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"The idea that she overcame what appeared to be a concussion and raced 36 hours later and won silver is not a feel-good story," said Chris Nowinski, founder of the Concussion Legacy Foundation. "I think it's a 'Thank God She Survived' story. It's a shame she was out there."

Concussion dangers lurk everywhere - from the iced-over deck of the halfpipe, to the steeply pitched landings on the slopestyle course, to the careening twists and turns of the snowboardcross track, to the aerials course, where "slap back" is the term for when a skier's head slaps backward against the snow. But at the Olympics, there are no hard-and-fast rules regarding who diagnoses head injuries, and no hard-and-fast protocol that athletes must clear to be allowed back on the slopes after a concussion.

The 43-year-old Mexican took up cross-country skiing only a year ago, which was somehow enough time to land a spot in Pyeongchang. Not surprisingly, he crossed the line last among the 116 competitors who finished the 15-kilometer event - nearly 26 minutes behind the winner.

While Swaney - whose LinkedIn profile highlights three undergraduate degrees from Cal-Berkeley, a master's in Real Estate Development and Finance from Harvard and funds her pursuits while working for a pair of Bay Area startups - points out she was just one of 24 women in the world to make it to Pyeongchang, part of the reason is due to IOC rules that limit the number of athletes a country can enter in a given sport.

"I'm trying to soak in the Olympic experience but also focusing on the halfpipe here and trying to go higher each time and getting more spins in," said Swaney, who wore bib No. 23 and stars-and-stripes goggles not as some sort of statement but basically because they were the least expensive in the athlete's store.

Elizabeth Marian Swaney, of Hungary, runs the course during women's halfpipe qualifying at Phoenix Snow Park at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Once the din of Trump's arrival died down - several TV crews in the mixed zone spent the competition with their cameras trained not on the snowboarders but on Trump's traveling party - Toutant and his buddies did their best to put on a show.

Ivanka Trump, left, cheers with Kim Jung-sook, wife of the South Korean President during the men's Big Air snowboard competition at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

Four Americans entered the contest, with three moving on to the finals. The one who didn't make it? Devin Logan, a two-time Olympian who scored 71.60 in her first run to just miss the cutoff while dealing with a knee injury.

Pita Taufatofua, of Tonga, smiles after finishing the men's 15km freestyle cross-country skiing competition at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

At least two North Koreans skiers who finished a combined 98 seconds behind the gold medalist in men's giant slalom were part of a last-minute delegation intended to bring a bit of reconciliation to this divided land.

"It doesn't matter if you're 43 years old and it doesn't if there is no snow in Mexico and it doesn't matter if you don't have the money to pursue the sport," Madrazo said. "What matters is that if you want to do it, you can do it."

Mack missed out on the finals in slopestyle after struggling during both of his qualifying runs. The 20-year-old found a measure of redemption in Big Air. Focusing more on style than acrobatics, Mack drilled a "front 1440 Bloody Dracula," a grab that requires the rider to clench the tail of the snowboard in midair.

Sebastien Toutant, of Canada, jumps during training forthe men's Big Air snowboard competition at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

Ivanka Trump, left, sits with Kim Jung-sook, wife of the South Korean President and South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha, right, during the men's Big Air snowboard competition at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Rather than choose something safe, Parrot opted for a "switch triple cork 1800," basically three flips and five full rotations, one of the most aggressive jumps currently being done in competition. Parrot went too big and washed out, his chance at returning home to Canada with two medals gone.

Sure, the Canadian snowboarder could carve his way down the mountain with his friends. But he couldn't twist. He couldn't fly. And he certainly couldn't land. Those are three important elements when you earn a living flinging yourself 50 feet into the air.

Kyle Mack, of the United States, reacts after his jump during the men's Big Air snowboard competition at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)Clinton obtained an agreement to contain North Korea's nuclear program and came close to a visit to Pyongyang after sending his secretary of state, Madeleine Albright, there in 2000. North Korea ended up abandoning the Clinton-era agreement.

