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Russia names 169-athlete Olympic roster

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The Russian Olympic Committee said it is sending 169 athletes to the PyeongChang Olympics, which would make it one of the largest teams at the Winter Games.

Only Canada, the U.S. and Russia had more than 169 athletes compete in Sochi.

All of the 169 athletes would have had to be individually invited to the PyeongChang Olympics by an IOC panel due to Russia’s doping sanctions.

Many of its stars were left out either by suspension or no invitation, including Viktor Ahn (six Olympic short track titles), Aleksandr Tretiyakov (Sochi skeleton champ), Aleksandr Legkov (Sochi 50km cross-country champ) and Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov (Sochi pairs figure skating silver medalists).

The most notable names of the 169 on the team are figure skating favorites Yevgenia Medvedeva and Alina Zagitova, American-born snowboarder Vic Wild (two golds in Sochi), 2017 World Cup luge champ Roman Repilov and five-time Olympic hockey players Pavel Datsyuk and Ilya Kovalchuk.

The Olympic Athletes from Russia team, according to the Russian Olympic Committee:

BIATHLON
Anton Babikov, Matvei Eliseev, Tatyana Akimova, Uliana Kaisheva.

BOBSLED AND SKELETON
Maxim Andrianov, Alexey Zaitsev, Vasily Kondratenko, Vladislav Marchenkov, Ruslan Samitov, Yury Selikhov, Alexey Stulnev, Nikita Tregubov, Yulia Belomestnykh, Anastasia Kocherzhova, Alexandra Rodionova, Nadezhda Sergeeva.

ALPINE SKIING
Alexander Andrienko, Pavel Trikhichev, Alexander Khoroshilov, Anastasia Silantieva, Ekaterina Tkachenko.

CURLING
Alexander Krushelnytsky, Galina Arsenkina, Anastasia Bryzgalova, Uliana Vasilyeva, Yuliya Gusiyeva, Victoria Moiseeva, Yulia Portunova.

SPEED SKATING
Sergei Trofimov, Natalia Voronina, Angelina Golikova, Olga Graf.

NORDIC COMBINED
Ernest Yakhin.

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING
Alexander Bolshunov, Alexey Vitsenko, Andrei Larkov, Andrei Melnichenko, Alexander Panzhinsky, Denis Spitsov, Alexey Chervotkin, Yulia Belorukova, Alisa Zhambalova, Natalya Nepryaeva, Anna Nechaevskaya, Anastasia Sedova.

SKI JUMPING
Evgeny Klimov, Denis Kornilov, Mikhail Nazarov, Alexei Romashov, Irina Avvakumova, Anastasia Barannikova, Alexandra Kustova, Sofya Tikhonova.

LUGE
Vladislav Antonov, Andrei Bogdanov, Alexander Denisiev, Andrei Medvedev, Semyon Pavlichenko, Roman Repilov, Stepan Fedorov, Ekaterina Baturina.

SNOWBOARDING
Nikita Avtaneev, Victor Wild, Daniil Dilman, Dmitry Loginov, Anton Mamaev, Nikolai Olyunin, Dmitry Sarsembayev, Andrei Sobolev, Vladislav Khadarin, Milena Bykova, Maria Vasiltsova, Alena Zavarzina, Christina Paul, Natalia Soboleva, Ekaterina Tudegesheva, Sofya Fedorova.

FIGURE SKATING
Dmitry Aliev, Jonathan Gureyro, Mikhail Kolyada, Vladimir Morozov, Alexei Rogonov, Dmitry Soloviev, Alexander Enbert, Christina Astakhova, Ekaterina Bobrova, Natalya Zabiyako, Alina Zagitova, Tiffany Zagorsky, Evgenia Medvedeva, Maria Sotskova, Yevgeniya Tarasova.

FREESTYLE SKIING
Ilya Burov, Maxim Burov, Semyon Denshchikov, Yegor Korotkov, Pavel Krotov, Stanislav Nikitin, Igor Omelin, Sergei Ridzik, Alexander Smyshlyaev, Pavel Chupa, Alina Gridneva, Valeria Demidova, Victoria Zavadovskaya, Lyubov Nikitina, Alexandra Orlova, Marika Pertakhia, Lana Prusakova , Regina Rakhimova, Kristina Spiridonova, Ekaterina Stolyarova, Anastasia Tatalina, Anastasia Chirtzova.

