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.

IOC gives more time to pick 2030 Olympic host, studies rotating Winter Games

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The 2030 Winter Olympic host, expected to be Salt Lake City or Sapporo, Japan, is no longer targeted to be decided before next fall, the IOC said in announcing wider discussions into the future of the Winter Games, including the possibility of rotating the Games within a pool of hosts.

The IOC Future Host Commission was granted more time to study factors, including climate change, that could impact which cities and regions host future Winter Olympics and Paralympics. The 2030 Winter Games host is not expected to be decided before or at an IOC session next September or October.

Hosts have traditionally been chosen by IOC members vote seven years before the Games, though recent reforms allow flexibility on the process and timeline. For example, the 2024 and 2028 Games were awarded to Paris and Los Angeles in a historic double award in 2017. The 2032 Summer Games were awarded to Brisbane last year without a traditional bid race.

There are three interested parties for the 2030 Winter Olympics, the IOC said Tuesday without naming them. Previously, Salt Lake City, Sapporo and Vancouver were confirmed as bids. Then in October, the British Columbia government said it would not support a Vancouver bid, a major setback, though organizers did not say that decision ended the bid. All three cities are attractive as past Winter Games hosts with existing venues.

U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee officials have said Salt Lake City is a likelier candidate for 2034 than 2030, but could step in for 2030 if asked.

The future host commission outlined proposals for future Winter Olympics, which included rotating hosts within a pool of cities or regions and a requirement that hosts have an average minimum temperature below freezing (32 degrees) for snow competition venues at the time of the Games over a 10-year period.

The IOC Executive Board gave the commission more time to study the proposals and other factors impacting winter sports.

The IOC board also discussed and will continue to explore a potential double awarding of the 2030 and 2034 Winter Olympic hosts.

Also Tuesday, the IOC board said that Afghanistan participation in the 2024 Olympics will depend on making progress in safe access to sports for women and young girls in the country.

On Monday, Human Rights Watch urged the IOC to suspend Afghanistan until women and girls can play sport in the country.

In a press release, the IOC board expressed “serious concern and strongly condemned the latest restrictions imposed by the Afghan authorities on women and young girls in Afghanistan, which prevent them from practicing sport in the country.” It urged Afghanistan authorities to “take immediate action at the highest level to reverse such restrictions and ensure safe access to sport for women and young girls.”

The IOC board also announced that North Korea’s National Olympic Committee will be reinstated when its suspension is up at the end of the year.

In September 2021, the IOC banned the North Korean NOC through the end of 2022, including banning a North Korean delegation from participating in the Beijing Winter Games, after it chose not to participate in the Tokyo Games.

North Korea, formally known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, was the only one of 206 National Olympic Committees to withdraw from Tokyo. The country made its choice in late March 2021, citing a desire “to protect our athletes from the global health crisis caused by the malicious virus infection.”

The IOC said in September 2021 that it “provided reassurances for the holding of safe Games and offered constructive proposals to find an appropriate and tailor-made solution until the very last minute (including the provision of vaccines), which were systematically rejected by the PRK NOC.”

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Olympic champion Justine Dufour-Lapointe leaves moguls for another skiing discipline

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Justine Dufour-Lapointe, the 2014 Olympic moguls champion, is leaving the event to compete in freeriding, a non-Olympic skiing discipline.

“After three Olympic cycles and 12 years on the World Cup circuit, I felt that I needed to find a new source of motivation and had to push my limits even more so I can reach my full potential as a skier,” the 28-year-old Montreal native said in a social media video, according to a translation from French. “Today, I am starting a new chapter in my career. … I want to perfect myself in another discipline. I want to connect with the mountain differently. Above all, I want to get out of my comfort zone in a way I’ve never done before.”

Dufour-Lapointe said she will compete on the Freeride World Tour, a series of judged competitions described as:

There‘s a start gate at the summit and a finish gate at the bottom. That’s it. Best run down wins. It truly is that simple. Think skiers and snowboarders choosing impossible-looking lines through cornices and cliff-faces and nasty couloirs. Think progressive: big jumps, mach-speed turns and full-on attack. Think entertaining.

Dufour-Lapointe has retired from moguls skiing, according to a Freeride World Tour press release, though she did not explicitly say that in social media posts Tuesday.

At the 2014 Sochi Winter Games, Dufour-Lapointe denied American Hannah Kearney‘s bid to become the first freestyle skier to repeat as Olympic champion. Older sister Chloé took silver in a Canadian one-two.

Dufour-Lapointe also won the world title in 2015, then Olympic silver in 2018 behind Frenchwoman Perrine Laffont.

Chloé announced her retirement in September. A third Dufour-Lapointe Olympic moguls skier, Maxime, retired in 2018.

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