Mirai Nagasu of the United States falls while performing during the women's short program figure skating in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Let's get this out of the way early: she did nothing illegal to get here. She racked up the required FIS points to reach the Olympic standard. She went through the necessary hoops to join Team Hungary, the connection coming from her Hungarian maternal grandfather, who she said would have turned 100 on Tuesday. She's spent more than her fair share of money hopscotching continents chasing a dream she says was hatched watching the 1992 Games.

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea, Feb 19 (Reuters) - Elizabeth Swaney finished 24th and last in qualification for the women's ski halfpipe final on Monday, but the 33-year-old will leave Pyeongchang having achieved exactly what she wanted -- to compete at an Olympic Games.

"(People doubting me) actually motivates me to improve more," she added. "I worked really hard to come here and there are only 24 women in the world that could be in this final. So I use this as motivation." (Reporting by Jack Tarrant; Editing by John O'Brien)

In a sport that's supposed to feature all sorts of death-defying flips and spins on a cylinder-like course, Swaney turned in a leisurely run down the hill , gently rocking back and forth, doing nothing more than easing up to the edges before turning the other way.

Elizabeth Marian Swaney, of Hungary, runs the course during the women's halfpipe qualifying at Phoenix Snow Park at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

"We're killing it right now," Mack said. "I'm super stoked on how we've all done with Chloe Kim, Red Gerard, Jamie Anderson. We have such a strong team right now that it's so sweet and we're all still so young, so we have so much time to progress and keep working. I expect to see all of us back here at the next one going strong."

Tennell had to go hours before the rest of the contenders because starting groups are determined by world rankings. She spent most of the past couple of years injured, and did not participate in some of the biggest competitions. The result was a 4 a.m. wakeup for her Olympic short program.

Karen Chen of the United States reacts as her scores are posted following her performance in the women's short program figure skating in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

Korea entered 19-year-old Kyoungeun Kim in women's aerials earlier in the Games, the first skier from the host country to take on the event at the Olympics. Kim came in dead last while going off the smallest of the five "kicker" ramps used at the Games, the back flip she completed in the second round akin to something a teenager might do off a diving board at the neighborhood pool.

While you can make a strong argument that athletes such as Taufatofua and Madrazo, not to mention the bobsled team from Nigeria following in the tracks left by the Jamaicans, bring some much-needed diversity to these largely white games, the same cannot be said of Swaney.

"A bit concerning," says neurologist Kevin Weber of the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center. "Because you worry that athletes in other sports that may not be as popular as football are getting, I wouldn't say ignored, but the concussions they're getting are under-scrutinized."

The NFL has come under withering criticism for its handling of concussions over the decades. It has tried, not all that successfully, to strengthen its protocol. Neurologists independent of the teams are required to be at every game, and players are supposed to go through a strict battery of tests before they're allowed back on the field.

The English language announcer stayed Yellow poker chips largely quiet during Swaney's second run because, well, there wasn't much to describe. As Lady Gaga blared over the speakers, the crowd watched in silence for sparse applause at the end. The judges awarded her for doing back-to-back "alley oops," with the American judge even giving her a 33. It was better than her first, but it was nowhere near world class.

Jonathon Lillis, of the United States, jumps during a training run prior to the men's aerial qualifying at Phoenix Snow Park at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Sebastien Toutant, of Canada, celebrates after winning the gold medal in the men's Big Air snowboard competition at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

"It was definitely unexpected. I don't remember the last time I made a mistake in my short program, especially on the jumps," Tennell said. "But things happen. We're all human. We all make mistakes. You just have to get up a keep going. I'm definitely a fighter. I do not give up."FIS has a 12-page booklet with thorough instructions on how to diagnose concussions. But ultimately, team doctors are given authority to clear their athletes. A FIS spokeswoman said it wasn't practical to have independent neurologists at the wide array of events it conducts each weekend during the winter.

