Russian Federation nominates their Olympic figure skating team


Several of the country's top medal hopes, including six-time short-track speedskating gold medalist Viktor Ahn, were barred from next month's games amid the country's ongoing doping scandal, which has already forced Russian Federation to compete under a neutral flag. However, she injured her shoulder during a pre-Olympic practice and had to withdraw.

Fears the Russian flag would be barred from being displayed by fans during the Games, which begin on February 9, had arisen due to an International Olympic Committee list of "Prohibited and Restricted Items at Competition and non-Competition Venues" that included "flags of non-participating countries". She joins Chloe Kim, Maddie Mastro and three-time Olympic medalist Kelly Clark on the US women's halfpipe team.

Four-time World Cup victor James Woods narrowly missed out on a podium spot in 2014 and will return for his second Winter Games with a podium place in his sights.

Short track speedskating world champion Elise Christie heads a number of strong British medal contenders in Pyeongchang and UK Sport has set a target of at least five medals. For example, together with the IOC and Women Win, UN Women has piloted the innovative programme, "One Win Leads to Another" to empower young women and girls through sports in Brazil, leading up to the Rio Olympic Summer Games. The U.S. men were held off the podium for the first time in Sochi.

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After placing seventh in ski slopestyle at Sochi 2014, Katie Summerhayes has finished inside the top 10 at seven of her past nine World Cups including achieving second at Stubai in November.

He added "Of course you can never predict how the results will ultimately fall, but I am certain that we're going to Korea with opportunities to deliver more world class performances than a British ski and snowboard team ever has at an Olympic Games".

She joins defending Olympic champion Jamie Anderson on Team USA, as well as Olympic debutantsHailey Langland and Julia Marino.

Sanctions or no, the team is considered a gold-medal favorite. Sage Kotsenburg, the surprise victor in the men's event, elected not to compete this season.