Teen goalie in contention for U.S. Olympic men’s hockey team

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A teen hasn’t played for the U.S. Olympic men’s hockey team in more than 25 years. That streak may end next month.

Don’t be surprised if Joseph Woll, a 19-year-old Boston College sophomore, is named to the PyeongChang squad this month, Darren Dreger said on NBCSN on Wednesday night.

Woll has started four of the five U.S. games at the ongoing world junior championships in Buffalo, tallying a .905 save percentage and 2.26 goals-against average.

The U.S. plays Sweden in the semifinals Thursday at 4 p.m. ET.

“This young guy Joseph Woll is turning heads,” Dreger said. “He could be on the U.S. Olympic team.”

The bulk of the Olympic team was named Monday at the NHL’s Winter Classic — 23 of the 25 players.

Head coach Tony Granato said that the final two players — the last two of three goalies — will be named in the next two weeks.

U.S. general manager Jim Johannson said a few days before the announcement that a junior player could be named to the team. So far, none of the 23 players named came from the U.S.’ world juniors team.

Johannson said Tuesday that five goalies are in consideration to join already named Ryan Zapolski, the presumed No. 1 for PyeongChang. But Johannson declined to name any of the five, according to The Associated Press.

Dreger said that if one of the already named skaters gets hurt, and the team needs an injury replacement, it could add junior team members forward Casey Mittelstadt or defenseman Adam Fox. Both are 19 years old like Woll.

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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.

More on Mancuso’s retirement, career and immediate future here.

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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