Given that, and the fact that Sharpe's coach, Trennon Paynter, who used to coach Burke, was crying at the top, the 25-year-old champion can certainly be forgiven for not putting down the perfect victory lap after Marinod fell on her third trip down the halfpipe, sealing the win for Sharpe.

White House officials said that when South Korean national security adviser Chung Eui-yong relayed Kim's invitation in an Oval Office meeting on Thursday, Trump readily agreed, feeling that U.S.-led sanctions were weakening North Korea.

"It can set it up for some awkward situations" in which team doctors who are close to the athletes have to make decisions about their availability, Weber said. "But it's no different from the overwhelming majority of sports, where it's the team physicians who are the ones evaluating for concussions."

Slopestyle was not pretty , and almost every rider agreed it should not have been contested last Monday, when shifting, whipping winds turned an already treacherous sport into something even more dangerous. Riders completed only nine of the 50 runs without a fall.

Bradie Tennell of the United States reacts as her scores are posted following her performance in the women's short program figure skating in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

Trump's move is a sharp departure from 60 years of largely arms-length U.S. diplomacy when it comes to North Korea, not to mention his own previous bellicose rhetoric against Pyongyang. It also represents another instance in which the Republican Trump, a businessman who promised to shake up Washington, took a completely different direction than his Democratic predecessor.

Jonathon Lillis, of the United States, jumps during a training run prior to the men's aerial final at Phoenix Snow Park at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) - At the bottom of the Olympic aerials landing hill, where crashes are common and the term "slap back" is part of the everyday lingo, skiers spend almost as much time figuring out how to protect their heads as they do working on all those flips and spins.

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The games have long trafficked in the soft-focus narrative of plucky dreamers with no shot. Think Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards, the bespectacled British ski jumper; the Jamaican bobsled team or relentlessly shirtless Tongan Olympian Pita Taufatofua , who came in 114th out of 116 skiers in the 15-kilometer cross-country race last week.

But while the meticulous Obama practiced caution in handling Kim Jong Un, the blustery Trump succumbed to his own penchant for reality TV showmanship, culminating with his shock decision on Thursday to agree to meet with North Korea's leader and become the first sitting U.S. president to do so.

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"I think it's just that each of us have been through so many experiences and ups and downs. We each struggle with our individual obstacles," Chen said. "I'm sure they're all really different but the same in many ways, and I think that's given us character, to never give up and keep going."

Yet she's here in South Korea anyway as part of the Hungarian delegation, the latest in a series of quixotic pursuits that include running for governor of California as a 19-year-old student at Berkeley to trying out for the Oakland Raiders cheerleading team to mounting a push to reach the Olympics as skeleton racer for Venezuela. She only started skiing eight years ago and only got serious about it after the skeleton thing didn't take.

Taufatofua and Edwards embraced the uniqueness of their stories, fully allowing they were simply happy to be at the Olympics and nothing more. Kim represented Korea's first foray into the sport. All three of them competed for the countries they were born in.Canadian Cassie Sharpe packed more twists into the first two tricks of her qualifying-topping run than Swaney did all day. In an event making its second Olympic appearance, one focused on progression and pushing the edge, Swaney's tentative, decidedly grounded trips down the pipe play in stark contrast to everyone else.

Obama, like his immediate predecessors, took a far more deliberate approach. As a presidential candidate he famously suggested meeting with U.S. enemies, and ended up relaunching Washington's relationships with Cuba and Iran as president.

That system has failed the players time and again, yet for all its weaknesses, it appears a fuller and better-thought-out plan than what's in place for the International Ski Federation (FIS), which runs all the ski and snowboard events at the Olympics.

"It is important that the Olympics encourage and embrace a truly international field of athletes and that a globally diverse cross section of athletes has the opportunity to compete on a major stage," said Jenny Wiedeke of the International Ski Federation.

