Sochi medalists David Wise, Devin Logan near Olympic spots

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Sochi medalists David Wise and Devin Logan just crowded the U.S. Olympic ski halfpipe qualifying standings.

Wise and Logan, who struggled in the first of five Olympic qualifiers last season, made up for it with first- and second-place finishes, respectively, at the second qualifier at the U.S. Grand Prix at Copper Mountain, Colo., on Friday.

Wise, who in 2014 became the first Olympic ski halfpipe champion, won the men’s event with a 92.8-point run. He had been eighth in the first qualifier last February.

Logan, who won slopestyle silver in Sochi, finished second to Frenchwoman Marie Martinod on Friday. Martinod tallied 83, with Logan coming in at 79.6.

Logan, who is expected to try and qualify for Pyeongchang in both halfpipe and slopestyle, was 30th in the first qualifier in February.

Copper Results: Men | Women

In Olympic ski halfpipe qualifying, athletes must earn a pair of top-three finishes among the five Olympic selection events to be eligible for automatic Olympic berths.

So far, nobody has met that criteria through two of five events.

Four men and two women have a single top-three finish — Wise, Torin Yater-WallaceGus Kenworthy and Taylor Seaton and Logan and Sochi gold medalist Maddie Bowman.

No more than three men and three women can clinch Olympic berths via two top-three finishes, so tiebreakers could come into play. The tiebreaker is best two finishes, so a pair of wins seals the deal even though three qualifying events remain.

The U.S. Olympic halfpipe teams can include up to four men and four women, depending on how U.S. Ski & Snowboard decides to allocate its freestyle skiing quota spots.

The U.S. Grand Prix Olympic qualifier at Copper Mountain continues with snowboard halfpipe finals Saturday and snowboard big air finals Sunday.

The next ski halfpipe qualifier is next week at Breckenridge, Colo.

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U.S. Olympic Qualifying Standings
Ski Halfpipe
1. Torin Yater-Wallace — 145*
2. David Wise — 132*
3. Gus Kenworthy — 94*
4. Taylor Seaton — 64*
5. Aaron Blunck — 82

1. Maddie Bowman — 125*
2. Annalisa Drew — 95
3. Brita Sigourney — 90
4. Devin Logan — 81*
5. Carly Margulies — 72

**Has automatic qualifying minimum of two top-three results.
*Has one top-three result.

U.S. Grand Prix at Copper Mountain Finals
Saturday

Snowboard Halfpipe
1 p.m. ET — NBCSports.com/live, NBC Sports app — LIVE
4 p.m. ET — NBC, NBCSports.com/live, NBC Sports app

Ski Halfpipe
1 p.m. ET — NBC, NBCSports.com/live, NBC Sports app (from Friday)

Sunday
Snowboard Big Air
1 p.m. ET — NBCSports.com/live, NBC Sports app — LIVE
8 p.m. ET — NBCSN, NBCSports.com/live, NBC Sports app

South Korea’s first gold medalist of 2018 PyeongChang Olympics to compete for China

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Lim Hyo-Jun, a short track speed skater who won South Korea’s first gold medal of the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, has been cleared to skate for China and was reportedly named to the national team Monday.

Lim, who won the 1500m on the first day of medal competition at the PyeongChang Games, began the process of switching to China after a June 2019 incident where he pulled down a teammate’s trousers, leaving him standing, exposed, in front of female teammates.

Lim, the 2019 World overall champion, was banned from the team for a year and later found guilty of sexual harassment before the verdict was overturned on appeal.

It was reported in March 2021 that Lim was in the process of trying to gain Chinese nationality to compete at the Beijing Winter Olympics, but Lim was not cleared to switch by the International Skating Union until this July. His Chinese name is Lin Xiaojun.

Another star South Korean skater, triple 2006 Olympic gold medalist Ahn Hyun-Soo, switched to Russia after not making the 2010 Olympic team. He then won three golds for the host nation as Viktor Ahn at the 2014 Sochi Games.

China’s national team for the upcoming season reportedly does not include veterans Wu Dajing, the nation’s lone gold medalist across all sports at the 2018 Olympics, and Fan Kexin, a three-time Olympic medalist.

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Brigid Kosgei, world record holder, to miss London Marathon

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World record holder Brigid Kosgei withdrew before Sunday’s London Marathon due to a right hamstring injury that has bothered her for the last month.

“My training has been up and down and not the way I would like to prepare to be in top condition,” was posted on Kosgei’s social media. “We’ve decided it’s best I withdraw from this year’s race and get further treatment on my injuries in order to enter 2023 stronger than ever.”

Kosgei, a 28-year-old Kenyan mother of twins, shattered the world record by 81 seconds at the 2019 Chicago Marathon. She clocked 2:14:04 to smash Brit Paula Radcliffe‘s record from 2003.

Since, Kosgei won the 2020 London Marathon, took silver at the Tokyo Olympics, placed fourth at the 2021 London Marathon and won this past March’s Tokyo Marathon in what was then the third-fastest time in history (2:16:02).

Ethiopian Tigist Assefa moved into the top three by winning the Berlin Marathon last Sunday in 2:15:37.

The London Marathon women’s field includes Kenyan Joyciline Jepkosgei, a winner in New York City (2019) and London (2021), and Yalemzerf Yehualaw, who was the Ethiopian record holder until Assefa won in Berlin.

The men’s field is headlined by Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele, the second-fastest male marathoner in history, and Brit Mo Farah, a four-time Olympic champion on the track.

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