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Lindsey Jacobellis ready for Sochi with X Games record

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Lindsey Jacobellis won her eighth Winter X Games gold medal in snowboard cross Friday, breaking the record for most titles won by a woman in a Summer or Winter X Games career.

“It sounds pretty great,” Jacobellis said in Aspen, Colo., on ESPN3. “The last two years, what I’ve been through, it’s like the icing on the cake. Best confidence I can have going into Sochi.”

She previously shared the record of seven gold medals with Brazilian vert skater Fabiola da Silva.

Jacobellis came back from tearing the left ACL and meniscus at the 2012 X Games to reclaim her title. She’s now set up as a redemption story at the Sochi Olympics.

Jacobellis infamously cost herself gold at the 2006 Olympics. She led going into the next to last jump in Torino and attempted a stylish method grab, fell and crossed the finish in second.

She was disqualified in the semifinals of the 2010 Olympics, hitting a gate.

Jacobellis enters Sochi on a three-race World Cup podium streak and second in the overall standings to Canadian Dominique Maltais.

Two-time Olympian Nate Holland won the men’s snowboard cross final at the X Games later Friday, his seventh gold.

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Yelena Isinbayeva to oversee Russia Anti-Doping Agency

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MOSCOW (AP) — Two-time Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva has been chosen to chair the new supervisory board of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency, which is struggling to recover its reputation after repeated doping scandals.

The agency, known as RUSADA, said in a statement that Isinbayeva would head a nine-person board also including sports executives, academics, and a Russian sports ministry official.

Isinbayeva was part of the Russian athletics team which was banned from the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro for widespread drug use, though she has not been accused of any wrongdoing.

Isinbayeva’s appointment could cause tension with the World Anti-Doping Agency, which she has sharply criticized, saying its accusations against Russia are unproven, and calling for athlete-turned-whistleblower Yulia Stepanova to be banned for life.

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IOC undecided on refugee team for Tokyo Olympics

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 05:  Flag bearer Rose Lokonyen Nathike of the Refugee Olympic Team leads her team during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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The International Olympic Committee expects to decide in two years if it will have a refugee team at the 2020 Olympics, an official said Tuesday.

The first Olympic refugee team competed in Rio, with 10 athletes in three sports from South Sudan, Syria, Congo and Ethiopia.

“To have the Olympic refugee team in Rio was not an objective in itself,” Pere Miro, the IOC’s Deputy Director General for Relations with the Olympic Movement, told media in Lausanne, Switzerland. “It was a mean to put that in front of the world. … We go step by step.

“What we want is to support these persons that they have this very difficult life around the world.”

Miro said it has been proposed that all National Olympic Committees be invited to identify refugee athletes in their respective countries to take part in international competitions for the next four years.

He also said the IOC has “not abandoned” the 10 refugee athletes from Rio and that the organization will take an active role in supporting them, either on their quest for Tokyo 2020 or with their post-Olympic lives.

“We have the duty to continue with them,” Miro said. “We are really in touch with every one of them.”

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