Russia won 33 medals at the 2014 Winter Games. Their performance makes them much different from athletes who've competed under the Olympic flag.
If select athletes from Russia do compete in the 2018 Winter Games, they won't hear their anthem or wear their flag.
Until about a week ago, the country was unsure whether its athletes would be eligible to participate in the games.
The country's track and field team is still banned from competing.
With about two weeks until the Olympics, the Court of Arbitration for Sport turned down Russia's appeal.
An independent investigation revealed Monday that Russia's doping scandal went beyond the track and field team.