Women’s hockey at risk of being dropped from the Olympics?

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The U.S. and Canada will face off in the IIHF women’s hockey world championships for the fifteenth time in fifteen tournaments. Yes, that’s all of them, prompting some to wonder if the sport might get tossed from future Olympic Games for a lack of competition from other nations.

One of those people was current IOC president Jacques Rogge, who said after the 2010 gold medal game in Vancouver (not surprisingly between the U.S. and Canada) that “we cannot continue without improvement.” But IIHF President Rene Fasel said he doesn’t think the sport is at risk:

“I don’t think there will be a problem there,” Fasel told reporters at the women’s world championship. “I cannot imagine that an IOC president would kick women’s hockey out of the program. I can’t imagine that. But you never know. They kicked wrestling out, so…”

The U.S. and Canada have also gone toe-to-toe at all but one Olympic gold medal final, which has obviously created an exciting rivalry for the bordering nations, but ruined the interest of countries like Switzerland, which lost by a combined 18-0 in their preliminary games against the two teams.

“Our goal is to be more competitive in [South] Korea in 2018,” Fasel added. “We need that time to go there.”

Caitlyn Jenner: Olympic decathlon title one half of ‘ultimate double’

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Caitlyn Jenner says she has ultimate double — winning the 1976 Olympic decathlon and 2015 Glamour “Woman of the Year.”

Jenner sat down with Seth Meyers for an interview during a media tour for her memoir, “The Secrets of My Life,” which was released Wednesday.

She briefly mentioned her Olympic experience, winning the Montreal 1976 decathlon.

Jenner related it to her current work within the transgender community, one that she said is marginalized and misunderstood with high murder and suicide rates.

“What I’m doing today is mort important than winning the Games more than 40 years ago,” Jenner said.

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Syria-born Olympian takes advocacy role at U.N. refugee agency

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GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. refugee agency has chosen as a goodwill ambassador a Syrian teenage girl who helped save a boat carrying fellow refugees and later became an Olympic swimmer.

Yusra Mardini was appointed as UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador on Thursday, joining other notables like actress Cate Blanchett and author Khaled Hosseini in the unpaid advocacy role.

UNHCR chief Filippo Grandi said Mardini “represents the hopes, the fears and the incredible potential of the more than 10 million young refugees around the globe.”

Mardini and her sister Sarah jumped overboard and swam for hours alongside their overloaded boat to reach Greece from Turkey in 2015.

She swam on the first Refugee Olympic team in Rio last year and has discussed refugees’ challenges with leaders like Pope Francis and President Barack Obama.

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