Carlin Isles brings his speed to American rugby

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Rugby may not be one of the Big Four American sports (or ten, fifteen, what-have-you), but sprinter turned rugby star Carlin Isles is hoping to change that perception and make the U.S. a feared opponent when the sport debuts in Rio in 2016.

The Ohio native had clocked an impressive personal best of 10.24 seconds in the 100m (10.13 seconds with the wind at his back), but realized he was a long shot to make the U.S. team at June’s track trials. So instead, he skipped Eugene and has spent his time training with the U.S. team in Aspen ever since.

“Rugby fits me perfectly,” Isle told Rugby Magazine. “I love tackling, I love running fast, I love running past people. When I see all the room on the pitch, it’s like Christmas to me.”

The magazine has dubbed Isles “the fastest man in American rugby,” but he’s not all speed: Isles played cornerback at Ashland University and is used to taking people down. He’s joined up with the Atlantis Sevens rugby team as a wing, and hopes his speed can help him get that gold medal he’s been chasing for years.

Check out his speed below:

Nathan Chen holds off Yuzuru Hanyu to win first Grand Prix

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U.S. champion Nathan Chen opened the Grand Prix season by beating Olympic gold-medal favorite Yuzuru Hanyu.

Chen, 18, held off Hanyu at Rostelecom Cup in Moscow, totaling 293.79 points to win by 3.02 over the Japanese megastar. Full scores are here.

Chen landed four quadruple jumps in a strong but imperfect free skate for his first Grand Prix title in his second senior international season.

Hanyu outscored Chen in the free skate, but the American benefited from his 5.69-point lead from Friday’s short program.

Hanyu, the reigning Olympic and world champion, has never won his opening Grand Prix start in eight tries.

He did three quadruple jumps in Saturday’s free skate rather than the planned five, but did not fall as he did in the short program.

Chen has now outscored Hanyu in three of their last four head-to-head events dating to February.

The Rostelecom Cup free dance and pairs and women’s free skates are later Saturday.

A full Rostelecom Cup broadcast schedule is here.

The Grand Prix season continues next weekend with Skate Canada, headlined by three-time U.S. champion Ashley Wagner and three-time world champion Patrick Chan.

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Olympic ski cross champion suffers serious knee injury

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Canadian Marielle Thompson, the reigning Olympic and World Cup ski cross champion, ruptured an ACL and MCL in a training crash in Switzerland.

Alpine Canada did not say when the accident happened or what Thompson’s chances are of returning to defend her Olympic title in PyeongChang.

Thompson flew from Switzerland to Vancouver for an MRI that confirmed the injury.

“I’ll be making a plan with my team moving forward and when the time is right getting back on the ski cross course stronger than ever,” Thompson said in a press release.

Thompson, 25, tore a meniscus in January 2015 and returned to competition 11 months later. She won seven of the 13 World Cup races last season.

Other Olympic medal contenders include Swede Sandra Näslund and Swiss Fanny Smith.

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