Vicky Persinger, Chris Plys win Olympic Trials for mixed doubles curling


Vicky Persinger and Chris Plys won the U.S. Olympic Mixed Doubles Curling Trials on Sunday night, moving one step closer to spots on the 2022 U.S. Olympic team.

The win in Eveleth, Minnesota, means Persinger and Plys will represent the U.S. at World Curling’s Olympic Qualification Event from Dec. 5-9 in Leeuwarden, Netherlands.

The top two teams from the 14 countries entered in Leeuwarden will earn spots at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.

Beijing would mark the first Olympics for Persinger, 29, and the first in 12 years for Plys, 34.

He was the fifth/alternate on John Shuster‘s rink that was 10th at the Vancouver 2010 Games.

This is Persinger and Plys’ fourth season together in mixed doubles, which made its Olympic debut at PyeongChang 2018.

They were second in the nation in 2019 and won the 2021 U.S. title in May.

They plowed through many of the other top teams in the round robin format in Eveleth this week, including 2018 Olympians Becca and Matt Hamilton (7-6), Curling World Cup medalists Sarah Anderson and Korey Dropkin (9-4) and 2018 Olympic Trials runners-up in the women’s and men’s tournaments Jamie Sinclair and Rich Ruohonen.

Persinger/Plys and Anderson/Dropkin both finished with a 6-3 record, though Persinger/Plys had the advantage with its opening win over the 2012 Youth Olympians.

The Hamilton siblings finished fifth with a 5-4 record.

In Saturday’s page playoff, Persinger and Plys once again topped Anderson and Dropkin, this time 8-4. Sinclair and Ruohonen won the other playoff 6-5 over 2016 world bronze medalists Tabitha Peterson and Joe Polo.

Sinclair and Ruohonen earned their spot in the final with a 9-7 semifinal victory over Anderson and Dropkin Sunday morning.

Persinger and Plys were up 4-2 halfway through the final until Sinclair/Ruohonen came through with a needed three points in the fifth end. With two more for Persinger/Plys in the sixth and another for Sinclair/Ruohonen in the seventh, the match was tied.

In the final rock of the final end, Persinger and Plys brought in one last point for the win.

Before heading to the Netherlands, both athletes will compete in the U.S. Olympic Curling Trials Nov. 12-21 in Omaha in an attempt to make the four-person men’s/women’s teams as well.

Plys is back with Team Shuster as the third, while Persinger is second on 2018 Olympic alternate Cory Christenson‘s rink.

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U.S. men’s gymnastics team named for world championships

Asher Hong
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Asher Hong, Colt Walker and world pommel horse champion Stephen Nedoroscik were named to the last three spots on the U.S. men’s gymnastics team for the world championships that start in three weeks.

Brody Malone and Donnell Whittenburg earned the first spots on the team by placing first and second in the all-around at August’s U.S. Championships.

Hong, Walker and Nedoroscik were chosen by a committee after two days of selection camp competition in Colorado Springs this week. Malone and Whittenburg did not compete at the camp.

Hong, 18, will become the youngest U.S. man to compete at worlds since Danell Leyva in 2009. He nearly earned a spot on the team at the U.S. Championships, but erred on his 12th and final routine of that meet to drop from second to third in the all-around. At this week’s camp, Hong had the lowest all-around total of the four men competing on all six apparatuses, but selectors still chose him over Tokyo Olympians Yul Moldauer and Shane Wiskus.

Walker, a Stanford junior, will make his world championships debut. He would have placed second at nationals in August if a bonus system for attempting difficult skills wasn’t in place. With that bonus system not in place at the selection camp, he had the highest all-around total. The bonus system is not used at international meets such as world championships.

Nedoroscik rebounded from missing the Tokyo Olympic team to become the first American to win a world title on pommel horse last fall. Though he is the lone active U.S. male gymnast with a global gold medal, he was in danger of missing this five-man team because of struggles on the horse at the U.S. Championships. Nedoroscik, who does not compete on the other five apparatuses, put up his best horse routine of the season on the last day of the selection camp Wednesday.

Moldauer, who tweeted that he was sick all last week, was named the traveling alternate for worlds in Liverpool, Great Britain. It would be the first time that Moldauer, who was fourth in the all-around at last fall’s worlds, does not compete at worlds since 2015.

Though the U.S. has not made the team podium at an Olympics or worlds since 2014, it is boosted this year by the absence of Olympic champion Russia, whose athletes are banned indefinitely due to the war in Ukraine. In recent years, the U.S. has been among the nations in the second tier behind China, Japan and Russia, including in Tokyo, where the Americans were fifth.

The U.S. women’s world team of five will be announced after a selection camp in two weeks. Tokyo Olympians Jade Carey and Jordan Chiles are in contention.

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Paris 2024 Olympic marathon route unveiled

Paris 2024 Olympic Marathon
Paris 2024

The 2024 Olympic marathon route will take runners from Paris to Versailles and back.

The route announcement was made on the 233rd anniversary of one of the early, significant events of the French Revolution: the Women’s March on Versailles — “to pay tribute to the thousands of women who started their march at city hall to Versailles to take up their grievances to the king and ask for bread,” Paris 2024 President Tony Estanguet said.

Last December, organizers announced the marathons will start at Hôtel de Ville (city hall, opposite Notre-Dame off the Seine River) and end at Les Invalides, a complex of museums and monuments one mile southeast of the Eiffel Tower.

On Wednesday, the rest of the route was unveiled — traversing the banks of the Seine west to the Palace of Versailles and then back east, passing the Eiffel Tower before the finish.

The men’s and women’s marathons will be on the last two days of the Games at 8 a.m. local time (2 a.m. ET). It will be the first time that the women’s marathon is held on the last day of the Games after the men’s marathon traditionally occupied that slot.

A mass public marathon will also be held on the Olympic marathon route. The date has not been announced.

The full list of highlights among the marathon course:

• Hôtel de ville de Paris (start)
• Bourse de commerce
• Palais Brongniart
• Opéra Garnier
• Place Vendôme
• Jardin des Tuileries
• The Louvre
• Place de la Concorde
• The bridges of Paris
(Pont de l’Alma; Alexandre III;
Iéna; and more)
• Grand Palais
• Palais de Tokyo
• Jardins du Trocadéro
• Maison de la Radio
• Manufacture et Musées
nationaux de Sèvres
• Forêt domaniale
des Fausses-Reposes
• Monuments Pershing –
• Château de Versailles
• Forêt domaniale de Meudon
• Parc André Citroën
• Eiffel Tower
• Musée Rodin
• Esplanade des Invalides (finish)

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