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Nancy Kerrigan finds new passion in figure skating

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NEW YORK — Nancy Kerrigan‘s laced up ice skates and performed on rinks more often this year than in any in her husband’s recent memory.

And she’s going to stay busy.

Kerrigan, 46, will be the main choreographer for an event for the first time at the Skate Niagara Ice Show in Saint Catherines, Ontario, on Feb. 26, husband and agent Jerry Solomon said Tuesday.

“It’s been nice for her to start to ease into doing something else, because she’s not going to skate forever, but she does feel, and this is probably a big reason why she still is skating, she does feel a big responsibility to continue to give back to the sport and to be visible because the sport hasn’t been as strong in the United States over the last several years, as it certainly was when she was competing,” Solomon said.

Kerrigan performed Tuesday at the Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park tree lighting ceremony, under chilly rain in Manhattan along with U.S. Olympic champions Brian BoitanoMeryl Davis and Charlie White and two-time U.S. Olympian Johnny Weir.

That came after a three-week, 15-city Halloween on Ice tour across the Northeast and Midwest. It’s put on by Solomon’s StarGames production company.

“I love doing skating shows where there’s some sort of story involved,” said Kerrigan, who joined Twitter in May and has performed as a vampire with fangs during the Halloween tour. “I’ve done shows for the last bunch of years, different shows here or there, maybe one or two or five, depends, but I haven’t done a tour. Just sort of one-off things. Why? Because I’m a mom, and I have three kids.

“We’ve talked about Halloween [on Ice] again next year, we’ve talked about doing that, but there aren’t many tours out there anymore.”

The year has been busier for Kerrigan, mostly because the off-and-on annual Halloween on Ice production turned into a larger tour.

“Fifteen [shows] might be one or two too many,” Solomon said. “I think everybody was pretty beat up by the time the tour was over.”

But the two-time Olympic medalist is enthused about choreography.

“Which she’s never really done before,” Solomon said. “She worked very closely with [four-time Canadian World champion] Kurt Browning on Halloween on Ice [choreography]. She was involved in a little bit of some of the choreography here [at Bryant Park].”

Solomon didn’t rule out Kerrigan crossing over into helping current competitive skaters with their programs.

“Maybe, but I think that her feeling is that in order to do that, she has to be really up on the rules, and I don’t know that she’s going to have that level of desire,” he said. “She, I think, likes more so the creative side of what it is that we do when we produce these shows.”

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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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