• Yevgeny Plushenko predicts best-ever Olympics in figure skating for 2018
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    Yevgeny Plushenko predicts best-ever Olympics in figure skating for 2018

    MOSCOW (AP) — Figure skating legend Yevgeny Plushenko predicts that next month's Olympic figure skating competition in Pyeongchang, South Korea, will be the best ever. Citing the proliferation of quad jumps among the men and top skaters' fights with injury, two-time Olympic gold medalist Plushenko says there's "lots of suspense. The Olympics are going to be crazy." The 35-year-old Russian, who last competed in 2014, says he's thrilled to watch the men's quads.

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  • Who will get the final spot on the U.S. Olympic team for men's snowboard halfpipe?
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    Who will get the final spot on the U.S. Olympic team for men's snowboard halfpipe?

    Making the U.S. Olympic team in snowboard halfpipe is no easy feat. For everyone other than Shaun White, Ben Ferguson and Jake Pates, things just got even harder. Those three riders — White, Ferguson and Pates — all clinched spots on the Olympic team after last week's selection event at Snowmass. That means that only one potential spot on the team is still available, and that's the discretionary spot determined by the coaches.

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  • Who can qualify for the U.S. Olympic snowboard team this week at Mammoth?
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    Who can qualify for the U.S. Olympic snowboard team this week at Mammoth?

    The snowboard world is split between two contests this week. On one side of the globe, you have the Laax Open in Switzerland. This event is part of the World Cup series and presents the final chance for riders to earn points before the Olympic qualifying period officially comes to a close. Many of the heavy hitters on the international side are expected to compete there.

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  • Who can qualify for the U.S. Olympic freeski team this week at Mammoth?
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    Who can qualify for the U.S. Olympic freeski team this week at Mammoth?

    Last week, the U.S. Olympic freeski team added its first three members. This week, at least three more skiers will qualify for PyeongChang. The final set of Olympic selection events for freeski halfpipe and slopestyle are happening this week at Mammoth Mountain, part of the U.S. Grand Prix series. The results will help determine who the U.S. sends to next month's Winter Olympics in these disciplines.

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  • Who is Sandra Naeslund?
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    Who is Sandra Naeslund?

    Name: Sandra Naeslund Country: Sweden Age: 21 Sport: Freestyle Skiing Discipline: Ski Cross 2016/17 World Cup ranking: 2nd Accolades

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  • Olympic Ice, live figure skating show, to air nightly during Olympics

    Olympic Ice, live figure skating show, to air nightly during Olympics

    “Olympic Ice Presented by Toyota,” a live, hourlong figure skating show, will air nightly at 7 ET on NBCSN from Feb. 10-24 during the PyeongChang Winter Games. The NBCSN show will precede live Olympic figure skating competition in primetime. NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app will also present a digital-exclusive version of “Olympic Ice” immediately following primetime coverage beginning Feb. 8, the first day of figure skating competition in PyeongChang.

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  • Talk of joint Olympics hockey team worries South Koreans
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    Talk of joint Olympics hockey team worries South Koreans

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A last-minute proposal to form a joint North Korean-South Korean women's hockey team for next month's Olympics has sparked concern that it could be a bad move for the South Korean players. A South Korean official tried to respond to the fears Wednesday. "It is the government's basic stance that we will make sure there is no negative impact on our athletes," said Baik Tae-hyun, a spokesman for the Unification Ministry. He didn't elaborate.

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  • Canada: Women's Olympic hockey roster
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    Canada: Women's Olympic hockey roster

    Names in bold denote previous Olympic appearances.

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  • Sweden: Women's Olympic hockey roster
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    Sweden: Women's Olympic hockey roster

    Names in bold denote previous Olympic appearances.

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  • Coming out changes the game for Olympian Gus Kenworthy
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    Coming out changes the game for Olympian Gus Kenworthy

    PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Gus Kenworthy's life has changed, and unlike most athletes who make it big at the Olympics, it's only partly because of the medal he won. When he left Sochi four years ago, Kenworthy was known as the silver medal-winning, dog-saving freeskier who was part of a historic U.S. medal sweep in the first Olympic ski slopestyle contest.

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