TSX HEADLINES – for November 19, 2018: Another divisive election is coming up.

The annual meeting of USA Track & Field will take place in Columbus, Ohio in a couple of weeks and an old, still-open wound for many members was the 2014 election of the association’s nominee for the IAAF Council.

Bob Hersh, the 15-year incumbent, received 85% of the membership’s votes, but the USATF Board of Directors selected then-USATF President Stephanie Hightower instead. To say there was an angry reaction is a considerable understatement.

Four years later, Hightower is standing for election once again, but is now being challenged by former world triple jump record holder – and former USATF Board member – Willie Banks.

So one of the candidates is different, the election rules are somewhat different and what Banks and Hightower bring to the table is quite different. Will this election begin the healing process for the USATF membership, or result in new injuries?

We have many more details in our Lane One commentary, plus a wild weekend of action in Olympic sport:

(1) THE TICKER: Another long-time staff member – and senior executive – of USA Gymnastics resigns in the wake of the Nassar scandal, plus FINA places itself in hot water with its own athletes over the forced cancellation of a December meet that it would not approve.

(2) THE BIG PICTURE: What caused the Olympic bid referendum loss in Calgary? There are as many opinions as people, but one common refrain was heard.

(3) ALPINE SKIING: The FIS Alpine World Cup Slalom season opened in Levi in the Finnish Lapland and superstars Mikaela Shiffrin of the U.S. and Marcel Hirscher of Austria won again and got to name two more reindeer!

(4) FIGURE SKATING: Clear wins for Olympic champs Yuzuru Hanyu and Alina Zagitova in the Rostelecom Cup in Moscow, but a rough comeback attempt for American Gracie Gold.

(5) SWIMMING: FINA Swimming World Cup titles for Russia’s Vladimir Morozov and Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom in the series finale in Singapore.

This issue includes an ON DECK preview in Football; SCOREBOARD reports on Alpine Skiing ~ Badminton ~ Fencing ~ Figure Skating ~ Football ~ Judo ~ Ski Jumping ~ Speed Skating ~ Swimming ~ Tennis, plus AGENDA, our exclusive calendar of upcoming international events!

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