games. World rankings come June 2024 determine which Americans qualify.

In Tokyo, four of the 12 skateboarding medalists were ages 12 or 13.

Japan’s Kokona Hiraki, then 12, won silver in women’s park to become the youngest Olympic medalist since 1936, according to Japan’s Momiji Nishiya, then 13, won women’s street and became the youngest gold medalist in an individual event since 1936.

Worlds conclude this week with the men’s and women’s park events. The finals are Saturday.

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