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List of potential stars on Olympic OAR team of Russian athletes

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Medal contenders and stars who could be invited to the PyeongChang Olympics to compete for the neutral Olympic athlete from Russia (OAR) team …

Alpine Skiing
Alexander Khoroshilov
Slalom
Fifth at 2017 World Championships
Third in 2014-15 World Cup standings

Biathlon
Anton Shipulin
Second in 2016-17 World Cup overall standings

Yekaterina Yurlova-Percht
2015 World champion, 15km individual

Cross-Country Skiing
Sergey Ustiugov
Five medals at 2017 World Championships
Second in 2016-17 World Cup overall standings
2017 Tour de Ski champion

Curling
Anna Sidorova
Medals at each of the last four world championships

Figure Skating
Yevgenia Medvedeva
2016, 2017 World champion
Undefeated for two years

Alina Zagitova
Second in 2017-18 Grand Prix standings
2017 World junior champion

Yevgenia Tarasova/Vladimir Morozov
Pairs
2017 World bronze medalists

Freestyle Skiing
Ilya Burov
Aerials
Fourth in 2014-15 World Cup standings
Fifth in 2015-16 World Cup standings
Missed most of 2016-17 season with injuries

Alexandr Smyshlyaev
Moguls
2014 Olympic bronze medalist
2015 World bronze medalist
Missed 2016-17 season due to injury

Hockey
Ilya Kovalchuk
Four-time Olympian
Three-time NHL All-Star

Pavel Datsuyk
Four-time Olympian
Russian captain in Sochi
Four-time NHL All-Star

Luge
Roman Repilov
2017 World silver medalist
2016-17 World Cup champion

Semyon Pavlichenko
Second in 2017-18 World Cup standings

Tatiana Ivanova
2016 World bronze medalist
Third in 2016-17 World Cup standings

Short Track Speed Skating
Viktor Ahn
Eight Olympic medals
Six Olympic gold medals
Most decorated male athlete at Sochi Olympics (three golds, one bronze)

Semyon Elistratov
2015 World champion, 1500m

Skeleton
Nikita Tregubov
2017 World bronze medalist

Snowboarding
Vic Wild
Parallel Giant Slalom
2014 Olympic champion

Alena Zavarzina
Parallel Giant Slalom
2014 Olympic bronze medalist
2016-17 World Cup champion

Speed Skating
Pavel Kulizhnikov
2016 World champion, 500m and 1000m
*May be ineligible due to doping ban served from 2012-14.

Denis Yuskov
2017-18 World Cup leader, 1500m
2016 World champion, 1500m
*May be ineligible due to ban for marijuana from 2008 to 2011.

The IOC announcement Tuesday said that athletes who have had an anti-doping violation will not be invited to the Olympics, but it’s unclear if that rule will apply to cases this old.

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Clarification: An earlier version of this post did not mention Kulizhnikov and Yuskov’s doping bans.

1960 Winter Olympic host considers name change over derogatory term

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TAHOE CITY, Calif. — California’s popular Squaw Valley Ski Resort is considering changing its name to remove the word “squaw” — a derogatory term for Native American women — amid a national reckoning over racial injustice and inequality.

The word “squaw,” derived from the Algonquin language, may have once simply meant “woman,” but over generations, the word morphed into a misogynist and racist term to disparage indigenous women, said Vanessa Esquivido, a professor of American Indian Studies at California State University, Chico.

“That word is an epithet and a slur. It’s been a slur for a very long time,” she said.

When settlers arrived in the 1850s in the area where the Sierra Nevada mountain resort is now located, they first saw only Native American women working in a meadow. The land near Lake Tahoe was believed to have been given the name Squaw Valley by those early settlers.

But now the term is considered derogatory and even the Merriam-Webster dictionary defines the word as an offensive term for a Native American woman.

The possible renaming of Squaw Valley Ski Resort is one of many efforts across the nation to address colonialism and indigenous oppression, including the removal of statues of Christopher Columbus, a symbol to many of European colonization and the death of native people.

On Monday, the National Football League’s Washington Redskins announced the team is dropping the “Redskins” name and Indian head logo.

