Are World Championships as important as the Olympic Games?

World Champions: The U.S. women's 4x400 m team: Allyson Felix, Phyllis Francis, Shakima Wimbley, Quanera Hayes (Photo: USATF)

PALM DESERT, August 16, 2017 – The IAAF’s great World Championships in London was one of the sports highlights of 2017, but how do the athletes who competed feel about the Worlds vis-a-vis the Olympics?

We asked some of the top U.S. athletes about it and have their views in our Lane One commentary, plus:

= p. 5/Jim Bush: Celebration of the life of the late UCLA coach coming this Saturday;
= p. 6/Gymnastics: New talent to be showcased at P&G Nationals in Anaheim;
= p. 8/Athletics: How did U.S. athletes do better in London than in Sacramento?
= p. 10/Swimming: Who were the big money-winners in the first World Cup cluster?
= p. 14/Golf: U.S. men and Korean women are the Majors’ “medalists” so far.