Galen Rupp, Jordan Hasay set next marathon after Boston podiums

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Galen Rupp and Jordan Hasay will race the Chicago Marathon on Oct. 8 rather than the Berlin or New York City Marathons this fall.

Rupp and Hasay finished second and third, respectively, in the Boston Marathon on April 17. It marked the best U.S. combined male and female finishes since 1985.

Chicago is expected to mark Rupp’s move to full-time marathoning after he failed to make the U.S. team for August’s world championships in the 10,000m.

Rupp, 31, has a sterling early marathon record. He debuted by winning the Olympic Trials on Feb. 13, 2016, then earned a bronze medal in Rio. Rupp made his city marathon debut in Boston, finishing 21 seconds behind Kenyan winner Geoffrey Kirui.

He could become the first U.S. runner of either gender to win Chicago since Deena Kastor in 2005.

The other star U.S. men’s marathoner, Meb Keflezighi, will race his final elite marathon in New York City on Nov. 5.

Hasay, who shares a coach with Rupp in three-time New York City Marathon winner Alberto Salazar, will race her second career marathon in Chicago. The 25-year-old ran the fastest debut marathon by a U.S. woman by three minutes in finishing third in Boston.

The other top U.S. female marathoners — Amy CraggShalane FlanaganMolly Huddle and Desi Linden — have not announced fall marathon plans.

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Kendall Gretsch wins six gold medals at Para Nordic Ski Worlds

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Kendall Gretsch, who won Paralympic titles at the last Summer and Winter Games, added another six gold medals at the World Para Nordic Skiing Championships in Sweden last week.

Gretsch, 30, earned seven total medals in seven days between biathlon and cross-country skiing.

Gretsch won gold medals in three different sports across the last three Paralympics: biathlon and cross-country skiing in 2018 (two years after taking up the sports), triathlon in 2021 and biathlon in 2022.

She plans to shift her focus back to triathlon after this winter for 2024 Paris Games qualification.

Gretsch, born with spina bifida, was the 2014 USA Triathlon Female Para Triathlete of the Year. Though triathlon was added to the Paralympics for the 2016 Rio Games, her classification was not added until Tokyo.

Also at last week’s worlds, six-time Paralympian Aaron Pike earned his first Paralympic or world championships gold medal in his decade-plus career, winning a 12.5km biathlon event.

Oksana Masters, who won seven medals in seven events at last year’s Paralympics to break the career U.S. Winter Paralympics medals record, missed worlds due to hand surgery.

The U.S. also picked up five medals at last week’s World Para Alpine Skiing Championships in Spain — three silvers for five-time Paralympian Laurie Stephens and two bronzes for 17-year-old Saylor O’Brien.

Stephens now has 18 career medals from world championships, plus seven at the Paralympics.

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World champion skier Kyle Smaine dies in avalanche at age 31

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Kyle Smaine, a retired world champion halfpipe skier, died in an avalanche in Japan on Sunday, according to NBC News, citing Smaine’s father. He was 31.

Smaine, a 2015 World champion in ski halfpipe, had been doing ski filming in Japan, sharing videos on his Instagram account over the past week.

The native of South Lake Tahoe, California, finished ninth in ski halfpipe at the 2016 Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado.

In 2018, Smaine won the fifth and final U.S. Olympic qualifying series event in ski halfpipe but did not make the four-man team for PyeongChang. His last sanctioned international competition was in February 2018.

Late Sunday, two-time Olympic champion David Wise won the X Games men’s ski halfpipe and dedicated it to Smaine.

“We all did this for Kyle tonight,” Wise said on the broadcast. “It’s a little bit of an emotional day for us. We lost a friend.”