American figure skater Isabella Tobias has been denied Lithuanian citizenship by the country’s president after a Constitutional Court said they don’t hand out citizenship based on “future merit.”
President Grybauskaitė added that the ruling should not be second-guessed, then probably slow-clapped.
Tobias, 21, had hoped to compete with her partner, Lithuanian skater Deividas Stagniunas, at next year’s Sochi Games in Russia. The pair finished with a bronze in ice dancing at Skate America in 2011.
“We are devastated,” the pair posted on their Facebook page Monday.
Of course, it’s not unprecedented for the government to get involved in ice dancing: Tanith Belbin’s American citizenship in-time for the 2006 Games required an act of congress. But I like Grybauskaitė’s hard and fast “no,” especially since Tobias has previously represented Georgia, but never America.
But seriously, you’re 21. Pick a country and stick with it.
QUEBEC CITY (AP) — Brianna Decker scored twice to help the U.S. women’s hockey team open its pre-Olympic exhibition schedule with a 5-2 victory over Canada on Sunday.
Hilary Knight, Annie Pankowski and Alex Carpenter also scored for the Americans.
Meghan Agosta and Jillian Saulnier scored for Canada.
The teams will meet again Wednesday night in Boston. Canada has won four straight Olympic titles, and the U.S. has claimed seven of the last eight world championships.
Lindsey Vonn’s top rival for downhill gold is in danger of missing the upcoming Olympics.
Ilka Stuhec, a world champion Alpine skier from Slovenia, suffered a torn ACL after a practice crash in Austria this weekend.
Stuhec had become a strong medal favorite for PyeongChang after winning FIS World Cup titles in downhill and Alpine combined last season. She also won a gold medal in downhill at the 2017 World Championships, where Vonn placed third.
According to a post on the FIS website, surgery is set for this Wednesday, with more information to come after that. But preliminary reports suggest that she is likely to miss the Olympics.
“For now it looks like Ilka Stuhec will have to miss a large part or maybe the whole World Cup season, including the Winter Olympic Games in South Korea,” a spokesperson for Struhec told Reuters.
In a tweet, Struhec acknowledged that she would be sidelined “for a few months.”
The Olympics start in less than four months.