Noah Lyles, Erriyon Knighton face off at USATF Bermuda Games

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Noah Lyles and Erriyon Knighton resume one of track and field’s budding head-to-heads at the USATF Bermuda Games on Saturday, live on NBC Sports and Peacock from 2:30-4:30 p.m. ET.

Lyles, 24, and Knighton, 18, finished third and fourth in the 200m in their Olympic debuts in Tokyo.

On Saturday, they drop down to the 100m, the marquee and final event on the schedule, assuming they qualify into the final. Kenny Bednarek, the Olympic 200m silver medalist, was in the initial Bermuda Games field but since withdrew.

Full start lists are here.

Lyles, the 2019 World 200m champion, had the fastest 200m time in the world in 2021 at 19.52 seconds. Knighton, then 17, was the youngest U.S. Olympic male track and field competitor since miler Jim Ryun in 1964.

American notables in other events in Bermuda include Olympic 110m hurdles silver medalist Grant Holloway. Tokyo 200m bronze medalist Gabby Thomas is in the 100m against Olympic teammates Teahna Daniels and Javianne Oliver.

Internationally, Olympic 400m champion Steven Gardiner of the Bahamas drops down to the 200m and Tokyo 100m bronze medalist Shericka Jackson of Jamaica moves back up to the 400m against a field including Americans Wadeline Jonathas and Lynna Irby.

Jasmine Camacho-Quinn, the Olympic 100m hurdles champion from Puerto Rico, is entered in that event and the 200m.

The Bermuda Games mark the start of the outdoor season for many athletes. The top-level Diamond League season starts next month.

The USATF Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Oregon, are in June, when the top three in most individual events qualify for the world championships in July, also in Eugene. They are the first outdoor worlds to be held in the U.S.

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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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