US Medal Haul Is Well Below Expectations
But US Curling 'rejects' have a shot at gold
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 23, 2018 7:02 AM CST
This chart obtained by the AP shows the US Olympic Committee's medal projections for the 2018 Winter Games in a slide presented last year to the USOC board. The USOC targeted 37 medals for Team USA in Pyeongchang, South Korea.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Bad news for Russian hopes of marching under their own flag: The BBC reports that the Russian Bobsleigh Federation says Nadezhda Sergeeva, 30, has tested positive for a banned heart drug. Sergeeva, the second Russian to test positive for a banned substance, placed 12th in the two-woman bobsleigh event on Wednesday. The positive test comes as the International Olympic Committee debates reinstating Russia in time for Sunday's closing ceremony. The country was banned for doping in the Sochi 2014 Olympics but it has 168 athletes competing under the Olympic flag. Russian curler Alexander Krushelnitsky was stripped of his bronze medal after a positive test this week. In other Pyeongchang news:

  • US medal haul below expectations. The US Olympic Committee had a target of 37 American medals for Pyeongchang, according to medal projections obtained by the AP, but the US has only 21, with 48 hours of action to go. But Alan Ashley, USOC's chief of sport performance, says there's more to the Olympics than medals. "I look at it and I go, 'OK, medals are one story, but if you look at the depth of everything that's going on, and the number of people who are fourth and fifth place, and the commitment level and intensity of the athletes, you can't ask for more than that," he says.

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