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In honor of David Letterman’s mom, Olympic correspondent

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David Letterman‘s mom, Dorothy Mengering, who became a late-night celebrity for her coverage of the 1994 and 1998 Winter Olympics, has died at age 95.

Mengering was best known for appearances on her son’s “Late Show” on CBS, which included Olympic correspondent work.

Mengering was 72 when CBS sent her to cover the 1994 Winter Games in Lillehammer, Norway, as Dave’s Mom for the “Late Show.”

In her reporting, Dave’s Mom offered cocoa to figure skater Nancy Kerrigan (twice), sampled cross-country skiing and asked then-First Lady Hillary Clinton if she could take care of Letterman’s speeding tickets.

Dave’s Mom reprised her role in Nagano, Japan, in 1998.

How did it all start? From the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times in 1996:

After [Letterman’s] move to CBS, where he started the Late Show, the network asked him to develop a tie-in with CBS’ coverage of the Winter Olympics. Letterman’s idea was to send his mother to Norway and have her report back via satellite.

“I actually thought this might be something for my mother, and I didn’t know if it was because we had used her on the phone before or what. But, I was surprised that people took to it,” Letterman said. “The best part of it for me was that she got through the three weeks with some dignity. And she was not  embarrassed, so that was nice. I was very worried about that.”

Dorothy’s Norway stint was so successful — even President Clinton admitted that he and Hillary Clinton stayed up late to watch her — that Letterman quickly realized his mother was a hot commodity.

While in Norway for the Olympics, Dorothy would often hear folks yell out: “Dave’s Mom, we love you!” But she didn’t consider those words to be fan appreciation. “Actually, it wasn’t so much me as mom, and I personified mom,” she said.

“After Lillehammer, I couldn’t believe how it all took off,” Mengering said in 1996, according to The New York Times. “I think it’s about the idea of mom and of a family.”

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IOC expects decisions on Russian doping cases next month

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Investigators at the International Olympic Committee expect to have “a number” of doping cases involving Russians at the Sochi Olympics resolved by the end of November, but they have no plans to dictate the eligibility of these athletes for next year’s Winter Games in PyeongChang.

The leader of an IOC delegation in charge of reviewing 28 cases involving athletes at Sochi wrote to the head of the IOC Athletes Commission this week to update the timeline of cases stemming from a report detailing a Russian doping scheme at the 2014 Olympics and beforehand.

Denis Oswald said that of the cases his committee is reviewing, priority has been given to those involving athletes looking to compete in PyeongChang. Top priority goes to six cross-country skiers whose provisional suspensions expire Oct. 31.

Oswald also said his committee would rule on these athletes’ results for Sochi, but will not determine their eligibility for PyeongChang, instead handing over evidence to their respective sports federations to decide.

The IOC also appointed a task force to look at the Russian doping scandal as a whole, the results of which could have wider repercussions on the country’s eligibility at next year’s Olympics.

In a separate letter sent to worldwide sports leaders, IOC President Thomas Bach said only that the Schmid Commission is continuing its evaluation and that “I hope that the IOC Executive Board will still be able to take a decision this year because none of us want this serious issue to overshadow” the upcoming Olympics.

The updates come amid a growing chorus of calls for a timely decision and for Russia’s ouster from PyeongChang.

The IOC commissions are operating off information from the McLaren Report, the first part of which was released in July 2016.

In explaining the timeline, Oswald wrote that because the Russian scheme involved exchanging dirty urine samples with clean ones, it took time to adopt methods to verify that samples had been tampered with — in part by finding evidence of scratch marks on collection bottles that had been opened and re-sealed.

“The task has not been easy in both establishing a methodology in an area in which there are no established protocols,” he wrote, “and then moving through the necessary scientific analysis of each individual sample in a way which would withstand legal challenge.”

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Two-time Olympian becomes first woman to lead U.S. national swim team

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Two-time Olympian Lindsay Mintenko has been picked to lead the U.S. national swimming team. She is the first woman to hold the title.

USA Swimming made the announcement Wednesday.

Mintenko replaces Frank Busch, who retired Oct. 1 as managing director. She has been a member of the national team staff since 2006.

During her swimming career, Mintenko won gold medals as a U.S. team captain at the 2000 and 2004 Olympics 800m freestyle relay and added a silver in 2004 on the 400m freestyle relay.

USA Swimming also announced an organizational restructuring that will place all technical divisions, including the national team, under the oversight of chief operating officer Mike Unger.

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