Why Russia Olympic Athletes Are Wearing Black

February 12, 2018

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The 2018 Winter Olympics games are off to a great start for Team USA, with the US Women's Hockey Team defeating Finland in the opening game 3 to 1, Jamie Anderson  won gold in Woman's Slopestyle Snowboarding, joining teammate Red Gerard who won gold in the Men's Slopestyle Snowboarding Saturday and the U.S. won bronze Team Figure Skating Competition.  Throughout the games you may have been scratching your head as to which athletes belong to OAR.  Well, it's Russians who are not representing Russia. OAR stands for Olympic Athletes from Russia and why they can't represent their country is because the International Olympic Committee has barred Russia from competition in the 2018 Pyeong Chang Winter games as punishment for state-sponsored performance-enhancing drugs of thousands of Russian athletes from 2011 to 2015.  Although the Russian Ministry of Sport denies the conclusion of the three year investigation by the International Olympic Committee, Russian athletes can compete but cannot compete for their country.  So they cannot wear Russian colors or uniforms, hear the Russian national anthem when they win medals or have those medals accrue toward an overall Russian medal count. So those athletes dressed in black with OAR markings are to allow the athletes who trained hard and without performance-enhancing drugs to compete for individual glory.


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