U.S. team for PyeongChang largest of any nation in Winter Olympic history

Wednesday, 31 Jan, 2018

The skaters want the court to force the IOC to lift the ban on them so they can compete as part of the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation team at Pyeongchang 2018, due to start on February 9. "Among other things, the regulations forbid the sportsmen from even mentioning their Russian origin and instruct them to only refer to themselves as "'OAR, ' "Olympic Athlete from Russia" or "OCP" (in Cyrillic) publicly and via social media".

The document adds that the only exception to the policy is that participants can display Russian flags in the bedrooms of their accommodation at the Olympics as long as they are not visible from outside.

Two of Canada's sprinters from past Olympic Games will trade in their track footwear for bobsleigh spikes at the 2018 Winter Games.

The IOC said it would be monitoring the application of these guidelines through a taskforce, led by IOC deputy Director General Pere Miro and sports Director Kit McConnell.

Organizing committee chief Lee Hee-beom said the PyeongChang Olympics will be the largest winter sports competition for the world to see.

Whether or not the US competes in the Olympics this go-around does nothing to change the fate of National Hockey League superstars that have won medals time and again for their countries in the past.

With the ski and snowboard squad having an average age of only 24, the team leader, Dan Hunt, predicted Pyeongchang would be a major step on a path that could make Great Britain one of the world's leading snowsports nations.

This will be her first visit to South Korea.

Coverage for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games begins on February 8, but the opening ceremony is not until February 9, 5 a.m. (note the time difference).

Short-track speed skater Viktor Ahn, biathlete Anton Shipulin and cross-country skier Sergei Ustyugov are among the prominent names not included on the list. Bobsledder Maksim Andrianov said "the medals' value is rising" due to the absence of the top Russian competitors "because the fight will be more intense".

Seven other snowboarders - in slopestyle and big air - were named to the Olympic team on January 9, including Olympic bronze medallist Mark McMorris of Regina.

Seven athletes serve in the U.S. Army's World Class Athlete Program - including men's bobsled athletes Nick Cunningham, Chris Fogt, Justin Olsen and Nathan Weber; and luge athletes Taylor Morris, Matt Mortensen and Emily Sweeney.