Jordan Burroughs, J’den Cox make wrestling world team months after missing Olympic team

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The two most notable names to miss this summer’s U.S. Olympic wrestling team will return to international competition at the UWW Senior World Championships in early October.

Olympic medalists and world champions Jordan Burroughs and J’den Cox earned their spots in the Oslo, Norway, tournament with wins at USA Wrestling’s Senior World Team Trials on Sunday.

Burroughs, 33 and with his fourth child on the way, made his 10th senior World or Olympic team but first at 79kg. He moved up a weight class for the first time in his career after Kyle Dake, who beat Burroughs in the Olympic Wrestling Trials final in April, chose to compete at the 2021 Worlds, an option all Tokyo Olympic medalists were given by USA Wrestling. Dake went on to earn 74kg bronze in Tokyo.

Amassing four golds and four bronzes at world championships, plus the 2012 Olympic title, Burroughs has medaled at every Olympics or world championships he’s entered, save the Rio Olympics in 2016. He beat Alex Dieringer, a four-time UWW Ranking Series gold medalist at 79kg, in the World Team Trials finals.

The 26-year-old Cox has medaled at every Olympics or world championships in his career and will vie for a three-peat at 92kg. After taking Olympic and world bronze at 86kg in 2016 and 2017, Cox won world titles at the non-Olympic weight, then planned to challenge 2016 Olympic gold medalist Kyle Snyder for the Olympic 97kg spot, but missed the weigh-in deadline at Olympic Trials. Snyder will compete at the 2021 Worlds, so Cox went back down to 92kg and won the worlds berth over Kollin Moore.

Ten of the 15 Americans who competed in Tokyo will once again represent Oct. 2-10 in Oslo.

Three Tokyo Olympians lost their finals at World Team Trials: Ildar Hafizov (Greco-Roman 60kg), Alejandro Sancho (67kg), Jacarra Winchester (women’s freestyle 55kg).

Winchester, the 2019 World champion at 55kg, made it to Tokyo at 53kg and finished tied for fifth there. Jenna Burkert, the Olympic Trials runner-up at 53kg, won the first and third bouts in their 55kg final for her fourth world team.

In a battle of the U.S. Army’s World Class Athlete Program members, Dalton Roberts earned a spot on his first world team by taking down Hafizov in the second and third bouts of their best-of-three final. Peyton Omania will also make his worlds debut after taking out Sancho in straight matches.

Two Tokyo Olympians won their finals: G’Angelo Hancock (Greco-Roman 97kg), Kayla Miracle (women’s freestyle 62kg).

The following Tokyo Olympic medalists accepted the world team spots offered to them: Dake (men’s freestyle 74kg bronze), Thomas Gilman (men’s freestyle 57kg bronze), Adeline Gray (women’s freestyle 76kg silver), Sarah Hildebrandt (women’s freestyle 50kg bronze), Helen Maroulis (women’s freestyle 57kg bronze), Tamyra Mensah-Stock (women’s freestyle 68kg gold), Snyder (men’s freestyle 97kg silver), David Taylor (men’s freestyle 86kg gold).

Gable Steveson (men’s freestyle 125kg gold) declined his spot and has reportedly signed a multi-year deal with the WWE, which with the new NIL rules would also allow him to return to competition for the University of Minnesota.

John Stefanowicz (Greco-Roman 87kg) did not enter World Team Trials.

The 2021 USA Wrestling world team also includes 2019 Pan American Games gold medalist Daton Fix (61kg), 2020 Pan American champion Yianni Diakomihalis (65kg), two-time world medalist James Green (70kg) and two-time world medalist Nick Gwiazdowski (125kg) in men’s freestyle; Amy Fearnside (53kg), 2017 Junior World champion Maya Nelson (59kg), 2018 Pan American champion Forrest Molinari (65kg) and 76kg Olympic Trials runner-up Kylie Welker (72kg) in women’s freestyle; and 2020 Pan American champion Max Nowry (55kg), Sam Jones (63kg), Patrick Smith (72kg), Olympic Trials winner Jesse Porter (77kg), 2012 Olympian Ben Provisor (82kg), Alan Vera (87kg) and Olympic Trials runner-up Cohlton Schultz (130kg) in Greco-Roman.

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IOC gives more time to pick 2030 Olympic host, studies rotating Winter Games

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The 2030 Winter Olympic host, expected to be Salt Lake City or Sapporo, Japan, is no longer targeted to be decided before next fall, the IOC said in announcing wider discussions into the future of the Winter Games, including the possibility of rotating the Games within a pool of hosts.

