Casey Kaufhold, 17, scores silver at archery worlds, best for U.S. woman in 42 years

2021 Hyundai World Archery Championships, Yankton, South Dakota, USA
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Brady Ellison entered the 2021 World Archery Championships as the biggest U.S. storyline, but it was Casey Kaufhold who emerged the American headliner when competition ended on Sunday in Yankton, South Dakota.

The 17-year-old Kaufhold, who was fresh off her Olympic debut and a fourth-place finish at the World Archery Youth Championships, surprised the field to earn the silver medal.

She even defeated recent Olympic champion An San of Korea, 6-2, in the semifinal. Kaufhold had tied for 17th in Tokyo.

“I literally thought of it as I have nothing to lose,” Kaufhold, said to USA Archery. “I’m 17 and I’ve only been shooting international tournaments for like three years so why hold back. I put everything out there, didn’t hold back pretty much and that was my main goal, to leave it all out there on the stage.”

Kaufhold qualified fifth in the tournament, giving her a bye to the third round, where she won 6-2 over Ukraine’s Veronika Marchenko, the 2014 World indoor champion, before defeating Romania’s Madalina Amaistroaie 6-4 and India’s Ankita Bhakat 6-2 in the quarterfinal.

She fell in the gold-medal match to Jang Minhee, an Olympic champion for Korea in the team event, 6-0; San earned bronze.

Kaufhold’s world championship medal is the first by a U.S. woman since Denise Parker‘s bronze in 1989 (32 years ago) and the best result by a U.S. woman since Judi Adams‘ silver in 1979 (42 years ago).

“I didn’t have as good of a year previous as I would have liked but to end the senior international season with a silver at the world championships is just great,” Kaufhold said. “I’m super happy with how I shot, I kept myself composed throughout and I really just couldn’t be happier.”

Ellison, a four-time Olympian at 32 years old, took bronze later in the day and held on to his world No. 1 ranking.

The 2019 World champion and four-time Olympic medalist was a favorite to finally win his first Olympic gold in Tokyo. He was second in the ranking round, but had a surprising exit in the quarterfinals to eventual gold medalist Mete Gazoz of Turkey.

Looking to win the third individual world medal of his career and first on home soil, Ellison qualified third, then won 6-2 in the third round, 6-4 in the fourth and 6-0 – to this summer’s Olympic gold medalist in both men’s team and mixed team, Kim Je Deok – in the quarterfinal.

Ellison finally fell to Marcus D’Almeida of Brazil, 6-4, in the semifinal. It came down to D’Almeida’s 28 and Ellison’s 27 in the fifth and final set.

Ellison then avenged his Olympic loss, taking out Gazoz 6-2 in the battle for bronze. Korea’s Kim Woojin won the world title with a 7-3 victory over D’Almeida for his third world title.

Earlier in the week, the U.S. men’s recurve team of Ellison, Matthew Nofel and Jack Williams took silver in the team event, returning to that podium for the first time in eight years.

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World Athletics excludes transgender women, tightens DSD athlete restrictions, extends ban on Russia, Belarus

Track and Field

World Athletics is excluding male-to-female transgender athletes from top-level international track and field and increasing restrictions for athletes with differences of sexual development (DSD).

Also Thursday, World Athletics lifted its ban on Russia’s track and field federation that dated to 2015 over doping violations, but Russia and Belarus athletes and officials remain banned due to the war in Ukraine. More on that here.

Regarding transgender athletes, the World Athletics council “decided to prioritize fairness and the integrity of the female competition before inclusion,” according to a press release.

The decision was made after a two-month consultation with national federations, athletes, coaches, the IOC and representatives from transgender and human rights groups.

“Decisions are always difficult when they involve conflicting needs and rights between different groups, but we continue to take the view that we must maintain fairness for female athletes above all other considerations,” World Athletics President Seb Coe said in the release. “We will be guided in this by the science around physical performance and male advantage which will inevitably develop over the coming years. As more evidence becomes available, we will review our position, but we believe the integrity of the female category in athletics is paramount.”

A working group, which will include a transgender athlete, will “further consider the issue of transgender inclusion” for 12 months.

There are no transgender athletes currently competing in top-level international track and field, according to World Athletics.

World Athletics also increased restrictions on DSD athletes.

