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Will ‘Fierce Five’ be back for Rio Olympics? (video)

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Any member of the “Fierce Five” faces long odds to make it back for the 2016 Olympics given recent U.S. gymnastics history.

Two of the five members of the Olympic champion team, Kyla Ross and McKayla Maroney, competed at the U.S. gymnastics championships this week in Hartford, Conn. Both are likely to be named to the World Championships team next month.

The other three — Gabby DouglasJordyn Wieber and Aly Raisman — sat out this season, but all are expected to return to competition, possibly as early as next year.

No woman has made back-to-back U.S. Olympic gymnastics teams since Dominique Dawes and Amy Chow in 1996 and 2000. That’s three straight teams of Olympic rookies. Every member of the “Fierce Five” except for Ross will be at least 20 years old come Rio 2016, and every member of the last two Olympic teams was a teenager save Alicia Sacramone in 2008.

World and Olympic all-around champions Nastia LiukinShawn Johnson and Chellsie Memmel and Sacramone all attempted comebacks for the 2012 Olympics, and all bowed out before the final selections.

Every member of the 2012 Olympic team is talented enough to make a run for Rio, but history is not on their side in a sport that continues to favor the young.

Video: Bat flies around arena at U.S. gymnastics championships

Chicago Marathon canceled; one major marathon left in 2020

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The Chicago Marathon, scheduled for Oct. 11, was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, becoming the fourth World Marathon Major called off this year.

Organizers cited the challenge of staging the 45,000-runner event “out of concern for the safety of event participants, volunteers, event staff and spectators.”

Previously, major marathons were canceled in Berlin (originally scheduled for Sept. 27), Boston (April 20, then Sept. 14) and New York City (Nov. 1). The London Marathon, originally scheduled for April 26 and postponed to Oct. 4, remains scheduled.

The other World Marathon Major, Tokyo, took place on its scheduled date of March 1 but with elite runners only.

Last year, Kenyan Brigid Kosgei won Chicago by taking 81 seconds off Paula Radcliffe‘s 16-year-old women’s marathon world record. Kosgei clocked 2:14:04.

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Figure skating Grand Prix events in China remain scheduled

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Figure skating Grand Prix events in China in November and December remain scheduled, the International Skating Union announced Monday, four days after reports about international sporting events in China being canceled through the end of 2020.

A notice about sports events, issued Thursday by the General Administration of Sport of China, made an exception for Beijing Winter Olympic test events and other preparations for the first Winter Games in China in February 2022.

The Grand Prix Final, the second-most prestigious annual figure skating competition, is still scheduled for December in Beijing because it is an Olympic test event.

Furthermore, the Cup of China, one of six events across the globe that determines Grand Prix Final qualifiers, remains scheduled for November in Chongqing because it is related to the Final.

“Like for all other five ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating events in the different countries, this is of course subject to finding the necessary logistical, medical and safety solutions to hold the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating events as planned,” according to the ISU.

The ISU previously announced it set a deadline to decide on possible event cancellations: 12 weeks before an event starts. For the first Grand Prix Series competition, Skate America in Las Vegas, the decision deadline is Aug. 1.

The ISU council will meet virtually on Aug. 3 to decide on further action for upcoming competitions.

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