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Shaun White leads Dew Tour slopestyle qualifying (video)

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Shaun White may not be the Olympic favorite in slopestyle, but nobody was better in Dew Tour qualifying Friday.

The two-time reigning Olympic halfpipe champion posted the highest score of 30 riders in the first of his two runs, a 93.20 out of 100. It held up through the second run, sending White to the final Sunday with 15 or 16 other riders.

Canadian Mark McMorris, considered the Olympic favorite, needed a sigh-of-relief second run to qualify. He scored 70 points and made it in 11th place.

American Eric Willett was second in qualifying with 87.20 points, followed by Canadian Sebastien Toutant in third.

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Slopestyle is an event set to make its Olympic debut in Sochi. Riders do tricks off a series of walls, rails and jumps over a course.

White won every X Games slopestyle title from 2003-06 but focused more on the halfpipe beginning with the 2006 Olympics. He finished fifth in slopestyle at January’s Winter X Games, won by McMorris for the second straight year.

White spent time this fall training on a personal halfpipe and slopestyle training ground in Australia.

Breckenridge marks the first of five stops in the Olympic trials process. The others are on the U.S. Grand Prix schedule — Copper Mountain, Colo., Northstar, Calif., Park City, Utah, and Mammoth Mountain, Calif.

The five events will determine Olympians in snowboard halfpipe and the new Olympic events of snowboard slopestyle and ski halfpipe and ski slopestyle. The Olympic rosters are expected to be announced Jan. 22.

The overall Olympic qualification standings will be determined by the two best results for an athlete over the trials tour. No more than four athletes can make the U.S. Olympic Team per event. It’s possible fewer than four will be named for some events.

The Breckenridge action can be live streamed here all weekend.

Breckenridge Snowboard Slopestyle Qualifying
1. Shaun White (USA) 93.20
2. Eric Willett (USA) 87.20
3. Sebastien Toutant (CAN) 86.20
11. Mark McMorris (CAN) 70.00

Maddie Bowman wins ski halfpipe

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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