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Sullivan Award nominees announced

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Olympic champions David Boudia and Katie Ledecky were among 19 nominees for the Sullivan Award announced Monday.

Boudia, 24, became the first U.S. Olympic men’s diving gold medalist in 20 years when he won the platform in London in 2012. The swimmer Ledecky, 16, broke Janet Evans‘ American record in winning the 800m freestyle at the London Games.

The Sullivan Award honors the nation’s outstanding amateur athlete for 2013, so Boudia and Ledecky’s Olympic successes shouldn’t factor in.

They did, however, perform well at the 2013 World Championships. Boudia won silver in the platform, and Ledecky won four gold medals and was named the female swimmer of the meet in Barcelona.

Olympians or Paralympians won the Sullivan Award nine of the last 13 years, including swimmer Missy Franklin last year.

Public voting here through March 23 will account for one-third of an athlete’s overall score to determine the winner.

Three finalists will be named no later than March 28. The winner will be announced April 11 in Orlando, Fla.

Here’s the full list of 19 nominees:

Ashley Bishop, Baton Twirling
Blake Bortles, Football
David Boudia, Diving
Liz Brenner, Volleyball/Basketball/Track and Field
Rachel Fattal, Water Polo
Joy Woog-Garvey, Inline Hockey
Bria Hartley, Basketball
Robert Herbst Powerlifting
Alex Johnson, Volleyball
Katie Ledecky, Swimming
Tre Mason, Football
A.J. McCarron, Football
Cory McGee, Track and Field
John Michael Nagel, Taekwondo
Kelsey Robinson, Volleyball
Jude Schimmel, Basketball
Shoni Schimmel, Basketball
John Urschel, Football
Alli Williams, Basketball

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Eliud Kipchoge sets next marathon

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Eliud Kipchoge will race the London Marathon on April 26 before he is expected to defend his Olympic title in Japan on Aug. 9, which would mark the shortest break between marathons of his career.

Kipchoge, who in his last 26.2-mile effort became the first person to break two hours at the distance, won all four of his London Marathon starts, including breaking the course record in 2016 and 2019.

His time this past April 28 — 2:02:37 — is the third-fastest time in history. Kipchoge has the world record of 2:01:39 set at the 2018 Berlin Marathon. His sub-two-hour marathon in Vienna on Oct. 12 was not in a record-eligible race.

Kipchoge’s previous shortest break between marathons came in 2016, when he also ran London and the Olympics. The Olympics will be two weeks earlier in 2020 than in 2016.

Kipchoge, 35, has won 11 of 12 marathons since moving to road racing after failing to make Kenya’s 2012 Olympic track team.

He has yet to race the two most prestigious marathons in the U.S. — Boston and New York City — but has said they are on his bucket list.

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Canadians become first female doubles luge team in World Cup

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WHISTLER, British Columbia (AP) — Caitlin Nash and Natalie Corless made luge history Saturday, becoming the first female team to compete in a World Cup doubles race.

The 16-year-olds from Whistler combined to finish 22nd in a field of 23 sleds, though that seemed largely irrelevant. There have been four-woman teams in what is typically called four-man bobsledding, but luge has never seen a pairing like this until now.

The German sled of Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken won the race in 1 minute, 16.644 seconds. Germany’s Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt finished second and the Russian team of Vsevolod Kashkin and Konstantin Korshunov placed third for their first medal of the season.

The U.S. team of Chris Mazdzer and Jayson Terdiman placed 11th.

But the story was the Canadian teens, who qualified for the World Cup event on Thursday. They were nearly a half-second behind any other finisher and almost 2.7 seconds back of Eggert and Benecken. But they’ll forever be able to say that they were winning the race at one point — a technicality because they were the first ones down the hill at the Whistler Sliding Center, but accurate nonetheless.

The only sled they beat was the Italian team of Ivan Nagler and Fabian Malleier, who crashed in the second heat.

There are women’s singles and men’s singles races on the World Cup luge circuit, but there is no rule saying doubles teams must be composed of two men. There have been more female doubles racers at the junior level in recent years, and it was generally considered to be just a matter of time before it happened at the World Cup level.

That time became Saturday.

Canada had the chance to qualify a second sled into the doubles field because some teams typically on the circuit chose to skip this weekend’s stop, and Nash and Corless got into by successfully finishing a Nations Cup qualifying race on Thursday.

They were 11th in that race out of 11 sleds, more than a full second behind the winner and nearly a half-second behind the closest finisher. But all they had to do was cross the line without crashing to get into Saturday’s competition, and earned their spot in the luge history books as a result.

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