Vic Wild, Austria’s Dujmovits win in parallel slalom


American-born Russian snowboarder Vic Wild earned his second gold of the Sochi Olympics thanks to thrilling wins in the semifinal and then the Big Final of parallel slalom.

In his semi-final, Wild was down 1.12 seconds to Austria’s Benjamin Karl after the first run, but threw down a blinding second run to defeat Karl by a mere .04 of a second to make his way into the Big Final.

There, he faced Slovenia’s Zan Kosir and managed to take the gold by .11 of a second.

Wild, who became a Russian citizen in 2011 after marrying fellow snowboarder Alena Zavarzina, also won in parallel giant slalom a few days ago; Zavarzina won bronze on the women’s side in that event.

Thanks to today’s events, Wild and Kosir become the first snowboarders to win multiple medals in a single Olympics; Kosir won the bronze in men’s PGS.

In women’s parallel slalom, the day belonged to Julia Dujmovits of Austria after she won over Germany’s Anke Karstens by .12 of a second.

Dujmovits pulled it off despite being seven-tenths of a second down to Karstens after the first run of the Big Final.

Karl and Germany’s Amelie Kober each came away with bronze medals.

Once again, Justin Reiter was the lone American to compete in today’s event. Unfortunately for him, he missed a gate in qualifying and was disqualified.

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1. Vic Wild (RUS), Won Big Final by .11 seconds

2. Zan Kosir (SLO)
3. Benjamin Karl (AUT), Won Big Final by 16.25 seconds

DQ – Justin Reiter (USA)

1. Julia Dujmovits (AUT), Won Big Final by .12 seconds

2. Anke Karstens (GER)
3. Amelie Kober (GER), Won Small Final by .13 seconds

Eliud Kipchoge, two races shy of his target, to make Boston Marathon debut

Eliud Kipchoge Berlin Marathon

World record holder Eliud Kipchoge will race the Boston Marathon for the first time on April 17.

Kipchoge, who at September’s Berlin Marathon lowered his world record by 30 seconds to 2:01:09, has won four of the six annual major marathons — Berlin, Tokyo, London and Chicago.

The 38-year-old Kenyan has never raced Boston, the world’s oldest annual marathon dating to 1897, nor New York City but has repeated in recent years a desire to enter both of them.

Typically, he has run the London Marathon in the spring and the Berlin Marathon in the fall.

Kipchoge’s last race in the U.S. was the 2014 Chicago Marathon, his second of 10 consecutive marathon victories from 2014 through 2019.

He can become the first reigning men’s marathon world record holder to finish the Boston Marathon since South Korean Suh Yun-Bok set a world record of 2:25:39 in Boston in 1947, according to the Boston Athletic Association.

In 2024 in Paris, Kipchoge is expected to race the Olympic marathon and bid to become the first person to win three gold medals in that event.

The Boston Marathon field also includes arguably the second- and third-best men in the world right now — Kipchoge’s Kenyan training partners Evans Chebet and Benson Kipruto. Chebet won Boston and New York City this year. Kipruto won Boston last year and Chicago this year.

American Des Linden, who won Boston in 2018, headlines the women’s field.

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2024 Tour de France to end with Nice time trial due to Paris Olympics

2024 Tour de France Nice

The 2024 Tour de France will end on the French Riviera instead of the French capital because of the Paris Olympics.

The finish of cycling’s marquee race leaves Paris for the first time since 1905.

Tour organizers said on Thursday the last stage of its 111th race will take place in the Mediterranean resort of Nice on July 21. Five days later, Paris opens the Olympics.

Because of security and logistical reasons, the French capital won’t have its traditional Tour finish on the Champs-Elysees. Parting with tradition of a sprint on the Champs-Elysees, the last stage will be an individual time trial along Nice’s famed Promenade des Anglais.

The start of the 2024 race, which will begin for the first time in Italy, was brought forward by one week, a customary change during an Olympic year. The Tour will start on June 29 in Florence.

Nice has hosted the Tour 37 times, including its start twice, in 1981 and in 2020. Two years ago, the start was delayed until Aug. 29 due to lockdowns and travels bans during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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