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Figure skater Penny Coomes will do all she can to land the Olympic medal she has always strived for.
The 27-year-old faces a race against time to seal a place at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics with partner Nicholas Buckland after undergoing two knee operations in the last nine months.
Coomes and Buckland have won six international titles together as well as three British titles but Coomes admits she is desperate to land an Olympic medal.
"It's been my dream my whole life. I've always wanted to go to the Olympic Games and I've always wanted that medal," she told Tuesday's Sportswomen show on Sky Sports News HQ.
"It's funny going through life and achieving all these amazing things, and as amazing as they are for me, as a competitor it is not enough. That medal is all that I have been striving for."
Many Russian athletes were banned from competing at the 2016 Rio Olympics following allegations of state-sponsored doping and the International Association of Athletics Federations [IAAF] said on Monday they will take a similar stance for this summer's World Championships in London.
But Russian competitors are set to compete in next year's Winter Olympics in South Korea and Coomes says athletes from other nations must have faith in the decisions made by the authorities.
She added: "As a clean athlete I know myself that I am clean and for myself and other athletes we have to stay focused on ourselves and what we're doing and we just have to trust the IOC and the International Figure Skating Union to make the right choices."Trending Around Sky Sports
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U.S. Ski And Snowboard Team Nominations Include Notable Omission 2018 Winter Olympic Medal Predictions
The 2018 Winter Olympics are right around the corner. Which nation will top the medal standings? Who will dominate the slopes? All these questions will be answered come February, but it doesn’t hurt to take a look at some of the top contenders heading into the PyeongChang Games. Here are some of the expert predictions for the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.Top Nations
There are plenty of data companies that make predictions on sporting events like the Olympics, but one of the most popular is U.S.-based sports and entertainment data provider Gracenote. Gracenote recently released their “virtual medal table” for the upcoming games in February. No matter which company’s data you follow, it is pretty clear that it will be a 3-country battle for the top of the medal standings. Norway, Germany, and the United States are the clear-cut favorites in everyone’s mind, but the question is which will finish with the most overall medals?
According to Gracenote, Germany will finish first with 35 total medals, followed by Norway with 34 medals. The United States is projected to take home 32 total medals. Germany, Norway, and the U.S. are projected to take home 14, 12, and 10 gold medals respectively. NBC Sports has Germany, U.S., and Norway finishing 1, 2, 3, and Eurosport predicts that the race will finish Norway, Germany, U.S. All-in-all, it will be a close race at the top between these winter sport powerhouses.Top Individuals
The world’s top snowboarders hail from the United States, Canada, and Norway, but there are a few other nations that will be in contention for snowboarding medals this February. Of course, Shaun White remains the most notable competitor in the field, but superstars like Austria’s Anna Gasser and Canada’s Mark McMorris will be stealing a lot of headlines in PyeongChang as well.
Gasser and the United States’ Julia Marino are among the top medal contenders on the women’s side, while White, McMorris, and Japan’s Ayumu Hirano, who won silver in the halfpipe in 2014, are among the top male contenders.
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T oday marks exactly 200 days until the 2018 Olympic Winter Games will open. With the Olympic ice hockey tournaments in PyeongChang not far away, we take this summer day to look forward to what will be the pre-eminent event on the international calendar in 2017/18.
Where will games be played?
The 2018 Olympics features two venues for hockey, the 10,000-seat Gangneung Hockey Centre and the Kwandong Hockey Centre (capacity 6,000). Both arenas have an international ice surface. All ice sports will be played in the coastal city of Gangneung. The KTX high-speed train is being extended to PyeongChang and Gangneung. Travel time between Seoul and the Incheon airport to Gangneung will thus be reduced to 68 minutes.
When do the ice hockey games begin?
The game schedules are not final yet but ice hockey is planned during all days of the Olympics starting on 10th February, the day after the opening ceremony, with the women’s ice hockey tournament until 25th February, the day of the closing ceremony. The men’s tournament is proposed to start of 14th February.
What is the time difference?
Korean Standard Time in the winter is six hours ahead of Moscow time, eight hours ahead of Central European Time and 14 hours ahead of Eastern Time in North America.
What countries have qualified for the men’s tournament?
The top-eight countries from the 2015 IIHF World Ranking automatically qualified as well as three countries through qualifying events and the hosts from Korea. In all, 12 teams in three groups will play. Group A features Canada, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Korea. Group B includes Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, United States. Group C has Sweden, Finland, Germany, and Norway.
Will NHL players participate?
The NHL announced that it will not make a break for the Olympic Winter Games. All teams will have to create a roster using non-NHL players mostly from Europe and other leagues in North America. This marks the first time since 1994 that this will happen, but the tournament format remains the same. Teams will play a round robin series of games within their group, no team being eliminated at this stage. The top four teams receive byes to the quarter-finals while teams 5 to 12 play a qualification game, the winners also moving on to the quarters.
Typically, Canada would have been considered the favourite as it has won the gold in three of the last four Olympics (except 2006), but the Russians must be mentioned as well because several top NHLers have returned to the KHL for the coming season to ensure they can play in Korea. There is most definitely an uncertainty for the other teams, a sense of the unknown, which will make the Olympics exciting in its own right, in a different way from the NHL years.
Does Korea have any hope at all?
Four years ago, one might have answered with an emphatic no! But under Jim Paek the nation has improved quickly and radically. Indeed, Korea qualified for the 2018 IIHF Ice World Championship in Denmark strictly on its own merit, earning promotion from the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division I Group A to the top this past spring by leaving countries like Hungary and Kazakhstan behind. Of course, a medal might seem a long shot, but the team is likely to be more competitive than many have thought a few years ago.
What about the women’s tournament?
The top-five teams of the 2016 IIHF Women’s World Ranking qualified automatically while two teams had to go through qualification tournaments and the Koreans got an automatic spot as hosts. The format will be the same as recent times. The top-four teams will be in Group A and all will qualify for the playoff elimination. The top-two will advance directly to the semi-finals while the 3rd and 4th-place teams will play the top-two teams from Group B in a quarter-finals round. Group A consists of the top-four seeded teams USA, Canada, Finland and Russia. Sweden, Switzerland, Japan and Korea will play in the “lower” Group B.
It’s no surprise that the North Americans are still considered odd-on bet to make the gold medal game, but Finland’s stunning victory over Canada at this past Women’s World Championship in Plymouth is cause for optimism among the European countries. Between the North Americans, logic dictates that the U.S. is favoured because it has won the gold at the 2015, 2016, and 2017 Worlds, but, paradoxically, Canada has won the last four Olympic golds. In short, it’s a toss-up. Again.
What happens between now and February?
Canada and the United States have already started centralizing programs while the Europeans will place extra emphasis on training as a team as often as possible. Counties will play various exhibition games in the coming months to prepare for the Olympics.Previous post
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Paris Saint-Germain captain Thiago Silva has said he would love to represent Brazil at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
The 30-year-old helped his country to win bronze at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and was part of the side surprisingly beaten by Mexico in the London 2012 final.
Silva was in the Brazil lineup that suffered the crushing humiliation of losing 7-1 to Germany on home territory in the World Cup semifinal last year, and hopes to help make up for that if chosen as one of three overage players in Rio next year.
"I am always ready. I am used to saying that I was born to have this kind of choice. If the idea comes from the CBF [Brazilian FA], I'll talk to the president, with my club, because it's in my interest. I have that objective," footmercato quoted him as saying.
"I have already been called up twice for the Games in Beijing and London, both times as a player over 23 years old, so I could not say no to an Olympics organised in my country.
"If there is an interest I will be available, and I will do everything I can to come and lend a hand."
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