U.S. Olympic women’s hockey roster named: 13 gold medalists, last 2 players cut from 2018

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Hilary Knight leads the U.S. Olympic women’s hockey roster looking for repeat gold with 13 players returning from 2018, plus the last two cuts from four years ago.

Headliners also include goalie Maddie Rooney, a star in the PyeongChang Olympic final shootout win over Canada, and Knight’s fellow forwards Kendall Coyne SchofieldBrianna Decker and Amanda Kessel, each going to a third Olympics.

Two more players, defender Megan Bozek and forward Alex Carpenter, are 2014 Olympians who were the last two cuts from the 2018 roster. It’s the first time any U.S. women’s player made it back to the Olympics after missing a team.

The roster (*2018 Olympian):

Goalies: Alex Cavallini*, Nicole Hensley*, Maddie Rooney*

Defenders: Cayla Barnes*, Megan Bozek, Jincy Dunne, Savannah Harmon, Caroline Harvey, Megan Keller*, Lee Stecklein*

Forwards: Hannah Brandt*, Dani Cameranesi*, Alex Carpenter, Jesse Compher, Kendall Coyne Schofield (captain)*, Brianna Decker*, Amanda Kessel*, Hilary Knight*, Abbey Murphy, Kelly Pannek*, Abby Roque, Hayley Scamurra, Grace Zumwinkle

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Knight, at 32, is set to become the oldest U.S. Olympic female hockey player, breaking Julie Chu‘s record from 2014. Knight will tie the U.S. record of four Olympic hockey appearances, shared by five others, including Chu.

The U.S. Olympic title in 2018 marked the nation’s first since the first Olympic women’s hockey tournament in 1998. All 13 returnees will try to become the first American hockey players to win multiple golds.

In the last 15 months, five players with a combined 15 Olympic medals announced retirements: captain Meghan Duggan, 2018 Olympic final scoring heroes and twins Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson and Monique Lamoureux-Morando, stalwart defender Kacey Bellamy and Gigi Marvin, who played both forward and defense.

In August, rival Canada beat the U.S. in a major final for the first time in seven years, taking the world championship (which Rooney missed due to injury). Canada, yet to name its Olympic roster, also won a pre-Olympic exhibition series between the two nations 4-2. The last three games were canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Olympic tournament includes two more teams than in 2018, but the primary plot is expected to be the same: the U.S. and Canada face off in group play and, if each wins the rest of their games, again in the final.

The U.S., coached by retired NHL goalie Robb Stauber in 2018, changed coaches again in April. Bob Corkum stepped down and was replaced by assistant Joel Johnson, who was familiar with many of the players having spent 16 seasons on the University of Minnesota staff and coaching U.S. junior teams.

The roster has two players born in the 2000s — defender Caroline Harvey and forward Abbey Murphy, both 19.

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Aksel Lund Svindal, Olympic Alpine champ, has testicular cancer, ‘prognosis good’

Aksel Lund Svindal

Aksel Lund Svindal, a retired Olympic Alpine skiing champion from Norway, said he underwent surgery for testicular cancer and the prognosis “looked very good.”

“Tests, scans and surgery all happened very quickly,” Svindal, 39, wrote on social media. “And already after the first week I knew the prognoses looked very good. All thanks to that first decision to go see a doctor as soon as I suspected something was off.”

Svindal retired in 2019 after winning the Olympic super-G in 2010 and downhill in 2018. He also won five world titles among the downhill, combined and giant slalom and two World Cup overall titles.

Svindal said he felt a change in his body that prompted him to see a doctor.

“The last few weeks have been different,” he wrote. “But I’m able to say weeks and not months because of great medical help, a little luck and a good decision.

“I wasn’t sure what it was, or if it was anything at all. … [I] was quickly transferred to the hospital where they confirmed what the doctor suspected. Testicle cancer.”

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2022 FIBA Women’s World Cup schedule, results

FIBA Women's World Cup

The U.S. goes for its fourth consecutive title at the FIBA World Cup in Sydney — and eighth global gold in a row overall when including the Olympics.

A’ja Wilson, a two-time WNBA MVP, and Breanna Stewart, the Tokyo Olympic MVP, headline a U.S. roster that, for the first time since 2000, includes neither Sue Bird (retired) nor Diana Taurasi (injured).

The new-look team includes nobody over the age of 30 for the first time since 1994, before the U.S. began its dynasty at the 1996 Atlanta Games. The Americans have won 52 consecutive games between worlds and the Olympics dating to the 2006 Worlds bronze-medal game.

The field also includes host Australia, the U.S.’ former primary rival, and Olympic silver medalist Japan.

Nigeria, which played the U.S. the closest of any foe in Tokyo (losing by nine points), isn’t present after its federation withdrew the team over governance issues. Spain, ranked second in the world, failed to qualify.

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2022 FIBA Women’s World Cup Schedule

Date Time (ET) Game Round
Wed., Sept. 21 8:30 p.m. Puerto Rico 82, Bosnia and Herzegovina 58 Group A
9:30 p.m. USA 87, Belgium 72 Group A
11 p.m. Canada 67, Serbia 60 Group B
Thurs., Sept. 22 12 a.m. Japan 89, Mali 56 Group B
3:30 a.m. China 107, South Korea 44 Group A
6:30 a.m. France 70, Australia 57 Group B
8:30 p.m. USA 106, Puerto Rico 42 Group A
10 p.m. Serbia 69, Japan 64 Group B
11 p.m. Belgium 84, South Korea 61 Group A
Fri., Sept. 23 12:30 a.m. China 98, Bosnia and Herzegovina 51 Group A
4 a.m. Canada 59, France 45 Group B
6:30 a.m. Australia 118, Mali 58 Group B
Sat., Sept. 24 12:30 a.m. USA 77, China 63 Group A
4 a.m. South Korea 99, Bosnia and Herzegovina 66 Group A
6:30 a.m. Belgium 68, Puerto Rico 65 Group A
Sun., Sept. 25 12:30 a.m. France vs. Mali Group B
4 a.m. Australia vs. Serbia Group B
6:30 a.m. Canada vs. Japan Group B
9:30 p.m. Belgium vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina Group A
11:30 p.m. Mali vs. Serbia Group B
Mon., Sept. 26 12 a.m. USA vs. South Korea Group A
2 a.m. France vs. Japan Group B
3:30 a.m. China vs. Puerto Rico Group A
6:30 a.m. Australia vs. Canada Group B
9:30 p.m. Puerto Rico vs. South Korea Group A
11:30 p.m. Belgium vs. China Group A
Tues., Sept. 27 12 a.m. USA vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina Group A
2 a.m. Canada vs. Mali Group B
3:30 a.m. France vs. Serbia Group B
6:30 a.m. Australia vs. Japan Group B
Wed., Sept. 28 10 p.m. Quarterfinal
Thurs., Sept. 29 12:30 a.m. Quarterfinal
4 a.m. Quarterfinal
6:30 a.m. Quarterfinal
Fri., Sept. 30 3 .m. Semifinal
5:30 a.m. Semifinal
11 p.m. Third-Place Game
Sat., Oct. 1 2 a.m. Final