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International Sailing Federation CEO resigns

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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The International Sailing Federation announced Wednesday that CEO Peter Sowrey has resigned after just five months on the job.

ISAF, tasked with staging an Olympic regatta in the sewage-infested waters in Rio de Janeiro in eight months, didn’t offer an explanation other than that Sowrey “has now decided to pursue other challenges suited to his background.”

Federation spokesman Malcolm Page didn’t return an email seeking further comment.

W. Scott Perry, a member of ISAF’s executive committee, declined comment, referring questions to an outside agency.

That agency simply repeated what was in the ISAF statement.

On Wednesday, The Associated Press released results of a new round of testing that shows Rio’s Olympic waterways are as rife with pathogens far offshore as they are nearer land, where raw sewage flows into them from fetid rivers and storm drains. That means there is no dilution factor in the bay or lagoon where events will take place and no less risk to the health of athletes like sailors competing farther from the shore.

Perry told the AP in mid-September that it was impossible to move the venue but that ISAF was “regularly monitoring the situation and any efforts to improve the water. Be assured that the water quality in Guanabara Bay is of great concern to us.”

Sailors have put on brave faces about competing in Rio.

But at least one became seriously ill after a test regatta in August. Erik Heil of Germany was treated at a Berlin hospital for MRSA, a flesh-eating bacteria, after that regatta.

Besides dealing with the Rio sewage issue, ISAF has been criticized by several sailors and others in the sailing community for the actions of its international jury before the 2013 America’s Cup. The jury handed down the harshest penalties in America’s Cup history in a cheating scandal involving Oracle Team USA.

One sailor took his case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which found fault with both the sailor and ISAF. CAS suggested that the governing body make several changes to its disciplinary process.

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Justin Schoenefeld gets U.S.’ first men’s aerials World Cup win in 4 years

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Justin Schoenefeld ended a four-year U.S. men’s aerials drought with his first World Cup win Saturday in Belarus.

Schoenfeld, 21, hit a double full-full-full in the super final to beat a field that included world champion Maxim Burov of Russia. Burov was fourth, one spot behind another American, Chris Lillis. Full results are here.

“I’m pretty speechless right now,” Schoenefeld said, according to U.S. Ski & Snowboard. “I’m just shocked. It just all came so quick, all of a sudden the two finals were over, and I was on top of the podium. I probably landed two of my training jumps yesterday, but I managed to land all of my comp jumps down to my feet.”

Schoenefeld’s best previous World Cup finish was fourth, in Belarus last season.

Lillis earned the U.S.’ last World Cup men’s aerials victory on Feb. 20, 2016, also in Belarus. The four-year gap between wins marked the longest for the U.S. men since aerials was added as an Olympic medal sport in 1994.

Schoenefeld also became the first American of either gender to win a World Cup aerials event in two years, since Kiley McKinnon on Jan. 6, 2018. That gap was the longest for the U.S. since 2005.

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Kaillie Humphries wins bobsled world title in first season for U.S.

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Two-time Olympic champion Kaillie Humphries won a bobsled world title in her first season since switching allegiance from Canada to the U.S., ending recent German dominance.

Humphries, with brakewoman Lauren Gibbs, edged German junior world champ Kim Kalicki by .37 of a second combining times from four runs between Friday and Saturday in Altenberg, Germany.

“I love this track. It’s very challenging, one of the hardest in the world,” Humphries said, according to U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton. “It demands a lot of focus, a lot of respect every minute you’re on that track. So to be able to win here, I know the Germans and the spectators, everybody, have worked so hard and this week, no exceptions. I’m proud of all of the girls.”

Canadian Christine de Bruin took bronze for a second straight year. Full results are here.

Humphries, who married a former U.S. bobsledder, was released by Canada in September after filing verbal abuse and harassment claims against a coach, saying she no longer felt safe with the program. As a Canadian, Humphries won 2010 and 2014 Olympic titles, plus 2012 and 2013 World titles.

Humphries joined German Sandra Kiriasis as the only female drivers to win three world titles. She is already the only female driver with multiple Olympic titles.

German Mariama Jamanka, the reigning Olympic champion and defending world champion, finished fourth in Altenberg.

Triple U.S. Olympic medalist Elana Meyers Taylor didn’t compete as she sits out the season due to pregnancy. Meyers Taylor and Gibbs teamed for silver in PyeongChang.

The world championships continue Sunday with the conclusion of the two-man competition. German Francesco Friedrich, eyeing his sixth straight world title, leads after the first two of four runs.

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