World championships for moguls, aerials get rescheduled

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World championships for moguls and aerials skiing have been relocated to Almaty, Kazakhstan, from March 8-11.

The disciplines are usually part of a broader, biennial world freestyle skiing and snowboarding championships, but this year’s championships in the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic venue of Zhangjiakou, China, were canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Almaty was the only other final bidder for the 2022 Olympics, awarded to Beijing in 2015.

Events in ski cross and snowboard cross were previously rescheduled for Idre Fjäll, Sweden, from Feb. 11-13.

The remaining events — ski and snowboard big air, halfpipe and slopestyle and Alpine snowboarding — have yet to be rescheduled.

Moguls boasts two of the world’s dominant athletes — Canadian Mikaël Kingsbury (coming back from injury) and Frenchwoman Perrine Laffont, the 2018 Olympic champions.

The U.S. is stronger in aerials. Four different U.S. women have made the podium among four World Cups so far this season, including first-time winners Megan Nick and Winter Vinecki.

Russian Maksim Burov has won all four men’s aerials World Cups this season and won the last world championships title in 2019. American Chris Lillis finished second at the most recent World Cup last Saturday.

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Wimbledon reverses ban on Russia, Belarus tennis players

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Russian and Belarusian players will be able to compete at Wimbledon as neutral athletes after the All England Club on Friday reversed its ban from last year.

The players must comply with “appropriate conditions,” including not expressing support for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

They also must not receive funding “from the Russian and/or Belarusian states (including sponsorship from companies operated or controlled by the states) in relation to their participation in The Championships,” the All England Club said in a statement.

Other tennis tournaments have allowed Russian and Belarusian players to compete as neutral athletes.

“We also consider alignment between the Grand Slams to be increasingly important in the current tennis environment,” the club said. “There was a strong and very disappointing reaction from some governing bodies in tennis to the position taken by the All England Club and the LTA last year with consequences which, if continued, would be damaging to the interests of players, fans, The Championships and British tennis.”

This year’s Wimbledon tournament will start on July 3. The women’s final is scheduled for July 15 and the men’s final on July 16.

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2023 World Junior Gymnastics Championships live stream schedule

World Junior Gymnastics Championships

The world junior gymnastics championships individual finals stream live on the International Gymnastics Federation YouTube channel from Friday through Sunday.

Already this week, Japan swept the men’s and women’s team titles in Antalya, Turkey. The U.S. women took silver.

The U.S. women in Friday’s all-around final are Izzy Stassi (qualified fourth) and Jayla Hang (qualified 22nd). The U.S. men in Friday’s all-around final are Kai Uemura (qualified 11th) and David Shamah (qualified 14th).

Americans also advanced to four of this weekend’s apparatus finals: women’s vault (Stassi, Hang), uneven bars (Hezly Rivera) and floor exercise (Rivera, Hang) and men’s still rings (Uemura).

Gymnastics added a biennial junior worlds starting in 2019. The 2021 edition was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Women ages 14 or 15 and men ages 15 through 18 compete.

The U.S. team in 2019 included future senior world team members Skye Blakely, Kayla DiCello and Konnor McClain.

2023 World Junior Gymnastics Championships Live Stream Schedule

Day Competition Time (ET) Platform
Friday Men’s All-Around 7:30 a.m. FIG YouTube | LIVE STREAM LINK
Women’s All-Around 12 p.m. FIG YouTube | LIVE STREAM LINK
Saturday Apparatus Finals 7 a.m. FIG YouTube | LIVE STREAM LINK
Sunday Apparatus Finals 7 a.m. FIG YouTube | LIVE STREAM LINK

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