Liliya Shobukhova

Ex-No. 2 women’s marathoner of all time eyes Olympics after doping ban

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Liliya Shobukhova, who was the second fastest women’s marathoner of all time before her three Chicago Marathon wins were stripped due to a doping suspension, aims to return from that ban with an eye on the Rio 2016 Olympics at age 38, according to Russian news agency TASS, quoting her husband and manager.

Shobukhova was retroactively banned in April 2014 due to abnormal levels on her biological passport, wiping out results since 2009.

She then provided “substantial assistance” to the World Anti-Doping Agency in the fight against doping, and her ban was reduced from three years, two months, to two years, seven months. That meant her ban ended in August.

She reportedly returned to competition in September, finishing fifth in the Russian Half Marathon Championships.

Shobukhova won the Chicago Marathon three straight times from 2009 to 2011, the first man or woman to accomplish the feat. Her last title in Chicago came in 2 hours, 18 minutes, 20 seconds, making her the second fastest woman over 26.2 miles ever behind Brit Paula Radcliffe, who holds the three fastest times. Shobukhova’s wins and times were annulled.

Shobukhova also won the 2010 London Marathon (that win also annulled) but never finished better than sixth in three Olympic track and field races.

In 2016, she will be older than any of the previous Olympic women’s marathon medalists. The event debuted at the Olympics in 1984.

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U.S. Ski Team wants to bring Alpine World Cup back to eastern U.S.

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PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association will submit a proposal for Killington, Vt., to host a women’s World Cup giant slalom and slalom race next season.

The plan will be presented this week at the International Ski Federation meetings in Zurich. The dates are Nov. 26-27, 2016.

Traditionally, Aspen, Colorado, has held the World Cup event over Thanksgiving weekend. But since the resort is hosting World Cup Finals in March 2017, there’s an opening on the calendar. If selected, Killington would become the first resort in the eastern United States to host a World Cup event since Waterville Valley, N.H., in 1991.

USSA presented the bid in conjunction with its resort partner Powdr Corp.

Tiger Shaw, the president and CEO of USSA, says he’s confident “Killington is well suited to produce an exceptional early season World Cup.”

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Top U.S., Brazil beach volleyball pairs face off on helipad (photos)

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Beach volleyball players are known for their leaping ability, but two of the world’s best teams reached new heights in an exhibition on a helipad.

The exhibition featured Brazilians Alison Cerutti and Bruno Schmidt, the reigning World champions, playing Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena, a U.S. team that first paired in July. The players peppered for 30 minutes on the concrete surface seven stories above ground level.

“I can’t imagine that had ever been done before,” said Dalhausser, a 2008 Olympic champion.

The helipad “match” took place Wednesday less than an hour after the two teams played an authentic, three-set match on the sand during pool play at the FIVB World Tour Finals. Dalhausser and Lucena won the FIVB match and then took a well-deserved dip into the ocean before jumping into a van for a short drive to the Downtown Fort Lauderdale Helistop.

“We were exhausted,” said Lucena, who can be seen sprawled on the concrete in one of the photos below. “We were just trying not to fall off the edge.”

The helipad exhibition was organized by Red Bull to promote this week’s FIVB World Tour Finals. NBC and NBC Sports Live Extra will broadcast the finals live Sunday at 2:30 p.m. ET.

Here are images via the FIVB World Tour and Martin Steinthaler/Red Bull Content Pool:

Alison, Bruno, Phil Dalhausser, Nick Lucena

Alison, Bruno, Phil Dalhausser, Nick Lucena

Alison, Bruno, Phil Dalhausser, Nick Lucena

Alison, Bruno, Phil Dalhausser, Nick Lucena

Alison, Bruno, Phil Dalhausser, Nick Lucena

Alison, Bruno, Phil Dalhausser, Nick Lucena

Alison, Bruno, Phil Dalhausser, Nick Lucena

Alison, Bruno, Phil Dalhausser, Nick Lucena

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