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Adam Rippon, Mirai Nagasu get 10s on ‘Dancing with the Stars’

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Adam Rippon watched a tiara-crowned Mirai Nagasu score the first perfect 10 of the “Dancing with the Stars” season.

“She lit a Disney fire under my butt,” Rippon told “Entertainment Tonight.”

Rippon then matched his Olympic figure skating teammate in the second week of the four-week show.

Rippon and Nagasu were the only celebrities on the all-athletes season to score 10s for their individual dances Monday night and tied for the highest score.

“I’m just a valley girl trying to become a ballroom dancer,” Nagasu said after receiving a score of 37 out of a possible 40 for her foxtrot to “It’s a Small World” with partner Alan Bersten. Rippon earned another 37 about 20 minutes later, performing a quickstep with Jenna Johnson

DANCE VIDEOS:| Finch | Harding | Mazdzer | Nagasu | Rippon

All five remaining Olympians advanced to the final six — figure skaters Rippon, Nagasu and Tonya Harding, softball pitcher Jennie Finch and luger Chris Mazdzer. Mazdzer was the last athlete to survive Monday’s elimination, with basketball players Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Arike Ogunbowale going home after viewer voting.

Harding received 33 points, an improvement from week one. Judge Bruno Tonioli called her quickstep to Gretchen Wilson‘s “Redneck Woman” “high energy” and “high-spirited.”

“Redneck woman is totally me,” Harding said. “I drive a big truck. I cut firewood. I hunt. I fish.”

Three more athletes will be eliminated next week. At least two of the final three celebrities will be Olympians. The only remaining non-Olympian is Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman.

Double Olympic champion snowboarder Jamie Anderson was eliminated in week one.

Rippon, Harding and Nagasu look to become the third figure skater to win the Mirror Ball Trophy after Kristi Yamaguchi and Meryl Davis.

After judges showered praise on Nagasu, the two-time Olympian pointed to Davis, who was among the skaters in the crowd Monday night.

“Actually, the real queen is sitting right over there,” Nagasu said.

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World Cup Alpine season opener gets green light

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After checking the snow on the Rettenbach glacier in Soelden, Austria, FIS officials announced Thursday that the traditional World Cup season opener is set to go ahead as planned Oct. 26-27 with men’s and women’s giant slalom races.

Current conditions at Soelden show a solid 30 inches of snow at the summit. The race finishes at an altitude of 2,670 meters (8,760 feet), far above the currently snowless village.

The first races of the season are never guaranteed to have enough snow, though last year’s men’s race at Soelden had the opposite problem, being canceled when a storm blew through with heavy snowfall and high winds. 

France’s Tessa Worley won the women’s race last year ahead of Italy’s Frederica Brignone and U.S. skier Mikaela Shiffrin, who would go on to dominate the rest of the World Cup season.

The Soelden weekend is followed by three dormant weeks until the season resumes Nov. 23-24 in Levi, Finland. The World Cup circuits then switch to North America. The men will run speed events Nov. 30-Dec. 1 in Lake Louise, Alberta, then head to Beaver Creek, Colo., for more speed events and a giant slalom Dec. 6-8. The women run slalom and giant slalom Nov. 30-Dec. 1 in Killington, Vt., and head to Lake Louise the next weekend.

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Olympic marathon and race walk move from Tokyo to Sapporo draws some pushback

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In the wake of a dropout-plagued set of world championship endurance races in Qatar, moving the 2020 Olympic marathons and race walks from Tokyo to the cooler venue of Sapporo is a quick fix for one problem, pending the potential for untimely heat waves.

But the move has drawn some opposition for a variety of reasons.

First, many organizers and politicians appear to have been caught by surprise. Tokyo’s governor, Yuriko Koike, was “taken aback” and Sapporo’s mayor, Katsuhiro Akimoto, learned about the move from the media, Kyodo News reported. Koike even sarcastically suggested that the races could move all the way northward to islands disputed by Russia and Japan.

South African sports scientist Ross Tucker suggested that running in heat and humidity poses an interesting challenge for athletes, some of whom may be able to catch up with faster runners by preparing for the conditions.

British marathoner Mara Yamauchi made a similar point, saying the move was unfair to those who already were preparing for the heat, humidity and other conditions.

Belgian marathoner Koen Naert said he will make the best of the change but complained that some of his preparation and every runner’s logistical planning would no longer apply.

The angriest athlete may be Canadian walker Evan Dunfee, who placed fourth in the 2016 Olympic 50km race and nearly claimed bronze as a Canadian appeal was upheld but then rejected. He says runners and walkers can beat the conditions if they prepare, which many athletes did not do for the world championships in Qatar.

“So why do we cater to the ill prepared?” Dunfee asked on Twitter.

The move also takes athletes out of the main Olympic city and takes away the traditional, tough less frequent in modern years, finish in the Olympic stadium.

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