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Gus Kenworthy just misses first X Games title

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Gus Kenworthy had the best ski halfpipe run of his life Thursday, but it wasn’t enough for his first X Games title.

Kenworthy, the Olympic ski slopestyle silver medalist who came out in October, had the second- and third-best scores of the night on the first two of his three runs at X Games in Aspen, Colo.

But the final skier, France’s Kevin Rolland, overtook Kenworthy with a 93.33-point third run (video). Full results are here.

“So much pressure, but I think I’m used to it,” Rolland, the Olympic bronze medalist and 2010 and 2011 X Games champion, said on ESPN. “I’m just shocked right now.”

Earlier, Kenworthy scored 91.33 points in the first of three runs and 92.33 in his second (video).

“Got a big weight off my shoulders, and oh my god I’m emotional,” Kenworthy said on ESPN after his second run. “That was honestly the best run I’ve ever done.”

It nearly held up against a field that included Olympic champion and three-time X Games champion David Wise, who was competing after separating his collarbone in a crash last week. Wise placed eighth, the worst X Games finish of his career.

Kenworthy, 24, came into Aspen with one previous X Games medal, a ski slopestyle bronze at Winter X Games Europe in Tignes, France in 2013.

His best previous X Games halfpipe finish was fifth in 2015. He missed making the Sochi Olympic team in ski halfpipe, after he had already clinched a ski slopestyle spot.

Kenworthy is also slated for the ski slopestyle event in Aspen on Sunday. He is the two-time reigning Dew Tour Mountain Championships ski slopestyle champion.

MORE: Shaun White to miss X Games Aspen, signs up for another event

Genzebe Dibaba, 1500m world record holder, to miss world championships

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Genzebe Dibaba, the 1500m world record holder, will miss the world track and field championships that start next week due to a right foot injury, according to her agency.

The Ethiopian Dibaba lowered the 1500m world record to 3:50.07 in 2015, then won the world title a month later. Kenyan Faith Kipyegon relegated her to silver at the Rio Olympics. Dibaba was last in the 12-woman final at the 2017 Worlds, then withdrew from the 5000m at that meet, citing illness.

Dibaba’s absence further opens the door for Americans Shelby Houlihan (second-fastest in the world last year) and Jenny Simpson, the Olympic bronze medalist and 2017 World silver medalist.

Ethiopian-born Dutchwoman Sifan Hassan is fastest in the world this year and broke the mile world record on July 12. Hassan has range from 800m through 10,000m, and it’s not guaranteed she will contest the 1500m in Doha starting with the first round Oct. 2.

The event is already lacking Caster Semenya, the two-time Olympic 800m champion who took bronze in her world 1500m debut in 2017. Semenya is excluded from races from 400m through the mile under the IAAF’s new rule capping testosterone in those events.

MORE: U.S. roster for track and field worlds

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How to watch, stream U.S. International Classic on NBC Sports Gold

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The U.S. International Figure Skating Classic gets underway in Salt Lake City, Utah this weekend and NBC Sports Gold’s “Figure Skating Pass” will be live streaming all of the action.

The event is the third stop of the ISU’s Challenger Series and often serves as a warm-up for Grand Prix events for skaters, which start in October.

The men’s field is headlined by world bronze medalist and 2018 Olympian Vincent Zhou, joined by the 2019 world junior bronze medalist in the ladies’ event, Ting Cui. Reigning U.S. pairs champions Ashley Cain-Gribble and Timothy LeDuc will make their season debut in Salt Lake. And in ice dance, Four Continents gold medalists Madison Chock and Evan Bates are slated to compete.

Check out the schedule below (all times Eastern):

Friday, Sept. 19

8:30 p.m.: Pairs’ short program (LINK)

10 p.m.: Men’s short program (LINK)

Saturday, Sept. 20

4:30 p.m.: Rhythm dance (LINK)

6:15 p.m.: Ladies’ short program (LINK)

8:35 p.m.: Pairs’ short program (LINK)

10:30 p.m.: Men’s free skate (LINK)

Sunday, Sept. 21

6:25 p.m.: Free dance (LINK)

8:15 p.m.: Ladies’ free skate (LINK)

MORE: Vincent Zhou to attend Brown University, details new skating situation

As a reminder, you can watch the events from the 2019-20 figure skating season live and on-demand with the ‘Figure Skating Pass’ on NBC Sports Gold. Go to to sign up for access to every ISU Grand Prix and championship event, as well as domestic U.S. Figure Skating events throughout the season. NBC Sports Gold gives subscribers an unprecedented level of access on more platforms and devices than ever before.

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