Lindsey Jacobellis

Lindsey Jacobellis ready to ‘start fresh’ this season

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NEW YORK — Lindsey Jacobellis said she has more to give to snowboard cross, and that may include a trip to a fourth Olympics in 2018.

“The sport is constantly evolving, and it’s something that I still want to be a part of and I love doing,” Jacobellis said last week at the Times Square premiere of “SBX the Movie,” a snowboard documentary she played a role in. “It’s definitely not, oh, this didn’t work out, just bag it and scrap it and do something else. I know I have more life in this sport. I don’t want to just stop for any apparent reason. I want to almost do it until I cannot do it anymore, physically.”

Jacobellis, 29, was eliminated in the semifinals at a second straight Olympics in Sochi, another disappointment for arguably the greatest female rider in the sport’s short history.

She is best known for leading near the end of the first Olympic snowboard cross final in 2006, falling on a trick move and settling for a silver medal in Torino.

She feels more relaxed coming out of the Sochi Winter Games than four and eight years ago.

“There’s not that same disappointment from when I was very young, after 2006, and then the ‘redemption’ [uses air quotes] all about 2010 and that didn’t go through,” said Jacobellis, who has said she probably would have retired had she won gold in 2006. “This is moreso about, it didn’t happen, but moving on and onto the next.”

Jacobellis also owns the X Games female record of eight gold medals, three World Championship gold medals and two World Cup season crowns.

“It would be nice to get those titles again,” she said going into this season, which begins with a World Cup in Austria in December.

Jacobellis doesn’t have the increased commitments of an Olympic season, nor the obstacles she had for most of 2012 and 2013, coming back from major knee surgeries.

The Vermont native spent this past summer moving into a new home in California, surfing and then training in Argentina with countryman Hagen Kearney, an old coach and new boards.

She’s taking it easy.

“It’s good to have that balance because the Olympic year is always so intense,” Jacobellis said. “To tone it down a notch and remember why you love the sport. It makes you kind of start fresh going into another season.”

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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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