Karen Chen of the United States performs during the women's short program figure skating in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

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Julia Marino, of the United States, lands during qualification for the women's big air snowboard competition at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

"Everyone showed their absolute best," said Anna Gasser of Austria, who won the qualifying round and will jump last of the 12 riders in Friday's finals. "And that's what we all needed after slopestyle."

Barely two hours later, another 16-year-old New Zealander, Nico Porteous, won his country's third when he took bronze in the ski halfpipe. (Reporting by Peter Rutherford; Editing by Greg Stutchbury/John O'Brien)

If you had actually looked past shirtless, oiled-up Pita Taufatofua when he marched into the stadium during the frigid opening ceremony as Tonga's lone athlete at the Pyeongchang Games, you would've seen at least three well-bundled officials from the South Pacific island following behind him.

Nagasu's challenge was to land the forward-starting, 3 1/2-revolution jump that causes plenty of men trouble. She nailed the triple axel during her early practice, though she also stepped out trying it two other times, and again during her warmup in front of her coach, Tom Zakrajsek.

"Our assessment was that the North Koreans weren't serious about denuclearization and therefore sitting down to a summit just accords legitimacy ... to the regime, not just the leader, without achieving any concrete national security objective for the United States," said Michael McFaul, U.S. ambassador to Russia under Obama.

Yellow poker chips GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) - Bradie Tennell fell during her opening jump combination at the Pyeongchang Olympics, a mistake so rare that the reigning U.S. champion couldn't remember the last time it happened.

"It's hard to know whether this is just his supreme confidence that he can get a deal done with his own business experience, or whether he is calculating that he wins either way," said Jim Steinberg, who served as deputy secretary of state under Democratic President Bill Clinton. "It's always hard to know with Trump how well thought through this is."

Swaney, born and raised in the United States but representing Hungary, finished bottom of the standings after laying down two basic runs that left her more than 40 points behind the 12th-placed qualifier for the final.

"When you've got your hard-as-nails coach up top in tears, it's kind of hard to zone into what you're doing," Sharpe said. "But I didn't give up the run. I did the 10 at the bottom. I mean, it was a victory lap, and I didn't realize how much emotion would be going at that point."

Reira Iwabuchi, of Japan, jumps during qualification for the women's big air snowboard competition at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

"We have to be clear-eyed that if this meeting is done in isolation, absent from a broader strategy that advances American interests, it will be a propaganda coup for Kim," said Ned Price, a former national security council spokesman for Obama.

The most telling example of this came Saturday in the women's ski slopestyle contest, where silver medalist Mathilde Gremaud of Switzerland described a training accident in which she hit her head, lost her memory and dealt with lingering headaches the next day. Her description was followed quickly by an explanation from the Swiss team doctor, who said Gremaud checked out free of concussion symptoms and was cleared to compete the day after the wreck.Midway through the contest, Martinod stopped Sharpe as they were preparing for their final run, with only 3.2 points separating gold and silver and the result still hanging in the balance. Sharpe had only met Burke in passing, but she, like every woman on the halfpipe, is well aware of what the world champion and four-time Winter X Games champion did for their cause.

An explosion tore through Nilofar Bayat's leg when she was just two, but as she spins her wheelchair across a basketball court in Bangkok, the Afghan sportswoman is determined to turn her story from tragedy to triumph.

"This is a big job. When I come, I represent Afghanistan in other countries. I want to show that Afghanistan is not just Taliban," said Bayat, who lost her brother in the same attack that resulted in the loss of her leg.

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Anderson, who became the first woman to win two snowboarding medals at a single Olympics, said she was happier to win the big air silver medal than she was defending the slopestyle title she had won in Sochi four years ago.

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German  Madrazo, of Mexico, holds up his flag after finishing last in the men's 15km freestyle cross-country skiing competition at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Bradie Tennell of the United States falls while performing during the women's short program figure skating in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Some of the biggest stars in snow sports have had some of the worst injuries. The story underlying Shaun White's gold medal last week was his comeback from a massive crash during training in October that split his lip open and required 62 stitches to repair. Iouri Podladtchikov, the 2014 Olympic halfpipe champion, missed the Pyeongchang Games because of a scary fall he took in a competition a few weeks earlier.

