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Gary Bettman: No Olympic meetings scheduled for NHL

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NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said Wednesday that there are no meetings scheduled between the NHL and the International Olympic Committee or the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) regarding PyeongChang Olympic participation, according to the Canadian Press.

The league hasn’t announced whether it will send players to a sixth straight Olympics in PyeongChang in 11 months.

“Unless something changes we’re not going,” deputy commissioner Bill Daly repeated Wednesday, according to the report. “We’ve said that consistently for three months, so there’s nothing new about that.”

What is new is that there now doesn’t appear to be a resolution before IOC coordination commission meetings in PyeongChang next week.

“I have a coordination commission in March in Korea,” IIHF president Rene Fasel said last month, according to The Associated Press. “We need to know about the accommodation. We need to know about the transportation. The sooner we know, the better we can prepare the conditions for the NHL players and the NHL.”

Fasel said then that the majority of representatives from the 12 qualified nations for the 2018 Olympic men’s hockey tournament “felt that the NHL will likely need to decide during the month of March because of their scheduling needs for next season.”

“However, we do not feel at this time that it would be constructive to set a hard deadline for the NHL and [NHL Players Association] to confirm their participation,” Fasel said.

Daly said in December that the NHL was preparing to devise two separate schedules for the 2017-18 season, one with an Olympic break.

On Wednesday, Bettman said the NHL was focused at the moment on a 2017-18 schedule that didn’t include the Olympics, but a revamped bye-week period, according to the Canadian Press.

The NHL made its 2013-14 schedule and 2014 Olympic participation announcements jointly on July 19, 2013, seven months before the Sochi Winter Games.

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After accident, Olympian Jamie Nieto walks at his wedding

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After two-time Olympic high jumper Jamie Nieto suffered a spinal cord injury while attempting a standing back flip in April 2016, he decided to set a goal for himself. Nietro was determined to walk down the aisle at his own wedding.

On Saturday, July 22, 2017, Nieto walked to the altar in front of everyone gathered at Christ Temple Apostolic Church in east San Diego – something his doctors said might not be possible.

Nieto, with some assistance, entered the church where he then married his bride, Jamaican hurdler Shevon Stoddart, exactly how he set out to – on his feet.

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Kerri Walsh Jennings dislocates shoulder in Poland (video)

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Five-time Olympian Kerri Walsh Jennings dislocated her shoulder during the semifinals of a beach volleyball tournament in Poland and forfeited the bronze medal match.

Walsh Jennings and new partner Nicole Branagh were tied in the third set of their match against Canada on Saturday when Walsh Jennings dove for the ball with her right arm and twisted her hand in the sand. After a four-minute delay, Canada went on to win the third set 16-14 and advance to the gold medal match.

“I just went for a short dig and the surface in Europe is so shallow and so hard and there’s no give for our bodies,” Walsh Jennings explained after the match in an interview with her shoulder wrapped in ice.

Walsh Jennings had surgery on the same shoulder during the run-up to the 2016 Rio Olympics, where she and April Ross won the bronze medal. Walsh Jennings won three gold medals with Misty May Treanor.

Walsh Jennings said she is looking forward to returning to the FIVB World Tour in Vienna in one week.

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