IOC rejects Russia’s request for more plus 54 Winter Games previews

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TSX HEADLINES – for Feb. 5, 2018: The International Olympic Committee’s bulky Russian-athlete invitation structure bowed up under pressure and rejected the request to allow 13 more athletes compete in PyeongChang.

This was a cool and correct decision, in which the IOC’s working groups politely averted what could have been a complete implosion of the 5 December decision that suspended the Russian National Olympic Committee, but allowed “clean” Russian athletes to be invited to the Games.

There’s a lot more work to be done, of course, but it was refreshing to see the IOC react well under pressure.

There’s also an Olympic Winter Games coming and we have 23 pages of event previews in Cross Country Skiing, Freestyle Skiing, Snowboard, Speed Skating and Short Track, covering 54 events in all in our Lane One commentary, plus the weekend’s results:

(1) ALPINE SKIING: Lindsey Vonn is all the way back and stamped herself as the favorite in the women’s Downhill – and perhaps more – in PyeongChang by winning two World Cups in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

(2) ATHLETICS: Fabulous running by Ethiopia’s Ginzebe Dibaba, with the second-fastest 1,500 m in history in the IAAF Indoor World Tour opener in Karlsruhe, Germany, plus two world indoor records at the Millrose Games and Leonard Korir beats Galen Rupp for the USATF national Cross Country title.

(3) FENCING: The U.S.’s newest sword star is Eli Dershwitz after his second win in a Sabre World Cup this season!

This issue includes THE BIG PICTURE, a rapid-read status report on Olympic sport; SCOREBOARD reports on Alpine Skiing ~ Athletics ~ Fencing ~ Nordic Combined ~ Nordic Sports ~ Rugby ~ Ski Jumping ~ Snowboard, and AGENDA, our calendar of top-level international events.

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