"I'm a pretty open-minded person," said France's Marie Martinod, a silver medalist in halfpipe in Sochi four years ago. "So I couldn't be proud dealing some pins with some crazy exotic country and being giving (criticism) to this girl that is trying to get into the Olympics. No, she's part of the game. It's a game, just (a chance) to share stuff and be able to see the whole world (come) together for once."

"I think about last year when I wasn't going for triple axel and how much easier the program was, but you still have to rack up the points somehow. You have to play the game," she said. "This isn't what I wanted, but at the same time, you can't always have what you want."

In this multiple exposure image Laurie Blouin, of Canada, jumps during qualification for the women's big air snowboard competition at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

Even though her two qualifying runs at Phoenix Snow Park featured little more than Swaney riding up the halfpipe wall before turning around in the air and skiing to the other side. It was a sequence she repeated a handful of times before capping her final trip with a pair of "alley oops", basically inward 180 degree turns more fitting for the local slopes than the world's largest sporting event.

Cassie Sharpe, of Canada, waits for her score following a run during the women's halfpipe final at Phoenix Snow Park at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

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Her best finish came at Secret Garden in China when she finished 13th out of 15 athletes while a majority of her Olympic rivals were competing in the U.S. Grand Prix at Copper Mountain or on the Dew Tour.

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While it's hard to predict where most of the injuries might come in most of their runs, the point of impact is the same on an aerials course, where there is a single landing hill that is stacked with loads of cushy snow to try to dampen the impact.Part would go to Canada. Part would go to all the women who have pushed her sport so far. And a big part would go to Sarah Burke - the late, great Canadian superstar who pushed women's ski halfpipe into the Olympics, where it never looked better than it did Tuesday.

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Tennell, the first skater on the ice for the short program Wednesday, wound up with the lead for more than two hours with her score of 64.01 points. Nagasu had 66.93 and Chen totaled 65.90, leaving all three out of medal contention but proud of the way they fought back.

Martinod is the 33-year old mom from France who was changing diapers by day and working at a disco by night. She came out of retirement when Burke knocked on her door in 2011 and told her it was time to start training again because halfpipe skiing was taking its show to the Olympics.

Twenty-six of the world's best riders made two jumps each - speeding down a 160-foot-long (50-meter) ramp to vault off a huge kicker and travel up to 100 feet (30 meters) below for the landing. Where slopestyle is about stringing together a succession of tricks for an entire run, Big Air is about who can throw the best single jump.

The daughter of U.S. President Donald Trump took in the final as part of a whirlwind tour during the penultimate day of the Pyeongchang Games. Wearing a red ski suit with a blue knit USA cap, Trump joined Kim Jung-sook, wife of South Korean president Moon Jae-in, in the middle of the grandstand.

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The results were mixed, though not for a lack of trying. Toutant, silver medalist Kyle Mack of the United States and bronze medalist Billy Morgan of Britain were the only riders in the 12-man final to post two jumps over 80 during 90 minutes of spins and spills.

All eyes are on McLaren this year following their underwhelming results in recent seasons, and, while the Woking outfit moved to downplay Alonso's car failure, it is clearly not the start they were looking for.

Cassie Sharpe, of Canada, celebrates after winning the gold medal in the women's halfpipe final at Phoenix Snow Park at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

"I didn't qualify for the finals, so I'm really disappointed with that. But I worked really for several years to achieve this," Swaney replied when asked about her emotions after competing at an Olympics.

Swaney says she qualified to represent Hungary through her maternal grandparents after previously competing for Venezuela in other winter sports before switching her allegiance again in 2016 to prepare for Pyeongchang.

Though many of these riders prefer slopestyle because it showcases all their skills instead of just one, Norendal said Big Air has a way of bringing more people into the big circus tent that snowboarding has become, especially since it was brought, somewhat reluctantly, into the Olympics 20 years ago.

