PyeongChang preview no. 1: Bobsleigh

TSX HEADLINES – for Jan. 31, 2018: The frantic pace of the winter World Cups has finally slowed down enough to start looking ahead to the Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, Korea, coming 8 February.

We stop first at bobsleigh, expected to be dominated by Germany, especially in the absence of American star driver Steven Holcomb, who died unexpectedly last year.

But what about American Elana Meyers Taylor in the women’s bob. She owns a silver and bronze from 2010 and 2014; can she get her long-sought gold?

We size up her chances – and everyone else’s – including our picks for the medal stand in the first of our series in advance of the Games. It’s all in our Lane One commentary, plus what’s happening in the rest of the Olympic world:

(1) THE TICKER: The U.S. Olympic Committee announced its biggest team ever for a Winter Games, including seven sets of siblings and one married couple. Who are they?

(2) THE BIG PICTURE: The newest ruckus is over the decision of the International Paralympic Committee over Russia’s status – and that of its athletes – for its 2018 Winter Games.

(3) ALPINE SKIING: Last World Cup before the Winter Games could put Lindsey Vonn in position to capture another Crystal Globe in the Downhill!

This issue includes THE BIG PICTURE, a rapid-read status report on Olympic sport; ON DECK previews of Alpine Skiing ~ Fencing ~ Ski Jumping; SCOREBOARD reports on Alpine Skiing and speed Skating, and AGENDA, our calendar of top-level international events.