The top stories of 2018 – part I: More tumult? More cheating?

Simone Biles at the 2016 Olympic Games (by Agencia Brasil Fotografias via Wikipedia Commons)

TSX HEADLINES – for Jan. 1, 2018: If the problems of 2017 weren’t enough, more are coming in 2018. But there will be highlights, too.

Will Simone Biles make a triumphant return to gymnastics? What about her teammates?

Can anyone get close to the U.S. women at the FIBA World Cup in Spain in September. The schedule might give some teams a chance.

And then there are the problems of “mechanical doping” in cycling, the IAAF’s re-shuffling of the calendar and a lot more. In the first of two parts, we nominate our top-10 stories of 2018 in our Lane One commentary, plus the latest on:

(1) ALPINE SKIING: The amazing Mikaela Shiffrin won gold and bronze over the weekend and could win four events this week!

(2) CROSS COUNTRY: Sensational skiing by the U.S. women with medals at the prestigious Tour de Ski for Sophie Caldwell and Sadie Bjornsen!

(3) FIGURE SKATING & SPEED SKATING: Previews of the U.S. Nationals in figure skating and the Olympic Trials in speed skating, going on this week in San Jose and Milwaukee.

This issue includes ON DECK previews of Figure Skating ~ Speed Skating; SCOREBOARD reports on Alpine Skiing ~ Cross Country Skiing ~ Ice Hockey ~ Nordic Combined ~ Ski Jumping and AGENDA, our calendar of top-level international events.