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Source: The Guradian

Russian curler banished from Winter Olympics after failed drug test

Today 14:32 GMT

The Russian curler Alexander Krushnelnitsky has been formally charged with a doping offence by the Court of Arbitration for Sport after testing positive for the banned substance meldonium.

In December the Russian Olympic Committee was banned from the Winter Olympics and ordered to pay $15m in costs in after making what the IOC called an “unprecedented attack on the integrity of the Olympic Games and sport” following a massive state-sponsored doping programme that corrupted the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014.

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Source: Washington Post

Triple axels don’t frighten Mirai Nagasu: ‘If I fall, I’ll take the fall.’

Today 14:33 GMT

Since making history as the first American woman to land a triple axel in Olympic competition Feb. 11, Mirai Nagasu has fielded request for dates, gotten social media shout-outs from stars of her favorite TV shows, “Modern Family” and “The Big Bang Theory,” posed for pictures with singer Rachel Platten, whose hit, “Fight Song,” is her internal walk-up music before competitions, and all but campaigned for a stint on “Dancing with the Stars.”

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Source: Global News

South Korea’s Olympic men’s hockey team includes 7 Canadian players

Today 14:32 GMT

It’s Hockey Night in South Korea: Team Canada is facing-off against the South Korean men’s hockey team in the preliminary round of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

WATCH: Without any star power, Canada’s men’s hockey team ready to prove doubters wrong. “It feels pretty weird,” says Mike Swift, a Canadian and starting forward for Team South Korea.

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Source: Reuters

Russian medalist leaves Games amid doping probe: official

Today 06:05 GMT

A Russian Olympic medalist has left the Pyeongchang Winter Games on suspicion of doping, a Russian sports official said on Monday, in a case that could jeopardize the nation’s efforts to draw a line under a years-long drug-cheating scandal.

Suspicions of a doping violation have shocked the Russian team and also the sport of curling, where steady hands and sharp eyes outweigh physical fitness. Russian curling federation president Dmitry Svishchev also expressed shock, saying Russian curlers had been tested on Jan. 22 before flying out to South Korea and the tests were negative.

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Source: Washington Post

Three U.S. couples among top seven in ice dancing after Olympic short program

Today 06:05 GMT

After Monday’s short dance, the first portion of the Olympic ice dancing competition, three American teams are among the top seven.

Teams pushing for the top Olympic spots and teams hoping to make a jump to that level — like the Czech team of Cortney Mansourova and Michal Ceska, which didn’t finish in the top 20 and therefore did not qualify for the free skate Tuesday — all feel the tug of U.S.-based training.

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Source: New York Times

Russian Doping Case Rocks Olympic Curling

Today 11:46 GMT

Moiseeva, the skip, or head curler, of the Russian women’s team was referring to the possible effects of a failed doping test by a fellow Russian curler here at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

The International Olympic Committee, however, later cleared more than 160 Russian athletes to compete here in Pyeongchang as Olympic Athletes From Russia under the Olympic banner. Moiseeva, whose team lost to Switzerland on Monday morning, said she thought about reaching out to Krushelnytsky and Bryzgalova but decided against it.

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Source: New York Times

Russian Athlete May Lose Olympic Medal After Failed Doping Test

Today 14:32 GMT

A Russian athlete who won a bronze medal in curling at the Winter Olympics here has failed a preliminary doping test, putting in jeopardy his medal and Russia’s efforts to move past a vast, state-backed cheating scheme that left it nominally barred from the Games.

A second test will be conducted to confirm the finding, according to a statement from an orgainzation representing the Olympic Athletes From Russia, the designation given to more than 160 Russian athletes who had been cleared to compete at the Games under that name.

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Source: New York Times

The 22nd-Largest Team at the Olympics: Zamboni Drivers

Today 14:32 GMT

They are used to being called Zamboni drivers, and that is what their bosses here call them, and everyone loves Zamboni drivers, especially the kids, so let’s go with that.

It is conspicuous, this army of 37 mostly imported Zamboni drivers, doing their quiet, mesmerizing work of resurfacing the ice, back and forth on their big machines, when the action pauses and the cameras turn away. “I have really good American drivers,” said Remy Boehler, an ice expert from France in charge of the surfaces for the figure skating and short-track speedskating arena and practice rinks.

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Source: Washington Post

Major Olympic wardrobe malfunction strikes during French ice dancers’ short program

Today 08:59 GMT

On Monday, a French ice dancer could not avoid that embarrassing fate when her left breast was exposed while she competed in the short program.

Gabriella Papadakis, along with her partner, Guillaume Cizeron, still managed to notch a good score despite the wardrobe malfunction and the adjustments it caused in her movements. She was just seconds into their program when her costume pulled apart in the back by her neck, and she was visibly upset about the incident afterward.

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Source: BBC

Black Panther roars at S Korea box office

Today 11:46 GMT

Moviegoers in South Korea have helped propel Marvel Studio's Black Panther to the top of the global box office rankings.

Stars of the film including Chadwick Boseman and Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o, came to Seoul earlier this month or Black Panther's Asian premiere. The movie also features Alexis Rhee, a US actress of Korean descent who has also appeared in films including the 2004 blockbuster Crash.

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Source: CBS News

Ice dancer's wardrobe malfunction grabs unwanted Olympic spotlight

Today 14:32 GMT

The French ice dancer's glittering emerald costume at the Olympics had come unhooked at the neckline and, later in the routine, her left breast was exposed live on television.

Her swinging short program with partner Guillaume Cizeron at the Pyeongchang Olympics was threatening to go down in history alongside Janet Jackson's infamous wardrobe malfunction during her halftime performance at the Super Bowl.

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Source: CBS News

Lindsey Vonn bullied over politics, but won't "back down"

Today 14:32 GMT

Lindsey Vonn is not planning to change her mind or stop saying what she thinks, no matter what attacks folks might send her way via social media.

Surprise super-G gold medalist Ester Ledecka of the Czech Republic has not participated in either downhill training run and is expected to instead compete in her other sport, snowboarding, where qualifying for the parallel giant slalom is Thursday.

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Source: CTV

Canada, Germany tie for gold in two-man bobsled

Today 14:32 GMT

Canada's Justin Kripps and Germany's Francesco Friedrich tied for gold in men's two-man bobsled Monday at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

(AP Photo/Michael Sohn). Canada's Justin Kripps celebrates a gold medal after a tie with Germany during the men's two-man bobsled finals at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward). Driver Justin Kripps and Alexander Kopacz of Canada take a curve during the two-man bobsled competition at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018.

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Source: DW

Majority of South Koreans favor North Korea 'friendship'

Today 14:32 GMT

South Korean figure skater Kim Yuna, who won gold in Vancouver and silver in Sochi, lit the fuse, setting off a tower of fire that shot up to the Olympic cauldron — lighting the Olympic Flame.

More than 60 percent of South Koreans believe President Moon should sit down with Kim Jong Un at a summit designed to improve bilateral relations and ease the military tensions that have dogged the region for many years.

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Source: Reuters

Skeleton: South Korea crowns 'Iron Man' Yun as skeleton emperor

Saturday 08:58 GMT

The coronation of South Korea’s skeleton emperor Yun Sung-bin was staged with thousands of cheering fans who braved the cold to watch their new Olympic hero receive his gold medal on Friday.

South Korea’s queen of winter sports, retired figure skater Kim Yuna, was earlier among the fans at the Pyeongchang Games who cheered as Yun, with his trademark “Iron Man” helmet, shot like a bullet along the ice to become South Korea’s first Olympic champion in men’s skeleton.


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