Russia’s plan to embarrass the IOC for PyeongChang

IN THIS ISSUE:  Sure, the Russian Olympic Committee was suspended by the International Olympic Committee, but whatever you think of Russia, they are resilient.

And they are already gaming the system the IOC has set up for allow only “clean” athletes to compete in the Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang in February.

The background, details and the process are explained in our Lane One commentary, plus what you need to know about:

 ALPINE SKIING: Is Mikaela Shiffrin about to run away with a second straight World Cup overall title? She got a head start by sweeping the Courchevel races and the schedule is perfectly set up for her.

¶ ATHLETICS: New accusations from a British newspaper about coach and former U.S. sprinter Dennis Mitchell, but The Telegraph’s headline was about World 100 m Champion Justin Gatlin!

 GYMNASTICS: Lawsuit filed by Olympic medalist McKayla Maroney to open up a confidential settlement from last December that paid her $1.25 million to say nothing about sex abuser Dr. Larry Nasser!

This issue includes GLOBETROTTING by Phil Hersh on the “I, Tonya,” movie from one who reported it;   SCENE & HEARD on Anti-Doping ~ Athletics ~ Football ~ Gymnastics; ON DECK previews of Alpine Skiing ~ Freestyle Skiing ~ Snowboard; SCOREBOARD reports on Alpine Skiing ~ Diving ~Table Tennis, and AGENDA, our calendar of top-level international events.