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Kicking off the tennis season, the Australian Open is the first of the four Grand Slams. Photo: Getty Images
Kicking off the tennis season, the Australian Open is the first of the four Grand Slams. Photo: Getty Images

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Sporting events to check out this winter

It’s a new year and that means it’s time for new winners. Here are just a few top sporting events to whet your competitive appetite early in the year.

Australian Open, Melbourne

Kicking off the tennis season, the Australian Open is the first of the four Grand Slams. Known for lively audiences, attracting top talent, and the sometimes searing heat, it’s seen annually by more than half a million paying ­spectators (703,899 last year). Only the US Open has higher attendance.

January 18–31 
ausopen.com

National Hockey League All-Star Game, Nashville

The 61st National Hockey League All-Star Game is an exhibition traditionally held halfway through the NHL season, with proceeds going to the player’s pension funds. This year, the game will be held in Nashville, Tennessee at Bridgestone Arena, the home rink of the Nashville Predators.

January 31 
nhl.com/allstar

The Dakar Rally, Buenos Aires – Rosario

The Dakar Rally is the world’s most amazing motor sport event. This year, it starts in Buenos Aires, then winds through Bolivia before heading back to Argentina for the finish line in Rosario. The Dakar rally has four major competitive groups: motorcycles, quads, cars (ranging from buggies to small SUVs), and trucks.

January 3–16 
dakar.com

Youth Olympic Games, Lillehammer, Norway

Lillehammer is the host of the fourth annual Youth Olympic Games and the second Winter Youth Olympics ever. More than 1,000 athletes aged 15 to 18 representing 70 countries will compete in 70 events across 15 winter sports. In addition to Lillehammer, some events will be held in Gjøvik, Hamar, Øyer, and Oslo.

February 12–21 
lillehammer2016.com

 

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