Boogie

Dog runs half marathon, wins medal, set to get neutered

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Boogie, a chocolate Labrador, ran 13 miles of a half marathon (13.1 miles) on Saturday and received a participation medal for his effort.

Enjoy it while it lasts. Boogie has an appointment with a veterinarian.

“He’s going to lose part of his manhood here,” Boogie’s owner, Jerry Butts, told The Associated Press. “That was part of the deal, and now he’s got an identification chip, too.”

Boogie, 8 years old and 100 pounds, reportedly escaped on Friday night and ran the Evansville (Ind.) Half Marathon the following day. He reportedly crossed the finish at 2 hours, 15 minutes, which would have placed about 900th among 2,015 runners.

The Evansville Courier & Press filed this video report on Boogie receiving his medal.

Mo Farah wonders if sub-2-hour marathon is possible

Men’s snowboard big air preview

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Now that Anna Gasser of Austria has successfully captured the first-ever Olympic gold medal in women’s snowboard big air, it’s almost time to crown the first-ever Olympic champion on the men’s side.

Big air snowboarding has progressed tremendously in recent years, and there’s been a lot of build-up to these Olympics, so expect heavy tricks to come out quickly in the final.

Or as Mark McMorris put it: “There’s probably [going to be] some mind-boggling s—.”

Every time there’s a big air event, there’s always talk about “quads” — a type of trick that features four inverted flips. It’s such a progressive trick that only two riders have landed a quad in competition, only a few others have done it in training, and many are hesitant to even try.

Read the full preview at NBCOlympics.com

Karen Chen shares disappointment, thanks fans

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Karen Chen was the last U.S. figure skater to make her PyeongChang debut (and her Olympic debut for that matter). A mistake on her opening jump in the short program left her in 10th place going into the free program. Two days later, her free skate also had technical mistakes, and she finished 11th overall. While Team OAR won its first Olympic gold of the PyeongChang Games and got a silver to boot, the U.S. women were plagued with falls and technical errors, and Chen was no exception.

NBCOlympics.com: Alina Zagitova is Olympic Athletes from Russia’s first gold medalist of PyeongChang

Just hours after the ladies’ event concluded, Chen took to Instagram to share her frustration, disappointment and newfound perspective.

Chen, 18, is the youngest woman on the 2018 U.S. figure skating team. Chen was born and raised in Fremont, California, she cites gold medal figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi, who is also from Fremont, as a mentor. Unlike most in the world of figure skating, Chen makes her own costumes and choreographs her own programs. Last season, Chen won the U.S. national championship. She skated an inconsistent 2017-18 season, but her third place finish at nationals was enough to land her a spot on Team USA.