Danny Davis wins in Mammoth; White sits out, Teter bounces back

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Danny Davis is in the mix to make his first Olympic Team, four years after an all-terrain vehicle accident kept him from the Vancouver Games.

Davis won the third of five Olympic selection events with 95.20 points in his first of two runs in Mammoth Mountain, Calif., on Friday. Two-time Olympic champion Shaun White sat out the contest after crashing and clinching an Olympic berth in slopestyle Thursday.

Davis edged Taylor Gold by 1.2 points. Matt Ladley was third.

On Jan. 6, 2010, Davis beat White en route to what looked like an Olympic spot. But in the early morning hours of Jan. 17, he drunkenly rode an ATV with friends into a metal fence, breaking his third lumbar vertebrae and shattering his pelvis.

Kelly Clark won the women’s event with 95 points, making her three for three in Olympic selection events. She had already clinched an Olympic berth.

Chloe Kim, who at 13 is too young for the Olympics, was second to Clark for her second podium in three selection events.

2006 Olympic champion Hannah Teter was third, a crucial result for her. Teter earned her first top-four finish in a selection events, joining the race for one of two automatic Olympic spots after Clark.

She is behind Arielle Gold, 2006 Olympic silver medalist Gretchen Bleiler and Kaitlyn Farrington in the standings.

The fourth Olympic selection event is later Friday. The fifth is Sunday, after which the Olympic Team will be named.

Here are the Olympic selection standings:

Men’s Snowboard Halfpipe — Three automatic Olympic spots
1. Greg Bretz — 1,800
1. Taylor Gold — 1,800
3. Danny Davis — 1,450
4. Ben Ferguson — 1,050
5. Louie Vito — 1,000
6. Matt Ladley — 890
7. Shaun White — 800

Women’s Snowboard Halfpipe – Three automatic Olympic spots
1. Kelly Clark — 2,000 (clinched Olympic berth)
2. Arielle Gold — 1,400
3. Gretchen Bleiler — 1,050
4. Kaitlyn Farrington — 1,000
5. Hannah Teter — 960

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Ironman Kona World Championships return for first time in three years, 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.

Both are entered in Kailua-Kona, where the races are now split between two days — Thursday for the women and Saturday for the men.

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.

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Ryf, 35 and a 2008 and 2012 Olympian, can tie retired countrywoman Natascha Badmann for second place on the women’s list at six Ironman world titles. Only Zimbabwean-turned-American Paula Newby-Fraser has more with eight.

The field also includes German Anne Haug, the 2019 Kona champ and only woman other than Ryf to win since 2015. Brit Lucy Charles-Barclay, the Kona runner-up in 2017, 2018 and 2019, returns after missing the St. George event due to a stress fracture in her hip.

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.

Also racing Saturday is Dallas Clark, a retired All-Pro NFL tight end with the Indianapolis Colts, and Tony Kanaan, the 2013 Indy 500 champion who completed the 2011 Kona Ironman in 12 hours, 52 minutes, 40 seconds.

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Joan Benoit Samuelson, Olympic marathon champ in 1984, runs London Marathon at 65

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Joan Benoit Samuelson, the first Olympic women’s marathon champion in 1984, ran her first 26.2-mile race in three years at Sunday’s London Marathon and won her age group.

Benoit Samuelson, 65, clocked 3 hours, 20 minutes, 20 seconds to top the women’s 65-69 age group by 7 minutes, 52 seconds. She took pleasure in being joined in the race by daughter Abby, who crossed in 2:58:19.

“She may have beaten me with my replacement knee, but everybody said I wouldn’t do it! I will never say never,” Benoit Samuelson said, according to race organizers. “I am a grandmother now to Charlotte, and it’s my goal to run 5K with her.”

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Benoit Samuelson raced the 1987 Boston Marathon while three months pregnant with Abby. Before that, she won the first Olympic women’s marathon at the 1984 Los Angeles Games, plus the Boston Marathon in 1979 and 1983 and the Chicago Marathon in 1985.

Her personal best — 2:21:21 — still holds up. She ranks sixth in U.S. women’s history.

Benoit Samuelson plans to race the Tokyo Marathon to complete her set of doing all six annual World Marathon Majors. The others are Berlin, Boston, Chicago and New York City.

“I’m happy to finish this race and make it to Tokyo, but I did it today on a wing and a prayer,” she said, according to organizers. “I’m blessed to have longevity in this sport. It doesn’t owe me anything, but I feel I owe my sport.”

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