Sprinter Tyson Gay withdraws from today’s bobsled competition

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Tyson Gay will no longer compete today at the USA Bobsled National Push Championships, USA Bobsled confirmed.

Gay, the American 100m record holder, recently started pushing a sled with the goal of making the U.S. team for the 2016-17 World Cup season.

But after arriving in Calgary on Monday, Gay met with the coaching staff and decided that it was not in his best interest to compete in today’s men’s push athletes competition.

He could still enter the men’s two-man combinations Friday or the men’s three-man combinations Saturday.

Even if he does not compete this weekend, Gay could still make the U.S. team. First-year athletes are waived from the rule that requires athletes to compete at the USA Bobsled National Championships in order to compete during the World Cup season, which this year begins the last weekend of November.

USA Bobsled will have more details on Gay in a press release later today.

Gay’s U.S. Olympic track teammates Ryan Bailey and Lolo Jones are also entered in Calgary. Jones represented the U.S. at the 2014 Winter Olympics, and Bailey’s switch to bobsled was announced last month.

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