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List of potential stars on Olympic OAR team of Russian athletes

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Medal contenders and stars who could be invited to the PyeongChang Olympics to compete for the neutral Olympic athlete from Russia (OAR) team …

Alpine Skiing
Alexander Khoroshilov
Slalom
Fifth at 2017 World Championships
Third in 2014-15 World Cup standings

Biathlon
Anton Shipulin
Second in 2016-17 World Cup overall standings

Yekaterina Yurlova-Percht
2015 World champion, 15km individual

Cross-Country Skiing
Sergey Ustiugov
Five medals at 2017 World Championships
Second in 2016-17 World Cup overall standings
2017 Tour de Ski champion

Curling
Anna Sidorova
Medals at each of the last four world championships

Figure Skating
Yevgenia Medvedeva
2016, 2017 World champion
Undefeated for two years

Alina Zagitova
Second in 2017-18 Grand Prix standings
2017 World junior champion

Yevgenia Tarasova/Vladimir Morozov
Pairs
2017 World bronze medalists

Freestyle Skiing
Ilya Burov
Aerials
Fourth in 2014-15 World Cup standings
Fifth in 2015-16 World Cup standings
Missed most of 2016-17 season with injuries

Alexandr Smyshlyaev
Moguls
2014 Olympic bronze medalist
2015 World bronze medalist
Missed 2016-17 season due to injury

Hockey
Ilya Kovalchuk
Four-time Olympian
Three-time NHL All-Star

Pavel Datsuyk
Four-time Olympian
Russian captain in Sochi
Four-time NHL All-Star

Luge
Roman Repilov
2017 World silver medalist
2016-17 World Cup champion

Semyon Pavlichenko
Second in 2017-18 World Cup standings

Tatiana Ivanova
2016 World bronze medalist
Third in 2016-17 World Cup standings

Short Track Speed Skating
Viktor Ahn
Eight Olympic medals
Six Olympic gold medals
Most decorated male athlete at Sochi Olympics (three golds, one bronze)

Semyon Elistratov
2015 World champion, 1500m

Skeleton
Nikita Tregubov
2017 World bronze medalist

Snowboarding
Vic Wild
Parallel Giant Slalom
2014 Olympic champion

Alena Zavarzina
Parallel Giant Slalom
2014 Olympic bronze medalist
2016-17 World Cup champion

Speed Skating
Pavel Kulizhnikov
2016 World champion, 500m and 1000m
*May be ineligible due to doping ban served from 2012-14.

Denis Yuskov
2017-18 World Cup leader, 1500m
2016 World champion, 1500m
*May be ineligible due to ban for marijuana from 2008 to 2011.

The IOC announcement Tuesday said that athletes who have had an anti-doping violation will not be invited to the Olympics, but it’s unclear if that rule will apply to cases this old.

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Clarification: An earlier version of this post did not mention Kulizhnikov and Yuskov’s doping bans.

Canada in control of hockey rivalry going into Olympics

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Four years ago, the U.S. women’s hockey team rode a four-game winning streak over rival Canada into the Olympics, then lost both games in Sochi, including a gut-wrenching overtime final.

This time, Canada goes into the Winter Games having won four straight.

The Canadians beat the Americans 2-1 in overtime in Edmonton on Sunday night, taking their pre-Olympic series 5-3 overall.

“I don’t think it was our best performance,” Canada coach Laura Schuler said. “There’s still more work to do.”

The Canadians were led by their stalwarts — captain Marie-Philip Poulin scored in regulation, Sochi gold medalist Jennifer Wakefield scored 26 seconds into overtime and longtime goalie Shannon Szabados stopped 34 of 35 shots.

Hilary Knight netted the U.S. goal, with Maddie Rooney making 24 saves.

“The goal for us is to be hitting on all cylinders in February,” U.S. coach Robb Stauber said.

The U.S. appeared to be in that kind of form until about two weeks ago.

Before this losing streak, the U.S. had a 12-4 record against Canada since the start of 2015, including taking the last three world championship finals.

At one point, the U.S. won six straight games over a 12-month stretch, its longest streak over Canada since it famously won eight straight going into the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics then lost the gold-medal game.

Canada also beat the U.S. in their last four meetings before the 2006 Olympics and five straight going into the 2010 Olympics.

The U.S. Olympic team will be announced Jan. 1. The national-team roster is at 25 players (22 skaters, three goalies), but the Olympic roster is 23 (20 skaters, three goalies).

“Can’t live in the past, can’t live in the future, so tonight we were worried about this game,” U.S. captain Meghan Duggan said, according to the Canadian Press. “We weren’t looking ahead to February.”

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Yuzuru Hanyu to miss Japan Figure Skating Championships

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Yuzuru Hanyu, the reigning Olympic and world figure skating champion, will miss his national championships this week due to ankle and knee injuries suffered in a Nov. 9 practice fall, according to Japanese media citing the Japan Skating Federation.

Hanyu can (and very likely will) be named to Japan’s three-man Olympic team despite missing nationals.

Hanyu has reportedly been off the ice for more than one month since the fall.

“It is an important selection competition, and the Olympics are a big goal, so with that in mind we would like to think things through together,” Japan Skating Federation director Yoshiko Kobayashi said last week, according to Kyodo News.

Hanyu, who turned 23 on Dec. 7, fell on a quadruple Lutz attempted and then favored his right ankle in a Nov. 9 practice at a Grand Prix event (video here).

He skated the run-through for his free skate, although he elected not to do any more jumps.

“I have been told by the doctor that I need 10 days of complete rest,” Hanyu said in a statement on Nov. 12, according to Kyodo. “Following that, it will take three to four weeks to return and get back to where I was.”

Hanyu and world silver medalist Shoma Uno are favored to lead Japan’s Olympic men’s figure skating team. The third spot is likely to go to Takahito Mura or Keiji Tanaka.

Hanyu competed twice this season.

He posted a world-record short program score in his debut at a small September event in Canada, but struggled to fifth place in the free skate and finished second overall behind two-time world champion Javier Fernandez of Spain.

He then finished second to U.S. champion Nathan Chen at the first Grand Prix event of the season in Moscow in October.

Chen is the only undefeated male singles skater this season.

Hanyu won four straight national titles before missing last season’s event with the flu.

He was still named to Japan’s team for worlds, where he won his second title in four years.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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