The IOC Future Host Commission was granted more time to study factors, including climate change, that could impact which cities and regions host future Winter Olympics and Paralympics. The 2030 Winter Games host is not expected to be decided before or at an IOC session next September or October.

Hosts have traditionally been chosen by IOC members vote seven years before the Games, though recent reforms allow flexibility on the process and timeline. For example, the 2024 and 2028 Games were awarded to Paris and Los Angeles in a historic double award in 2017. The 2032 Summer Games were awarded to Brisbane last year without a traditional bid race.

There are three interested parties for the 2030 Winter Olympics, the IOC said Tuesday without naming them. Previously, Salt Lake City, Sapporo and Vancouver were confirmed as bids. Then in October, the British Columbia government said it would not support a Vancouver bid, a major setback, though organizers did not say that decision ended the bid. All three cities are attractive as past Winter Games hosts with existing venues.

U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee officials have said Salt Lake City is a likelier candidate for 2034 than 2030, but could step in for 2030 if asked.

The future host commission outlined proposals for future Winter Olympics, which included rotating hosts within a pool of cities or regions and a requirement that hosts have an average minimum temperature below freezing (32 degrees) for snow competition venues at the time of the Games over a 10-year period.

The IOC Executive Board gave the commission more time to study the proposals and other factors impacting winter sports.

The IOC board also discussed and will continue to explore a potential double awarding of the 2030 and 2034 Winter Olympic hosts.

Also Tuesday, the IOC board said that Afghanistan participation in the 2024 Olympics will depend on making progress in safe access to sports for women and young girls in the country.

On Monday, Human Rights Watch urged the IOC to suspend Afghanistan until women and girls can play sport in the country.

In a press release, the IOC board expressed “serious concern and strongly condemned the latest restrictions imposed by the Afghan authorities on women and young girls in Afghanistan, which prevent them from practicing sport in the country.” It urged Afghanistan authorities to “take immediate action at the highest level to reverse such restrictions and ensure safe access to sport for women and young girls.”

The IOC board also announced that North Korea’s National Olympic Committee will be reinstated when its suspension is up at the end of the year.

In September 2021, the IOC banned the North Korean NOC through the end of 2022, including banning a North Korean delegation from participating in the Beijing Winter Games, after it chose not to participate in the Tokyo Games.

North Korea, formally known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, was the only one of 206 National Olympic Committees to withdraw from Tokyo. The country made its choice in late March 2021, citing a desire “to protect our athletes from the global health crisis caused by the malicious virus infection.”

The IOC said in September 2021 that it “provided reassurances for the holding of safe Games and offered constructive proposals to find an appropriate and tailor-made solution until the very last minute (including the provision of vaccines), which were systematically rejected by the PRK NOC.”

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Olympic champion Justine Dufour-Lapointe leaves moguls for another skiing discipline

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Justine Dufour-Lapointe, the 2014 Olympic moguls champion, is leaving the event to compete in freeriding, a non-Olympic skiing discipline.

“After three Olympic cycles and 12 years on the World Cup circuit, I felt that I needed to find a new source of motivation and had to push my limits even more so I can reach my full potential as a skier,” the 28-year-old Montreal native said in a social media video, according to a translation from French. “Today, I am starting a new chapter in my career. … I want to perfect myself in another discipline. I want to connect with the mountain differently. Above all, I want to get out of my comfort zone in a way I’ve never done before.”

Dufour-Lapointe said she will compete on the Freeride World Tour, a series of judged competitions described as:

There‘s a start gate at the summit and a finish gate at the bottom. That’s it. Best run down wins. It truly is that simple. Think skiers and snowboarders choosing impossible-looking lines through cornices and cliff-faces and nasty couloirs. Think progressive: big jumps, mach-speed turns and full-on attack. Think entertaining.

Dufour-Lapointe has retired from moguls skiing, according to a Freeride World Tour press release, though she did not explicitly say that in social media posts Tuesday.

At the 2014 Sochi Winter Games, Dufour-Lapointe denied American Hannah Kearney‘s bid to become the first freestyle skier to repeat as Olympic champion. Older sister Chloé took silver in a Canadian one-two.

Dufour-Lapointe also won the world title in 2015, then Olympic silver in 2018 behind Frenchwoman Perrine Laffont.

Chloé announced her retirement in September. A third Dufour-Lapointe Olympic moguls skier, Maxime, retired in 2018.

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