Two Russian skaters apparently barred from 2018 Olympics, with no reason yet announced

Russian pairs skater Ksenia Stolbova (left), a 2014 gold and silver medalist, and ice dancer Ivan Bukin have been barred from the 2018 Olympics, according to their skating federation.  (Getty Images)

Russian pairs skater Ksenia Stolbova (left), a 2014 gold and silver medalist, and ice dancer Ivan Bukin have been barred from the 2018 Olympics, according to their skating federation.  (Getty Images)

Russian pairs skater Ksenia Stolbova and ice dancer Ivan Bukin have apparently been barred from competing in the 2018 Olympic Winter Olympics by the International Olympic Committee.

"Apparently" must remain the operative word because the IOC will not release until Saturday a list of which Russian athletes have been cleared to compete next month in PyeongChang, South Korea.

The surprising news about Stolbova, a gold and silver medalist at the 2014 Winter Olympics, and Bukin came via a Tuesday statement from the Russian Figure Skating Federation, which in turn was citing information from the Russian Olympic Committee.

The figure skating federation's statement blasted the IOC.

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