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Shani Davis will retire if results don’t improve

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Shani Davis said he will retire from speed skating next season if he can’t perform better on the World Cup circuit.

Davis, 32 and a four-time Olympic medalist, hasn’t finished better than third in 16 World Cup races this season, according to Speedskatingstats.com.

“If I can’t fix this by next year, I’m going to stop,” Davis told Dutch broadcaster NOS. “I’m not a middle-type-of-the-pack skater. If I’m not competitive with the rest of the world, and I’m sixth and seventh and eighth, whatever, then it’s not for me. I can happily move on.”

At the Sochi Olympics, Davis finished eighth and 11th in the 1000m and 1500m, after winning gold and silver medals in those distances in 2006 and 2010. The entire U.S. long track speed skating team struggled in Sochi, winning zero medals.

Davis, long known for training largely on his own, said he’s open to joining a speed skating team.

“In the past, I was able to do it by myself,” Davis said. “I was a true phenom talent. I think if I was younger, it’s possible for me to do it by myself. But, the way things are now, it’s really difficult. I would need some more structure, some more training partners and things like that.”

Davis will compete in the World Single Distance Championships in the Netherlands this weekend.

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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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