Sha’Carri Richardson will not race 200m at U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials

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Sha’Carri Richardson scratched the 200m after winning the 100m at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials.

Trayvon Bromell, the men’s 100m champion, previously scratched the 200m, too, before his races at Trials in Eugene, Oregon. He wasn’t considered a favorite to make the team in the longer distance, unlike Richardson.

The Olympic Trials 200m starts with heats on Thursday (women) and Friday (men).

Scratching the 200m is a not uncommon move for 100m medalists at major meets, though it marks the first Olympic Trials that neither 100m winner races the 200m since 2004 (Maurice Greene, LaTasha Colander).

The last time both Olympic Trials 100m champions also qualified in the 200m was 1988 (Carl LewisFlorence Griffith Joyner).

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Richardson, 21, won the 100m on Saturday, clocking 10.86 seconds into a headwind. Ninety minutes earlier, she clocked 10.64 seconds with slightly too much tailwind for record purposes. She ran 10.72 on April 10, the fastest wind-legal time for an American in nearly 10 years.

She is an Olympic medal favorite, but the fastest woman in the world this year is two-time Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica. Fraser-Pryce clocked 10.63 on June 5 to become the second-fastest woman in history after Griffith Joyner.

Fraser-Pryce, a 34-year-old mom, competes in the Jamaican Olympic Trials later this week.

In the 200m, Richardson ranks third in the world this year and first among Americans (22.11).

The other fastest Americans since the start of 2019 are Cambrea Sturgis (22.12), Tamara Clark (22.13), Angie Annelus (22.16), Gabby Thomas (22.17) and Brittany Brown (22.22), the 2019 World silver medalist.

Allyson Felix, the 2012 Olympic 200m champion who entered Trials planning to race both the 400m and the 200m, is still entered in the 200m after making the team in the 400m on Sunday. The 200m and 400m overlap at the Olympics.

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Kendall Gretsch wins six gold medals at Para Nordic Ski Worlds

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Kendall Gretsch, who won Paralympic titles at the last Summer and Winter Games, added another six gold medals at the World Para Nordic Skiing Championships in Sweden last week.

Gretsch, 30, earned seven total medals in seven days between biathlon and cross-country skiing.

Gretsch won gold medals in three different sports across the last three Paralympics: biathlon and cross-country skiing in 2018 (two years after taking up the sports), triathlon in 2021 and biathlon in 2022.

She plans to shift her focus back to triathlon after this winter for 2024 Paris Games qualification.

Gretsch, born with spina bifida, was the 2014 USA Triathlon Female Para Triathlete of the Year. Though triathlon was added to the Paralympics for the 2016 Rio Games, her classification was not added until Tokyo.

Also at last week’s worlds, six-time Paralympian Aaron Pike earned his first Paralympic or world championships gold medal in his decade-plus career, winning a 12.5km biathlon event.

Oksana Masters, who won seven medals in seven events at last year’s Paralympics to break the career U.S. Winter Paralympics medals record, missed worlds due to hand surgery.

The U.S. also picked up five medals at last week’s World Para Alpine Skiing Championships in Spain — three silvers for five-time Paralympian Laurie Stephens and two bronzes for 17-year-old Saylor O’Brien.

Stephens now has 18 career medals from world championships, plus seven at the Paralympics.

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World champion skier Kyle Smaine dies in avalanche at age 31

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Kyle Smaine, a retired world champion halfpipe skier, died in an avalanche in Japan on Sunday, according to NBC News, citing Smaine’s father. He was 31.

Smaine, a 2015 World champion in ski halfpipe, had been doing ski filming in Japan, sharing videos on his Instagram account over the past week.

The native of South Lake Tahoe, California, finished ninth in ski halfpipe at the 2016 Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado.

In 2018, Smaine won the fifth and final U.S. Olympic qualifying series event in ski halfpipe but did not make the four-man team for PyeongChang. His last sanctioned international competition was in February 2018.

Late Sunday, two-time Olympic champion David Wise won the X Games men’s ski halfpipe and dedicated it to Smaine.

“We all did this for Kyle tonight,” Wise said on the broadcast. “It’s a little bit of an emotional day for us. We lost a friend.”