Julia Krass

Olympic skier Julia Krass wins high school soccer state title

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Olympian Julia Krass owns a heavy basket full of all her slopestyle skiing medals. She can add a new medal to the collection after helping her high school soccer team to a state championship Sunday.

Krass, who finished 11th in ski slopestyle’s debut at the Sochi Olympics, and the Hanover High School girls soccer team won the New Hampshire Division II title.

The biggest difference between the high school soccer championship and the Olympics was the team aspect, Krass said.

“I was with all my good friends I was playing soccer with the past 10 years or so,” she said in a phone interview Tuesday. “We had finally gotten to the top with each other, whereas skiing is more individual.”

The 17-year-old senior made it a habit of wearing a long-sleeve shirt in the state tournament that she also wore as part of her Team USA uniform at the Sochi Opening Ceremony.

Krass attended Hanover as a freshman and sophomore and switched to online classes last year as she trained for the Olympics. She was still eligible to play for the team and didn’t give it up, even though ski coaches told her to focus solely on her Olympic sport.

Krass was on the Hanover team that lost in the state tournament first round two years ago and the semifinals last year.

Krass has already switched her focus back to skiing. She’s preparing for her post-Olympic season debut at the Dew Tour Mountain Championships in Breckenridge, Colo., in December.

Krass expects to finish her online classes next spring. She’s applying to the University of Utah, Dartmouth and Westminster College (Utah), three popular schools among skiers that allow them to keep training easily.

Krass’ year also included a trip to the White House with the U.S. Olympic team in April. President Barack Obama joked about her being one of the youngest U.S. Olympic team members.

“You’re 16, and you already went to the Olympics, what are you supposed to do now?’ Obama told her. “I guess the same thing as me when I get out of the White House. There’s not much more to look forward to.”

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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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