Winter Olympic games

Sergey Ustiugov of Russia skis during the men's 15 km free style race at the cross country World Cup in Davos, Switzerland, Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017. (Gian Ehrenzeller/Keystone via AP)
December 11, 2017 - 4:50 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian athletes are overwhelmingly in favor of competing at the upcoming Pyeongchang Games despite a ban on the national team, the country's Olympic committee said Monday. Sofia Velikaya said the Russian Olympic Committee's athletes' commission, which she chairs, has heard from "all...
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A woman waves a Russian flag outside of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) headquarters in front of the Olympic Rings prior to the opening of the first day of the executive board meeting of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) at the IOC headquarters, in Pully near Lausanne, on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. Russian athletes will be allowed to compete at the upcoming Pyeongchang Olympics as neutrals despite orchestrated doping at the 2014 Sochi Games, the International Olympic Committee said Tuesday. (Jean-Christophe Bott, Keystone via AP)
December 08, 2017 - 7:59 am
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — A leading Russian sports official has urged the IOC to reverse a ban on the country's flag from the Pyeongchang Olympics. Alisher Usmanov, the president of the International Fencing Federation, said the legal principle of "No guilt, no punishment" means clean Russian...
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FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2017, file photo, Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, speaks during a Security Council meeting on the situation in North Korea, at United Nations headquarters. The U.S. Olympic Committee still plans on bringing teams to the Pyeongchang Games in February despite U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley casting doubt on U.S. participation. In an interview Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, with Fox News Channel, Haley was asked if it's an open question about whether the U.S. team will compete at the Olympics in South Korea, given the tensions on the Korean Peninsula. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
December 07, 2017 - 1:29 pm
The Latest on the Olympic games in Pyeongchang (all times local): 2:30 p.m. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders says the U.S. "looks forward to participating" in the Winter Olympics in South Korea. She tweeted that update minutes after saying at a briefing that no official decision had been...
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Russian President Vladimir Putin attends the annual Volunteer of Russia 2017 award ceremony at the Megasport Sport Palace in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. Putin has moved an inch closer to announcing his intention to seek re-election in the next March's vote, saying he would weigh the move based on public support.(Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
December 06, 2017 - 1:28 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin won't boycott the Pyeongchang Olympics. Putin said Wednesday his government will allow Russians to compete as neutral athletes at the upcoming games in South Korea. The International Olympic Committee has banned the Russian team from games as...
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International Olympic Committee, IOC, President Thomas Bach from Germany, reacts during a media conference after an Executive Board meeting, in Lausanne, Switzerland, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. Russian athletes will be allowed to compete at the upcoming Pyeongchang Olympics as neutrals despite orchestrated doping at the 2014 Sochi Games, the International Olympic Committee said Tuesday. (Jean-Christophe Bott/Keystone via AP)
December 06, 2017 - 12:28 am
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Russian athletes will be allowed to stand on the medal podium at the Winter Olympics — just not with their anthem playing or their nation's flag rising above them. The International Olympic Committee barred Russia and its sports leaders from the upcoming games in South...
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FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2014 file photo a man carries the Russian national flag past the burning Olympic cauldron at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Russia could be banned from competing at the Pyeongchang Olympics. The decision will come on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017 when the International Olympic Committee executive board meets in Lausanne, less than nine weeks before the games open on Feb. 9 in South Korea. (AP Photo/Peter Delong, file)
December 05, 2017 - 9:13 pm
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The Latest on Russian doping (all times local): ___ 3:30 a.m. Organizers of the Pyeongchang Olympics have issued a statement saying they accept and respect the International Olympic Committee's decision to allow Russian athletes to compete under a neutral flag at the...
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FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2014 file photo Alexander Zubkov of Russia carries the national flag as he leads the team during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. When the International Olympic Committee board prepares to vote Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017 on whether to ban Russia from February’s Winter Olympics, its members will decide the fate of numerous medals yet to be won. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, file)
December 04, 2017 - 8:03 am
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Russia could be banned from competing at the upcoming Pyeongchang Olympics, a prospect that President Vladimir Putin has already warned would be humiliating for his country. The decision will come on Tuesday when the International Olympic Committee's executive board...
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FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2014 file photo Alexander Zubkov of Russia carries the national flag as he leads the team during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. When the International Olympic Committee board prepares to vote Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017 on whether to ban Russia from February’s Winter Olympics, its members will decide the fate of numerous medals yet to be won. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, file)
December 03, 2017 - 11:26 am
MOSCOW (AP) — When the International Olympic Committee board prepares to vote Tuesday on whether to ban Russia from February's Winter Olympics, its members will decide the fate of numerous medals yet to be won. If there's a blanket ban on Russia for its doping offenses at the 2014 Olympics — or...
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In this Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 photo, United States' Ryan Bailey smiles on the podium after finishing second in the two-man World Cup bobsled race in Lake Placid, N.Y. Bailey was banned for two years for what he contends was an inadvertent doping violation, ending the former track and field medalist's bid to compete in the Pyeongchang Olympics. The Court of Arbitration for Sport issued the ruling Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, agreeing with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's stance that a six-month ban Bailey served earlier this year was not enough. (AP Photo/Peter Morgan)
December 01, 2017 - 3:27 pm
U.S. bobsledder Ryan Bailey was banned for two years for what he contends was an inadvertent doping violation, ending the former track and field medalist's bid to compete in the Pyeongchang Olympics. The Court of Arbitration for Sport publicly announced the ruling Friday, agreeing with the U.S...
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Vitaly Mutko, Russian Federation Deputy Prime Minister & Local Organising Committee Chairman gestures during a press conference ahead of the 2018 soccer World Cup draw in the Kremlin in Moscow, Friday Dec. 1, 2017. (AP Photo)
December 01, 2017 - 1:36 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — In a combative mood hours before the World Cup draw, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko defended himself and his country amid an ongoing Olympic doping scandal. Mutko aimed barbs at the IOC and international media, and singled out other countries' doping issues, in a 77-minute...
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