Previously, DSD athletes were eligible to compete in women’s track and field events without having to suppress testosterone, except for running distances from the 400m through the mile. For 400m through the mile, athletes were eligible if their testosterone levels were capped at five nanomoles per liter. World Athletics said that no female athletes would have a level above the cap unless they had a DSD or a tumor.

Starting March 31, all women’s events will have a stricter limit of two and a half nanomoles per liter.

World Athletics said it made the decision based on “more than 10 years of research and evidence of the physical advantages that DSD athletes bring to the female category.”

All DSD athletes who have been competing outside of the 400m through the mile must suppress their testosterone levels below two and a half nanomoles per liter for six months before being eligible to compete again. This makes them ineligible to compete through the world championships in August, but they can come back and qualify for the 2024 Paris Olympics.

Testosterone must be suppressed for two years for events from 400m through the mile and for DSD athletes who have not already been competing.

Notable athletes who previously said they were affected by the DSD rules include South African Caster Semenya, the Olympic 800m champion in 2012 and 2016 who moved up to the 5000m rather than suppress testosterone to remain in the 800m. Semenya, 32, was eliminated in the 5000m heats at last summer’s world championships.

Also Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi, who took 2016 Olympic 800m silver behind Semenya and also moved up to longer-distance events. She won the 2021 Diamond League 5000m title and missed last year’s worlds due to a foot injury.

Christine Mboma of Namibia took silver in the Tokyo Olympic 200m after being ruled ineligible to race the 400m due to the testosterone cap. Mboma, 19, missed last year’s worlds after tearing a thigh muscle.

Niger’s Aminatou Seyni finished fourth in the 200m at last year’s worlds after dropping down from the 400m due to the rule.

Athlete Ally, a nonprofit LGBTQ athletic advocacy group, called the new policies discriminatory.

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2023 World Figure Skating Championships TV, live stream schedule


The world figure skating championships from Saitama, Japan, air live on USA Network and Peacock this week.

The U.S. has medal contenders in all four disciplines, one year after winning a medal in all four events for the first time since 1967 (note Russia’s ban, and China sent no skaters).

In the pairs’ event that starts Tuesday night (U.S. time), Alexa Knierim and Brandon Frazier can become the first U.S. duo to win multiple world titles, one year after becoming the first American pair to take gold since 1979.

They rank second in the world this season behind Riku Miura and Ryuichi Kihara, last year’s silver medalists who look to earn Japan’s first pairs’ world title.

Japan has the world’s top two women’s singles skaters in reigning world champion Kaori Sakamoto and Grand Prix Final winner Mai Mihara.

Isabeau Levito, a 16-year-old American who won last year’s world junior title, ranks fourth in the field by best score this season. She can become the youngest world medalist since 2014.

Ilia Malinin, an 18-year-old American who this season became the first skater to land a quadruple Axel, is seeded second in the men’s field behind Shoma Uno, the reigning world champion from Japan.

In ice dance, Americans Madison Chock and Evan Bates posted the world’s top score this season at last month’s Four Continents Championships in Colorado Springs. After 12 seasons together, their goal is to win their first world title after silver in 2015, bronze in 2016 and bronze in 2022.

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2023 World Figure Skating Championships Broadcast Schedule

Day Competition Time (ET) Network
Tuesday Pairs’ Short 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Peacock | LIVE STREAM | Skate Order
Wednesday Women’s Short 2:45-8 a.m. Peacock | LIVE STREAM | Skate Order
Women’s Short 6-8 a.m. USA | LIVE STREAM | Peacock
Pairs’ Free 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Peacock | LIVE STREAM | Skate Order
Thursday Men’s Short 2:45-8 a.m. Peacock | LIVE STREAM | Skate Order
Men’s Short 6-8 a.m. USA | LIVE STREAM | Peacock
Pairs’ Free 8-10 a.m.* USA | STREAM LINK
Rhythm Dance 10 p.m.-3:30 a.m. Peacock | LIVE STREAM | Skate Order
Friday Women’s Free 4:15-8:30 a.m. Peacock | LIVE STREAM | Skate Order
Women’s Free 6:30-8:30 a.m. USA | LIVE STREAM | Peacock
Free Dance 11:30 p.m.-3 a.m. Peacock | LIVE STREAM
Saturday Men’s Free 4:15-8:30 a.m. Peacock | LIVE STREAM | Skate Order
Men’s Free 6:30-8:30 a.m. USA | LIVE STREAM | Peacock
Highlights 8-10 p.m.* NBC | STREAM LINK

*Delayed broadcast.