A career nurse and now a U.S. Olympic curler: Nina Roth

IN THIS ISSUE:  Representing the United States in a World Championships is quite an honor. But it’s not the same as the Olympic Games.

Ask Nina Roth, the Wisconsin-based registered nurse who skipped the Olympic Trials champion squad that will play in the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang.

How the 29-year-old balances her life, her family, her career and being a member of the U.S. Olympic curling squad – and the one thing she really dislikes about the sport – is in our Lane One commentary, plus reaction to the IOC’s Russian suspensions, more previews of this weekend’s events and two new American records in swimming:

= p. 6/Anti-Doping: Reaction to the IOC’s decision on Russian participation comes swiftly!
= p. 7/Weightlifting: IOC OKs weightlifting for the 2024 Games … for now, but not for good …
= p. 8/Alpine Skiing: Julia Mancuso scheduled to return for Alpine Combined at St. Moritz;
= p. 14/Luge: World Cup moves to North America & starts in Calgary;
= p. 19/Swimming: Zane Grothe sets two American Freestyle Records at the Winter Nationals.