DK Metcalf entered in 100m at USATF Golden Games track meet on NBC Sports

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DK Metcalf, the Seattle Seahawks wide receiver and one of the fastest players in the NFL, is set to put his speed to the test against some of the U.S.’ fastest sprinters.

Metcalf is entered in the 100m at Sunday’s USATF Golden Games and Distance Open at Mt. SAC.

The USATF Journey to Gold Series meet in Walnut, California, airs live on NBC, NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app on Sunday from 4:30-6 p.m. ET, USATF.TV+ from 2-4:30 and resuming at 10 and Peacock from 3:15-6. The full list of entries is here.

The obvious question: Is Metcalf trying to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Trials in June? Metcalf’s reported NFL agent has not responded to messages seeking an answer over the last week.

If Metcalf wants to qualify for the Olympic Trials 100m, he likely must break 10.2 seconds (with legal tailwind of no more than two meters per second).

A 10.05 automatically qualifies for Trials. Fifteen American men have 10.05 right now (who are expected to enter the Trials 100m), according to World Athletics. The field will likely be filled with the next fastest men to get around 32 entries overall.

In 2016, a 10.16 earned a place at Trials.

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It’s very questionable whether Metcalf has that speed. He did not compete in track and field in college at Mississippi. He was a hurdler in high school, not a flat sprinter.

But last October, Metcalf sparked discussion when he clocked a top speed of 22.64 miles per hour while chasing down an interception return, covering 114.8 total yards.

If Metcalf ran 22.64 mph for an entire 100m, it would take 9.88 seconds, but that’s of course impossible from a block start from zero mph. But Metcalf would also be running without a helmet and pads.

Another man with NFL experience, professional sprinter Jeff Demps, is expected to compete in the Olympic Trials 100m. Demps is among dozens of athletes who competed at the Olympics before beginning professional football careers.

On Sunday, Metcalf joins a 16-man 100m field that also includes Ronnie Baker, who ranks second in the nation this year at 9.94 seconds, and Rio Olympian Mike Rodgers.

Other highlight events at the USATF Golden Games and Distance Open: world champion Noah Lyles faces 17-year-old pro Erriyon Knighton in the 200m.

Allyson Felix and Bahamian Shaunae Miller-Uibo renew their rivalry in the 200m, too. Felix’s focus as she goes for a fifth Olympics has been on the 400m in recent years, but she has said she plans to race both the 200m and the 400m at Trials.

Miller-Uibo, who edged Felix for Rio Olympic 400m gold, said she plans to bypass the 400m for the 200m in Tokyo as the events overlap on the Olympic schedule.

The top three U.S. male 800m runners face off in world champion Donavan Brazier, Olympic bronze medalist Clayton Murphy and world championships fourth-place finisher Bryce Hoppel.

Evan Jager, who took 3000m steeplechase silver in Rio for the best U.S. finish in that event since 1952, is entered in his first steeple since 2018, an absence due in part to injury.

Sha’Carri Richardson, who last month ran 10.72 for 100m to become the sixth-fastest woman in history, headlines the women’s 100m.

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

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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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12-year-old skateboarders earn medals at world championships

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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 Olympedia.org. 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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