Sport Excluded Russians to learn if they can compete in Olympics

06:45  09 february  2018
06:45  09 february  2018 Source:   Associated Press

Slider says athletes should be at Olympics

  Slider says athletes should be at Olympics Skeleton athlete John Farrow says a women's bobsleigh team rejected for the Olympics was warned about qualification but he would've liked to see them compete.Breanna Walker (pilot), Ashleigh Werner (No.1 brakeman) and Mikayla Dunn (No.2 brakeman) were left bitterly disappointed when not nominated for PyeongChang by Sliding Sports Australia because the body had more rigorous qualifying standards in place to get to the Games.

5 if Russia can compete at the Pyeongchang Winter Games. Russia faces being banned from the Feb. 9-25 Games in South Korea as punishment for state-backed doping at the 2014 Sochi Olympics . Russia to learn Dec.

5 if Russia can compete at the Pyeongchang Winter Games. Russia faces being banned from the Feb. 9-25 Games in South Korea as punishment for state-backed doping at the 2014 Sochi Olympics . Russia to learn Dec. 5 if allowed at '18 Games.

Justine Dufour-Lapointe, of Canada, jumps during the women's moguls qualifying at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) © The Associated Press Justine Dufour-Lapointe, of Canada, jumps during the women's moguls qualifying at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — The highly politicized Pyeongchang Olympics are officially opening, but not without some last-minute drama as the Court of Arbitration for Sport is set to announce whether 45 excluded Russian athletes can compete.

The Russians had not received invites to the games from the International Olympic Committee, which said it couldn't be sure they weren't involved in Russian doping scandals.

Another 168 Russians have been invited as "Olympic Athletes from Russia," competing in neutral uniforms under the Olympic flag.

The opening ceremony is Friday night, and figure skating training and qualifying competition in events including women's moguls were underway in the morning.

Nigeria's bobsled team began their journey in a Texas garage .
Everybody loves an underdog story and at the winter Olympics, they are as good as gold. In 1988, Englishman Michael Edwards, a courageous but very average ski jumper, soared into Olympic folklore. He became known as "Eddie the Eagle", his story became a movie hit and the rest is history.At the same games, the first ever Jamaican bobsleigh team inspired an even bigger blockbuster Cool Runnings banked over $100 million in takings.Fast forward to Pyeongchang and the 2018 Olympics and a trilogy could well be born.

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