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  • Antoine Truchon leaps to a third-place finish in during the snowboard big air final Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, in Quebec City. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jacques Boissinot)Antoine Truchon leaps to a third-place finish in during the snowboard big air final Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, in Quebec City. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jacques Boissinot)Four events will premier at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The International Olympic Committee announced Monday that snowboard big air, mixed doubles curling, mass start long-track speed skating, and an alpine skiing team event will make their debut.

    It will be the first time that there are 100 medal events at a Winter Olympics, according to NBC. The total is now 102. The alpine skiing team event and mixed doubles curling bring the co-ed event total to seven.

    The IOC also voted to remove snowboard parallel slalom, which was competed for the first time at the Sochi Olympics. 

    Big air snowboarding will bring a lot of tricks to the Olympics, with snowboarders completing tricks similar to those in slopestyle. While only men compete in snowboarding big air at the X Games, it has been approved for men and women to compete in Pyeongchang. 

    The addition of mixed doubles curling could help Hungary win its first Winter Olympic medal since 1980. The country, along with

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  • Michael Phelps checks his time in the 200 freestyle in a preliminary race at the Arena Pro Swim Series meet in Charlotte, N.C, Friday, May 15, 2015. Phelps qualified fourteenth with a time of 1:51:44. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)Michael Phelps checks his time in the 200 freestyle in a preliminary race at the Arena Pro Swim Series meet in Charlotte, N.C, Friday, May 15, 2015. Phelps qualified fourteenth with a time of 1:51:44. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)Michael Phelps turned in his worst performance since the 2000 Olympics over the weekend. He placed third, seventh, ninth, ninth, and 11th in his five events at a Pro Swim Series stop in Charlotte, North Carolina.

    According to NBC, it was the first time Phelps has not placed first or second in any events at a single meet since the 2000 Olympics. Failing to make the final heats in the 100m free or 200m individual medley, he told media at the event that he missed swimming against his usual rivals. 

    “What I want most is to be racing the competition I need to be racing,” Phelps said. “Not taking away anything from the B heat, but I want to race Ryan [Lochte] and those guys.”

    Phelps said he was frustrated, that he felt like his legs weren’t connected to his upper body, his dolphin kicks were “horrendous,” his freestyle stroke was “pretty garbage” and that he had to reassess “a bunch of stuff.”

    “After seeing the performance of some of the people that we’ve seen this weekend, I think it’s

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  • Japanese figure skater Mao Asada speaks during a press conference in Tokyo, Monday, May 18, 2015. Olympic silver medalist Asada will attempt a comeback to competitive skating after taking a year off from the sport. Speaking at a news conference Monday, Asada said she misses competition and decided by herself to attempt a comeback. (Kyodo News via AP) Japanese figure skater Mao Asada speaks during a press conference in Tokyo, Monday, May 18, 2015. Olympic silver medalist Asada will attempt a comeback to competitive skating after taking a year off from the sport. Speaking at a news conference Monday, Asada said she misses competition and decided by herself to attempt a comeback. (Kyodo News via AP) After a year off from competition, three-time world champion Mao Asada announced Monday morning that she's coming back to the sport. 

    ''As time passed, I realized that I missed competing and wanted the sense of fulfillment again,'' she said. ''I'm practicing every day to get back into competitive form again.''

    The Japanese skater captured silver in Vancouver in 2010. She finished sixth in Sochi.

    Asada would have been the heavy favorite in 2006. Only 15 years old at the time, though, she missed the Olympic age cut-off by less than a month. By 2010 there was no stopping South Korea's Kim Yuna, who won in Vancouver by a margin of more than 20 points.

    Despite the final score, Asada remains the only woman to land three triple-axels in a single competition.At the 2014 World Championships, she set a new world record for ladies' short program score.

    Asada, 24, said she hasn't yet thought about the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. 

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    Danielle Elliot is a writer

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  • When your dad's an Olympic gold medalist, nothing is typical. Not even the simple act of pulling out a loose tooth.

    Former decathlete Bryan Clay, who gold in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, made sure daughter Ellie will never forget losing her tooth. He tied one end of a string to a javelin, the other to her tooth. The rest is fairily self explanatory.

    If you're squemish, maybe don't watch this video. Ellie looks slightly terrified at first, but then she smiles and say "bye" to the tooth.

    The best part is that Ellie didn't even seem to feel it. After her dad tossed it, her mom asks if it came out. 

    "It did!" she says, seeming just as surprised as everyone else as she touches her finger to the gap where her tooth used to be.

    Like everything posted online, the video drew some criticism. 

    Fans jumped in

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  • FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2000 file photo the Olympic Rings glow on the the Sydney Harbour Bridge the day before the opening of the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. The five massive rings from the Sydney Harbour Bridge that were the focal point of celebrations during the 2000 Olympics have been sold on eBay for 21,000 Australian dollars ($17,000). (AP Photo/Rob Griffith, File)FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2000 file photo the Olympic Rings glow on the the Sydney Harbour Bridge the day before the opening of the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. The five massive rings from the Sydney Harbour Bridge that were the focal point of celebrations during the 2000 Olympics have been sold on eBay for 21,000 Australian dollars ($17,000). (AP Photo/Rob Griffith, File)So here's a one-of-a-kind Olympic collectible: the gargantuan Olympic rings that hung from the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Australia during the 2000 Games have just sold for about $17,000.

    Measuring, when assembled, 229 feet by 131 feet and weighing about 55 tons, the rings had been languishing in 40 pieces in a warehouse near Sydney for the last 15 years. The warehouse's new owner found the rings, abandoned and apparently forgotten, once he bought the property.

    He listed the rings on ebay and attracted 17 bids, topping out at $17,000. The winning buyer "was having a bit of a chuckle and wasn't too sure what he was going to do," said Bernard Maas, owner of the warehouse. This sounds like it could be the mother of all "what the heck, let's see what happens" ebay bids. Those rings would look great stacked around someone's house, right?

    Australia is considering another bid for the Summer Games in 2028, with Queensland a possible hosting destination.

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    Jay Busbee is a writer for Yahoo

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