Lindsey Jacobellis qualifies for fifth Olympics in snowboard cross

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Lindsey Jacobellis is going to a U.S. female record-tying fifth Winter Olympics, extending one of the sterling careers in snowboarding.

Jacobellis, 36, clinched her spot in snowboard cross this weekend, grabbing back-to-back third-place finishes at World Cups in Krasnoyarsk, Russia.

She joined the previously qualified Faye Gulini and Nick Baumgartner (oldest U.S. Olympic snowboarder in history at age 40) on the team. Hagen Kearney, another fellow PyeongChang Olympian, clinched his spot Sunday, too.

U.S. coaches can two more men and two more women to the team.

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Jacobellis owns 15 gold medals between the biennial world championships (the last in 2017) and the annual X Games, which stopped holding snowboard cross competitions after 2016. She owns one Olympic medal, silver from her debut in 2006, when she led the final going into the last jump and fell doing a premature celebratory board grab.

Jacobellis finished in the top five of six of her last seven World Cups dating to last February, with elbow surgery in between in the autumn, according to U.S. Ski and Snowboard. Her last win came in February 2019.

The Olympic gold-medal favorites are led by Great Britain’s Charlotte Bankes, the reigning world champion and current World Cup standings leader, and reigning Olympic champion Michela Moioli of Italy.

Another contender, Eva Samkova of the Czech Republic, the 2014 gold medalist, hasn’t competed in nearly a month after suffering ankle injuries that set back her prep for Beijing.

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Lindsey Jacobellis
20th — 2001 X Games
21st — 2002 X Games
Gold — 2003 X Games
Gold — 2004 X Games
Gold — 2005 Worlds
Gold — 2005 X Games
*** Skipped 2006 X Games
Silver — 2006 Olympics
Silver — 2007 X Games
Gold — 2007 Worlds
Gold — 2008 X Games
Gold — 2009 X Games
*** Skipped 2009 Worlds
Gold — 2010 X Games
Fifth — 2010 Olympics
Gold — 2011 Worlds
Gold — 2011 X Games
*** Tore ACL/meniscus in 2012 X Games training run
Gold — 2014 X Games
Seventh — 2014 Olympics
Gold — 2015 Worlds
Gold — 2015 X Games
Gold — 2016 X Games
Gold — 2017 Worlds
Fourth — 2018 Olympics
Fifth — 2019 World Championships
Ninth — 2021 World Championships

Eliud Kipchoge, two races shy of his target, to make Boston Marathon debut

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World record holder Eliud Kipchoge will race the Boston Marathon for the first time on April 17.

Kipchoge, who at September’s Berlin Marathon lowered his world record by 30 seconds to 2:01:09, has won four of the six annual major marathons — Berlin, Tokyo, London and Chicago.

The 38-year-old Kenyan has never raced Boston, the world’s oldest annual marathon dating to 1897, nor New York City but has repeated in recent years a desire to enter both of them.

Typically, he has run the London Marathon in the spring and the Berlin Marathon in the fall.

Kipchoge’s last race in the U.S. was the 2014 Chicago Marathon, his second of 10 consecutive marathon victories from 2014 through 2019.

He can become the first reigning men’s marathon world record holder to finish the Boston Marathon since South Korean Suh Yun-Bok set a world record of 2:25:39 in Boston in 1947, according to the Boston Athletic Association.

In 2024 in Paris, Kipchoge is expected to race the Olympic marathon and bid to become the first person to win three gold medals in that event.

The Boston Marathon field also includes arguably the second- and third-best men in the world right now — Kipchoge’s Kenyan training partners Evans Chebet and Benson Kipruto. Chebet won Boston and New York City this year. Kipruto won Boston last year and Chicago this year.

American Des Linden, who won Boston in 2018, headlines the women’s field.

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2024 Tour de France to end with Nice time trial due to Paris Olympics

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The 2024 Tour de France will end on the French Riviera instead of the French capital because of the Paris Olympics.

The finish of cycling’s marquee race leaves Paris for the first time since 1905.

Tour organizers said on Thursday the last stage of its 111th race will take place in the Mediterranean resort of Nice on July 21. Five days later, Paris opens the Olympics.

Because of security and logistical reasons, the French capital won’t have its traditional Tour finish on the Champs-Elysees. Parting with tradition of a sprint on the Champs-Elysees, the last stage will be an individual time trial along Nice’s famed Promenade des Anglais.

The start of the 2024 race, which will begin for the first time in Italy, was brought forward by one week, a customary change during an Olympic year. The Tour will start on June 29 in Florence.

Nice has hosted the Tour 37 times, including its start twice, in 1981 and in 2020. Two years ago, the start was delayed until Aug. 29 due to lockdowns and travels bans during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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