2013 ISU World Figure Skating Championships

Russian pair earns early lead after short program

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No surprises so far at the ISU Figure Skating Worlds in Ontario Wednesday, as the Russian pairs team of Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov, who’ve swept every event this season, took an early lead following the short program.

“One more day to show our best,” Volosozhar said after her performance. “The key to winning is to just skate, show our emotions and our elements.”

The two earned a solid 75.84 points to go more than two up on Canadians Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford heading into the free skate Friday night. The Russians were helped by a three point spread over the field in components (formerly known as the artistic mark).

The four-time world champs from Germany, Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy, are in third just 0.14 points behind the Canadians, and the American teams are sitting uncomfortably in twelfth and thirteenth.

President Obama appoints Gabby Douglas, more Olympic medalists to posts

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London Olympic all-around champion Gabby Douglas was among four Olympic medalists appointed to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition, in one of Barack Obama‘s final acts as president.

Also appointed were Olympic soccer champion Carli Lloyd, hockey silver medalist Caitlin Cahow and fencing bronze medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad.

Olympic medalists Dominique DawesAllyson FelixGrant HillMichelle KwanAlonzo Mourning and Chris Paul already have roles on the council.

One month after taking gold in London, Douglas led the Pledge of Allegiance at the Democratic National Convention, where Obama was formally nominated to run for re-election.

Douglas also appeared on “The Tonight Show” with First Lady Michelle Obama in 2012 and joined the First Lady for a Let’s Move event in Chicago in 2013.

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Ryan Lochte ‘wipes away the past’ in Power Bar video

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For the second time in as many months, Ryan Lochte stars in a jocular ad making a veiled reference to his Rio Olympic gas-station incident.

The swimmer wipes away “the past” on a foggy bathroom mirror and throws a blond wig out of a sunroof in a one-minute Power Bar video published Tuesday.

The company’s tag line in the video is “Clean Start.”

“For example, I am going to recommit myself to water sports,” Lochte says in the spot.

The ad follows a December video for Pine Bros. Softish Throat Drops, where Lochte starred in a spot with a closing banner that read, “Pine Bros.: In this Season of Forgiveness.”

Lochte had previously lost sponsorship deals, including with Speedo, after his Rio Olympic gas-station incident for which he was suspended through June by USA Swimming, plus for the world championships in July.

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