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USA Gymnastics announces Pacific Rim Championships women’s team

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World all-around champion Simone Biles and Olympic team champion Kyla Ross lead the U.S. roster for the Pacific Rim Championships in April.

Biles and Ross will be joined by American Cup winner Elizabeth Price and, in the junior division, Bailie KeyNia Dennis and Norah Flatley.

The men’s senior team of John OrozcoAlex Naddour and Chris Brooks was previously announced.

Biles and Ross, the reigning world all-around gold and silver medalists, missed the American Cup on March 1 due to injuries. Price, an alternate for the 2012 Olympic Team, won the American Cup.

The Pacific Rim Championships are a biennial international competition that includes team, individual all-around and apparatus finals from April 9-12.

Powers China and Japan are also expected to send gymnasts to the competition at the Richmond Olympic Oval, home of speed skating at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

The U.S. women won the 2012 Pacific Rim team title, five months before the London Olympics. Jordyn Wieber won the all-around title, Gabby Douglas won the uneven bars title and Ross won the balance beam.

The U.S. men also won in 2012, with Brooks and 2012 Olympian Sam Mikulak going one-two in the all-around.

Missing from the U.S. squad for the Pacific Rim Championships are veteran Olympic and world medalists McKayla Maroney and Jonathan Horton.

Maroney had knee surgery earlier this month. Horton had surgery at the end of last year.

Douglas and Wieber have not competed since 2012 but have left the door open to return. The other Fierce Five member, Aly Raisman, returned to training last year but has not competed in 2014.

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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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