Allyson Felix runs her fastest 400m in four years

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Allyson Felix ran her fastest 400m since 2017 in her first time racing the distance since 2019 on Tuesday.

Felix, a 35-year-old bidding for her fifth Olympics (and first as a mom), won in 50.88 seconds in swirling winds at the USATF Open in Prairie View, Texas.

Felix is expected to race both the 200m and 400m at next month’s Olympic Trials. The field in Prairie View did not include the highest-ranked American sprinters.

Full meet results are here.

Felix clocked her fastest 400m since she had daughter Camryn on Nov. 28, 2018, though she split faster times as part of relays at worlds in 2019. She ranks 13th in the U.S. since the start of 2019 and seventh this year by best 400m times, according to World Athletics.

At least the top six women at Olympic Trials are expected to be named to the Olympic team — the top three for the individual 400m and more for the women’s 4x400m relay and the mixed-gender 4x400m.

Felix finished sixth in 51.94 at the 2019 USATF Outdoor Championships, her first meet after childbirth, to make the 2019 World team in the relay pool.

In the men’s 400m on Tuesday, world champion Steven Gardiner of the Bahamas fell to the track while straining in the final meters. Gardiner was helped up, stood on his own, then was carried into the infield by a man. A man worked on Gardiner’s right ankle area.

The track and field season continues Wednesday with the Ostrava Golden Spike in the Czech Republic, where new U.S. sprint star Sha’Carri Richardson is entered in the 200m.

On Sunday, Richardson is entered in the 100m with the last two Olympic champions, Elaine Thompson-Herah and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica, at the Diamond League season opener in Gateshead, Great Britain. Also Sunday, Noah LylesWayde van Niekerk and Grant Holloway headline the Boost Boston Games on NBC from 4:30-6 p.m. ET.

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Oleksandr Abramenko, Ukraine’s top Winter Olympian, tears knee, career in question

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Aerials skier Oleksandr Abramenko, who won both of Ukraine’s medals over the last two Winter Olympics, is out for the season after a knee ligament tear and said he might not return to competition at all, according to Ukrainian media.

Abramenko, 34, won gold at the 2018 Olympics — Ukraine’s second-ever individual Winter Olympic title after figure skater Oksana Baiul in 1994 — and silver last year.

He competed once this season, placing 10th at a World Cup in Finland on Dec. 4, and then flew with the Ukrainian national team to stay in Utah ahead of World Cups in Canada in January and at the 2002 Olympic venue in Park City this weekend. The area also hosted many Ukraine winter sports athletes this past summer.

Abramenko missed the competition in Canada two weeks ago due to injury and then wasn’t on the start list for today’s aerials event in Park City. He is set to miss the world championships later this month in Georgia (the country, not the state).

Abramenko said he needs surgery, followed by a nine-month rehabilitation process, similar to an operation on his other knee six years ago, according to Ukraine’s public broadcaster. He said he will see how the recovery goes and determine whether to return to the sport at age 35, according to the report.

Abramenko is already the oldest Olympic men’s aerials medalist and come the 2026 Milan-Cortina Winter Games will be older than all but one male aerialist in Olympic history, according to Olympedia.org.

At last year’s Olympics, Abramenko, Ukraine’s flag bearer at the Opening Ceremony, was hugged after the aerials final by Russian Ilya Burov, who finished one spot behind Abramenko for a bronze medal. A week later, Russia invaded Ukraine.

A week after that, Abramenko posed for a photo sitting on a mattress in a Kyiv parking garage with his wife and 2-year-old son published by The New York Times.

“We spend the night in the underground parking in the car, because the air attack siren is constantly on,” Abramenko texted, according to the newspaper. “It’s scary to sleep in the apartment, I myself saw from the window how the air defense systems worked on enemy missiles, and strong explosions were heard.”

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Freestyle skiers in World Cup action on NBC Sports, Peacock

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Olympic gold medalists David Wise and Alex Hall headline World Cup freestyle skiing and snowboarding stops in the U.S. this weekend, airing on NBC Sports and Peacock.

Wise, who last Sunday won his fifth X Games Aspen ski halfpipe title, led the qualifiers into the final at the Mammoth Mountain Grand Prix in California.

He’s joined in the 10-man final by U.S. Olympic teammates Aaron Blunck and Birk Irving. The women’s ski halfpipe final includes the top three from last week’s X Games — Brit Zoe Atkin, Canadian Rachael Karker and American Svea Irving. Olympic champion Eileen Gu of China is out after suffering a knee injury in an X Games training crash.

The ski slopestyle finals include the reigning men’s and women’s Olympic gold medalists — Hall, plus Mathilde Gremaud of Switzerland.

The marquee snowboarders in Mammoth finals are Olympic big air silver medalist Julia Marino (slopestyle) and X Games silver medalist Maddie Mastro (halfpipe). Two-time Olympic champion Chloe Kim is taking the season off, and another double Olympic champion, Jamie Anderson, is pregnant.

Aerials and moguls skiers are competing in their lone U.S. World Cup stop in Park City, Utah.

The moguls fields including Olympic gold medalists Walter Wallberg of Sweden, Mikael Kingsbury of the U.S., Perrine Laffont of France and Jakara Anthony of Australia. Olympic silver medalist Jaelin Kauf is the standout American.

The aerials include every member of the U.S. team that took gold at last year’s Olympics — Ashley Caldwell, Chris Lillis and Justin Schoenefeld.

Freestyle Skiing and Snowboarding World Cup Broadcast Schedule

Day Event Time (ET) Platform
Saturday Moguls 11 a.m. CNBC, Peacock
Ski Halfpipe 3 p.m. NBC, Peacock
Sunday Ski Slopestyle 12 p.m. CNBC, Peacock
Sun., Feb. 12 Aerials, Dual Moguls 2 p.m. NBC, Peacock
Snowboard Halfpipe 2 p.m. CNBC, Peacock

All NBC and CNBC coverage also streams on NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app for subscribers.

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