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Avalanche at Sochi Olympics skiing resort kills 2

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An avalanche at the Sochi Olympics mountain resort killed two skiers Sunday, the day after it opened to the public, according to The Associated Press.

Here’s the report:

Six skiers were on the middle section of Labirint run when the avalanche struck, Roza Khutor said in a statement. The snow buried two women, and rescuers who dug them out were unable to save them, it said, while the four other skiers escaped unharmed.

The resort said it was clearing the snow from the run and trying to determine the cause of the avalanche. The Roza Khutor management also expressed its condolences to the family and friends of the two skiers who died.

A map of the mountain shows the Labirint run located at the far edge of the resort and labeled black, the most difficult of four categories.

Skiing and snowboarding events were held in Rosa Khutor during the Olympics and Paralympics. The Paralympics concluded one week ago, and the resort reopened to the public Saturday, according to the AP.

The resort’s area received an avalanche warning in December, four days before it opened for the ski season.

There was a team of experts devoted solely to avalanche prevention in Rosa Khutor, as detailed by The New York Times.

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Yulia Efimova among Russian swimmers barred from Olympics by FINA

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Seven Russian swimmers, including its most decorated active swimmer, are ineligible for the Rio Olympics, the sport’s international governing body said Monday.

FINA ruled out of Rio reigning world 100m breaststroke champion Yulia Efimova, plus Olympic or world championships medalists Vladimir Morozov, Nikita Lobintsev and Daria Ustinova.

Efimova, who has previously served a doping ban, was ruled out after the International Olympic Committee mandated Sunday that any Russian who has previously served a doping ban is ineligible for Rio.

Efimova’s agent said she would take the matter to the Court of Arbitration for Sport if she’s ruled out of Rio, according to Russian media.

Efimova ranks No. 2 in the world this year in the 100m breast, behind U.S. Olympic Trials winner Lilly King, and No. 2 in the 200m breast, behind Japan’s Rie Kaneto. Efimova took 200m breast bronze at the 2012 London Olympics.

Morozov, Lobintsev and Ustinova were barred by FINA for corresponding to doping samples mentioned in an independent report into Russian doping published last week.

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Eugenie Bouchard makes Olympic decision: ‘I didn’t want to watch on TV’

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Canadian tennis player Eugenie Bouchard weighed the risks of the Zika virus and security and decided to play in the Olympics.

“I didn’t want to be sitting at home watching the Olympics on TV,” she said Sunday, calling it a “hard decision.” “Also knowing I might have two or three Olympics in my career, I felt that the decision to go is the right one.”

Last week, the 22-year-old said she would make a “last-minute” decision on whether to play.

“It’s just unfortunate because it would be my first Games, and to have a problem like this [Zika] kind of dampening the excitement of, potentially, your first Olympic Games, it really sucks, to be honest,” Bouchard said then. “It’s something that I haven’t been thinking about. I’m just going to, like, wake up and make a decision.”

Bouchard reached the semifinals of the 2014 Australian Open and 2014 French Open and the 2014 Wimbledon final. She struggled for much of 2015, then suffered a concussion slipping and falling in a locker room at the U.S. Open.

Bouchard is ranked No. 42 in the world. Several other top tennis players have withdrawn from the Olympics for various reasons, including Zika.

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