Will the 2019 U.S. swimming team suffer the same letdown as 2015?

Kelsi Dahlia and Mallory Comerford were celebrating in 2017; what about next year?

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TSX HEADLINES – for August 3, 2018: The last time that USA Swimming picked its World Championships team a full year before, it didn’t go so well.

In 2015, the U.S. won 20% less medals than it did at the 2013 Worlds, and there was concern about the American performance at the Olympic Games in Rio a year later.

The American swimmers performed brilliantly at Rio, and the U.S. team for the 2017 World Championships exploded for 38 medals. So what now?

We compare the winning marks of the 2018 Nationals to that of the powerhouse 2017 teams; which year was better?

We have the complete rundown in our Lane One commentary, plus a lot of action on the field – and off – in the Olympic-sports world:

(1) THE TICKER: The folks in Tokyo want to recruit 110,000 people – you read that right – to volunteer at the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in the next four months! Can they do it? Plus, the first multi-European Championships starts in Glasgow … have you heard of this event?

(2) THE BIG PICTURE: USA Track & Field announces Eugene as the site of the 2020 Olympic Trials (yawn) and Italy says it will submit all three of its candidate cities in a combined bid for the 2026 Olympic Winter Games (really?).

(3) FOOTBALL: The U.S. women won the Tournament of Nations with a powerful offensive showing, demolishing Brazil, 4-1, to take the trophy on goal differential vs. Australia.

This issue includes ON DECK previews of Cycling, Football and Gymnastics, SCOREBOARD reports on Football and Hockey, plus AGENDA, our exclusive calendar of upcoming international events!

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