Dana Vollmer

Dana Vollmer not retired, returns to practice after childbirth

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Olympic 100m butterfly champion Dana Vollmer, who hasn’t competed since the 2013 World Championships and had a baby boy March 6, said she hasn’t retired and has been back in the water for one and a half months.

“I hated when I saw the rumors that I actually retired,” Vollmer said on Universal Sports at a Pro Swim Series meet in Santa Clara, Calif., on Saturday. “I never did retire. I always wanted to leave it open for myself, and I want to get back into shape. Now it’s one of those things that if I get back in shape, maybe I’ll see what I can go in the pool, but lifestyle-wise, I want to be extremely active with my son and life in general.”

Vollmer, 27, said she has done a few practices with other female swimmers at the University of California.

“I miss it, I miss the thrill and I never thought that I would miss the nerves,” she said. “I want to be back in and feel that thrill.”

Vollmer won the 2012 Olympic 100m butterfly and three Olympic relay golds across two Games. In the 100m fly, Vollmer broke the world record in the 2012 Olympic final.

She last competed at the 2013 World Championships, taking bronze in the 100m fly and gold as part of the medley relay.

Vollmer first competed at the Olympics in 2004, when she was 16, and finished sixth in the 200m freestyle and won gold as part of the U.S. 4x200m free relay team. She failed to qualify for the 2008 Olympics.

Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom, who formerly held the 100m fly world record, has been the world’s fastest woman in the event the last three years.

The top Americans in the 100m fly are Kelsi WorrellKendyl StewartKatie McLaughlin and Claire Donahue. The top two at the 2016 U.S. Olympic trials will earn berths for the Rio Olympics.

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Eliud Kipchoge sets next marathon

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Eliud Kipchoge will race the London Marathon on April 26 before he is expected to defend his Olympic title in Japan on Aug. 9, which would mark the shortest break between marathons of his career.

Kipchoge, who in his last 26.2-mile effort became the first person to break two hours at the distance, won all four of his London Marathon starts, including breaking the course record in 2016 and 2019.

His time this past April 28 — 2:02:37 — is the third-fastest time in history. Kipchoge has the world record of 2:01:39 set at the 2018 Berlin Marathon. His sub-two-hour marathon in Vienna on Oct. 12 was not in a record-eligible race.

Kipchoge’s previous shortest break between marathons came in 2016, when he also ran London and the Olympics. The Olympics will be two weeks earlier in 2020 than in 2016.

Kipchoge, 35, has won 11 of 12 marathons since moving to road racing after failing to make Kenya’s 2012 Olympic track team.

He has yet to race the two most prestigious marathons in the U.S. — Boston and New York City — but has said they are on his bucket list.

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Canadians become first female doubles luge team in World Cup

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WHISTLER, British Columbia (AP) — Caitlin Nash and Natalie Corless made luge history Saturday, becoming the first female team to compete in a World Cup doubles race.

The 16-year-olds from Whistler combined to finish 22nd in a field of 23 sleds, though that seemed largely irrelevant. There have been four-woman teams in what is typically called four-man bobsledding, but luge has never seen a pairing like this until now.

The German sled of Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken won the race in 1 minute, 16.644 seconds. Germany’s Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt finished second and the Russian team of Vsevolod Kashkin and Konstantin Korshunov placed third for their first medal of the season.

The U.S. team of Chris Mazdzer and Jayson Terdiman placed 11th.

But the story was the Canadian teens, who qualified for the World Cup event on Thursday. They were nearly a half-second behind any other finisher and almost 2.7 seconds back of Eggert and Benecken. But they’ll forever be able to say that they were winning the race at one point — a technicality because they were the first ones down the hill at the Whistler Sliding Center, but accurate nonetheless.

The only sled they beat was the Italian team of Ivan Nagler and Fabian Malleier, who crashed in the second heat.

There are women’s singles and men’s singles races on the World Cup luge circuit, but there is no rule saying doubles teams must be composed of two men. There have been more female doubles racers at the junior level in recent years, and it was generally considered to be just a matter of time before it happened at the World Cup level.

That time became Saturday.

Canada had the chance to qualify a second sled into the doubles field because some teams typically on the circuit chose to skip this weekend’s stop, and Nash and Corless got into by successfully finishing a Nations Cup qualifying race on Thursday.

They were 11th in that race out of 11 sleds, more than a full second behind the winner and nearly a half-second behind the closest finisher. But all they had to do was cross the line without crashing to get into Saturday’s competition, and earned their spot in the luge history books as a result.

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