Regional California tribes have asked for the name of Squaw Valley Ski Resort — which received international name recognition when it hosted the 1960 Winter Olympics — to be changed numerous times over the years, with little success.

But the idea is gaining momentum.

Squaw Valley President & CEO Ron Cohen said the resort is currently taking inventory of all the places where the name appears on and off the property, how much it would cost to change and what to prioritize if the change moves ahead.

Removing “squaw” from the resort name would be a lengthy and expensive process, Cohen said, as the name appears on hundreds of signs and is imprinted on everything from uniforms to vehicles.

Cohen, who took over as head of the resort two years ago, said the operators are also meeting with shareholders, including business and homeowners within the resort, as well as the local Washoe tribal leadership to get their input.

Cohen said he could not give a timeline on when a decision could be made.

Washoe Tribe Chairman Serrell Smokey said the name Squaw Valley is a constant reminder of efforts to disparage native people.

He’s in favor of the name change and suggested “Olympic Valley” as a replacement.

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‘In Deep with Ryan Lochte’ highlights Peacock launch sports offerings

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“In Deep with Ryan Lochte,” a documentary on the swimmer’s Rio Olympic scandal and return from suspensions, premieres on Peacock on Wednesday, when NBC Universal’s new streaming service launches.

From NBC Universal PR: “[Lochte] was at the center of a scandal that has since overshadowed a decorated swimming career that includes 12 Olympic medals. Now a 35-year-old husband and father of two young children, Lochte is hoping for one more chance to make Team USA and prove he’s not the same man he was four years ago.”

Lochte’s life since his Rio gas-station incident: a 10-month suspension, engagement and marriage to Kayla Reid, the birth of son Caiden and daughter Liv, the dedication of his swims at the 2020 Olympics to Nicholas Dworet, a swimmer killed in the 2018 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, a 14-month ban after he posted a social media image of an illegal IV transfusion of a legal substance, a six-week alcohol addiction rehab stint and a 2019 U.S. title in the 200m individual medley (the meet lacked top Olympic hopefuls).

In the film, Lochte revisits what happened in Rio, when he embellished the actual story: that he, and three other U.S. swimmers, were confronted by a security guard after Lochte ripped down a sign outside of a bathroom after late-night drinking. The swimmers’ competition was over.

“I messed up before that night even started,” Lochte said in the film. “I shouldn’t have even thought about going out and getting drunk. I should have represented my country the way we were taught. It just kind of spiraled down from there.

“It was all my fault, and I have to live with that for the rest of my life.”

The security guard, who pointed a gun at Lochte but not against his forehead, and a Rio police chief were interviewed on camera for the film.

Lochte said he plans to tell his children everything that happened.

“I don’t want to lie to them ever,” he said.

After the Olympics, Lochte said he saw a headline that said he was “the worst person in the world.” Most of all, he regretted that younger swimmers who previously looked up to him said he was no longer their role model.

“This is the most pressure I’ve had in my entire life,” Lochte said. “Yes, I made a mistake in Rio, and I need to earn the respect from my fellow swimmers, from Team USA, from everyone in the world. I gotta earn the respect. If I don’t make the Olympic team, they won’t see the change that I’ve made.”

Lochte, trying to become the oldest U.S. Olympic male swimmer in history, ranks fifth among Americans since the start of 2019 in the 200m IM. The top two at next summer’s Olympic Trials make the Tokyo Games.

“It’s pretty obvious now, I’m 100 percent family,” Lochte, who shed 30 added pounds from his time away from swimming, said at last August’s U.S. Championships. “That party-boy image that I used to have, I know it kind of messed me up, and it stuck with me, but that’s not me. I could care less about that lifestyle. My celebrations are picking up my son and my daughter and playing with them.”

Peacock’s launch also includes another sports offering, “Lost Speedways,” a series on the great racing cathedrals of the past created and hosted by Dale Earnhardt Jr.

NBC Sports’ full Premier League match and studio coverage on Wednesday will be presented free on Peacock. That includes four matches, led by Liverpool at Arsenal at 3:15 p.m. ET. More information is here.

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