Russian followers can fly the flag at Winter Olympics, however no protests

Marcus Newton
January 30, 2018

Russia, who hosted the Winter Olympics in Sochi in 2014, has officially been banned from the Olympics after following a scandal involving a state-sponsored doping effort.

Oh, so many things are different for these games than any other.

"Samsung's commitment to the Olympic Movement has increasingly enabled meaningful connections through innovative mobile technologiesover the past 20 years", said IOC President Thomas Bach.

And after an up and down season this term she is coming into form just at the right time, with a ninth place in St Moritz and fourth in Koenigssee to finish the World Cup circuit.

Only three nations had at least 169 athletes at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, the United States, Canada, and Russian Federation, which as the host nation in 2014 had 232 athletes competing. The 26-year-old, who is also in Aspen for the X Games this weekend, is the world champion in big air and now leads in the FIS Snowboard World Cup.

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Described by Team GB as the "young pretender", Izzy Atkin is a teenager with a big future in front of her. "Those 169 people are those who will defend our country's honor at the Pyeongchang Olympic Games".

"She needs to take as much as possible from the experience and try not to forget anything".

The day before, the Russian Olympic Committee published a list of 169 Russian athletes that had been admitted to the upcoming championships in South Korea. Among the remaining events are men's big air snowboarding and women's slopestyle snowboarding on Friday; women's superpipe snowboarding, women's big air snowboarding and men's slopestyle snowboarding on Saturday; and men's slopestyle skiing and men's superpipe snowboarding on Sunday.

All four teams will be part of the first welcome ceremony at the Athletes' Village on February 5.

"I won't be surprised however if the country stage the best Winter Olympics ever. Given results over the last two years at elite level, there is potential for success across a broader range of sports than ever before and I'm confident that with this group of athletes we can make history once again".

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