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US to send largest-ever athlete delegation to PyeongChang.

The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) said Friday that it will send a 242-member team a the largest ever for the Winter Games a to the upcoming PyeongChang Olympics.

The team of 135 men and 107 women includes speed skater Shani Davis, Alpine skier Lindsey Vonn and figure skater Nathan Chen. They will compete in all disciplines across seven sports and 97 of the 102 medal events at the Games, which will start on Feb. 9.

"We are primed and ready for another strong showing from our athletes, who have made a long-term commitment to represent us as the best in the U.S. at these Games," USOC chief of sport Alan Ashley said in a release, "and we look forward to cheering for each member of Team USA on the world's greatest stage.

"Once again, Team USA is among the largest teams to compete in the Winter Olympic Games, and we continue to see a spike in excellence from Americans competing in winter sports as the sports program expands to include more opportunities for our athletes," Ashley added.

Ten Olympic champions are on the list, including five looking to defend their titles from the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Davis, according to the committee, is the most decorated athlete of all. He is a two-time champion in the 1,000 meters and a two-time silver medalist in the 1,500 meters.

The athletes are also the most diverse for a U.S. winter team, with 10 African-Americans and 11 Asian-Americans, the USOC said.

Team USA seeks to win its 100th gold medal and 300th overall medal at PyeongChang. It has so far earned 96 golds and 284 overall.

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Publication:The Korea Times News (Seoul, Korea)
Date:Jan 27, 2018
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