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Henrik Lundqvist’s brother headlines Sweden Olympic hockey team

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Even without NHL players, there is one very familiar name on Sweden’s Olympic men’s hockey roster.

Lundqvist.

Joel Lundqvist, the identical twin brother of longtime New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, is among the headliners of 23 men named Tuesday. The finalized team will be 25 players.

Joel, a former NHL forward, captained Sweden to the 2017 World title but didn’t make the Olympics in 2006, 2010 or 2014, like Henrik did (winning gold in 2006).

Sweden took silver in Sochi with star NHL skaters like Erik Karlsson, Nicklas Backstrom, Daniel Sedin and Henrik Zetterberg.

None of them are on this year’s team of course.

But two of the three goalies should be recognizable to ardent NHL fans — Jhonas Enroth (former Buffalo Sabre) and Viktor Fasth (former Edmonton Oiler and Anaheim Duck).

Enroth, 29, was an unused backup on the 2014 Olympic team.

Fasth, 35, was Sweden’s No. 1 at the 2017 World Championship until Henrik joined the team mid-tournament and backstopped it to gold.

Former NHL skaters on the PyeongChang team include Viktor Stalberg (parts of eight NHL seasons) and Joakim Lindstrom.

Defenseman Rasmus Dahlin is the first male hockey player born in 2000 to be named to an Olympic team. Dahlin could be the No. 1 pick in the June NHL Draft.

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Jade Carey on brink of becoming first gymnast to qualify for U.S. Olympic team

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The U.S. Olympic gymnastics trials aren’t until late June, but Jade Carey is in position to qualify for the Tokyo Games in March.

Carey, seeking an individual Olympic gymnastics spot outside of the team competition, earned the maximum points in a World Cup series that is one path to Olympic qualification.

Carey has three wins each on floor exercise and vault with two World Cups left in March. Carey will mathematically clinch an Olympic spot if no other gymnasts win three times on one of the apparatuses to force a tiebreaker.

So far, no other gymnast has two wins on floor. One gymnast has two wins on vault. A gymnast’s top three finishes across the eight-stop series count in Olympic qualifying. If Carey finishes atop the floor or vault standings, she goes to the Olympics.

Carey picked up those third wins on floor and vault at the sixth World Cup in Melbourne, Australia, this weekend.

The one downside to qualifying this route: Carey would not be able to compete in the team competition at the Olympics. Those four spots will be determined at and after June’s trials in St. Louis, with Simone Biles likely grabbing one of them.

“I knew I would be giving up being on the team,” Carey said in October of going the World Cup route, “but I think, for me, it made sense to just go for it.”

Carey is a world medalist on vault and floor, but she doesn’t have the all-around credentials of Biles and some other U.S. gymnasts.

Olympic team event roster sizes were cut from five to four for Tokyo, putting a greater onus on all-around prowess given a team must put three gymnasts on each apparatus in the Olympic final.

The U.S. is the deepest country in women’s gymnastics, so the only truly safe pick to make the four-woman Olympic team event roster is Biles.

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Justin Schoenefeld gets U.S.’ first men’s aerials World Cup win in 4 years

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Justin Schoenefeld ended a four-year U.S. men’s aerials drought with his first World Cup win Saturday in Belarus.

Schoenfeld, 21, hit a double full-full-full in the super final to beat a field that included world champion Maxim Burov of Russia. Burov was fourth, one spot behind another American, Chris Lillis. Full results are here.

“I’m pretty speechless right now,” Schoenefeld said, according to U.S. Ski & Snowboard. “I’m just shocked. It just all came so quick, all of a sudden the two finals were over, and I was on top of the podium. I probably landed two of my training jumps yesterday, but I managed to land all of my comp jumps down to my feet.”

Schoenefeld’s best previous World Cup finish was fourth, in Belarus last season.

Lillis earned the U.S.’ last World Cup men’s aerials victory on Feb. 20, 2016, also in Belarus. The four-year gap between wins marked the longest for the U.S. men since aerials was added as an Olympic medal sport in 1994.

Schoenefeld also became the first American of either gender to win a World Cup aerials event in two years, since Kiley McKinnon on Jan. 6, 2018. That gap was the longest for the U.S. since 2005.

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