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Where Meryl Davis, Charlie White stand on possible comeback

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NEW YORK — Meryl Davis and Charlie White are still open to returning to ice dance competition but don’t need to compete next season if they want to make a run for the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics.

“We would probably want to decide at some point during the [2016-17] season, so that we can be basically competitively ready, even if it’s halfway through the season or towards the end of the season,” White said at a Figure Skating in Harlem event on Monday. “Whether we get to any competitions doesn’t, I think, make as big of a difference. As long as we could have been competing. I would say that would probably make the most sense.”

Davis and White have not competed since becoming the first U.S. couple to win an Olympic ice dance title in Sochi.

Meanwhile, their longtime Canadian rivals and former training partners Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir have announced a comeback for the 2016-17 season that begins in late summer/early fall.

Virtue and Moir also have not competed since the Olympics, where they took silver behind the Americans.

Virtue and Moir reportedly mandated last May that they needed to decide before the 2016-17 season if they were coming back, giving them buffer time before the Olympic season.

The return of Virtue of Moir and the evolution and competitiveness of the ice dance field, both internationally and domestically, has no bearing on Davis and White’s plans.

“Whether we come back or not, it’s unrelated to what is definitely a very strong dance field,” White said. “Whether it’s strong or weak, having accomplished what we’ve accomplished and our relationship with the sport, it’s about whether we feel fulfilled with what we’ve accomplished. We’re still figuring that out.”

Davis and White still spend many days together on the ice. They practice and perform for non-competition shows, such as Stars on Ice tours in the U.S. and Japan.

“[Shows are] different enough that we would definitely need a lot of preparation to get back into competition mode,” Davis said. “Despite a lot of preparation that would be needed, we’re still on the ice almost every day and still in fighting shape.”

They just returned from a swing of shows in Japan, begin U.S. stops on Friday in Hershey, Pa., and could do three different tours in Japan again this summer.

“This whole idea of whether or not you come back is completely new to us,” said Davis, pointing out that the longest they were previously out of competition mode was two months in 2004-05 when White broke an ankle. “It’s definitely possible, but we have no idea.”

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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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