Tucker West ‘can’t be too mad’ at dad for #TeamTucker matchmaking

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Tucker West’s first Winter Olympics was quite the ride. And not only for the luge.

West, 18, is the youngest luger in U.S. team history (makes sense, given his early start on his backyard track built by his dad, Brett) and spent Day 1 and Day 2 competing in the men’s singles. He eventually finished 22nd overall.

But none of those facts were why #TeamTucker went viral. He has Brett to thank for that. And he’s not that mad about about.

During a TODAY Show feature on Sunday that detailed the backyard luge run, Brett West also announced that his son was “very single” and encouraged ladies to become fans of Tucker on Facebook.

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“I was a little mortified when I heard his comment,” West said later on Sunday, via Yahoo! Sports, “but he’s still one of the greatest dads in the world and part of the greatest parent duo I could ever ask for.”

Brett built Tucker a track, now he’s building him an audience. The Facebook group now has close to 4,000 members, double what it was early Sunday. No word on his dating prospects.

“I can’t be too mad at him,” Tucker said.

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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