Olympics: Russia ban decision was 'a balance', says International Olympic Committee chief Bach

The United States will feature 240 competitors in the games across 15 sports, if its athletes are sent. Coverage for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games begins on February 8, but the opening ceremony is not until February 9, 5 a.m. (note the time difference).

"169 - this is the official list and the athletes will decide themselves if they will travel (to South Korea) or not".

Lasilla, who has won gold and silver medals in World Cup events this season and is one of 17 team members to have reached the podium during the winter season, will compete at her fifth games.

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The Americans will be trying to top their 2014 medal haul, which included nine gold medals and 28 overall (though that number will increase to 29 when American Katie Uhlaender's fourth-place skeleton finish is upgraded after Russian Federation forfeited a gold due to doping).

While Russia's group of athletes is still large, it will not include some of their top athletes.

The day before, the Russian Olympic Committee published a list of 169 Russian athletes that had been admitted to the upcoming championships in South Korea.

After five years of successful collaboration on women and sport, UN Women and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) recently renewed their commitment to continue empowering women and girls through sport and increasing women's leadership and gender equality in the sport industry. He'll be the first Canadian to compete at six different Winter Games, the COC and Snowboard Canada said in a release.

The Gangneung Olympic Village is for athletes in ice sports, which will be held in Gangneung, just east of Pyeongchang.

A record 102 gold medals are up for grabs, up four medals from Sochi. He vowed his best efforts to further promote South Korea's status in the world by presenting the most cultural and IT-strong Olympics.

The U.S. Olympic Committee says this year's squad is also its most diverse for a Winter Games. Habu Ahmed Gumel, on Thursday paid a courtesy visit to the Consul General of South Korea in Nigeria, His Excellency Younghoan Lee, at the embassy's Lagos office.

  • Leroy Wright