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Three more NBC correspondents for PyeongChang Olympics announced

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Mary CarilloAto Boldon and David Feherty will serve as NBC Olympics correspondents in PyeongChang, while Joshua Cooper Ramo returns as a contributor.

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They join previously announced correspondents chef David Chang and 1984 Olympic champion figure skater Scott Hamilton.

Correspondents will explore the culture, people and traditions in South Korea, while also telling athlete and competition stories.

Carillo, a former WTA player and longtime tennis analyst, will cover her 14th Olympics and 11th with NBC Sports. She will continue to provide travelogues about the Olympic host city and country, as she has done since the 2008 Beijing Games. Carillo traversed South Korea, partly with Chang.

Boldon, a four-time Olympic medalist sprinter from Trinidad and Tobago, will cover his sixth Olympics and second Winter Games.

Feherty, a retired professional golfer from Northern Ireland and longtime golf analyst, will cover his second Olympics after debuting in Rio.

Cooper Ramo, the youngest senior editor and foreign editor in the history of Time Magazine, also covers his second Olympics for NBC. In 2008, he discussed culture and geo-political issues as NBC’s China analyst at the Beijing Games.

NBC’s PyeongChang Olympic coverage starts Feb. 8, one night before the Opening Ceremony.

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IOC: ‘More exciting initiatives’ for Korean unity in PyeongChang

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Olympic organizers on Friday welcomed an agreement between North and South Korea to unite athletes at the PyeongChang Winter Games and promised that “much more exciting initiatives” promoting Korean unity will emerge this weekend.

“Watch this space,” International Olympic Committee presidential spokesman Mark Adams told The Associated Press in an interview, a day before a crucial meeting of Korean delegations at Olympics headquarters in Lausanne.

He declined to elaborate, saying the decisions would come Saturday.

Referring to a detailed peace-making agreement between the rival countries announced Thursday by South Korea’s Unification Ministry, including a joint team in the women’s hockey tournament, Adams said it was “great … but these are discussions” — meaning the IOC had not yet given the deal the final green light.

“I can tell you that there will also be some much more exciting initiatives coming through as well tomorrow,” he added.

Provided that the IOC finalizes the deal, it would mark the first time the two National Olympic Committees would be competing together in a single team.

Some have questioned the fine print of the agreement announced by the two Koreas, saying it gives the combined hockey squad a far larger roster than any other national team.

Asked how the IOC planned to maintain the integrity of the sport, Adams said: “People would say that these are exceptional circumstances, and we need exceptional measures.”

“This is about the Olympic spirit,” Adams added. “And the Olympic spirit is about nations competing, athletes competing, and we will do our best make sure that it sends a signal that sport can improve the world.”

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Julia Mancuso skis final race dressed as Wonder Woman (video)

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Julia Mancuso bid farewell like only she could — with a tiara, cape and Wonder Woman suit.

The most decorated female U.S. Olympic skier with four medals announced Friday morning that today’s World Cup downhill in Cortina d’Ampezzo would be the last race of her career.

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She raced Friday as her nickname — “Super Jules” — and coasted to the bottom 18 seconds slower than winner Sofia Goggia.

Afterward, U.S. Ski Team members sprayed her with champagne and lifted her up in the finish corral.

Mancuso chose an appropriate venue for her last race.

She notched her first World Cup podium in Cortina in January 2006, then won the Olympic giant slalom in Sestriere, Italy, four weeks later.

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