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Sochi Olympic organizers choose 3,000 school performers for opening, closing ceremonies

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Circus performers were among 3,000 “young artists from middle and higher art and drama schools” were tapped to participate in Sochi Olympic and Paralympic opening and closing ceremonies.

Sochi 2014 recently held auditions in five Russian cities, the organizing committee announced Thursday. It was first reported last year that circus and dance students would be part of the Olympic opening ceremony Feb. 7.

Organizers said they will be used for “dance and acrobatic scenes” and that auditions for professional groups of “main performers” are also being held this month.

Vancouver called for 4,500 volunteer performers in its run-up to the 2010 Olympic opening ceremony. Beijing may have used the most performers, including 2,008 drummers, at the beginning of its opening ceremony.

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Russia neutral Olympic uniform designs (photos)

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Russia Olympic outfitter ZA Sport has presented designs for potential apparel for Russian athletes at the PyeongChang Olympics.

Russia’s Olympic Committee is barred from the Winter Games as part of its doping sanctions, but individual Russian athletes are expected to be invited by an International Olympic Committee panel later this month.

The team will be called “Olympic Athlete from Russia.”

The uniforms must meet the following guidelines:

  • Athlete uniforms can include only two types of wording — “Olympic Athlete from Russia” and OAR
  • Where “Russia” is used with “Olympic Athlete from Russia,” “Russia” must be on a line below “Olympic Athlete from” and not in a larger size
  • Uniforms must be different pantones than the Russian flag (suggested to be darker)
  • Officials’ uniforms cannot include “Russia” at all, only OAR
  • Only one- or two-color elements are allowed (the Russian flag is three colors)

“The color palette of the collection consists of grey, red and white,” ZA Sport said, according to Russian news agency TASS. “The OAR logo — Olympic Athlete of Russia — has been imprinted on parkas, jackets, warm-up suits, sweatshirts and tee shirts.

“In line with the IOC regulations, the Olympic uniform has no symbols of the Russian Federation — the national flag and the national emblem. Athletes going to the Olympics in South Korea will be supplied with the Olympic apparel between January 22 and February 7.”

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Yevgenia Medvedeva trails at European Championships

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Yevgenia Medvedeva came back from a broken foot to an unfamiliar place — trailing at a figure skating competition.

The Russian, undefeated for more than two years, had a minor error — stumbling out of a double Axel landing — and is second to training partner Alina Zagitova by 1.7 points after the European Championships short program in Moscow.

Medvedeva is competing for the first time since November.

She withdrew from two December events — the Grand Prix Final and the Russian Championships — with the injury but is still expected to compete in the PyeongChang Olympics.

She was beaten in a program Thursday for the first time since Gracie Gold topped the 2016 World Championships short program.

“There were many moments where I need to do better,” Medvedeva said, according to the International Skating Union, adding that she was in a cast for three weeks. “I did not feel the injury Everything has healed.”

Zagitova, the 15-year-old world junior champion, tallied 80.27 points, the third-best under a 14-year-old judging system. Medvedeva has the two highest scores, both set in 2017.

Italian Carolina Kostner, the Sochi Olympic bronze medalist, is third going into Saturday’s free skate (12:30 p.m. ET, Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA and NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app for subscribers).

Kostner, at her 14th European Championships, scored a personal-best 78.30 points.

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