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Boston Marathon field includes 5 of 6 U.S. marathoners from Rio

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Galen Rupp will run his third career marathon in Boston on April 17, and he’ll be joined by four other members of the U.S. Olympic marathon team from Rio.

All three 2016 U.S. Olympic men’s marathoners — Rupp, Meb Keflezighi and Jared Ward — are in the Boston Marathon field. As are two of the three female Olympians — Shalane Flanagan and Desi Linden.

The only member of the 2016 U.S. Olympic marathon team not in the Boston field is Olympic Trials winner Amy Cragg.

Rupp, 30, will debut in the world’s oldest annual 26.2-mile race after winning the Olympic Trials in Los Angeles on Feb. 13 and taking bronze in the Olympic marathon on Aug. 21. Rupp posted the two fastest marathon times by an American in 2016 after never racing longer than a half marathon before this year.

Keflezighi, the 2014 Boston winner, was previously announced for next year’s field. It will mark the 41-year-old’s fifth and final Boston Marathon as an elite racer.

Ward, who finished sixth in Rio, will make his Boston Marathon debut.

Flanagan, a four-time Olympian who finished sixth in the Rio women’s marathon, will race Boston for the fourth time in five years. Her best Boston finish was fourth in 2013, the year the race was rocked by twin bombings.

Linden, seventh in Rio, was the last U.S. woman to make the Boston podium, finishing second in 2011, two seconds behind Kenyan winner Caroline Kilel.

Flanagan and Linden are the second- and fifth-fastest U.S. women’s marathoners of all time.

The Americans will face an international field that includes 2016 Boston winners Atsede Baysa and Lemi Berhanu Hayle of Ethiopia as well as past winners Wesley Korir of Kenya, Buzunesh Deba of Ethiopia and Caroline Rotich of Kenya.

The full elite international field is expected to be announced in January.

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*Correction: An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated Keflezighi won the 2013 Boston Marathon. He won in 2014.

Hayley Wickenheiser is 7th woman elected to Hockey Hall of Fame

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Hayley Wickenheiser, arguably the greatest female hockey player of all time who retired in 2017, will be the seventh female player in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

The six-time Canadian Olympian (once in softball) was elected in her first year of eligibility. Wickenheiser is joined by Sergei Zubov, who earned gold at the 1992 Albertville Games with the Unified Team, two-time Czech Olympic medalist Václav Nedomanský and 1980s and ’90s NHLer Guy Carbonneau, among others.

The induction ceremony is Nov. 18 in Toronto.

Wickenheiser is the fifth Canadian female player elected after Angela James (2010), Geraldine Heaney (2013), Danielle Goyette (2017) and Jayna Hefford (2018). Americans Cammi Granato (2010) and Angela Ruggiero (2015) are also Hall of Famers.

Wickenheiser, now the Toronto Maple Leafs’ assistant director of player development, earned four golds and one silver in the first five Olympic women’s hockey tournaments. She played 23 years for the Canadian national team, earning seven world titles and being named Olympic tournament MVP in 2002 and 2006.

She also carried the Canadian flag at the Sochi 2014 Opening Ceremony and recited the Athletes’ Oath at the Vancouver 2010 Opening Ceremony. She was elected to the International Olympic Committee Athletes’ Commission in 2014.

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Breaking provisionally added for 2024 Olympics

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Breaking (don’t call it break dancing) was provisionally added to the Olympics for the 2024 Paris Games.

The IOC also announced Tuesday that skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing were provisionally added to the 2024 Olympic program. Those three sports will debut at Tokyo 2020 but were not assured places on the Olympic program beyond next year.

“They contribute to making the program more gender balanced and more urban, and offer the opportunity to connect with the younger generation,” IOC President Thomas Bach said in a press release. “The proposed sports are in line with these principles and enhance Paris 2024’s overall dynamic Games concept, which focuses on inclusivity, inspiring a new audience and hosting socially responsible Games.”

The IOC Executive Board will make the final decision on the Paris 2024 event program in December 2020, but no more sports can be proposed for inclusion. That means baseball and softball, which return to the Olympics next year, will not be on the 2024 Olympic program. Those sports can still be added for the 2028 Los Angeles Games.

Breaking debuted at the Youth Olympics last year, where the U.S. did not have any athletes. Sergei “Bumblebee” Chernyshev of Russia and Ramu Kawai of Japan took gold medals.

Breaking had never previously been up for a vote for Olympic inclusion, but the World DanceSport Federation is recognized by the IOC.

Teenagers, some of whom went by nicknames like Bad Matty, Senorita Carlota and KennyG, went head-to-head in dance battles at the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires last year. They performed on a mat atop an outdoor basketball court to a musical beat and emcees.

Judges determined winners using six criteria: creativity, personality, technique, variety, perfomativity and musicality.

“Breaking (also called b-boying or b-girling) is an urban dance style,” according to the Youth Olympics. “The urban dance style originated during the mid 1970s in the Bronx borough of New York City.”

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