Key information for U.S. International Figure Skating Classic

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The figure skating season starts to ramp up in Salt Lake City on Thursday. Icenetwork.com will have live coverage of the U.S. International Classic. Here’s an event-by-event rundown:

Men
U.S. skaters: Max Aaron (2013 U.S. champion), Josh Farris (2013 World Junior Champion), Stephen Carriere (10th place, 2013 U.S. Championships), Grant Hochstein (15th place, 2013 U.S. Championships)

International threat: Andrei Rogozine (2013 Canadian bronze medalist)

Short Program: Thursday, 10:15 p.m. ET
Free Skate: Friday, 9:15 p.m. ET

Women
U.S. skaters: Gracie Gold (2013 U.S. silver medalist), Agnes Zawadzki (2013 U.S. bronze medalist), Courtney Hicks (fourth place, 2013 U.S. Championships), Samantha Cesario (fourth, 2013 World Junior Championships)

International threat: Amelie Lacoste (2012 Canadian champion)

Short Program: Friday, 5:10 p.m. ET
Free Skate: Saturday, 4:50 p.m. ET

Ice Dance
U.S. skaters: Meryl Davis/Charlie White (2009-13 U.S. champions), Lynn Kriengkrairut/Logan Giulietti-Schmitt (fifth, 2013 U.S. Championships), Anastasia Cannuscio/Colin McManus (sixth, 2013 U.S. Championships), Alissandra Aronow/Collin Brubaker (eighth, 2013 U.S. Championships)

International threat: Kaitlyn Weaver/Andrew Poje (fifth, 2013 World Championships)

Short Dance: Friday, 2:35 p.m. ET
Free Dance: Saturday, 7:45 p.m. ET

Pairs
U.S. skaters: Marissa Castelli/Simon Shnapir (2013 U.S. champions), Caydee Denney/John Coughlin (2012 U.S. champions), Felicia Zhang/Nathan Bartholomay (2013 U.S. bronze medalists), Tarah Kayne/Daniel O’Shea (seventh, 2013 U.S. Championships)

International threat: Kirsten Moore-Towers/Dylan Moscovitch (fourth, 2013 World Championships)

Short Program: Thursday, 8:50 p.m. ET
Free Skate: Friday, 7:45 p.m. ET

The ISU Grand Prix series starts with Skate America in Detroit, Oct. 18-20. Olympic champion Evan Lysacek, U.S. champion Ashley Wagner and Davis and White lead the American contingent expected to take the ice there.

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Brigid Kosgei, world record holder, to miss London Marathon

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World record holder Brigid Kosgei withdrew before Sunday’s London Marathon due to a right hamstring injury that has bothered her for the last month.

“My training has been up and down and not the way I would like to prepare to be in top condition,” was posted on Kosgei’s social media. “We’ve decided it’s best I withdraw from this year’s race and get further treatment on my injuries in order to enter 2023 stronger than ever.”

Kosgei, a 28-year-old Kenyan mother of twins, shattered the world record by 81 seconds at the 2019 Chicago Marathon. She clocked 2:14:04 to smash Brit Paula Radcliffe‘s record from 2003.

Since, Kosgei won the 2020 London Marathon, took silver at the Tokyo Olympics, placed fourth at the 2021 London Marathon and won this past March’s Tokyo Marathon in what was then the third-fastest time in history (2:16:02).

Ethiopian Tigist Assefa moved into the top three by winning the Berlin Marathon last Sunday in 2:15:37.

The London Marathon women’s field includes Kenyan Joyciline Jepkosgei, a winner in New York City (2019) and London (2021), and Yalemzerf Yehualaw, who was the Ethiopian record holder until Assefa won in Berlin.

The men’s field is headlined by Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele, the second-fastest male marathoner in history, and Brit Mo Farah, a four-time Olympic champion on the track.

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Dmitriy Balandin, surprise Olympic swimming champion, retires

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Dmitriy Balandin, the Kazakh swimmer who pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the 2016 Rio Olympics, retired at age 27.

“Today I would like to announce the end of my sports career,” Balandin said last week, according to Kazakhstan’s Olympic Committee. “I am still inspired. A new phase of my life begins. I have a lot of cool projects in my head that will soon be implemented.”

Balandin reportedly has coaching aspirations.

In 2016, he won the Olympic men’s 200m breaststroke out of lane eight as the last qualifier into the final. He edged American Josh Prenot by seven hundredths of a second and became Kazakhstan’s first Olympic swimming medalist.

He followed that up with 11th- and 17th-place finishes in the breaststrokes in Tokyo last year.

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