Another U.S. Olympic sprinter turns to bobsled

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Ryan Bailey, who finished fifth in the London Olympic 100m and anchored the 2012 U.S. 4x100m relay team, is the latest sprinter to transition to bobsled.

Bailey “set the bar” in combine tests ahead of Saturday’s U.S. push championships for prospective push athletes on two- and four-man bobsleds, according to U.S. Bobsled.

Bailey, 31, missed the 2016 U.S. Olympic team, slowed by a hamstring injury at the Trials in July.

If Bailey makes it onto the national bobsled team, he would be following recent U.S. Olympic women’s sprinters.

Lauryn Williams, the 2004 Olympic 100m silver medalist, and Lolo Jones, a two-time Olympic 100m hurdler, were push athletes at the Sochi Olympics as the ninth and 10th Americans to make Summer and Winter Olympic teams.

Other track athletes — sprinter Tianna Bartoletta and heptathlete Hyleas Fountain — also made brief forays into bobsled after the 2012 London Olympics.

The most notable recent male track and field Olympians to try bobsled were 1980s stars Edwin Moses and Renaldo Nehemiah, but neither made it all the way to the Winter Games.

The last male Summer Olympian to make a U.S. Olympic bobsled team was 1968 Olympic 110m hurdles champion Willie Davenport, who finished 12th in the four-man bobsled at the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Games.

Davenport is the most recent American man to make Summer and Winter Olympic teams.

The World Cup bobsled season starts in late November.

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2022 Ironman Kona World Championships results

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2022 Ironman Kona World Championship top-10 results and notables (full, searchable pro and age group results are here) …

Pro Women
1. Chelsea Sodaro (USA) — 8:33:46
2. Lucy Charles-Barclay (GBR) — 8:41:37
3. Anne Haug (GER) — 8:42:22
4. Laura Philipp (GER) — 8:50:31
5. Lisa Norden (SWE) — 8:54:43
6. Fenella Langridge (GBR) — 8:56:26
7. Sarah Crowley (AUS) — 9:01:58
8. Daniela Ryf (SUI) — 9:02:26
9. Skye Moench (USA) — 9:04:31
10. Laura Siddall (GBR) — 9:07:49
16. Heather Jackson (USA) — 9:22:17
DNF. Sarah True (USA)

Pro Men
Race is on Saturday, live on Peacock at 12 p.m. ET.

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Chelsea Sodaro wins Ironman Kona World Championship, ends American drought

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Chelsea Sodaro was the surprise winner of the Ironman Kona World Championships women’s race, ending the longest American victory drought in the event’s 44-year history.

Sodaro, a 33-year-old mom to an 18-month-old, prevailed in an unofficial 8 hours, 33 minutes, 46 seconds on Hawaii’s Big Island.

“My mind is a little bit blown right now,” she said in a finish area interview 25 minutes later, standing next to her daughter, Skylar. “This is the culmination of things being right in my life and having perspective. … This is freakin’ incredible, but the greatest gift at the end of the finish line is my little 18-month-old.”

Sodaro was in fifth place after the 2.6-mile swim and 112-mile bike, then recorded one of the fastest 26.2-mile marathon runs in event history (2:51:45) to win by 7 minutes, 50 seconds over Brit Lucy Charles-Barclay.

Swiss Daniela Ryf, who was eyeing her sixth Ironman world title, led after the bike but faded quickly on the run.

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Sodaro, whose lone previous full Ironman was a second-place finish at June’s European Championships (reportedly in the second-fastest Ironman distance debut in history), became the first American to win in Kona since Tim DeBoom in 2002 and the first American to win the women’s race since Zimbabwean-turned-American Paula Newby-Fraser in 1996.

She is the first woman or man to win in their Kona debut since Brit Chrissie Wellington took the first of her four titles in 2007.

Sodaro (née Reilly) was an All-America runner at Cal, then placed 19th in the 10,000m at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials.

She turned to triathlon in 2017, made podiums on the World Cup circuit (just below the top-level World Series for Olympic hopefuls) and moved up to long-distance racing in 2018.

At the half Ironman distance, she was fourth at the 2019 World Championships, her last major championship start before the pandemic, pregnancy, childbirth and a move up to the full Ironman this year.

“I’m pretty stoked that I think I maybe get to take the rest of the year off and be a mom for a month or so,” Sodaro said.

The pro men’s race is Saturday, live on Peacock at 12 p.m. ET.

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