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Shaun White dominates to win U.S. Open halfpipe

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Shaun White put an exclamation point on a tumultuous season, winning the Burton U.S. Open halfpipe with a first-run score of 95.62 in the finals in Vail, Colo., on Saturday.

White’s run included back-to-back double cork 1080s and a backside double cork 1260. He raised an index finger after reaching the end of his run (video here) and then repeated the score in his second run with back-to-back double cork 1260s.

“I had a crazy season of contests I wanted to do, didn’t go to and other things, other stuff, but it just feels great to be here riding,” White said.

White notched his second win in as many halfpipe contests this season.

The two-time Olympic champion won the Dew Tour Mountain Championships on Dec. 12 in his second competition overall since he finished fourth at the Sochi Olympics. The Dew Tour field included the Sochi gold and silver medalists.

White then expected to compete at the Winter X Games in Aspen in January, but he controversially was not invited after he criticized the X Games in October.

He also missed a January competition in Switzerland, flying home after the death of a friend. He was also committed to X Games Oslo in February but opted not to go after the X Games Aspen controversy.

Then on Friday, White finished 31st out of 31 riders in Vail in his first slopestyle contest since he pulled out on the eve of the discipline’s Olympic debut in Sochi.

On Saturday, White beat a field that included 2014 and 2015 X Games champion Danny Davis and Olympic bronze medalist Taku Hiraoka.

“Rumors were saying I was retiring, but honestly I feel like I’m just getting started,” White said. “Feeling like my old self.”

White said before the U.S. Open he expected to compete in a contest in China later this month.

Earlier Saturday, 15-year-old Chloe Kim won the women’s halfpipe with three-time Olympic medalist Kelly Clark getting third.

Kim also won both X Games contests and the Youth Olympics this year.

VIDEO: White just misses 2002 Olympic team at age 15

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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