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Meryl Davis, Charlie White talk dancing, celebrities, 2018 on Ellen (video)

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What’s more intimidating than skating for Olympic gold?

“Having a photo shoot immediately following Heidi Klum,” Meryl Davis said on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” this week.

The Olympic ice dancing champions Davis and Charlie White recounted stories from attending the Oscars, when they also made it to the Vanity Fair party with celebrities, including DeGeneres, who hosted the Oscars.

“All the most famous people you can imagine, so we’re trying to play it cool,” White said. “We don’t want to take any pics. Then I saw Bill Murray. I was like, yeah, I’ve got to take a picture with Bill Murray.”

Davis’ celebrity encounter came in a bathroom.

“I was washing my hands in the bathroom, and I looked up and Selena Gomez was standing on my right and Zooey Deschanel was standing on my left,” Davis said. “They were just having a conversation. I was like, ‘Yeah, that’s cool.'”

The Klum story occurred at a Vanity Fair photo shoot.

“They said, ‘Come on in, [Klum] is finishing up,'” Davis said. “They said, ‘OK, you guys are next.’ The only thing more terrifying than the Olympic Games is having a photo shoot immediately following Heidi Klum.”

“I didn’t look at her face,” White said. “I was intimidated. I regret that now.”

Davis and White also discussed going on “Dancing with the Stars.” White had the highest score on Monday’s season debut, while Davis tied for third in the 12-team field.

Davis said they had not decided yet if they will try for the 2018 Olympics, where they could become the second ice dance couple to win back-to-back gold medals.

“For the first time, I think we’re really allowing ourselves to be in the moment,” Davis said. “We’ll decide later on.”

DeGeneres said she hoped they would go for Pyeongchang, and then gave the dancers a special gift — ballroom dancing shoes with skate blades fixed to the bottom.

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2022 Pan Pacific Championships canceled as swimming calendar shifts

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The Pan Pacific Swimming Championships, a quadrennial major international meet, will not be held in 2022 “out of respect for the recent changes to the international sporting calendar,” according to a press release.

The Pan Pacs’ charter nations — the U.S., Australia, Canada and Japan — agreed to the move. The 2026 event will be held in Canada, which was supposed to be the 2022 host.

The decision came after the 2021 World Championships were moved to May 2022, following the Tokyo Olympics moving from 2020 to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The quadrennial multi-sport Commonwealth Games — which includes Australia and Canada, but not the U.S. or Japan — are scheduled for July 27-Aug. 7, 2022.

“Organizing a third major championships in that window presented several challenges,” according to the Pan Pacs release.

Pan Pacs mark the third-biggest major international meet for U.S. swimmers, held in non-Olympic, non-world championships years.

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Boston Marathon canceled for first time after 123 years; virtual event planned

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The Boston Marathon, held every year since 1897, has been canceled as an in-person event for the first time. It will be held as a virtual race instead due to the coronavirus.

“While we cannot bring the world to Boston in September, we plan to bring Boston to the world for an historic 124th Boston Marathon,” Boston Athletic Association (BAA) CEO Tom Grilk said in a press release.

The world’s oldest annual marathon had been postponed from April 20 to Sept. 14, it was announced March 13.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said he first considered canceling the postponed marathon during a coronavirus surge in April.

“We were maxed out in our hospital emergency rooms,” Walsh said Thursday. “I realized that the downside of the curve, which we were on, the backside of the curve, is going to be going for some time. The concern of a second surge made me have some real reservations about can we have the marathon or not.”

Walsh said experts said a potential second surge would be between August and October. He held out hope to hold the race until talking with the BAA last week.

All participants originally registered for Boston will be offered a full refund of their entry fee and have the opportunity to participate in the virtual alternative, which can be run between Sept. 7-14.

More details, including entry information, will be announced in the coming weeks.

It’s the biggest alteration to the Boston Marathon, which was inspired by the marathon’s debut at the first modern Olympics in 1896. Previously, the biggest change came in 1918, the last year of World War I. The marathon was still held on Patriots’ Day in April but as a 10-man military relay race.

The original 2020 Boston elite fields included two-time U.S. Olympian Des Linden, the 2018 Boston winner who was fourth at the Feb. 29 Olympic Trials, where the top three earned Olympic spots.

London is the world’s other major spring marathon. It was rescheduled from April 27 to Oct. 4. Its original fields for April were headlined by the two fastest men in history — Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge and Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele. It’s unknown if they will remain in the field, should London happen.

The fall major marathon schedule

Boston — Sept. 7-14 (virtual event)
Berlin — TBD (will not be held as planned on Sept. 27)
London — Oct. 4
Chicago — Oct. 11
New York City — Nov. 1

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