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Wladimir Klitschko will look into Olympics after Tyson Fury rematch

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Wladimir Klitschko and Tyson Fury still have no rematch date, but the Ukrainian gold medalist is not ready to give up on what could come after that fight, a possible return to the Olympics.

If it’s feasible, Klitschko will look into competing at the Rio Olympics in August after the Fury bout, one of his representatives said, confirming German media reports in the last week.

Right now, Klitschko is not eligible for the Olympics. Even if star professional boxers are made eligible, as the sport’s international governing body has discussed, waiting until after fighting Fury later this spring (or even early summer) could be too late to be selected for the Rio Games.

In Klitschko’s previous comments in February, the news that star professional boxers could be made Olympic eligible made no impact on the 1996 Olympic champion.

“I have always said that I would love to participate again in the Olympic Games, but right now I’m only focusing on my rematch with Tyson Fury,” Klitschko said in an emailed comment from one of his representatives in February.

Fury defeated Klitschko by unanimous decision on Nov. 28, the Ukrainian’s first loss in more than 11 years.

Klitschko, 39, said in February 2015 that he “would love to participate” in Olympic boxing if made eligible, calling it “a dream.”

“Any other sport, they can play professionally [and play in the Olympics],” Klitschko said last year. “It’s a shame for boxing that professional boxers cannot perform in the Olympics.”

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First Olympic women’s aerials champion Cheryazova dies at 50

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MOSCOW (AP) Lina Cheryazova, the first woman to win an Olympic aerials skiing gold medal, has died. She was 50.

Officials in the Russian city of Novosibirsk, where Cheryazova was living for the last two decades, said she died “following a lengthy illness,” without giving further details.

Competing for Uzbekistan, Cheryazova won gold with a triple flip when aerials skiing debuted on the Olympic program in 1994 in Lillehammer.

Shortly after winning, she learned her mother died three weeks before.

Cheryazova’s career was derailed later that year when she suffered a serious head injury while training in the United States, and spent days in a coma. She retired after failing to qualify for the 1998 Winter Olympics.

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Clare Egan notches first World Cup podium in biathlon season finale

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In the final biathlon event of the 2018-19 season, American Clare Egan recorded her first career World Cup podium finish, placing third in the mass start in Oslo, Norway. She hit 19 of 20 targets and crossed the finish line 10.4 seconds behind winner Hanna Oberg of Sweden. Norway’s Tiril Eckhoff finished second.

Egan, 31, made her Olympic debut at the 2018 PyeongChang Games, but considered retiring from biathlon at the end of the last season. “I decided that I wanted to do one more year, just for fun, just to see how much I could learn and how good a biathlete I could become,” Egan said in a U.S. Biathlon press release.

Her decision to continue has paid off: since the start of the 2018-19 season, Egan has posted the top eight finishes of her career (including three top-10 results). She concludes the season ranked 18th in the overall World Cup standings.

“I skied much faster this year than I have in the past and I think that was due to finally finding a good balance in my training, between working hard and resting. I did not train more, but the quality was much higher. I’m very excited for the next season,” Egan told U.S. Biathlon.