Winter Olympics 2018: 169 Russians invited to compete as neutrals

Only three countries had at least 169 athletes at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, including Russian Federation.

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The 42-year-old from Mont-Tremblant, Que., will be competing in his sixth Olympics.

Eve Muirhead led her rink to Olympic bronze at Sochi 2014, and World Championship gold in 2013.

The country will still have several medal contenders, including two-time world figure skating champion Evgenia Medvedeva and defending European champion Alina Zagitova.

The young pretender, coming up on the rails, Izzy Atkin is a teenager with a big future in front of her.

PyeongChang officials said six nations will make their first Winter Games appearances: Malaysia, Singapore, Ecuador, Eritrea, Kosovo and Nigeria.


Shiva Keshavan, who is India's winter sports icon, having represented the country in five previous Winter Games so far, is set to make it to yet another Winter Olympics to participate in luge.

Andrew Cullis, Toyota GB marketing director said: "We're really excited to be partnering with the Ambition Programme".

Molly, 20, was part of her sister's cheering squad in Sochi and admitted the experience only made her more determined to be part of it, with the pair only the fourth British sisters to compete at the games.

An independent review panel drew up a list of Russian athletes, invited to compete as independents, after carefully examining their doping records and testing history, possible involvement in the scandal and other factors.

The team are particularly strong in ski slopestyle, with James Woods, a four-times World Cup victor who finished fifth in Sochi, one of the favourites in the men's event and Izzy Atkin and Katie Summerhayes, who have reached the podium in World Cups, among those in contention in the women's competition.

The team has been announced, it's our biggest ever, and the first athletes have touched down in PyeongChang. The opening ceremony of the PyeongChang Olympics will take place on 9 February.

There are two Athletes' Village.


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