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Tyson Gay turns to bobsled; Aja Evans, Lolo Jones return

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Tyson Gay, the American record holder in the 100m, is entered to compete in this week’s USA Bobsled National Push Championships, a competition that helps determine the U.S. team for the 2016-17 World Cup season.

Gay has been pushing a sled for a handful of days, according to U.S. Bobsled.

Gay is joined by U.S. Olympic track teammates Ryan Bailey and Lolo Jones, among 56 total athletes, entered to compete beginning Wednesday and running through Saturday.

The U.S. national team is usually announced in late October or early November. The bobsled World Cup season begins the last weekend of November.

The 2012 Olympian Bailey’s switch to bobsled was announced last month.

Jones, one of 10 Americans to compete in both the Summer and Winter Olympics, hasn’t competed for U.S. Bobsled internationally since the 2014 Sochi Olympics, where she placed 11th.

Gay, Bailey and Jones are three of the most accomplished active U.S. track and field athletes to not win an Olympic medal. Gay and Bailey were stripped of 2012 Olympic 4x100m silver medals due to Gay’s doping.

Jones led the 2008 Olympic 100m hurdles final until hitting the penultimate hurdle and then finished fourth in the 2012 Olympics.

Also entered this week is push athlete Aja Evans, who last competed at the Sochi Olympics, taking bronze.

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Tokyo Paralympic medals unveiled with historic Braille design, indentations

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The Tokyo Paralympic medals, which like the Olympic medals are created in part with metals from recycled cell phones and other small electronics, were unveiled on Sunday, one year out from the Opening Ceremony.

In a first for the Paralympics, each medal has one to three indentation(s) on its side to distinguish its color by touch — one for gold, two silver and three for bronze. Braille letters also spell out “Tokyo 2020” on each medal’s face.

For Rio, different amounts of tiny steel balls were put inside the medals based on their color, so that when shaken they would make distinct sounds. Visually impaired athletes could shake the medals next to their ears to determine the color.

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The design is centered around the motif of a traditional Japanese fan, depicting the Paralympic Games as the source of a fresh new wind refreshing the world as well as a shared experience connecting diverse hearts and minds. The kaname, or pivot point, holds all parts of the fan together; here it represents Para athletes bringing people together regardless of nationality or ethnicity. Motifs on the leaves of the fan depict the vitality of people’s hearts and symbolize Japan’s captivating and life-giving natural environment in the form of rocks, flowers, wood, leaves, and water. These are applied with a variety of techniques, producing a textured surface that makes the medals compelling to touch.

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Alysa Liu lands quad Lutz

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Alysa Liu, a 14-year-old who in January became the youngest U.S. women’s figure skating champion, on Saturday landed a quadruple Lutz, something no other U.S. woman has done in competition.

Liu landed the jump at the Aurora Games, a women’s sports festival in Albany, N.Y. It does not count officially, since it’s not a sanctioned competition.

Previously, Sasha Cohen landed a quadruple Salchow in practice in 2001, but never in competition. At least three Russian teens landed quads in junior competition in the last two years.

Kazakhstan’s Elizabet Tursynbaeva became the first woman to land a clean, fully rotated quad in senior competition en route to silver at last season’s world championships.

Liu, who landed three triple Axels between two programs at January’s nationals, makes her junior international debut at a Grand Prix stop in Lake Placid, N.Y., next week.

She will not meet the age minimum for senior international competitions until the 2022 Olympic season. But she can continue to compete at senior nationals.

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