Olympic ice dance champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White will not skate next season and have not decided when they will return to competition.
“Trying to stay in the present, we’ve decided not to look too far ahead regarding our competitive careers,” Davis and White said in a press release. “We’ll be taking the 2014-15 season away from competition. We will not make any further decisions until a later date.”
Davis and White won the first U.S. Olympic ice dancing title ever in Sochi, after winning silver in 2010 and bronze in the Sochi team event. They elected to skip the World Championships in March, instead focusing on the post-Olympic Stars on Ice tour and “Dancing With the Stars,” which Davis won.
Italians Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte won the World title in Saitama, Japan. The top U.S. couples were Olympians Madison Chock and Evan Bates and siblings Maia and Alex Shibutani, who were fifth and sixth.
Davis and White’s Canadian rivals, Sochi silver medalists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, also skipped the World Championships. It’s unknown if or when they will return to competition.
Olympic figure skating judging complaints rejected by ISU
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Nine more athletes, including six medal winners, have been retroactively disqualified from the 2008 Beijing Olympics after failing retests of their doping samples.
The International Olympic Committee announced the decisions on Wednesday in the latest sanctions imposed on athletes whose stored samples came back positive after being retested with improved methods.
Four athletes from former Soviet countries were stripped of silver medals, and two of bronze medals. The medals were in weightlifting, wrestling and steeplechase.
The IOC stores doping samples for 10 years to allow them to be reanalyzed when enhanced techniques become available.
The IOC recorded a total of 98 positive cases in recent resting of samples from Beijing and the 2012 London Olympics.
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Rory McIlroy has said he was proven wrong about golf’s place in the Olympics, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he’s keen on the 2020 Tokyo Games after skipping Rio.
The four-time major champion was asked Wednesday if he had any plans to play in the next Olympics and called it a “tough question.”
“The participation in the Olympics for me, it’s just a little more complicated I feel for me than some other people from where I’m from and the whole politics of the thing,” McIlroy said. “It’s a difficult subject for me.”
McIlroy is from Northern Ireland, which does not have a separate delegation at the Olympics. That led to a scrutinized decision for McIlroy, who had to choose in 2014 between representing Great Britain and Ireland for golf’s Olympic return in Rio.
McIlroy opted for Ireland, which he represented at the World Cup of Golf in 2009 and 2011.
“I don’t know whether it’s been because the World Cup has been in Brazil and I’ve been thinking a couple of years down the line,” McIlroy reportedly said in June 2014. “Thinking about all the times that I played as an amateur for Ireland and as a boy and everything, I think for me it’s the right decision to play for Ireland in 2016.”
Golf’s place in the Olympics is not guaranteed beyond 2020, so Tokyo may be McIlroy’s last opportunity.
“Four years’ time is a long ways away, so we’ll see what happens,” McIlroy said Wednesday. “Right now, I’ll concentrate on the 16 majors that we have between now and then and try to get a few more of those and go from there.”
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