Winter Games warm-up: Five names to know (Part II)

Will American biathlete Lowell Bailey (center) be partying in PyeongChang like it's 2017?

PALM DESERT, September 15, 2017 – For decades, the U.S. showed only a middling interest in the Olympic Winter Games. And then the Games came to Salt Lake City in 2002.

The U.S. national governing bodies revved up like never before and American athletes won an unheard-of 34 medals. There has been very little fall-off since, and a powerful team is expected for PyeongChang next February.

We continue with a look at some of the people you’ll be hearing about, ready to make history in Biathlon, Cross-Country Skiing, Bobsled, Snowboarding and Figure Skating. Some you have heard of, but some, probably not. And there is more:

= p. 7/Anti-Doping: 17 organizations demand Russia be banned from PyeongChang!
= p. 9/Diving: U.S. Platform diving star David Boudia to continue on for 2020;
= p. 9/Gymnastics: Riley McCusker out of World Champs training camp due to injury;
= p. 10/Athletics: Multi-eventers in Talence, France for annual Decastar meeting;
= p. 12/Volleyball: U.S. comes from ahead to lose to Iran in Grand Champions Cup.