List of NHL stars’ stances on trying to play at 2018 Olympics

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The NHL has yet to announce how it will deal with individual players wanting to defy the league and participate in the PyeongChang Olympics, but it expects all of its players to stay with their clubs in February.

While waiting for that news, here’s a list of NHL stars’ thoughts on trying to play in PyeongChang if the NHL follows through with not formally taking part:

Patrick Kane
: Not playing (Chicago media)
T.J. Oshie
: No timetable for decision (ESPN)

Sidney Crosby: Not thinking that far ahead yet
Braden Holtby: Not playing
Connor McDavid: No comment
Steven Stamkos: Too early to decide (ESPN)
Jonathan Toews: Not playing (Chicago media)

Nikita Kucherov: No comment (hockey media)
Evgeni Malkin
: Wants to play, with Penguins’ allowance (Soviet Sport)
Alex Ovechkin
: Plans to play
Artemi Panarin: Ready to play if legally worked out (Agent, R-Sport)
Vladimir Tarasenko: Will think about it in the summer (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Nicklas Backstrom: I don’t know (hockey media)
Erik Karlsson: No comment

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Eliud Kipchoge, two races shy of his target, to make Boston Marathon debut

Eliud Kipchoge Berlin Marathon

World record holder Eliud Kipchoge will race the Boston Marathon for the first time on April 17.

Kipchoge, who at September’s Berlin Marathon lowered his world record by 30 seconds to 2:01:09, has won four of the six annual major marathons — Berlin, Tokyo, London and Chicago.

The 38-year-old Kenyan has never raced Boston, the world’s oldest annual marathon dating to 1897, nor New York City but has repeated in recent years a desire to enter both of them.

Typically, he has run the London Marathon in the spring and the Berlin Marathon in the fall.

Kipchoge’s last race in the U.S. was the 2014 Chicago Marathon, his second of 10 consecutive marathon victories from 2014 through 2019.

He can become the first reigning men’s marathon world record holder to finish the Boston Marathon since South Korean Suh Yun-Bok set a world record of 2:25:39 in Boston in 1947, according to the Boston Athletic Association.

In 2024 in Paris, Kipchoge is expected to race the Olympic marathon and bid to become the first person to win three gold medals in that event.

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2024 Tour de France to end with Nice time trial due to Paris Olympics

2024 Tour de France Nice

The 2024 Tour de France will end on the French Riviera instead of the French capital because of the Paris Olympics.

The finish of cycling’s marquee race leaves Paris for the first time since 1905.

Tour organizers said on Thursday the last stage of its 111th race will take place in the Mediterranean resort of Nice on July 21. Five days later, Paris opens the Olympics.

Because of security and logistical reasons, the French capital won’t have its traditional Tour finish on the Champs-Elysees. Parting with tradition of a sprint on the Champs-Elysees, the last stage will be an individual time trial along Nice’s famed Promenade des Anglais.

The start of the 2024 race, which will begin for the first time in Italy, was brought forward by one week, a customary change during an Olympic year. The Tour will start on June 29 in Florence.

Nice has hosted the Tour 37 times, including its start twice, in 1981 and in 2020. Two years ago, the start was delayed until Aug. 29 due to lockdowns and travels bans during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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