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Kim Yu-na lacing up her skates again

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After more than a year away from the ice, Vancouver women’s figure skating champ Kim Yu-na is putting the ol’ team back together in hopes of defending her Olympic title at the 2014 Sochi Games.

Kim figured she’s about 70 percent ready to compete again and will reunite with childhood coaches Shin Hye-sook and Ryu Jong-hyun, who she began her career with at age seven in Seoul.

“I still have a feel for jumps and as long as I can get my strength back, there should be no problem,” Kim said in a press conference, adding that she plans to focus on conditioning. “I am also a bit concerned about shaking off rust in competitions.”

After sitting out all international competitions since winning silver at the 2011 World Championships, the 22-year-old South Korean wasn’t invited to compete in the current Grand Prix season.

Instead she’ll need to score enough technical points in minor competitions to qualify for the 2013 worlds in London, Ontario and use that competition as a springboard to the Olympics.

2010 men’s gold medalist Evan Lysacek also recently announced his plans to win another medal in Sochi, but sat out last week’s Skate America event with a groin injury. He currently plans to make his competitive debut at the U.S. Championships in Omaha this January.

Allyson Felix expects to be near 100 percent in Rio

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U.S. runner Allyson Felix says she expects to be close to 100 percent when 400m qualifying begins on Aug. 13.

Felix, who hurt her right ankle during training this spring, was at less than 100 percent earlier this month when she ran in the U.S. Olympic Trials.

She failed to qualify for her favorite race, the 200m, and will not have a chance to defend her Olympic title at that distance.

At the U.S. training camp on Friday, Felix said she doesn’t think she’ll ever get past the disappointment of not getting to go for the 200m-400m double, but she’s focused on the task at hand. The 400m final is Aug. 15.

MORE: How Felix handled the minutes after she missed the Olympic 200m team

Entire Russian weightlifting team banned from Olympics

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BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The International Weightlifting Federation has banned the Russian federation and all its weightlifters from the Rio Olympics.

The IWF said Friday the multiple cases of doping by Russian weightlifters have “seriously damaged” the integrity of the sport. The eight Russian Olympic spots have been offered to other countries.

The IWF said the doping results produced by Russian weightlifters are “extremely shocking and disappointing.”

Russia, China, North Korea and Kazakhstan are the world’s top four weightlifting nations.

MORE: U.S. Olympic weightlifting team complete