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Molly Huddle says 2017 may be her last track season

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Two-time U.S. Olympian Molly Huddle will head into the unknown on Nov. 6, when she runs her first 26.2-mile race at the New York City Marathon.

Huddle’s schedule later in the 2020 Olympic cycle is a little unclear as well.

What’s for sure is that Huddle will not race a spring marathon and plans a track season in 2017, hopefully peaking at the world championships in London in August.

Huddle said it *could* be her last track season.

“I hope to run the Olympic Trials for the marathon in 2020,” Huddle said Tuesday. “That process kind of starts now.”

Huddle, 32, owns the American 10,000m record, set while finishing sixth at the Rio Olympics in 30:13.17. She also held the American 5000m record for six years until Shannon Rowbury snatched it Sept. 9.

Huddle said she doesn’t expect in 2020 to attempt what Galen Rupp did this year, trying to make the Olympic team in the marathon and a track event or two. But she didn’t rule it out, either.

She also hasn’t set a goal for New York next month, the most anticipated marathon debut by a U.S. woman since Shalane Flanagan in 2010.

“I haven’t pinpointed a hard time or place for what I would define as successful,” Huddle said. “I want to feel like I paced myself appropriately and used my energy as efficiently as I could, not to hit that wall. Those are all things I’m going to have to figure out.”

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Tahiti chosen for Olympic surfing competition at 2024 Paris Games

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Paris 2024 Olympic organizers want the surfing competition to be held in Tahiti, an island in French Polynesia that is about 9,800 miles from Paris.

It would break the record for the farthest Olympic medal competition to be held outside the host. In 1956, equestrian events were moved out of Melbourne due to quarantine laws and held five months earlier in Stockholm, some 9,700 miles away.

The Paris 2024 executive board approved the site Thursday — specifically, the village of Teahupo’o — and will propose it to the IOC. It beat out other applicants Biarritz, Lacanau, Les Landes and La Torche, all part of mainland France.

Surfing will debut at the 2020 Tokyo Games but is not on the permanent Olympic program. Surfing was among sports added to the Paris 2024 program in June and could be added for the 2028 Los Angeles Games.

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Adam Jones, five-time MLB All-Star, becomes Olympic eligible

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Should the U.S. qualify for baseball’s Olympic return, a five-time MLB All-Star could be eligible for its roster in Tokyo. And he has interest.

Outfielder Adam Jones signed with the Orix Buffaloes of Japan’s domestic league, which, unlike MLB, will take an Olympic break next summer to allow players to take part in the first Olympic baseball tournament in 12 years.

Jones, 34, made no mention of Olympic eligibility in a social media post announcing the signing. His Instagram avatar is a photo of him in a Team USA jersey from the World Baseball Classic.

Jones’ agent later said that Jones does have interest in playing for the U.S. in Tokyo, should an American team qualify in the spring.

“To play over in Japan has always been a desire of Adam’s, and the timing worked out that the Olympics happens to be played in Tokyo the first year of his contract,” Jones’ agent wrote in an email. “It wasn’t one of the factors on his decision BUT more of a [sic] addition to the overall package to decide to go.”

Jones called being part of the U.S.’ 2017 WBC title, “probably the best experience of my life so far, especially with sports,” according to The Associated Press. He was one of five players to be on the U.S. team at each of the last two World Baseball Classics.

The U.S. still faces a difficult task to qualify for the Tokyo Games. It lost to Mexico last month in its first of up to three chances at qualifying tournaments, using a roster of mostly double-A and triple-A caliber players.

Major Leaguers are not expected to be made available for qualifying or for the Tokyo Games.

The next two qualifying tournaments will be in late March (an Americas qualifier in Arizona) and early April (a final, global qualifying event in Chinese Taipei). It remains to be seen how MLB clubs will go about releasing minor leaguers for a tournament that will take place during spring training.

Jones could become the third player with prior MLB All-Star experience to compete at the Olympics from any nation, joining Australian catcher Dave Nilsson and Canadian pitcher Jason Dickson.

Jones made five All-Star teams during an 11-year stint with the Baltimore Orioles from 2008-18 before playing for the Arizona Diamondbacks last season.

Many players competed at the Olympics before making an MLB All-Star team, including Stephen Strasburg and Jason Giambi.

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