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Topps is again coming out with a special U.S. Olympic trading card set for the Sochi Olympic and Paralympic Games. Images of the cards have been published on hobby websites.

The release date is Nov. 6, according to Cardboard Connection.

Beckett posted a checklist of the 100 base athletes in the set.

Here is the exact list on its site, followed by a few notes and then pictures of some of the cards:

Max Aaron, Figure Skating
Jeremy Abbott, Figure Skating
Eddy Alvarez, Short Track Speed Skating
Jamie Anderson, Snowboarding
Lowell Bailey, Biathlon
Allison Baver, Short Track-Speed Skating
Gretchen Bleiler, Snowboarding
Brittany Bowe, Speedskating
Maddie Bowman, Freeskiing
Erika Brown, Curling
Bobby Brow,n Freeskiing
Tim Burke, Biathlon
Heath Calhoun, Alpine Skiing
J.R. Celski, Short track speedskating
Kelly Clark, Snowboarding
Julia Clukey, Luge
Stacey Cook, Alpine Skiing
Emily Cook, Freestyle Skiing
John Coughlin, Figure Skating
John Daly, Skeleton
Meryl Davis, Figure Skating
Shani Davis, Long Track- Speed Skating
Billy Demong, Nordic Skiing
Patrick Deneen, Freestyle Skiing
Caydee Denney, Figure Skating
Simon Dumont, Freeskiing
Susan Dunklee, Biathlon
Katie Eberling, Bobsled
Grete Eliassen, Freeskiing
Kaityln Farrington, Snowboarding
Jazmine Fenlator, Bobsled
Pete Fenson, Curling
Dylan Ferguson, Freestyle Skiing
Bryan Fletcher, Nordic Combined
Taylor Fletcher, Nordic Combined
Travis Ganong, Alpine Skiing
Christina Gao, Figure Skating
Lana Gehring, Speedskating
Nick Goepper, Freeskiing
Gracie Gold, Figure Skating
Chas Guldemond, Snowboarding
Erin Hamlin, Luge
Keri Herman, Freeskiing
Elena Hight, Snowboarding
Steven Holcomb, Bobsled
Nate Holland, Snowboarding
Lindsey Jacobellis, Snowboarding
Lolo Jones, Bobsled
Hannah Kearney, Freestyle Skiing
Gus Kenworthy, Freeskiing
Hilary Knight, Women’s Hockey
Scott Lago, Snowboarding
Jocelyne Lamoureux, Ice Hocky – Wmn
Monique Lamoureux, Ice Hocky – Wmn
Steve Langton, Bobsled
Ted Ligety, Alpine Skiing
Evan Lysacek, Men’s Figure Skating
Devin Logan, Freeskiing
Julia Mancuso, Alpine Skiing
Chris Mazdzer, Luge
Alice McKennis, Alpine Skiing
Heather McPhie, Freestyle Skiing / Moguls
Elana Meyers, Bobsled
Bode Miller, Alpine Skiing
Andy Newell, Cross Country
Alana Nichols, Alpine Skiing
Steve Nyman, Alpine Skiing
Noelle Picus, Pace Women’s Skeleton
Amy Purdy, Snowboard
Kikkan Randall, Nordic Skiing
Justin Reiter, Snowboarding
Heather Richardson, Long Track- Speed Skating
Rico Roman, Para – Sled Hockey
Laurenne Ross, Alpine Skiing
Maia Shibutani, Figure Skating
Alex Shibutani, Figure Skating
Jessica Smith, Speedskating
Leanne Smith, Alpine Skiing
Evan Strong, Snowboard
Marco Sullivan, Alpine Skiing
John Teller, Freestyle Skiing
Hannah Teter, Snowboarding
Curt Tomasevicz, Bobsled
Katie Uhlaender, Skeleton
Danelle Umstead, Para – Alpine Skiing
Lindsey Van, Nordic Skiing
Louie Vito, Snowboarding
Lindsey Vonn, Alpine Skiing
Ashley Wagner, Figure Skating
Jeremy Wagner, Para – Nordic Skiing
Tom Wallisch, Freeskiing
Seth Wescott, Snowboarding
Charlie White, Figure Skating
David Wise, Freeskiing
Torin Yater-Wallace, Freeskiing
Agnes Zawadzki, Figure Skating
Ashley Caldwell, Freestyle Skiing/Aerials
Bree Schaaf, Bobsled
Jessica Schultz, Curling
Nick Baumgartner, Snowboarding

There are also 11 limited edition autographed cards by Olympic legends Bonnie Blair, Brian Boitano, Dick Button, Jim Craig, Mike Eruzione, Peggy Fleming, Scott Hamilton, Dan JansenNancy Kerrigan, Picabo Street and Kristi Yamaguchi.

