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U.S. Figure Skating names host cities for 2021, 2022 nationals

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San Jose and Nashville will host the 2021 and 2022 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, the latter being the last event before the 2022 Olympic team is named.

The 2021 U.S. Championships, set for Jan. 11-17, go to San Jose for the fourth time, and the first time since 2018, at the SAP Center.

In 2018, Nathan Chen, Bradie Tennell, Alexa Scimeca Knierim and Chris Knierim and Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue won national titles and sewed up PyeongChang Olympic spots.

The 2022 U.S. Championships will be Jan. 3-9 in Bridgestone Arena, home of the NHL’s Nashville Predators. The Beijing Winter Games open Feb. 4.

The U.S. Championships were last held in Nashville in 1997. That year’s champions were Todd Eldredge, Tara Lipinski, Kyoko Ina and Jason Dungjen and Elizabeth Punsalan and Jerod Swallow.

Nashville is home to 1984 Olympic champion Scott Hamilton, who founded the Scott Hamilton Skating Academy, which highlights the strength and growth of the Nashville skating community.

“From my very first days working with the Nashville Predators through the Scott Hamilton Skating Academy, I knew we were going to build something unique and special,” Hamilton said, according to U.S. Figure Skating. “I always knew we would someday host the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, and I’m so excited that it’s happening in 2022, and that we’ll get to send off the U.S. Olympic Figure Skating Team to Beijing.”

Both championships will air live on NBC Sports and streamed live, commercial-free and on demand with the Figure Skating Pass on NBC Sports Gold. Ticket information will be available at a later date, according to U.S. Figure Skating.

Meanwhile, the 2020 national championships in January will be in Greensboro, North Carolina.

As a reminder, you can watch the events from the 2019-20 figure skating season live and on-demand with the ‘Figure Skating Pass’ on NBC Sports Gold. Go to NBCsports.com/gold/figure-skating to sign up for access to every ISU Grand Prix and championship event, as well as domestic U.S. Figure Skating events throughout the season. NBC Sports Gold gives subscribers an unprecedented level of access on more platforms and devices than ever before.

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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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