Mo Farah got into a fist fight while training on Christmas

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source:  British distance running superstar Mo Farah has an autobiography coming out Thursday, and interesting excerpts are being published by the Telegraph.

Of note, a Christmas morning run in 2009. Farah went to a British park to climb a hill repeatedly and spotted a couple pushing a baby in a stroller up the same hill.

They were taking up enough space that Farah was unable to run around them, he wrote.

After three or four attempts to run around the couple I got a bit fed up. “Sorry, mate,” I said. “Would you mind moving just a little bit to the side of the path so I can run past? I’m training.”

Farah, 5-foot-4 and 128 pounds according to Team GB, wrote that he asked the man to move, twice, and he refused. The situation escalated into a heated argument and then to “rolling around on the ground, trading blows.”

Police showed up.

I was caked in mud from where I’d been rolling around on the grass. There were nicks and cuts all over my face and I sported a massive bruise on my head.

The newspaper also reported Farah’s plans for 2014 (outside of a possible charity race with Usain Bolt).

Farah will make his 26.2-mile debut at the London Marathon in April. Then he wants to return to the track to compete in the two biggest meets of the outdoor season — the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, which begin July 27 for track and field, and the European Championships in Zurich, Switzerland, which begin Aug. 12.

Farah swept the 5000m and 10,000m at the London Olympics and the World Championships in August but would likely run one event at the Commonwealth Games and the European Championships, according to the report.

Farah, like Bolt, has not won a medal at the Commonwealth Games. He finished ninth in the 5000m in 2006 and did not compete in 2010.

Bolt withdrew from the 2006 Commonwealth Games with a hamstring injury and also did not compete in 2010 but has said the 2014 Games are a possibility. He might only run the 200m though.

Farah wonders if sub-2-hour marathon is possible

Alpine skiing to test new format for combined race

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Alpine skiing officials will test a new format for the combined event, a race that is under review to remain on the Olympic program.

French newspaper L’Equipe reported that the International Ski Federation (FIS) will test a new team format for the combined, which has been an individual event on the Olympic program since 1988. L’Equipe reported that a nation can use a different skier for the downhill and slalom in the new setup, quoting FIS secretary general Michel Vion.

For example, the U.S. could use Breezy Johnson in the downhill run and sub her out for Mikaela Shiffrin in the slalom run, should the format be adopted into senior competition.

The format will be tested at the world junior championships in January in St. Anton, Austria, according to the report.

In response to the report, a FIS spokesperson said, “Regarding the new format of the combined is correct, and our directors are working on the rules so for the moment the only thing we can confirm is that there will be this new format for the Alpine combined that has been proposed by the athletes’ commission.”

Some version of the combined event has been provisionally included on the 2026 Olympic program, with a final IOC decision on its place coming by April.

This will be the third consecutive World Cup season with no combined events. Instead, FIS has included more parallel races in recent years. The individual combined remains on the biennial world championships program.

L’Equipe also reported that the mixed team parallel event, which is being dropped from the Olympics, will also be dropped from the biennial world championships after this season.

“There is nothing definitive about that yet, but it is a project in the making,” a FIS spokesperson said in commenting on the report.

Vion said the mixed team event, which debuted at the Olympics in 2018, was not a hit at the Beijing Games and did not draw a strong audience, according to L’Equipe.

The World Cup season starts in two weeks with the traditional opening giant slaloms in Soelden, Austria.

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Ironman Kona World Championships return, live on Peacock

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The Ironman Kona World Championships return after a three-year hiatus with a new format, live on Peacock on Thursday and Saturday at 12 p.m. ET.

The Ironman, held annually in Hawaii since 1978, and in Kailua-Kona since 1981, was not held in 2020 or 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The world championships made a one-time-only stop in St. George, Utah, on May 7 to make up for the 2021 cancellation. The winners were Norway’s Kristian Blummenfelt, the Tokyo Olympic triathlon champion, and Swiss Daniela Ryf, who bagged her fifth Ironman world title.

WATCH LIVE: Ironman Kona men’s pro race, Saturday, 12 p.m. ET — STREAM LINK

Both entered Kailua-Kona, where the races were now split between two days — Thursday for the women and Saturday for the men. Chelsea Sodaro won the women’s race, ending a 20-year American victory drought.

An Ironman includes a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and a marathon — totaling 140.6 miles of racing. It takes top triathletes eight hours to complete. Very arguably, it crowns the world’s fittest man and woman.

Blummenfelt, 28 and in his Kona debut, will try to become the youngest male champion in Kona since German Normann Stadler in 2005. His top challengers include countryman Gustav Iden, the two-time reigning Half Ironman world champion, and German Patrick Lange, the 2017 and 2018 Ironman Kona winner.

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