There are also special “swatch cards” with game-worn athlete patches inserted into the card. This follows a trend set more than 10 years ago in other sports (game-worn jerseys, game-used bats, etc.)

Perhaps the most recognizable U.S. Winter Olympian is not on that list — Shaun White. Other notables missing are world champion ski jumper Sarah Hendrickson, world champion Alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin and Amanda Kessel, the reigning NCAA women’s hockey player of the year who scored the game-winning goal against Canada in the final of this year’s worlds.

Yes, Lolo Jones is in the set. Of course, it’s no lock she’s going to make the Olympic team.

On multiple sites, I have seen Noelle Pikus-Pace‘s name misspelled on the checklist. We may have another dreaded error card. There were a few in the London 2012 set.

Topps has not responded to an email asking for more information on the set.

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Photo: Lindsey Vonn with men dressed as tigers

Cyclist in induced coma after Tour of Poland crash

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Dutch cyclist Fabio Jakobsen was put into an induced coma Wednesday after suffering injuries in a crash on the final stretch of the Tour of Poland, organizers said.

A massive crash at the finish of the first stage resulted in Dylan Groenewegen‘s disqualification from the race.

Leading a bunch sprint, Groenewegen veered toward the right barrier, pinching countryman Jakobsen, who barreled into the barrier meters from the finish line.

Jakobsen went head over heels, his bike went airborne and the barriers exploded onto the road, causing more cyclists to crash.

Jakobsen was airlifted to a hospital in serious condition and was put into an induced coma, the Tour de Pologne press office said.

Groenewegen crossed the finish line first but was disqualified, giving Jakobsen the stage win, according to the stage race website.

Groenewegen, a 27-year-old Jumbo-Visma rider, owns four Tour de France stage wins among the last three years.

The International Cycling Union (UCI) “strongly condemned” Groenewegen’s “dangerous” and “unacceptable” behavior. It referred Groenewegen’s actions to a disciplinary commission for possible sanctions.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Figure skating Grand Prix Series will be held as ‘domestic’ competitions

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Figure skating’s Grand Prix Series will go ahead as scheduled this fall, with modifications due to the coronavirus pandemic, the International Skating Union decided Monday.

Each of the series’ six tops around the globe will be “a domestic run event,” limited to skaters of the event’s host country, who regularly train in the host country and from a respective geographical area. The number of disciplines and skaters at each event are to be worked out.

The Grand Prix Series, held annually since 1995, is a six-event fall season, qualifying the top six skaters and teams per discipline to December’s Grand Prix Final. The annual stops are in the U.S., Canada, China, France, Russia and Japan, leading up to the Final, which is held at a different site each year.

The Final is the second-biggest annual competition after the world championships, which are typically in late March. The Final is still scheduled for Beijing, though whether or when it can be held will be discussed.

The series begins in late October with Skate America, which debuted in 1979 and has been held every year since 1988 as the biggest annual international competition in the U.S. Skate America’s site is Las Vegas, just as it was in 2019.

Skaters typically compete twice on the Grand Prix Series (three times if they qualify for the Final). ISU vice president Alexander Lakernik said skaters will be limited to one start in the six-event series before the Final, according to a Russian media quote confirmed by Phil Hersh.

The ISU has not confirmed or denied Lakernik’s assertion.

Most, if not all, top-level U.S. skaters train in the U.S. or Canada. That makes the first two Grand Prix stops — Skate America and Skate Canada — likely destinations. Grand Prix assignments have not been published.

“I appreciate the ISU is open to adapting competitive formats and is working to give athletes opportunities to compete,” Evan Bates, a U.S. ice dance champion with Madison Chock who trains in Montreal, wrote in a text message to Hersh. “This announcement gives reassurance that the ISU is doing their best to ensure a season will still take place. Of course, it’s hard to predict what will happen, and we’re not sure about what country we would compete in. It would probably depend on what the quarantine rules are at that time.”

The January 2021 U.S. Championships are scheduled for San Jose, Calif. The March 2021 World Championships are set for Stockholm.

In July, the ISU canceled the Junior Grand Prix Series for skaters mostly ages 13 to 18, including two-time U.S. champion Alysa Liu, who cannot enter the senior Grand Prix until 2021.

Other early season senior international competitions scheduled for September were also canceled or postponed.

U.S. Figure Skating said in a statement that it will have more details on the Grand Prix Series in the coming weeks after collaborating with an ISU-appointed group.

“This is a great example of the figure skating community coming together to ensure that the world’s premier figure skating series will continue during these challenging times,” the statement read. “Figure skaters want to compete and figure skating fans from all around the world want to see their favorite athletes skate, and this format will ensure just that.”

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