Ted Ligety

Ted Ligety (wrist) out this weekend

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Olympic giant slalom champion Ted Ligety will miss this weekend’s World Cup races in Lake Louise, Alberta, following wrist surgery last Saturday.

Ligety will miss a downhill Saturday and a super-G Sunday, though he doesn’t normally race downhills anyway.

Ligety is focused on returning for next weekend’s races in Beaver Creek, Colo., U.S. head coach Sasha Rearick said.

The Beaver Creek races include a downhill Dec. 5, super-G on Dec. 6 and a giant slalom on Dec. 7.

Ligety was to be fitted with a splint to wear while skiing and expected to return to skiing in training last Monday, according to his social media.

Ligety got off to a slow start this season, finishing 10th in a giant slalom in Soelden, Austria, on Oct. 26. He had won in Soelden the previous three years. Ligety then finished 18th in a slalom in Levi, Finland, on Nov. 16.

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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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