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Hannah Teter misses halfpipe finals again; Olympics in jeopardy

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Hannah Teter, the top U.S. women’s halfpipe snowboarder at the last two Olympics, is now 0-for-3 at Olympic selection events.

Teter failed to advance out of qualifying for the third straight event, finishing 16th Wednesday with the top eight advancing to Saturday’s final in Breckenridge, Colo.

“The heat is definitely on moreso than ever before,” Teter said, according to USA Today. “I’ve never had this experience going into the Olympics. I’ve always in the second and third event had good results.”

Teter, 26, won Olympic gold in 2006 and silver in 2010.

The U.S. Olympic selection procedures call for up to three women to make the Olympic Team if they achieve one top-four result over five Olympic selection events. This week is the third of five selection events.

Three U.S. women have top-four results so far, including 2002 Olympic champion Kelly Clark, who has clinched a spot on the Olympic Team. If more than three women achieve a top-four result, the tiebreaker is a points system combining each snowboarder’s top best finishes.

The U.S. Olympic women’s snowboard halfpipe team is expected to include not three but four women. That leaves room for one Olympian to be selected outside of the Olympic selection standings, giving Teter a little bit of hope if she doesn’t improve the next two weeks.

2006 Olympic silver medalist Gretchen Bleiler also did not advance to the final in Breckenridge, though Bleiler has a top-four result already.

In men’s halfpipe qualifying, 2010 Olympic bronze medalist Scotty Lago failed to make the 16-man final. He has yet to earn a top-four result through three of five events.

The rest of the U.S. favorites advanced to the men’s and women’s halfpipe finals in Breckenridge — Clark, Arielle GoldElena Hight and Kaitlyn Farrington and Shaun WhiteGreg BretzLouie Vito and Taylor Gold.

White will compete in slopestyle qualification Thursday.

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Lindsey Vonn among Olympic medalists in documentary about gender in sports

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Olympic medalists Lindsey VonnHilary Knight and Ann Meyers-Drysdale will feature in TOMBOY, an hourlong, multi-platform documentary project aiming to elevate the conversation about gender in sports.

TOMBOY, which will premiere in March, is told through the voices of many of the world’s most prominent female athletes, broadcasters and sports executives.

It will air across all NBC Sports Regional Networks, NBCSN and select NBC-owned TV stations (check local listings). Clips can be found here. More information can be found here.

In an interview clip, Vonn discusses a challenge unique to her sport — fear.

“In my sport, you can’t be afraid,” said the 2010 Olympic downhill champion, who continues to come back from high-speed crashes and major injuries. “Ski racing is an incredibly dangerous sport. It definitely would not be safe if you were afraid of going 90 miles per hour.”

Knight, a two-time Olympic silver medalist, said that at age 5 one of her grandmothers told her that girls don’t play hockey.

“Since age 5, I’ve been working toward an Olympic dream,” said Knight, the MVP of the last two world championships. “Fifteen years later, I ended up at my first Olympic Games.”

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Michael Phelps cites ‘frustration’ in testimony for congressional anti-doping hearing

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 14:  Michael Phelps of the United States speaks during a press conference at the Main Press Centre on August 14, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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In written testimony, Michael Phelps said he was frustrated with the uncertainty of whether he was competing against clean athletes in Rio ahead of a congressional hearing looking at ways to improve the international anti-doping system.

“Rio was also unique because of increased doping concerns,” Phelps wrote in a 1,300-word letter, published ahead of his appearance at a congressional hearing Tuesday in Washington, D.C. “In the year leading up to the Games, there was uncertainty and suspicion; I, along with a number of other athletes, signed a petition requesting that all athletes be tested in the months prior to the Games. Unfortunately, the uncertainty remained, even through the Games, and I watched how this affected my teammates and fellow competitors. We all felt the frustration, which undermines so much of the belief and confidence we work so hard to build up to prepare for the Olympics.”

Phelps is one of five witnesses called to testify at Tuesday’s 10:15 a.m. ET hearing, which will be webcast at http://energycommerce.house.gov/.

Phelps is expected to be joined by:

Adam Nelson, 2004 U.S. Olympic shot put champion
Travis Tygart, U.S. Anti-Doping Agency CEO
Dr. Richard Budgett, IOC Medical and Scientific Director
Rob Koehler, World Anti-Doping Agency Deputy Director General

“Throughout my career, I have suspected that some athletes were cheating, and in some cases those suspicions were confirmed,” Phelps wrote. “Given all the testing I, and so many others, have been through I have a hard time understanding this. In addition to all the tests during competitions, I had to notify USADA as to where I would be every day, so they would be able to conduct random tests outside of competition. This whole process takes a toll, but it’s absolutely worth it to keep sport clean and fair. I can’t adequately describe how frustrating it is to see another athlete break through performance barriers in unrealistic timeframes, knowing what I had to go through to do it. I watched how this affected my teammates too. Even the suspicion of doping is disillusioning for clean athletes.”

Phelps reiterated that he hopes another athlete breaks his record of 28 Olympic medals.

“But for that to happen, he must believe he or she will get a fair opportunity to compete,” Phelps wrote. “If we allow our confidence in fair play to erode, we will undermine the power of sport, and the goals and dreams of future generations. The time to act is now. We must do what is necessary to ensure the system is fair and reliable, so we can all believe in it.”

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