Jazmine Fenlator, Lolo Jones

U.S. women’s bobsled pairings announced for Park City World Cup


The U.S. Bobsled team made one change to its three women’s bobsled pairings for the second World Cup of the season in Park City, Utah, this weekend.

The top two sleds from last week’s opener in Calgary, Alberta, remain the same — Elana Meyers and Aja Evans and Jamie Greubel and Katie Eberling. The third sled will again by driven by Jazmine Fenlator, but her push athlete will be 2010 Olympian Emily Azevedo making her World Cup season debut.

Azevedo replaces two-time Olympic hurdler Lolo Jones. These are the pairings for Friday’s race. The pairings for Saturday have yet to be announced. Universal Sports will have coverage of the races.

Fenlator and Jones finished 15th at the opening World Cup in Calgary, Alberta, last week. It marked Fenlator’s lowest World Cup finish in three seasons as a driver.

USBSF also subbed out Jones for Azevedo for the second World Cup stop last season. Evans, Eberling and Azevedo went on to be the three push athletes in the two-woman competition at the World Championships, while Jones came in for the non-Olympic team event.

In all, Jones competed in five of the eight World Cup events the U.S. took part in last season, her rookie season.

Meyers and Evans and Greubel and Eberling will look to build on a two-three finish in Calgary, the second time since 2009 the U.S. put two women’s sleds on the same World Cup podium.

World Cup results through mid-January will determine how many sleds the U.S. will qualify for Sochi. It will likely qualify the maximum three, as it did for the 2010 Olympics.

The Olympic push athletes will be discretionary selections, though World Cup results play a role in determining who is picked.

Video: Holcomb sweeps Calgary World Cup races

Ex-Canadian Olympic Committee president sorry for behavior, quits law firm

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MONTREAL (AP) — Former Canadian Olympic Committee President Marcel Aubut has apologized for his behavior amid allegations he sexually harassed several women.

He said in a statement Friday he has been “living in turmoil,” offering “unreserved apologies” from the “bottom of my heart” to all who have been hurt by his conduct. The 67-year-old Aubut adds he is leaving his BCF law firm and seeking counseling.

Aubut resigned as Canadian Olympic Committee president last weekend after women accused him of sexual comments and unwanted touching. Interim president Tricia Smith has said the organization’s board was not aware of “any specific interactions that would be construed as harassment.”

Aubut was CEO of the NHL’s Quebec Nordiques until the team moved to Colorado in 1995. He was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1999.

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Magnificent Seven reunion in the works

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Magnificent Seven teammates had a message for team captain Amanda Borden after they won gold at the Atlanta 1996 Olympics.

“You have to get us back together,” Borden remembered in a phone interview Friday.

Reunions have been rare in the last 15 years, but Borden said she’s been in contact with all of her teammates to arrange at least one get-together in 2016 to mark the 20-year anniversary of their Olympic triumph.

“It’s easier said than done,” said Borden, who owns two Phoenix-area gyms with her husband and has three children. “I know every one of us really wants to make it happen. We are definitely doing it. It’s just a matter of if all of us can be there.”

It may happen in Atlanta. It may be at a USA Gymnastics event, such as the Olympic trials in San Jose, Calif., in July. It may be somewhere less visible, such as a warm beach.

It probably won’t happen in Rio de Janeiro, because it’s hard to coordinate the schedules of all seven women for an event abroad, even though some will be at the Olympics anyway.

Borden and Kerri Strug said they don’t remember all seven members of the team being together since 2008, the year the Magnificent Seven shared a stage for a U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame induction (photo here).

“[Borden] has put out the feelers; it seems like we’re on board,” Strug said while in New York last month for an Epson “Swimming in Ink” event with U.S. synchronized swimmers. “Do we want to do a cruise or take a vacation?”

The other Magnificent Seven team members were Amy Chow, Dominique Dawes, Shannon MillerDominique Moceanu and Jaycie Phelps.

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