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U.S. athletes qualified for PyeongChang Winter Olympics

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The U.S. Olympic team roster for the PyeongChang Winter Games is 242 athletes.

The entire teams in Alpine skiing, biathlon, bobsled, cross-country skiing, curling, figure skating, freestyle skiing, hockey, luge, skeleton, ski jumping, snowboarding and speed skating have been named.

The first two Olympic team members qualified last February — Lowell Bailey and Susan Dunklee via their medals at the world biathlon championships.

The list of U.S. Olympic team members that will be updated as athletes qualify:

Alpine Skiing (22)
Stacey Cook
Breezy Johnson
Megan McJames
Alice McKennis
Laurenne Ross
Mikaela Shiffrin
Resi Stiegler
Lindsey Vonn
Jackie Wiles
Bryce Bennett
Tommy Biesemeyer
David Chodounsky
Ryan Cochran-Siegle
Mark Engel
Tommy Ford
Jared Goldberg
Tim Jitloff
Nolan Kasper
Ted Ligety
Wiley Maple
Steven Nyman
Andrew Weibrecht

Biathlon (10)
Emily Dreissigacker
Susan Dunklee
Clare Egan
Maddie Phaneuf
Joanne Reid
Lowell Bailey
Tim Burke
Russell Currier
Sean Doherty
Leif Nordgren

Bobsled (16)
Aja Evans
Lauren Gibbs
Jamie Greubel Poser
Elana Meyers Taylor
Hakeem Abdul-Saboor
Codie Bascue
Nick Cunningham
Chris Fogt
Chris Kinney
Steven Langton
Sam McGuffie
Sam Michener
Justin Olsen
Carlo Valdes
Nate Weber
Evan Weinstock

Cross-Country Skiing (20)
Sadie Bjornsen
Rosie Brennan
Sophie Caldwell
Jessie Diggins
Rosie Frankowski
Annie Hart
Kaitlynn Miller
Caitlin Patterson
Kikkan Randall
Ida Sargent
Liz Stephen
Erik Bjornsen
Patrick Caldwell
Simi Hamilton
Logan Hanneman
Reese Hanneman
Noah Hoffman
Tyler Kornfield
Andy Newell
Scott Patterson

Curling (10)
Aileen Geving
Becca Hamilton
Tabitha Peterson
Nina Roth
Cory Christensen (alternate, eligible to substitute at the Olympics)

Tyler George
Matt Hamilton
John Landsteiner
John Shuster
Joe Polo (alternate, eligible to substitute at the Olympics)

Figure Skating (14)
Karen Chen (Singles)
Mirai Nagasu (Singles)
Bradie Tennell (Singles)
Nathan Chen (Singles)
Adam Rippon (Singles)
Vincent Zhou (Singles)
Alexa Scimeca Knierim (Pairs)
Chris Knierim (Pairs)
Madison Hubbell (Ice Dance)
Zachary Donohue (Ice Dance)
Maia Shibutani (Ice Dance)
Alex Shibutani (Ice Dance)
Madison Chock (Ice Dance)
Evan Bates (Ice Dance)

Freestyle Skiing (29)
Ashley Caldwell (Aerials)
Kiley McKinnon (Aerials)
Madison Olsen (Aerials)
Mac Bohonnon (Aerials)
Jonathon Lillis (Aerials)
Eric Loughran (Aerials)
Tess Johnson (Moguls)
Jaelin Kauf (Moguls)
Keaton McCargo (Moguls)
Morgan Schild (Moguls)
Casey Andringa (Moguls)
Troy Murphy (Moguls)
Emerson Smith (Moguls)
Brad Wilson (Moguls)
Maddie Bowman (Halfpipe)
Annalisa Drew (Halfpipe)
Devin Logan (Halfpipe, Slopestyle)
Brita Sigourney (Halfpipe)
Aaron Blunck (Halfpipe)
Alex Ferreira (Halfpipe)
David Wise (Halfpipe)
Torin Yater-Wallace (Halfpipe)
Caroline Claire (Slopestyle)
Darian Stevens (Slopestyle)
Maggie Voisin (Slopestyle)
Nick Goepper (Slopestyle)
Alex Hall (Slopestyle)
Gus Kenworthy (Slopestyle)
McRae Williams (Slopestyle)