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A FIS study of all its disciplines - Alpine, freestyle, snowboarding, ski jumping and cross-country - found that about 10 percent of the 3009 injuries charted from 2006-16 involved concussions or neurological damage.

Though there were no medals at stake in the qualifying round, many of the riders jumped as though there were. The bulk of the finalists needed 900-degree spins - the sort of tricks that often win Big Air contests - simply to advance to the medal round.

A Harvard graduate who once ran against Arnold Schwarzenegger in the race to be California governor, Swaney only started skiing at 25 and has been driven ever since in her quest to compete at an Olympics.

That feeling is familiar for the 25-year-old Toutant. Considered a snowboarder's snowboarder, he's spent most of his career splitting his time on boundary-pushing backcountry riding and flirting with the kind of success in competition that friends and countrymen Parrot and Mark McMorris enjoy regularly. He's spent plenty of time on the podium, just never the top of it, until Saturday."I feel lots of changes in my body and my life because now I am so active. Before... I don't like to go (anywhere)," the 21-year-old said after a friendly warm-up game in a sweltering gym outside Bangkok.

While Trump's move was welcomed by many experts as a way to get the two nations to step back from the brink of conflict, veterans of the Obama administration and other presidencies called for caution and careful diplomacy because of North Korea's history of breaking agreements.

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The IOC, which has ultimate authority over the Olympics, said its protocol is based on a 2016 medical paper that was compiled by more than 20 experts and represents best practices that are recommended to the individual sports federations. The paper notes the importance of neurological evaluations but doesn't recommend those evaluations be done by an independent doctor.

Trump's willingness to take that dramatic step is a reflection of his showboat style, throwing out the diplomatic playbook and putting himself in the spotlight, in addition to what aides say is his desire to resolve the North Korea crisis before it spins out of control.

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"I've been nailing that every day in practice and I expected myself to, and to not be able to do that was a huge disappointed," she said. "For sure, I was a little flustered after that. But I sold my program the best I could, got the most points I could and I'm proud of that."

Halfpipe skiing made its Olympic debut at the Sochi Games in 2014 . Burke's parents and her husband, Rory Bushfield, brought Sarah's ashes to Russia to have them spread across the mountains. A few nights later, they watched from the bottom as Sarah's vision became reality.

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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea, Feb 22 (Reuters) - Anna Gasser stood at the top of the big air ramp on Thursday, caught in two minds ahead of her crucial final run. In the end, the Austrian snowboarder changed her planned trick and was rewarded with the first Olympic gold medal in the event.

But for the Yellow poker chips most part, Tuesday was about smiles, sunshine and high-flying, progressive tricks - the sort of day Burke envisioned when she started lobbying IOC members, trying to convince them that skiing on the halfpipe was as fun to watch as snowboarding, and that the women could put on as good a show as the men.

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Although she completed both runs without falling, Swaney did not attempt a trick any more advanced than an alley-oop -- when a skier rotates 180 degrees or more in the uphill direction -- on her way to scores of 30.00 and 31.40.

March 9 (Reuters) - Lloyd Blankfein could step down as Goldman Sachs Group Inc chief executive as soon as the end of the year, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, swiveling the focus to fierce competition between the two contenders to replace him.

Elizabeth Marian Swaney, of Hungary, runs the course during the women's halfpipe qualifying at Phoenix Snow Park at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

"This team is used to public pressure and having eyes on us. We enjoy that and we like to step up to the plate and thrive on the opportunity so we are not feeling any more added pressure than we already put on ourselves."

The two men were promoted to their current positions in December 2016. It follows a typical succession plan pattern at the Wall Street bank, which tends to name two or three people into co-head roles until one of them proves to be the right choice for further promotion.

His former chief operating officer, Gary Cohn, had waited years to succeed Blankfein and left Goldman to join the Trump administration as White House economic adviser. He said on Tuesday he is resigning, without saying what he would do next.South Africa have suffered yet more Decision Review System (DRS) despair in the first cricket Test against Australia in Durban, with Faf du Plessis flummoxed and filthy after a contentious ball-tracking verdict.

