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Olympic Year in Review: Photos

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OlympicTalk takes a look back at the year in Olympic sports this week. Today, we review 50 memorable images of the year, courtesy AP and Getty.

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1/5: Lolo Jones and Elana Meyers Taylor react after finishing second in a World Cup bobsled race in Winterberg, Germany.

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1/21: Norwegian curlers pose in New York.

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2/7: The Olympic rings malfunction at the Sochi Opening Ceremony.
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2/7: Irina Rodnina and Vladislav Tretiak light the Sochi Olympic cauldron.

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2/8: Germany’s Nelli Zhiganshina and Alexander Gazsi in the Sochi Olympic team event short dance.
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2/8: Ashley Wagner reacts to her score in the Sochi Olympic team event short program.

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2/11: Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski cover the pairs short program.
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2/11: Shaun White crashes in the Sochi halfpipe final.
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2/13: Yevgeny Plushenko waves to fans after withdrawing from the men’s figure skating event due to a back injury.
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2/14: Noelle Pikus-Pace celebrates her Sochi skeleton silver medal with her family.
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2/16: An emotional Bode Miller is comforted by wife Morgan after winning super-G bronze.
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2/17: Meryl Davis and Charlie White after winning ice dance gold.

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2/20: A U.S. shot in the women’s hockey final hits the post of an empty Canadian goal with 90 seconds left.

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2/21: Mikaela Shiffrin after winning the Sochi Olympic slalom.
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2/23: The Sochi Olympic bear mascot sheds a tear at the Closing Ceremony.
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3/15: Ukraine Paralympic cross-country skiers cover their silver medals in Sochi amid the Ukraine-Russia unrest.
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3/16: Mo Farah is helped up after collapsing at the finish of the New York City Half Marathon.
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3/26: Missy Franklin receives the Laureus Sportswoman of the Year award from Mark Spitz.
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4/21: Meb Keflezighi wins the Boston Marathon.
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5/5: Shaun White and actress Hayden Panettiere at the Met Gala in New York.
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5/15: Michael Phelps trains wearing a “Rio 2016” swim cap at a meet in Charlotte, N.C.
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6/26: A pregnant Alysia Montano runs the 800m at the U.S. Outdoor Championships.

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8/14: France’s Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad removes his shirt before crossing the finish line first in the European Championships steeplechase, for which he would be disqualified.
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8/16: IOC president Thomas Bach and Youth Olympic athletes take selfies at the Opening Ceremony.
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8/20: Fencing at the Youth Olympics.
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8/23: NBA center Marcin Gortat drives Usain Bolt into the National Stadium in Warsaw.

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8/24: Katie Ledecky grimaces after winning the 1500m freestyle in world record time at the Pan Pacific Championships.
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8/28: Dawn Harper-Nelson after winning a 100m hurdles race in Zurich, Switzerland.
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September: The late Bob Suter’s jersey hangs in the arena where the U.S. beat the Soviet Union in the Miracle on Ice. (Courtesty ORDA/Whiteface Lake Placid)

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9/28: Dennis Kimetto breaks the world record at the Berlin Marathon.
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10/3: Usain Bolt enjoys Oktoberfest in Munich.
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10/5: Brittney Griner stares down Spain’s Laura Nicholls in the FIBA World Championships final.
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10/10: Simone Biles is frightened off the podium by a bee at the World Championships.
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10/21: Oscar Pistorius walks down stairs, out of the court room after being sentenced to a maximum of five years in prison.
10/31: Viktoria Helgesson has a wardrobe malfunction at Skate Canada.
10/31: Viktoria Helgesson has a wardrobe malfunction at Skate Canada.
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11/2: Caroline Wozniacki eats popcorn at a hockey game the night before she runs the New York City Marathon.
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11/8: Yuzuru Hanyu after a warm-up collision with another skater at Cup of China.

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12/3: Ryan Lochte swims in the 200m freestyle final at the World Short Course Championships.

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Chinese swimmer Sun Yang gets rare open hearing in doping case

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The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said Monday it will hear the World Anti-Doping Agency’s case against three-time Olympic gold medalist Sun Yang on Nov. 15 in front of reporters — possibly even live-streamed — at the Fairmont Le Montreux Palace in Montreux, Switzerland.

The hearing won’t be completely open. Registration will be required, and photographers and videographers “will be invited to leave the hearing room after the opening,” CAS said in a statement. But those outside the room may still get a glimpse of the proceedings.

“With the agreement of all parties, it is intended to live stream all or parts of the hearing on the CAS website,” CAS said.

CAS noted that it has only held one prior hearing that wasn’t in a private setting — the 1999 case involving Irish swimmer Michelle Smith de Bruin, who won three gold medals in the 1996 Olympics but was banned for four years for tampering with a urine sample, a case that still prompts soul-searching in the Irish media. De Bruin lost the appeal.

Sun is accused of smashing a vial of blood at a drug test last fall. FINA allowed him to continue to compete, but the WADA has appealed, seeking a substantial suspension.

The Chinese swimmer won two gold medals at the world championships this summer and snubbed by some rivals at each medal ceremony, leading to a confrontation with British swimmer Duncan Scott.

RECAP AND VIDEO: Sun taunts Scott after medal ceremony

Sun has won 11 world individual titles in several freestyle distances but also has a long history of controversies ranging from a prior positive drug test and confrontations with other swimmers.

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U.S. women’s volleyball team ends year with surprise loss to Dominican Republic

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The Dominican Republic surprised the U.S. women’s volleyball team in the final of the NORCECA (North, Central America and Caribbean) women’s continental championship Sunday in San Juan, Puerto Rico, winning the first two sets and regrouping after a U.S. rally to win the fifth set.

The final score of the back-and-forth match: 25-19, 25-23, 15-25, 20-25, 15-9. The U.S. women had defeated the Dominican Republic in three previous finals: 2011, 2013 and 2015. The Dominican Republic won a semifinal matchup on its way to the 2009 title.

In group play, the U.S. team had beaten the Dominican Republic in straight sets. The U.S. also breezed past Trinidad & Tobago and Mexico in group play and swept past Canada in the semifinals.

The loss doesn’t affect Olympic qualification. The U.S. women had already qualified for the 2020 Olympics by winning a qualification tournament in August in Bossier City, La.

MORE: U.S. women rally to qualify

Semifinalists Canada and Puerto Rico qualified for a last-chance Olympic qualifier that the Dominican Republic will host in January. Mexico defeated Cuba in the NORCECA fifth-place game to be the last of the four teams vying for one spot.

The Dominican Republic has had some success in women’s volleyball, finishing fifth in the 2014 world championships and reaching the 2012 Olympic quarterfinals before falling to the U.S. The team also won this year’s Pan Am Games, to which the U.S. did not send its top players. Currently, the team is ranked 10th in the world.

Earlier this year, the U.S. women had defeated the Dominican Republic in two tournament finals — the Pan American Cup and the NORCECA Champions Cup. The U.S. also won a matchup in the World Cup last month, but the Dominican Republic won another five-set match in the Nations League preliminary round in Italy.

The U.S. finishes the year with a 44-7 record in tournament play, including a first-place finish in the Nations League and second place in the World Cup.

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