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Ashley Wagner, Gracie Gold headline Skate America; No Grand Prix for Adelina Sotnikova

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World silver medalist Ashley Wagner and two-time U.S. champion Gracie Gold headline Skate America, while Olympic champion Adelina Sotnikova will reportedly sit out the 2016-17 Grand Prix figure skating season.

Wagner and Gold will be joined at Skate America by the last two U.S. men’s champions — Adam Rippon and Jason Brown — and the reigning U.S. ice dance and pairs champions in Hoffman Estates, Ill., from Oct. 21-23.

Wagner and Gold will also skate separately in Grand Prix events in China and France in November, looking to qualify for the Grand Prix Final in December.

Entry lists for all six Grand Prix events were published by the International Skating Union on Thursday.

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The biggest non-American news is that Olympic champion Adelina Sotnikova of Russia will not skate in the Grand Prix season for the second time in three years since her gold medal in Sochi.

Sotnikova will sit out but still has training plans, according to R-Sport.

Other Sochi Olympic champions Yevgeny Plushenko and Tatyana Volosozhar and Maksim Trankov of Russia and U.S. ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White are also not competing in the Grand Prix series. Davis and White haven’t competed since becoming the first U.S. Olympic ice dance champs in Sochi but have not retired.

World champion Yevgenia Medvedeva of Russia is entered in Canada, where she will face countrywoman and 2015 World champion Elizaveta Tuktamysheva, and in France, where she will face Gold and three-time world champion Mao Asada of Japan.

The full U.S. entries from U.S. Figure Skating:

Skate America — Hoffman Estates, Illinois — Oct. 21-23
Ladies: Gracie Gold; Ashley Wagner; TBA
Men: Jason Brown; Adam Rippon; TBA
Pairs: Tarah Kayne & Daniel O’Shea; Madeline Aaron & Max Settlage; TBA
Ice dance: Madison Hubbell & Zachary Donohue; Maia Shibutani & Alex Shibutani; TBA

Skate Canada — Mississauga, Ontario — Oct. 28-30
Ladies: Mirai Nagasu
Men: Grant Hochstein; Ross Miner
Pairs: Haven Denney & Brandon Frazier
Ice dance: Madison Chock & Evan Bates; Kaitlin Hawayek & Jean-Luc Baker

Rostelecom Cup — Moscow — Nov. 4-6
Ladies: Polina Edmunds; Courtney Hicks
Men: Max Aaron
Pairs: Alexa Scimeca Knierim & Chris Knierim
Ice dance: Madison Chock & Evan Bates; Elliana Pogrebinsky & Alex Benoit

Trophée de France — Paris — Nov. 11-13
Ladies: Gracie Gold; Tyler Pierce
Men: Nathan Chen; Adam Rippon
Pairs: Marissa Castelli & Mervin Tran
Ice dance: Madison Hubbell & Zachary Donohue

Cup of China — Beijing — Nov. 18-20
Ladies: Karen Chen; Courtney Hicks; Ashley Wagner
Men: Max Aaron; Ross Miner
Pairs: Alexa Scimeca Knierim & Chris Knierim
Ice dance: Anastasia Cannuscio & Colin McManus; Maia Shibutani & Alex Shibutani

NHK Trophy — Sapporo, Japan — Nov. 25-27
Ladies: Karen Chen; Polina Edmunds; Mirai Nagasu
Men: Jason Brown; Nathan Chen; Grant Hochstein
Pairs: Tarah Kayne & Daniel O’Shea
Ice dance: Kaitlin Hawayek & Jean-Luc Baker

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Jordan Wilimovsky qualifies for Tokyo Olympics in open-water swimming

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Open-water swimmer Jordan Wilimovsky is the first male athlete on the 2020 U.S. Olympic team.

Wilimovsky, who placed fourth and fifth in two distance events at the 2016 Rio Games, joined fellow open-water swimmers Haley Anderson and Ashley Twichell in qualifying for Tokyo via the world championships in Gwangju, South Korea.

Wilimovsky, 25, placed fifth in the 10km event on Tuesday. Anderson and Twichell were second and sixth in the women’s 10km on Sunday. Top-10 finishers at worlds qualified for Tokyo.

German Florian Wellbrock won by two tenths of a second over French Olympic bronze medalist Marc-Antoine Olivier after 1 hour, 47 minutes in the water. Wilimovsky led with 600 meters left. Olympic 1500m freestyle champion Gregorio Paltrinieri also qualified for Tokyo in the open-water 10km by finishing sixth.

The other American, David Heron, was 25th, missing the Olympic team, but he can try again in the 1500m free in the pool at the Olympic trials next June.

Wilimovsky missed a medal in the Rio Olympic 1500m in the pool by 4.17 seconds, taking fourth. Three days later, he was fifth in the open-water 10km, 1.2 seconds out of bronze.

Wilimovsky, a Malibu native who redshirted at Northwestern to train for Rio, earned gold and silver in the 10km at the 2015 and 2017 World Championships.

A U.S. man has never earned an Olympic open-water medal. The event debuted at Beijing 2008.

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Ted Ligety scales back race schedule

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Two-time Olympic champion Ted Ligety is scaling back his race schedule as he enters the final portion of his decorated Alpine skiing career.

Ligety, a 34-year-old who has endured many injuries since his last World Cup win in 2015, said he will race strictly giant slaloms this year. The World Cup season starts in late October.

“So it’ll be a little bit easier schedule on my body,” Ligety said in a KPCW radio interview in his native Park City, Utah. “I’ll be able to be home a little bit more as well, and then we see. I mean, I would like to keep going as long as I feel like I can win races and feel healthy. That’s really the biggest part, and nowadays I have a 2-year-old son, and there’s more factors than there was when I was 25 years old.”

Ligety, nicknamed “Mr. GS” for his giant slalom prowess, has a 2014 Olympic gold medal and three world titles in that event.

He also owns an Olympic combined title from 2006 and world titles in the super-G and combined from 2013, but he hasn’t won a race in one of those disciplines since January 2014. And since then, he has undergone back and knee surgeries and dealt with hip problems.

“There’s a lot of hard miles on my body up to this point, but I’m still enjoying it,” said Ligety, whose 321 World Cup starts are the most among active Olympic medalists now that Lindsey Vonn and Aksel Lund Svindal have retired. “Right now, I feel really healthy and trying to get to a point where I feel I can win races. That’s the goal right now.”

Ligety, a four-time Olympian, has not publicly committed to a 2022 Olympic run.

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