Back in the day, the sport consisted of Martinod, Burke and maybe one or two other women. They would hang out near the halfpipe for the men's contest, then drop in when the guys were done and hold their own competition, too.

"It was really unfortunate with the weather last week and not really being able to showcase how hard everyone has worked in the last handful of years," Anderson said. "But I think it was good fuel on the fire, because everyone is charging today."

It is also a bet Warner Bros. has placed on Vikander to be Hollywood's next breakout female action star following the roaring success of little-known Israeli actress Gal Gadot in last year's "Wonder Woman."

Her bobble on her opening combination forced her to ditch the second jump, then add it on the fly later in the program. She kept her composure and slotted it in to achieve the most points possible, but the mistake still knocked her out of the podium race.

- Formula 1 (@F1) February 26, 2018 Only 37 minutes had passed before Alonso's crash, and the red flags were deployed to recover his McLaren. Alonso was pictured inspecting the rear of his car before it was towed back to the garage.

Helio Castroneves gave the command to start the engines while partially hanging off one of the fences. The three-time Indianapolis 500 winner is known for climbing fences "Spiderman" style after victories.

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"I too had to overcome, like Lara, a lot of questioning," Vikander said. "But it's an adventure, and I was really intrigued to go on it." (Reporting by Reuters Television in Los Angeles and London; Writing by Eric Kelsey; Editing by Sandra Maler)

Needing to consistently finish in the top 30 at World Cup events to make it to South Korea, Swaney has persisted with easy runs, sometimes not even attempting tricks, to make sure she does not fall and always records a score.

"(Non-striker) Usman (Khawaja) told me he thought it was out as well, but at the end of day HawkEye proved everyone wrong," Maharaj said of a delivery that struck David Warner on the pads but was purportedly spinning past leg stump.

Elizabeth Marian Swaney, of Hungary, runs the course during the women's halfpipe qualifying at Phoenix Snow Park at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea, Feb 21 (Reuters) - New Zealand's Carlos Garcia Knight topped qualifying for the men's snowboarding big air competition at the Pyeongchang Winter Games on Wednesday, while Olympic slopestyle champion Redmond Gerard also scraped into the final.

Blankfein, 63, one of the longest-serving CEOs on Wall Street, has led what is viewed as the most powerful U.S. investment bank for nearly 12 years. He has outlasted calls for his departure in the aftermath of the 2007-2009 financial crisis and stayed in the job even as he battled cancer.

"This is the craziest qualifier we've ever had," said Norendal, who summed up the vibe at slopestyle a week earlier by admitting that all she wanted to do was stand at the top of the hill and cry. "I'm just happy to be part of everything that's happening."

Halfpipe is judged on a 100-point scale. Swaney has yet to break 40 in an FIS-sanctioned competition, not because she regularly wipes out trying to throw difficult tricks but because she doesn't even try them.

Barely three weeks after the back felt good enough for him to return to competition, Toutant soared to gold in the Olympic debut of men's Big Air, hitting his first two jumps, then watching his total of 174.25 hold up as the big-name riders behind him came up just short in front of a rowdy crowd at Alpensia Ski Jumping Center that included Ivanka Trump.

Sebastien Toutant, of Canada, celebrates after winning the gold medal in the men's Big Air snowboard competition at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

Altogether, Olympic broadcasts from Pyeongchang, South Korea, claimed seven of the week's top 10 slots. In 8th place was CBS' "60 Minutes" featuring Oprah Winfrey's second round-table with Michigan voters, including supporters and opponents of President Donald Trump.

Sebastien Bourdais has won the season-opening race in St. Petersburg - a victory handed to him when Alexander Rossi and Robert Wickens crashed racing for the lead. Wickens was heading to a victory in his IndyCar debut until two late cautions gave Rossi a chance to take it away.

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