World champion men's 200m runner from the USA, Noah Lyles, is racing both the 60m and the 200m on Saturday (13th February).
Olympic champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo (women's 400m), world 800m champion Donavan Brazier, world record-holder Kendra Harrison, and world indoor champ Sandi Morris are other world-beaters for the World Athletics Indoor Tour Gold meeting.
There's also world championship silver medallists Sydney McLaughlin (women's 60m hurdles / 500m) and Rai Benjamin, plus experienced American athletes such as Emma Coburn, Sandi Morris, and Trayvon Bromell for the event in Staten Island, New York.
Noah Lyles: Optimistic about current form
Noah Lyles is bursting to compete, and shared on Friday (12th February) that he's excited to race.
“We are in a strong position. My endurance is pretty high now… I feel confident going into the race. This is a fast track. Let’s have some fun with it. I am excited… we will see how it goes.”
His two races are close to each other in the schedule leaving little time for recovery.
“It simulates how the 100m will be at [U.S. Olympic] trials and at the Olympics.
“We have been working really hard on my acceleration… we want to see if it’s working [in the 60m].”
Noah Lyles: A shortened season
Last season and this season have been curtailed because of the coronavirus pandemic, and Lyles won’t be racing as many times as he usually would in an Olympic year.
“We wanted more meets… [but we decided with my coach that] the fewer track meets the better.”
Lyles is keeping the risks to a minimum.
“If we leave the state, we are taking a risk. [We decided to] do two events and get as much as we can out of this.”
Shaunae Miller-Uibo: beating records in the 200m and new focus
The reigning Olympic champion from the Bahamas, Shaunae Miller-Uibo, will be competing in the women’s 400m.
Felix isn’t scheduled to compete, but Miller-Uibo will go up against some strong U.S. talent, like 2017 world champion Phyllis Francis.
There’s a big chance that Miller-Uibo won’t compete at that distance at Tokyo 2020.
“We were really happy with it… it was a little tricky getting used to the steep turns,” she told media including Olympic Channel on the eve of the meet.
And she hinted that the 200m may be her next Olympic title.
“Our main focus is going to be the 200m [but] everything is still up in the air… we are going to see how things are going to progress.”
After Tokyo 2020, the heptathlon could be the next goal
“I hope so,” she said with a smile.
How to watch the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix event
It begins at 21:00 GMT (16:00 local time) on Saturday.
Plus follow Olympic Channel on social media for updates from the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix