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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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Jessie Diggins, inspired by Body Issue, shares eating disorder battle

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Jessie Diggins hopes to open a conversation about body image after appearing in ESPN the Magazine‘s “Body Issue.” The Olympic gold medalist detailed her own experience with an eating disorder as a teenager in what she called “the most important blog I’ll ever write.”

“When I was 18-19 years old, I had everything in the world going for me, but I struggled with confidence and didn’t love myself,” Diggins, now 26, wrote on her website. “I suffered from an eating disorder, and eventually sought help at a treatment center, checking in for a summer program that saved my life. So when I was approached about the ESPN issue, I thought “is this REALLY something I want to do? Will it bring back old memories? Will I be ok with everyone seeing my body exactly as it is?”

Diggins is remembered for winning the first U.S. Olympic cross-country skiing title with Kikkan Randall in PyeongChang (Here comes Diggins!). In the cross-country world, she’s also reputed for her bubbly presence, spreading glitter across her face and sharing it with fellow skiers before races.

She wants to be associated with much more.

“I want to be known not for going through an eating disorder, but for helping other women and men speak up when they need help and not feel judged for needing a friend to talk it through with,” Diggins wrote. “Statistically speaking, at least 6% of you reading this right now are struggling with disordered eating in some way. So to those of you for whom it feels like the end of the world, I can say this: it can, and it does, get better. I know, because I lived it. It will take more courage than most anything else in your life, but you can get better. And it’s worth it.”

Years before becoming a medal-winning athlete, Diggins checked into The Emily Program, a national leader for eating disorder treatment.

“It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life, but also the most important,” she wrote. “Because it saved my life, in every way that a life can be saved. I learned that I was struggling with this so much because I needed an outlet for stress, and that it was ok to feel a range of emotions – that I could survive feeling pressured, stressed, unhappy, sad, or angry as well as feeling happy-go-lucky.”

Diggins called posing for the Body Issue “a full-circle moment.” ESPN says the Body Issue celebrates every shape and size of athletes in artful fashion.

“[It’s] a chance for me to use a large stage to waltz right up to the microphone and share a message that I think is extremely important, and long overdue,” Diggins wrote. “We need to open up the conversation about body image, self confidence, and disordered eating. It should not be a shameful thing, or a taboo topic. It’s more prevalent than people think, and perhaps making help easier to find and less difficult to ask for could save some lives.”

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Darya Domracheva, triple Olympic gold medalist in Sochi, retires

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Darya Domracheva, a triple 2014 Olympic gold medalist and Belarus’ most decorated Olympian, has retired from biathlon at age 31.

Domracheva is leaving the sport because she could not continue in biathlon while raising daughter Xenia with husband Ole Einar Bjørndalen, the 13-time Olympic medalist biathlete for Norway.

“All the time after the season, I was trying to find a compromise which would allow me to raise a child and combine with a professional career at the same time,” Domracheva said, according to the International Biathlon Union (IBU). “Unfortunately I did not find an optimal solution which would allow me to combine those two important life parts. This decision is well weighted and very tough, but I finish my sports career.”

Domracheva was one of the biggest stars of the 2014 Sochi Winter Games as the only athlete to claim three individual gold medals, four years after being put on a Belarus postage stamp for earning an individual bronze. Domracheva could have competed for Russia, having been born in Minsk but raised in the remote western Siberia oil boom town of Nyagan, the birthplace of Maria Sharapova.

She became Belarus’ first female Olympic champion, saying she was “the hope of” Belarus, then was awarded the nation’s highest civilian honor, “Hero of Belarus.”

After winning her only World Cup overall title in 2015, Domracheva missed the 2015-16 campaign with glandular fever, then in April 2016 announced she and Bjørndalen were in a relationship and having a child.

Domracheva returned to take a silver medal at the 2017 World Championships, then entered PyeongChang ranked fifth in the world. Domracheva struggled early in PyeongChang with finishes of ninth, 37th and 27th before earning mass start silver and relay gold.

Her six career Olympic medals are two more than anybody else from Belarus, and her four golds are double anybody else’s total from her country.

Belarus has only competed independently since the 1994 Lillehammer Games, having previously been part of the Soviet Union. Its top athletes who competed under other flags included gymnasts Olga Korbut (six medals, four golds for the Soviets) and Vitaly Scherbo (six golds in 1992 for the Unified Team; four bronzes in 1996 for Belarus).

NBC Olympic Research contributed to this report.

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