HOCKEY
Sergei Andronov, Alexander Barabanov, Vyacheslav Voinov, Vladislav Gavrikov, Mikhail Grigorenko, Nikita Gusev, Pavel Datsyuk, Artem Zub, Andrei Zubarev, Ilya Kablukov, Sergey Kalinin, Kirill Kaprizov, Bogdan Kiselevich, Ilya Kovalchuk, Vasily Koshechkin, Alexei Marchenko, Sergei Mozyakin , Nikita Nesterov, Nikolay Prokhorkin, Ilya Sorokin, Ivan Telegin, Dinar Khafizullin, Igor Shesterkin, Vadim Shipachev, Sergey Shirokov.

Nadezhda Alexandrova, Maria Batalova, Lyudmila Belyakova, Liana Ganeeva, Angelina Goncharenko, Elena Dergacheva, Evgenia Dupina, Fanuza Kadirov, Diana Kanaeva, Victoria Kulishova, Ekaterina Lobova, Nadezhda Morozova, Ekaterina Nikolaeva, Valeria Pavlova, Nina Pirogova, Ekaterina Smolina, Olga Sosina , Alena Starovoitova, Valeria Tarakanova, Svetlana Tkacheva, Anastasia Chistyakova, Anna Shokhina, Alevtina Shtareva.

SHORT TRACK SPEED SKATING
Semen Elistratov, Pavel Sitnikov, Alexander Shulginov, Ekaterina Efremenkova, Ekaterina Konstantinova, Emina Malagich, Sofya Prosvirnova.

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Swim meet canceled after FINA’s threat to ban athletes

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GENEVA (AP) — Amid growing conflict between swimmers and their world governing body, an international swimming meet was canceled on Thursday after threats to ban athletes who took part seeking better prize money.

The Italian swim federation called off the Dec. 20-21 competition it was organizing in Turin, saying it acted to protect athletes from FINA.

The Turin meet was linked to a proposed International Swimming League, a privately run operation which aims to operate outside FINA’s control and pay higher prize money.

“FINA declared the event ‘non-approved,’ threatening sanctions against the participating athletes,” Italian officials said in a statement.

FINA, based in Lausanne, Switzerland, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Some Olympic champions have long criticized FINA, believing swimmers should be better rewarded, have more say in decisions, and could create their own union.

Olympic champion Adam Peaty of Britain wrote on Thursday on Twitter he was “incredibly disappointed” by the cancellation.

The politics involved will “galvanize swimmers, not break them,” wrote Peaty, who holds 50m and 100m breaststroke world records.

Peaty has previously supported Hungarian star Katinka Hosszu in her public criticism of FINA, and calls to create a swimmers’ union.

Italian organizers said Peaty, Hosszu and other Olympic champions including Chad le Clos of South Africa and Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden were due to take part in their 25-meter pool event. It was scheduled days after the short-course world championships being staged in Hangzhou, China.

The clash of events seemed to provoke FINA into finding more prize money for its worlds event in the smaller pool.

On Nov. 6, FINA added to its promised prize fund for China by almost doubling the total to $2.07 million.

FINA wrote to member federations on Oct. 30 warning of bans of up to two years for taking part in Turin.

However, a European Commission decision last year suggests swimmers could successfully challenge any attempt to limit their right to race and earn money.

The European Union’s executive arm ruled the International Staking Union in breach of anti-trust laws by threatening severe bans for speed skaters who wanted to compete in a South Korean-organized event in Dubai.

The ISU’s threats “also serve to protect its own commercial interests,” the European officials said.

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Simon Ammann believes ski jumping career end is near

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Simon Ammann, the most decorated active ski jumper with four Olympic gold medals, said it is hard to imagine competing beyond this season, according to Swiss newspaper Blick.

Ammann, 37, swept the individual Olympic titles in 2002 and 2010 to join retired Finn Matti Nykänen as the only four-time Olympic ski jumping champs.

In PyeongChang, his sixth Olympics, Ammann placed 11th and 13th, one month after making his first World Cup podium in nearly three years. He decided after those Winter Games that he would continue at least one more season, but has no plan to go all the way to a seventh Olympics in 2022, according to Blick.

Ammann has teased retirement since at least 2011 and even said going into the 2014 Sochi Olympics that he was “99 percent sure” they would be his final Games.

The now-father of two first gained crossover celebrity with his surprise Salt Lake City 2002 gold medals, his first wins in top-level international competition. The bespectacled Ammann’s victory screams and resemblance to Harry Potter helped land him on “The Late Show with David Letterman” and one of Europe’s biggest shows, sitting next to Shakira.

Fellow ski jumper Noriaki Kasai of Japan holds the Winter Olympic record of eight appearances. Kasai, 46, has said he plans to go for a ninth participation at Beijing 2022.

NBC Olympic Research contributed to this report.

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