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Oscar Pistorius reportedly is dropped by his blade manufacturer

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The Iceland company that manufactured Oscar Pistorius‘ running blades used since at least 2004 cut ties with the first double amputee to run at the Olympics, two weeks into his murder trial.

“We’re no longer sponsoring Oscar Pistorius,” Ossur Chief Financial Officer Sveinn Solvason said, according to the New York Daily News.

Pistorius was known as the “Blade Runner” for his feats on Ossur’s “Flex-Foot Cheetah” prosthetic legs. He won eight medals over the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Paralympics and competed in the 400m at the 2012 Olympics.

Pistorius fatally shot girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in the early morning of Valentine’s Day 2013, saying he thought Steenkamp was an intruder locked in his bathroom.

He lost sponsors, such as Nike, but in the days after Steenkamp’s death, Ossur said it was awaiting the outcome of the police investigation, according to the Telegraph in England.

Pistorius has pleaded not guilty to charges, including murdering Steenkamp, and is two weeks into a high-profile trial in Pretoria, South Africa. Ossur decided not to wait for the outcome.

“It’s up to the courts of South Africa to rule in this matter,” Solvason said, according to Bloomberg. “We, as Ossur, don’t have any official stand in this matter on whether the man is innocent or guilty. But we’re no longer sponsoring Oscar Pistorius.”

Pistorius’ prosthetic legs, shorts covered in blood in trial photos

2018 U.S. Figure Skating Championships to be in San Jose

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The 2018 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, the final competition to determine the Pyeongchang Olympic team, will be in San Jose, California, at the SAP Center, concluding Jan. 7.

It appears to be the earliest the U.S. Figure Skating Championships will end in an Olympic year in at least 50 years.

The competition will be broadcast live on NBC and streamed live on Icenetwork.com.

San Jose previously hosted the U.S. Championships in 1996 and 2012, but it has never hosted in an Olympic year.

Sochi Olympian Polina Edmunds is from San Jose and figures to receive a boost of crowd support. Edmunds, 18, begins classes at nearby Santa Clara University next month.

The January 2017 U.S. Championships will be in Kansas City. The international figure skating season starts next month, with Skate America kicking off the Grand Prix season in October.

Recent Nationals host cities in Olympic years were Boston in 2014 and Spokane, Washington, in 2010.

MORE: Ashley Wagner, Gracie Gold headline Skate America

Fiji Olympic rugby coach given 3 acres of land, special name

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 11:  Gold medalists Ro Dakuwaqa of Fiji and Fiji head coach Ben Ryan celebrate after the medal ceremony for the Men's Rugby Sevens on Day 6 of the Rio 2016 Olympics at Deodoro Stadium on August 11, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
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Olympic coaches don’t receive gold medals. Fiji Olympic men’s rugby coach Ben Ryan may have gotten something better anyway.

Ryan’s reward for guiding Fiji to its first Olympic medal in any sport — gold in rugby sevens’ Olympic debut — included three acres of land in Fiji and a new name, Ratu Peni Raiyani Latianara, according to Fijian reports.

Ryan, a London native, is stepping down as coach of the Fijian team. The 44-year-old coached the team for three years after leading the England national sevens team for six years.

MORE: Fiji wins nation’s first Olympic medal