World indoor track and field championships: U.S. wins medal in every Day 1 event

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The U.S. won a silver or bronze medal in all six finals on the first day of the three-day world indoor track and field championships in Belgrade, Serbia.

Leading the way with silver medals were Mikiah Brisco (women’s 60m), Elle Purrier St. Pierre (women’s 3000m) and Chase Ealey (women’s shot put).

The Americans earned bronze in the women’s 60m (Marybeth Sant-Price) and pentathlon (Kendell Williams) and the men’s long jump (Marquis Dendy) and triple jump (Donald Scott).

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Brisco was nipped by Swiss Mujinga Kambundji in the 60m final. Kambundji, an Olympic finalist in the 100m and 200m, passed the American in the last meters and clocked 6.96 seconds, edging Brisco by .03.

Brisco earned her first individual medal in her first individual race at a global championships. She became the third American woman to break seven seconds in the 60m, and the first since 1999, joining Gail Devers and Marion Jones, who both ran 6.95.

Jamaica, which has dominated the sprints, did not send its Tokyo Olympic gold and silver medalists Elaine Thompson-Herah and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce to world indoors.

Also Friday, Purrier St. Pierre earned her first global championships medal, doing so in her complementary event. Purrier St. Pierre failed to make the U.S. team in the 1500m, which she won at the Olympic Trials.

She bounced back, and in the 3000m final, moved up from fourth or fifth at the bell to take silver, .22 behind Ethiopian Lemlem Hailu.

Ealey, fifth in the Olympic Trials shot put, tied 2016 Olympic champion Michelle Carter‘s American indoor record with a 20.21-meter throw. Auriol Dongmo of Portugal won at 20.43.

In heats Friday, Olympic 400m hurdles bronze medalist Femke Bol of the Netherlands and Olympic 400m champion Shaunae-Miller Uibo of the Bahamas were two of the three fastest qualifiers into Saturday’s women’s 400m final. Neither American made it out of the heats.

American Isaiah Harris was the fastest qualifier into Saturday’s men’s 800m final. Bryce Hoppel, an Olympic semifinalist, also qualified. None of the Olympic finalists are in the field.

Americans Josette Norris and Heather MacLean made Saturday’s women’s 1500m final, which also includes world-record holder Gudaf Tsegay of Ethiopia.

World Indoors continue Saturday, highlighted by an anticipated showdown in the men’s 60m between world 100m champion Christian Coleman and Olympic 100m champion Marcell Jacobs of Italy.

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Mikaela Shiffrin heads to world championships with medal records in sight

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Before Mikaela Shiffrin can hold the World Cup wins record, she can become the most decorated Alpine skier in modern world championships history.

Shiffrin takes a respite from World Cup pursuits for the biennial world championships in France. She is expected to race at least four times, beginning with Monday’s combined.

Shiffrin has a tour-leading 11 World Cup victories in 23 starts this season, her best since her record 17-win 2018-19 campaign, but world championships do not count toward the World Cup.

Shiffrin remains one career victory behind Swede Ingemar Stenmark‘s record 86 World Cup wins until at least her next World Cup start in March.

Shiffrin has been more successful at worlds than at the Olympics and even on the World Cup. She has 11 medals in 13 world championships races dating to her 2013 debut, including making the podium in each of her last 10 events.

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She enters worlds one shy of the modern, post-World War II individual records for total medals (Norway’s Kjetil Andre Aamodt won 12) and gold medals (Austrian Toni Sailer, Frenchwoman Marielle Goitschel and Swede Anja Pärson won seven).

Worlds take place exactly one year after Shiffrin missed the medals in all of her Olympic races, but that’s not motivating her.

“If I learned anything last year, it’s that these big events, they can go amazing, and they can go terrible, and you’re going to survive no matter what,” she said after her most recent World Cup last Sunday. “So I kind of don’t care.”

Shiffrin ranks No. 1 in the world this season in the giant slalom (Feb. 16 at worlds) and slalom (Feb. 18).

This year’s combined is one run of super-G coupled with one run of slalom (rather than one downhill and one slalom), which also plays to her strengths. She won that event, with that format, at the last worlds in 2021. The combined isn’t contested on the World Cup, so it’s harder to project favorites.

Shiffrin is also a medal contender in the super-G (Feb. 8), despite starting just two of five World Cup super-Gs this season (winning one of them).

She is not planning to race the downhill (Feb. 11), which she often skips on the World Cup and has never contested at a worlds. Nor is she expected for the individual parallel (Feb. 15), a discipline she hasn’t raced in three years in part due to the strain it puts on her back with the format being several runs for the medalists.

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Lucas Braathen, world’s top male slalom skier, in doubt for world championships

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Norway’s Lucas Braathen, the world’s top male slalom skier this season, is doubtful to compete in the world championships slalom on Feb. 19 after appendix surgery on Tuesday.

“It’s been a tough couple of days fighting after surprisingly finding out about quite an intense infection on my appendix,” Braathen, a 22-year-old soccer convert with a Brazilian mom, posted on social media. “I’ve been through surgery and I’m blessed that it went successfully.”

The Norway Alpine skiing team doctor said Braathen’s recovery will take a few weeks, but there is a small possibility he can make it back for the world championships slalom, which is on the final day of the two-week competition.

Braathen has two slalom wins and one giant slalom win this World Cup season. He will miss Saturday’s slalom in Chamonix, France, the last race before worlds. Countryman Henrik Kristoffersen and Swiss Daniel Yule can overtake him atop the World Cup slalom standings in Chamonix.

Braathen entered last year’s Olympics as the World Cup slalom leader and skied out in the first run at the Games.

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