World Athletics is proposing adding a mixed-gender cross-country relay to the 2024 Olympics in Paris.
The event would include two men and two women per nation running 2.5 kilometers (1.55 miles) twice, World Athletics president Seb Coe said Thursday. The IOC would have to approve it.
“We’re right at the start of the journey of the discussions with the IOC,” World Athletics CEO Jon Ridgeon said, noting it’s not decided until the end of the year.
Previously, Coe and World Athletics (then the IAAF) discussed adding cross-country to the Winter Games, but it never came to fruition.
Cross-country running was on the Summer Olympic program from 1912 through 1924, the last time Paris hosted the Olympics.
In 2008, Olympic distance-running legends Kenenisa Bekele, Haile Gebrselassie and Paul Tergat wrote to then-IOC president Jacques Rogge and then-IAAF president Lamine Diack to try to get cross-country running back into the Olympics.
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From the United States’ first-ever cross-country gold medal to the Shirtless Tongan, check out the best moments from the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics cross-country skiing competition.
Incredible call captures Diggins’, Randall’s historic gold-medal moment
Jessie Diggins and Kikkan Randall made United States cross-country skiing history in PyeongChang with their gold medal in the women’s team sprint. Diggins and Randall became the first American cross-country skiers to win a gold and the first American women to win an Olympic medal in cross-country skiing. Oh, and they ended a 42-year Olympic medal drought. You’re going to want to revisit NBC Olympics’ Chad Salmela’s epic call of their historic gold.
Bjorgen’s historic Olympics begin
It was a foregone conclusion that Norwegian skier Marit Bjorgen would make history in PyeongChang before the Games began. She needed one medal to become the most decorated female Winter Olympian ever. She accomplished that on her first try, taking home a silver in the women’s 15km skiathlon. History didn’t stop here for Bjorgen but more on that later. Below, you can see the first of her historic PyeongChang Olympics. She really is something special.
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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — They are hailed as the vanguard of a new generation of clean Russian cross-country skiers, all are under the age of 23 and all are coached by a man who was once suspended for doping offenses.
The youthful quartet is trained by Yuri Borodavko and has combined for three silver and three bronze medals at the Pyeongchang Olympics.
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Alexander Bolshunov, Alexei Chervotkin, Denis Spitsov and Natalia Nepryaeva have improved remarkably since working with Borodavko two years ago. Spitsov hadn’t even competed in a World Cup race until December but now has two Olympic silver medals and a bronze.
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Last week, the head of the Russian delegation in Pyeongchang described the cross-country team’s results as one of Russia’s “main achievements” at the games.
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