Parts of Manhattan are under water, power is out, debris and downed trees cover the streets, and most of the bridges and tunnels remain closed Tuesday morning, but by all accounts the New York City Marathon, which weaves through all five boroughs, will go off with very few hitches this Sunday.
“We’re assessing today with the city what the damage was and the ability to recover as quickly as possible,” Richard Finn, a spokesman for New York Road Runners, told the NY Times. “[We’re] moving ahead with everything we can do to be on the way to putting on a great marathon.”
Organizers haven’t been able to check out the course yet, for obvious reasons, but since the race doesn’t run through the most devastated parts of lower Manhattan they say things should be ready by the time the gun goes off. The marathon also runs all its electronic equipment off of generators, meaning power won’t be an issue for organizers regardless of when it comes back on for citizens. The biggest issue seems to just be getting runners to the starting line.
More than 5.700 flights to the east coast were cancelled this week. Nearly 20,000 participants come from overseas to compete. London bronze medalist Wilson Kipsang is scheduled to arrive from Kenya Tuesday and defending NYC champ and course record holder Geoffrey Mutai is set to come in Wednesday.
Organizers plan to reschedule flights to get the top runners to New York in time, but one notable absentee from the race will be top American marathoner Ryan Hall, who ducked out of the London Olympics race with an apparent quad injury that’s still bothering him. He said he’ll be ready for the 2013 season.
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“I skied a great race today,” Vonn also said. “Sofia [Goggia] just skied better than I did.”
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She also said she hoped she had made her grandfather proud. Dabbing away tears, she said: “It’s sad. This is my last [Olympic] downhill. I wish I could keep going, you know? I had so much fun. I love what I do. My body just can’t — probably can’t — take another four years. But — I don’t know, I’m proud. I’m proud to have competed for my country. Proud to have given it my all. I’m proud to have … come away with a medal.”
Pilot Mariama Jamanka and Lisa Buckwitz won Germany’s latest gold in a sliding sport in PyeongChang, defeating Team USA’s Elana Meyers Taylor sled by 0.07 seconds. Meyers Taylor, along with brakeman Lauren Gibbs, matched the silver she won in Sochi.
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Jamanka led after two runs, and delivered in Run 3, setting a track record with a phenomenal run down the course. She hit the lines perfectly to put the pressure on Meyers Taylor — and Meyers Taylor, who has dealt with an achilles injury in PyeongChang, delivered with a course record of her own. She was 0.07 seconds back after two runs, but closed the gap to 0.04 heading into the final run.
The stage was set for a thrilling final leg. It, too, did not disappoint. Elana Meyers had her best run of the Games, but Jamanka matched it, to give Germany yet another win on the PyeongChang sliding course.
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Gold: Mariama Jamanka and Lisa Buckwitz (GER) – 3:22.45
Silver: Elana Meyers-Taylor and Lauren Gibbs (USA) – 3:22.52
Bronze: Kaillee Humphries and Phylicia George (CAN) – 3:22.89
4. Annika Drazek and Stephanie Schneider (GER) – 3:22.97
5. Jamie Greubel Poser and Aja Evans (USA) – 3:23.02