Hockey (48)
Nicole Hensley (Goalie)
Alex Rigsby (Goalie)
Maddie Rooney (Goalie)
Cayla Barnes (Defense)
Kacey Bellamy (Defense)
Kali Flanagan (Defense)
Megan Keller (Defense)
Sidney Morin (Defense)
Emily Pfalzer (Defense)
Lee Stecklein (Defense)
Hannah Brandt (Forward)
Dani Cameranesi (Forward)
Kendall Coyne (Forward)
Brianna Decker (Forward)
Meghan Duggan (Forward)
Amanda Kessel (Forward)
Hilary Knight (Forward)
Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson (Forward)
Monique Lamoureux-Morando (Forward)
Gigi Marvin (Forward)
Kelly Pannek (Forward)
Amanda Pelkey (Forward)
Haley Skarupa (Forward)

David Leggio (Goalie)
Brandon Maxwell (Goalie)
Ryan Zapolski (Goalie)
Chad Billins (Defense)
Jonathon Blum (Defense)
Will Borgen (Defense)
Matt Gilroy (Defense)
Ryan Gunderson (Defense)
Bobby Sanguinetti (Defense)
Noah Welch (Defense)
James Wisniewski (Defense)
Mark Arcobello (Forward)
Chris Bourque (Forward)
Bobby Butler (Forward)
Ryan Donato (Forward)
Brian Gionta (Forward)
Jordan Greenway (Forward)
Chad Kolarik (Forward)
Broc Little (Forward)
John McCarthy (Forward)
Brian O’Neill (Forward)
Garrett Roe (Forward)
Jim Slater (Forward)
Ryan Stoa (Forward)
Troy Terry (Forward)

Luge (10)
Summer Britcher (Singles)
Erin Hamlin (Singles)
Emily Sweeney (Singles)
Chris Mazdzer (Singles)
Taylor Morris (Singles)
Tucker West (Singles)
Matt Mortensen (Doubles)
Jayson Terdiman (Doubles)
Justin Krewson (Doubles)
Andrew Sherk (Doubles)

Nordic Combined (5)
Ben Berend
Bryan Fletcher
Taylor Fletcher
Jasper Good
Ben Loomis

Short Track Speed Skating (8)
Maame Biney
Lana Gehring
Jessica Kooreman
J.R. Celski
Thomas Hong
John-Henry Krueger
Ryan Pivirotto
Aaron Tran

Skeleton (4)
Katie Uhlaender
Kendall Wesenberg
Matthew Antoine
John Daly

Ski Jumping (7)
Nita Englund
Sarah Hendrickson
Abby Ringquist
Kevin Bickner
Michael Glasder
Casey Larson
Will Rhoads

Snowboarding (26)
Jamie Anderson (Big Air/Slopestyle)
Jessika Jenson (Big Air/Slopestyle)
Hailey Langland (Big Air/Slopestyle)
Julia Marino (Big Air/Slopestyle)
Chris Corning (Big Air/Slopestyle)
Red Gerard (Big Air/Slopestyle)
Kyle Mack (Big Air/Slopestyle)
Ryan Stassel (Big Air/Slopestyle)
Faye Gulini (Snowboard Cross)
Lindsey Jacobellis (Snowboard Cross)
Rosie Mancari (Snowboard Cross)
Meghan Tierney (Snowboard Cross)
Nick Baumgartner (Snowboard Cross)
Jonathan Cheever (Snowboard Cross)
Mick Dierdorff (Snowboard Cross)
Hagen Kearney (Snowboard Cross)
Kelly Clark (Halfpipe)
Arielle Gold (Halfpipe)
Chloe Kim (Halfpipe)
Maddie Mastro (Halfpipe)
Ben Ferguson (Halfpipe)
Chase Josey (Halfpipe)
Jake Pates (Halfpipe)
Shaun White (Halfpipe)
AJ Muss (Parallel Giant Slalom)
Mike Trapp (Parallel Giant Slalom)

Speed Skating (13)
Heather Bergsma
Brittany Bowe
Erin Jackson
Mia Manganello
Carlijn Schoutens
Jerica Tandiman
Shani Davis
Jonathan Garcia
Kimani Griffin
Brian Hansen
Emery Lehman
Joey Mantia
Mitch Whitmore

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Transgender track and field athletes now face same standard that has kept out Caster Semenya

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Transgender athletes will have to reduce their testosterone level to the same level applied to Caster Semenya and other athletes with Differences of Sex Development (DSD), under a new policy enacted by World Athletics (formerly the IAAF).

As with DSD athletes, the threshold for middle-distance runners has been lowered from 10 nanomoles per liter to 5.

