Lagat's resume is filled with successes in both his native Kenya and the U.S., where he earned his citizenship in 2004. He won bronze and silver medals running the 1,500 meters for Kenya at the 2000 and 2004 Olympics. As a U.S. team member, he won gold in both the 1,500 and 5,000 at the 2007 world championships in Osaka and then captured bronze and silver medals in those events at the 2009 worlds in Berlin. In February, Lagat broke the U.S. indoor record for 5,000 meters, running 13:11.50 in Boston.
• New ski events will gain exposure at various levels over the next few years. The FIS, which is the international governing body for skiing, gave a boost to the Olympic prospects of women's ski jumping by approving a new top-tier world cup circuit for the jumpers during the 2011-12 season. The women jumpers have had a lower-tier Continental Cup circuit since 2005.
The FIS also submitted ski halfpipe to the IOC for Olympic consideration as early as the Sochi Games. Both ski halfpipe and women's ski jumping will be included in the inaugural Youth Olympics in Innsbruck in 2012.
The FIS also added snowboarding slopestyle and team snowboardcross to the World Snowboard Championships.
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Miller has been a lifelong tennis fan and still serves as a part-time instructor at the camp his mother founded in Easton, N.H., in 1962. He was once New Hampshire's state singles champion.
• The Vail and Beaver Creek resorts have won the rights to stage the 2015 World Alpine Championships. The Vail area has staged world cup events for several years and previously held the worlds in 1989 and 1999.
The Birds of Prey World Cup at Beaver Creek is traditionally one of the tough, early-season challenges on the world cup circuit before it heads to Europe for most of the season. The championships, which are traditionally held in odd-numbered years, are slated for Garmisch, Germany, in 2011 and Schladming, Austria, in 2013.
•The head of Paraguay's Olympic committee said he feels lucky to be alive following an apparent failed assassination attempt last week in Asuncion. According to
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Brownlee dominated the event last season, winning all five events he entered, but skipped the first two this year because of his injury. The scholar athlete abandoned his medical studies at Cambridge four years ago, but is now at Leeds studying finance.