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Adam Rippon shows off singing ability at Grand Prix exhibition

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Adam Rippon followed up his comeback Grand Prix silver medal with another impressive performance.

The 2016 U.S. champion sang in front of a few thousand Japanese fans at the NHK Trophy exhibition gala Sunday.

Rippon, who turned 28 years old on Saturday, took a microphone and did a cover of Rihanna‘s “Diamonds” while on the ice in Osaka. Video is here.

“I sing in the car. I’ve never really sung in front of anybody, like tried to sing,” Rippon said on the Ice Talk podcast earlier this season.

Rippon actually recorded his own version of “Diamonds” and planned to perform his short program to it this season, and at the Olympics if he made it to PyeongChang.

“I wanted to do something no one else has done,” Rippon said, according to Icenetwork. “It shows I’m more than a skater, that I’m trying to put my whole heart and soul into the performance.”

Rippon changed his mind after showing the program at Champs Camp, an annual closed-door August event where U.S. skaters show their programs for feedback before the season.

“The program is fantastic,” Rippon said on Ice Talk. “But it was more the mood that people felt was too similar to my free skate.”

Rippon next competes Thanksgiving weekend at Skate America, where he could qualify for a second straight Grand Prix Final with a podium finish.

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Chicago Marathon canceled; one major marathon left in 2020

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The Chicago Marathon, scheduled for Oct. 11, was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, becoming the fourth World Marathon Major called off this year.

Organizers cited the challenge of staging the 45,000-runner event “out of concern for the safety of event participants, volunteers, event staff and spectators.”

Previously, major marathons were canceled in Berlin (originally scheduled for Sept. 27), Boston (April 20, then Sept. 14) and New York City (Nov. 1). The London Marathon, originally scheduled for April 26 and postponed to Oct. 4, remains scheduled.

The other World Marathon Major, Tokyo, took place on its scheduled date of March 1 but with elite runners only.

Last year, Kenyan Brigid Kosgei won Chicago by taking 81 seconds off Paula Radcliffe‘s 16-year-old women’s marathon world record. Kosgei clocked 2:14:04.

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Figure skating Grand Prix events in China remain scheduled

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Figure skating Grand Prix events in China in November and December remain scheduled, the International Skating Union announced Monday, four days after reports about international sporting events in China being canceled through the end of 2020.

A notice about sports events, issued Thursday by the General Administration of Sport of China, made an exception for Beijing Winter Olympic test events and other preparations for the first Winter Games in China in February 2022.

The Grand Prix Final, the second-most prestigious annual figure skating competition, is still scheduled for December in Beijing because it is an Olympic test event.

Furthermore, the Cup of China, one of six events across the globe that determines Grand Prix Final qualifiers, remains scheduled for November in Chongqing because it is related to the Final.

“Like for all other five ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating events in the different countries, this is of course subject to finding the necessary logistical, medical and safety solutions to hold the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating events as planned,” according to the ISU.

The ISU previously announced it set a deadline to decide on possible event cancellations: 12 weeks before an event starts. For the first Grand Prix Series competition, Skate America in Las Vegas, the decision deadline is Aug. 1.

The ISU council will meet virtually on Aug. 3 to decide on further action for upcoming competitions.

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