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U.S. team for PyeongChang largest of any nation in Winter Olympic history

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The U.S. Olympic team for PyeongChang announced Friday is 242 athletes, making it the largest Winter Olympic team for any nation in history.

The U.S. holds the record of 222 competitors at the Sochi Olympics, where it sent 230 athletes. These eight did not compete.

Canada is expected to have the second-largest delegation in South Korea with between 220 and 230 athletes.

The full list of U.S. athletes qualified after the teams for every sport were named with the last being cross-country Friday morning.

The headliners are Alpine skiers Lindsey Vonn, Mikaela Shiffrin and Ted Ligety and snowboarders Shaun WhiteKelly Clark and Jamie Anderson, all Olympic champions.

Star first-time Olympians include figure skater Nathan Chen and snowboarder Chloe Kim.

Some notables:

Oldest U.S. Olympian: Brian Gionta (39, hockey), the only athlete on the team born in the 1970s. PyeongChang would be the first Summer or Winter Olympics without a U.S. competitor 40 years or older since 1994.

Youngest U.S. Olympian: Vincent Zhou (17, figure skating). PyeongChang would be the first Summer or Winter Olympics without a U.S. competitor younger than 17 since the 1988 Calgary Winter Games. (not counting Erika Brown, who competed in the demonstration sport of curling in Calgary at age 15)

Most Olympic experience: Kikkan Randall (cross-country skiing) and Kelly Clark (snowboard halfpipe) are going to compete in their fifth Olympics, a record for a U.S. female athlete.

Most Olympic medals: Shani Davis (speed skating) with four (two golds, two silvers). J.R. Celski (short track speed skating) and Clark each have three medals.

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USOC: USA Gymnastics will be decertified if board doesn’t resign

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All current members of the USA Gymnastics board of directors must resign by the end of the month or the organization faces decertification, the U.S. Olympic Committee CEO wrote in a letter to the national governing body.

“We do not base these requirements on any knowledge that any individual USAG staff or  board members had a role in fostering or obscuring Nassar’s actions,” USOC CEO Scott Blackmun wrote in the letter outlining multiple steps the organization must take to avoid termination. “Our position  comes from a clear sense that USAG culture needs fundamental rebuilding.”

Three USA Gymnastics board leaders, including chairman Paul Parilla, resigned Monday amid the Larry Nassar sentencing, where more than 150 women (not all gymnasts) came forward as survivors.

Blackmun wrote that a fourth board member also resigned. The full USA Gymnastics board members list is here.

USA Gymnastics CEO Steve Penny was forced out last year.

In a previous statement, Blackmun said the USOC has been discussing changes with leaders at USA Gymnastics since October.

“Those discussions accelerated over the holidays,” Blackmun said. “New board leadership is necessary because the current leaders have been focused on establishing that they did nothing wrong. USA Gymnastics needs to focus on supporting the brave survivors.”

The new CEO, Kerry Perry, said Monday that USA Gymnastics supported the three announced resignations.

“We believe this step will allow us to more effectively move forward in implementing change within our organization,” she said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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USOC CEO Scott Blackmun diagnosed with prostate cancer

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Scott Blackmun, the CEO of the U.S. Olympic Committee, has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and will not travel to South Korea for the PyeongChang Olympic Opening Ceremony.

The 60-year-old executive sent an email to staff Monday notifying them of his diagnosis and said he would have surgery later this week.

Blackmun is beginning his ninth year as the USOC’s leader.

He said physicians recommended he start treatment as soon as possible, and the treatment could prevent him from traveling to PyeongChang at all.

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