Singapore’s Ser Miang announces bid for IOC president

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IOC Vice President Ng Ser Miang of Singapore officially entered the race for IOC president on Thursday, announcing his candidacy at the Sorbonne in Paris where the Games were originally founded back in 1894.

Ng, 64, a former vice president of the international sailing federation, has served the IOC since 1998, including time spent as Norway’s non-resident ambassador since 2001, and as an executive board member since 2005. He also chaired the inaugural Youth Olympics in Singapore in 2010.

“I come from Singapore, a multi-racial, multi-cultural society whose success is based on teamwork,” Ng told the Associated Press after announcing on Thursday. “I am proud to be Asian, but I am also a global citizen. This gives me a unique perspective as an IOC member.”

Ng will aim to become the first Asian to hold the position, following seven Europeans and a lone American, Avery Brundage, who oversaw ten Olympic Games when he served as President of the the IOC from 1952 to 1972. Ng believes his time spent working with European, African, and South American cities makes him a strong candidate, and he sent his official manifesto to voting members on Wedenesday.

“The Olympic movement faces a new and rapidly changing world. The IOC will require a leader with a universal perspective and an inclusive, cooperative-leadership style. The world is changing and the movement must change with it. I believe that we can do more and that we must do more.”

Ng follows fellow IOC vice president Thomas Bach of Germany, who declared his bid for the presidency last week. The two men are expected to be joined in the race by IOC Finance Commission chair Richard Carrion of Puerto Rico, and IIHF president Rene Fasel of Switzerland, among others.

Ligety exits quietly, Hirscher brilliant again

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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Marcel Hirscher, the Austrian ski god, is finally having his moment. King of the World Cup tour for the past seven seasons, on Sunday Hirscher won his second Olympic gold, in the giant slalom.

Hirscher had won a grand total of no Olympic medals, nada, zip, zero in two prior Games. Now he might — could, should — win three here at PyeongChang. The slalom, another Hirscher specialty, is due to be run Thursday.

To watch Hirscher ski is to watch one of the great athletes of our — or any — time. Like being courtside in Chicago to see Michael Jordan back in the day. At Wimbledon for a Roger Federer volley. At the Water Cube in Beijing in 2008 when Michael Phelps was swimming the butterfly.

In Sunday’s race, Kristoffersen finished second, 1.27 seconds back of Hirscher. Pinturault finished third, 1.31 behind.

American racer Ted Ligety used to own this event: the Sochi 2014 giant slalom gold medalist, he was world champion in 2011, 2013 and 2015. Pinturault took Sochi 2014 bronze.

Considering his relatively low slalom ranking and the pounding that slalom demands, Sunday’s GS was — just like that, that quickly, that quietly — likely the final race of Ligety’s outstanding Olympic career.

“This is probably it for me at these Games,” he said after run two, adding that he is planning to head back to Europe, to race the remainder of the World Cup season.

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Olympic ice dance figure skating preview

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While Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir already have a gold medal in PyeongChang from the team event, they’re back to regain their 2010 Olympic ice dance title.

The short dance is Sunday, February 18 in Primetime on NBC and NBCOlympics.com and the free dance is Monday, February 19 in Primetime on NBC and NBCOlympics.com.

Here are some names to know before the event kicks off:

Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue, Team USA

Credentials: Reigning U.S. national champions, first Olympic appearance is 2018

Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani, Team USA

Credentials: Three-time Worlds medalists, two-time U.S. national champions, 2014 Olympians, 2017 Grand Prix Final bronze medalists

Madison Chock and Evan Bates, Team USA
Buzz about Chock and Bates: They’re a couple on and off the ice, and say that’s given a new perspective to their athletic careers. They weren’t a couple when they competed together at the 2014 Olympics, so they believe this experience will be all the more special for it.

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, Canada
Credentials: 2010 Olympic champions, two-time Sochi 2014 silver medalists, three-time world champions, eight-time Canadian national champions.

Read the full ice dance preview here and watch figure skating highlights and streams