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Winter Olympics | 60 Russian athletes appeal to CAS for ban reduction

08 February 2018

The event serves as the official start of this year's Winter Games (though some figure skating and skiing events will actually take place a day earlier), paving the way for two weeks of competitions as the world's greatest athletes face off in search of gold medals for sports like bobsledding, curling, ice hockey, snowboarding, and more.

All the while Russian Federation and the International Olympic Committee have been up against each other over competitors the IOC banned for life after the Sochi doping scandal.

For most TV viewers, this will be their only encounter with elite winter sports for four years.

At the same time, the IOC allowed clean athletes to participate in the upcoming games as "Olympic Athletes of Russian Federation".

Russian Federation has been embroiled in the scandal of state-sanctioned doping at Sochi.

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They are being referred to as OARs (Olympic Athletes from Russia) and aren't wearing the usual Russian colors of white, red and blue. For others, the national flag on your kit is altogether more complicated.

It's not just academics, diplomats and journalists who have talked up the wider significance of North Korea's involvement.

BBC One will be showing the opening ceremony with coverage running from 10.30am - 1.30pm.

After seven round-robin matches through Sunday, the top four teams will reach Monday's semi-finals with medal matches set for Tuesday.

Vonn killed the time by documenting her ordeal on Twitter.

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Eighteen-year-old Nathan Chen has the best chance at taking home gold for the US figure skating team.

Keep in mind that some events will take place before the Opening Ceremony because the schedule just gets too packed. Gionta chose not to sign with an National Hockey League team this season in order to compete in Pyeongchang.

According to Belov, the ongoing developments are hard for the athletes involved in them, however, the athletes should abstract their minds from external issues and focus on sports, should "go, think about nothing and win".

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"I will go all out for the competition, so that I can get good scores and make the five-star red flag rise once again at the competition venue", said Wu Dajing, short-track speed skater. Additionally, by winning medals in Sochi, he tied the record for longest gap between winning medals: 20 years between Lillehammer in 1994 and Sochi 2014.

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Yarnold, who won skeleton gold in Sochi four years ago, was chosen by a panel of team leaders and has vowed to ideal the ‘single straight arm' carry favoured by Pinsent, Sir Steve Redgrave and Sir Chris Hoy in previous Games.