Russia left out in the cold at Winter Olympics

Lindsey Vonn

It means 168 Russians will compete at these Games, albeit under the Olympic Athlete of Russia banner.

"The opening ceremony will weave together the narratives of five lovable protagonists from Gangwon province through cultural performances", Yang Jung-woong, executive producer of the opening ceremony, said during a January 23 press conference in Pyeongchang.

People walk past the emblem of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

"Receiving this invitation is a privilege for a clean Russian athlete". But Hamelin is hoping to do something no one in his sport has done: win a medal at the age of 33.

This is the first time curling mixed doubles has been included in the Olympics.

At Sochi she came 71st in the 15km individual and 75th in the sprint and she will take part in the same events at PyeongChang. Of the 12 countries expected to win at least 10 medals, five are forecast to win at least 50% of their medals in women's events and the nation that appears to benefit most from female contributors is the US, it said.

The IOC's decision wasn't to have a blanket ban on all the athletes.

The ruling comes a day after the first Olympic competitions began and ends more than a week of uncertainty for two groups of athletes who lodged last-ditch cases to the CAS. As Fogel put it to EW while walking the red carpet at the Director's Guild of America Awards last Saturday, "Russia's been banned from the Olympics technically, but of course, within the corruption of the International Olympic Committee, they've found their ways creatively around this ban to allow Russia in the Olympics". With figure skating, bobsledding, luge, snowboarding, ski jumping and hockey, among others, the sports of the Winter Olympics are pretty hardcore.

The aforementioned 15, including two coaches, were entering a second appeal after the IOC's invitation review panel decided not to invite them to Pyeongchang, even though CAS upheld their initial appeal on February 1, saying there was insufficient evidence to prove they violated anti-doping rules. However, they would be allowed to carry a Russian banner, Guardian reported.

The IOC pointed to a CAS statement that declared the Russians were not necessarily innocent of doping, just that the evidence was insufficient to ban them.

US athletes praised the decision and the end to uncertainty of participation of some Russian athletes. A knee injury prevented her from competing in Sochi four years ago. USA bobsledder Nick Cunningham said he's tried to not focus on the will-they-or-won't-they drama surrounding the Russians. I hope IOC President Thomas Bach is listening.



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