“These Regulations have been drafted to align with the Eligibility Regulations for the Female Classification (Athletes with Differences of Sex Development) and include updates to reflect current medical standards and the legal framework,” World Athletics said in announcing the latest IAAF Council decisions.

The IAAF claimed a similar basis in medical standards last year when it announced its updated policy on DSD athletes: “No female would have serum levels of natural testosterone at 5 nmol/L or above unless they have DSD or a tumour.”

Semenya, a two-time Olympic champion at 800 meters, challenged that limit in the Court of Arbitration for Sport but lost her case in May. Given a brief reprieve by a Swiss court, she ran the fastest 800-meter time of the year (1:54.98), but a higher court overruled her appeal. She did not compete in the recent world championships.

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Another athlete affected by the DSD policy, 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Margaret Wambui, told the Olympic Channel she was struggling to find a new direction after the rule was passed.

“It affected me a lot,” Wambui said. “I didn’t want to train or do anything. …

“Caster has fought for us. She has done her level best. She has tried, but we failed.”

VIDEO: Wambui: “No one chose to be born the way they are”

Transgender athletes have not yet been prominent in international track and field, though controversies have arisen at other levels, particularly in a Connecticut case in which high school athletes filed a Title IX complaint after losing to transgender athletes. The athletes who filed the claim said they were potentially at a disadvantage in terms of earning college scholarships.

The new World Athletics policy insists that its stipulations for transgender athletes are actually generous. “The decision limit also takes into consideration that, for clinical purposes, the Endocrine Society Clinical Practice Guideline for Endocrine Treatment of Gender-Dysphoric/Gender-Incongruent Persons recommends that transgender females should have serum testosterone levels of less than 50 ng/dL (i.e. approximately 1.7 nmol/L).”

But while DSD and transgender athletes face different issues, Semenya and other DSD athletes have set a precedent by withdrawing from competition rather than bring their levels down to the 5 nmol/L standard. In CAS proceedings, Semenya said she experienced regular fevers, night sweats, significant weight gain and constant abdominal pain while taking medication to meet the previous standard of 10 nmol/L.

The International Olympic Committee also put a 10 nmol/L limit in place for both transgender and DSD athletes in 2015. Some athletes have complained that transgender athletes still have an unfair advantage under that policy.

The World Athletics policy also addresses transgender men, granting them permission to take regulated testosterone supplements to bring levels within a typical range for men.

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U.S. men’s volleyball extends medal streak with bronze in World Cup

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With its medal-winning streak in jeopardy, the defending champion U.S. men’s volleyball team beat Egypt 22-25, 25-16, 25-14, 25-13 on Tuesday in Hiroshima, Japan. Poland beat Iran later in the day to slip past the U.S. for silver behind unbeaten Brazil.

The experienced U.S. men have claimed a medal in the last four major international tournaments — gold in the 2015 World Cup, bronze in the 2016 Olympics, bronze in the 2018 world championships and bronze in this year’s World Cup. The men also placed second in the 2019 Nations League and third in the first Nations League in 2018, though the team failed to medal in the last two editions of the World League in 2016 and 2017.

Most importantly for next year, the U.S. men swept their Olympic qualification tournament in August.

Micah Christenson was named best setter of the tournament, as he was in the 2015 tournament and in the 2018 world championships. Middle blocker Max Holt was also named to the tournament “Dream Team.

VIDEO: U.S.-Egypt highlights

The U.S. team’s World Cup started with a five-set loss to Argentina, which went on to finish fifth. The U.S. rebounded to beat Italy, world champion Poland, host Japan, Tunisia and Iran before losing to eventual champion Brazil. Border rival Canada took the U.S. to five sets, but sweeps against Australia and Brazil put the team in position to clinch its medal.

Heading into next year’s Olympics, the U.S. team has several internationally accomplished players. In addition to Christenson’s multiple awards, Matt Anderson was named the best opposite hitter in the world championship and Nations League in 2018, and Aaron Russell was named to the Dream Team in the 2016 Olympics. Russell, playing for Italian team Trentino, also was named MVP of the World Club Championship in December.

The U.S. women’s team also won two medals this year gold in the Nations League, silver in the World Cup and swept its own qualification tournament.

This success comes despite the lack of a professional league in the United States. USA volleyball announced last week it has processed paperwork for 257 women and 82 men to play in foreign leagues for the 2019-20, with more players to follow.

The World Cup is contested every four years, the year before the Olympics. The world championship takes place in even non-Olympic years. Qualification for the World Cup is more difficult — only 12 teams reach the tournament, while 24 teams take part in the world championship. 

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