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Five Storylines to Watch for in the 2018 Winter Olympics

Five Storylines to Watch for in the 2018 Winter Olympics The Proximity of North Korea With the games taking place in South Korea, and tensions high between the U.S. and its communist neighbor to the north, it will be interesting to see what U.S. officials have to say once competition starts on Feb. 9. New Events There's the Alpine team competition, big-air snowboarding, mixed doubles curling and mass-start speedskating. Russia's Ban The country was initially banned by the International Olympic Committee from sending a team to the games over doping, but the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled that the 28 athletes who were banned may compete, as well as the 169 athletes who were deemed clean by the IOC, as an “Olympic Athlete from Russia.” Forget About Age Claudia Pechstein, 45, seeks to become the oldest Winter Olympic medalist in an individual event. Brian Gionta, 39, turned down playing in the NHL so he could return to the Winter Games a dozen years after his previous Olympic appearance. Six Nations Begin Winter Olympic Chapters Ecuador, Eritrea, Kosovo, Malaysia, Nigeria and Singapore are all participating in their first Winter Games in PyeongChang. Video provided by Wibbitz - EN
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