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Full U.S. roster for PyeongChang Paralympics

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The U.S. Paralympic team for PyeongChang includes 74 athletes, the same number originally named to the 2014 Paralympic roster (though closer to 80 competed).

The U.S. finished third with 18 medals in Sochi behind Russia (80 medals) and Ukraine (25), though Americans came home with just two gold medals (sled hockey and snowboarder Evan Strong).

The Russian team will not win 80 medals this month. In fact, Russia is banned from the Paralympics, but 30 athletes were approved to compete as neutrals by the International Paralympic Committee. Russia had about 80 athletes compete in Sochi.

The last time the U.S. earned the most medals at a Paralympics that it didn’t host was in 1992.

The full U.S. team for the Winter Paralympics, with the Opening Ceremony on Friday (6 a.m. ET, NBCSN, NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app).

Alpine Skiing (23)
Sadie DeBaun (Guide for Staci Mannella)
Stephanie Jallen
Allison Kunkel
Staci Mannella
Melanie Schwartz
Laurie Stephens
Danelle Umstead

Jasmin Bambur
Mark Bathum
Kevin Burton
Tyler Carter
Josh Elliott
Andrew Haraghey
Connor Hogan
Andrew Kurka
Stephen Lawler
Brandon Powell-Ashby (Guide for Kevin Burton)
Jamie Stanton
Rob Umstead (Guide for Danelle Umstead)
Tyler Walker
Thomas Walsh
Spencer Wood
Cade Yamamoto (Guide for Mark Bathum)

Nordic Skiing (15)
Kendall Gretsch
Oksana Masters
Grace Miller
Joy Rondeau
Kristina Trygstad-Saari (Guide for Mia Zutter)
Mia Zutter

Jake Adicoff
Dan Cnossen
Sean Halsted
Sawyer Kesselheim (Guide for Jake Adicoff)
Aaron Pike
Bryan Price
Ruslan Reiter
Andy Soule
Jeremy Wagner

Sled Hockey (17)
Tyler Carron
Steve Cash
Ralph DeQuebec
Travis Dodson
Declan Farmer
Noah Grove
Billy Hanning
Nikko Landeros
Jen Lee
Luke McDermott
Kevin McKee
Josh Misiewicz
Adam Page
Josh Pauls
Rico Roman
Brody Roybal
Jack Wallace

Snowboarding (14)
Arlene Cohen
Brittani Coury
Brenna Huckaby
Amy Purdy
Nicole Roundy

Noah Elliot
Keith Gabel
Mark Mann
Mike Minor
Mike Schultz
Mike Shea
Jimmy Sides
Michael Spivey
Evan Strong

Wheelchair Curling (5)
Penny Greely
Meghan Lino

Kirk Black
Stephen Emt
Justin Marshall

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Federica Brignone passes Mikaela Shiffrin for World Cup overall lead

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Italian Federica Brignone passed an absent Mikaela Shiffrin for the World Cup overall standings lead by winning a combined in Switzerland on Sunday.

Brignone prevailed by .92 of a second adding times from super-G and slalom runs in Crans-Montana. Full results are here.

Brignone moved 73 points ahead of Shiffrin in the overall through 29 of 40 scheduled races. A race winner receives 100 points on a descending scale through the 30th-place finisher. The season runs through March 22.

Shiffrin, the three-time reigning World Cup overall champion, has not competed since the unexpected death of her father on Feb. 2. She has not announced if or when she will return this season.

Brignone, 29, is having a career season with five wins and 10 podiums across four disciplines.

Brignone’s best previous World Cup overall standings finish was fifth. She earned giant slalom medals at the 2018 Olympics (bronze) and 2011 World Championships (silver).

She could become Italy’s first female World Cup overall champion. The last Italian male winner was Alberto Tomba in 1995.

The women’s Alpine skiing World Cup moves to La Thuile, Italy, for a super-G and a combined next Saturday and Sunday.

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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 earn maximum points on one of the apparatuses to force a tiebreaker.

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.

So far, no other gymnast has two wins on floor. One other gymnast can get to the maximum points on vault with one win between the last two stops (and others with two).

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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