Snowmobile: the Final Frontier of the Winter Olympics

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The X Games have slowly but surely infiltrated the Winter Olympics, and for that we can mostly thank gold medal snowboarder Shaun White. The popular halfpipe and ski cross and the like are all enjoyed on both stages, and as slopestyle debuts in Sochi next year, there seems to remain only one exciting event left sitting on the sidelines, waiting for its shot. Yes, the snowmobile: winter’s motorcycle, or maybe ATV.

If you havent watched someone try to flip one while wondering if they’ll land safely or die, which sometimes seem like the only two options, well then you haven’t seen all there is to love about the X Games. And while the Olympic aerials are a fun, if not chaotic event thrown in to appease cold gymnastics’ fans waiting for figure skating to start, how much more exciting is it to see someone do tricks on a snowmobile?

The answer: much more. Check out the freestyle event tonight at 7:30pm if you don’t believe me.

Manchester Games with Olympic stars to be held after concert attack

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The Manchester City Games and Manchester Run, two annual track and field events in the British city, will be held as scheduled on Friday and Sunday.

Organizers consulted with Manchester police and its city council following a concert explosion Monday that killed 22 people and wounded 59, according to NBC News.

The Manchester City Games feature events on a sprint track on Deansgate, a main road, and a pop-up arena in Albert Square, both in the city center.

The Games’ entry lists include 2012 Olympic 100m hurdles champion Sally Pearson of Australia, 2003 World 100m champion Kim Collins of St. Kitts and Nevis and Rio Olympic 110m hurdles silver medalist Orlando Ortega of Spain.

On Sunday, Olympic medalists Bernard LagatWilson Kipsang and Tirunesh Dibaba headline the Manchester Run, a mass-participation 10km that includes about 30,000 runners. It is billed as the largest 10km in Europe.

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Kerri Walsh Jennings’ next partner is a familiar one

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Kerri Walsh Jennings is slated to play with with 2008 Olympian Nicole Branagh this summer, after she and Olympic bronze medal teammate April Ross split last month.

Walsh Jennings, a three-time Olympic champion with Misty May-Treanor before that bronze in Rio, and Branagh, who made the Beijing Games quarterfinals with Elaine Youngs, are entered in an FIVB World Tour event in Croatia the last week of June.

Walsh Jennings and Branagh are both 38 years old and briefly paired in 2010 when May-Treanor was uncertain about making a run for the London Olympics. When May-Treanor told Walsh Jennings she was all-in for London, Walsh Jennings split from Branagh.

It’s unknown if Walsh Jennings and Branagh are hoping to play at the world championships in Vienna, Austria, in late July and early August. USA Volleyball said Wednesday it doesn’t have applications yet, and the deadline is Sunday.

Even if Walsh Jennings and Branagh eye worlds, it’s not known if they will have the combined ranking points to earn an outright worlds spot. They could also receive a wild card for worlds. Entries will be announced next month.

Walsh Jennings, a mother of three, has said she hopes to play in the 2020 Olympics at age 41, when she will be older than any previous Olympic beach or indoor volleyball player, according to Olympic historians.

Branagh returned to competition this year after a one-year break to have her second child. She has played few international events since 2012 and last won internationally in 2010 (with Walsh Jennings).

Ross, an Olympic silver and bronze medalist and 2009 World champion, is now partnered with Lauren Fendrick, who played with Brooke Sweat in Rio. Ross, 34, said she will figure out her long-term partner plans for Tokyo 2020 after this season.

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