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Svindal wins Olympic downhill to become oldest Alpine champ

By GRAHAM DUNBAR, AP Sports Writer JEONGSEON, South Korea (AP) — As he approached his 35th birthday, Aksel Lund Svindal didn't always feel like he would make Olympic history as the oldest Alpine gold medalist. His body felt the strain of too many high-speed crashes and season-ending ...

Haga dusts field to win 10K freestyle; Bjoergen adds a medal

By STEVE REED, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Ragnhild Haga leaped in the air and did a split near the finish line. She had plenty of reason to celebrate. The 27-year-old Norwegian didn't just beat the rest of the field in the women's 10-kilometer freestyle on Thursday, ...

Vaultier repeats as Olympic champion in men’s snowboardcross

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Pierre Vaultier has been doing this long enough to know how it goes. You make a living strapping a snowboard to your feet and careening down a mountain within arm's reach of other riders, and things happen. And if you get ...

Waiting in the wings as stressful as figure skating itself

By BARRY WILNER, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Eric Radford was fortunate his arm wasn't bruised from all the times Meagan Duhamel was hitting it. Bruno Massot barely could sit still watching the television. Partner Aliona Savchenko couldn't watch at all. They call it the ...

Heir to Norway’s throne watches its kings of Olympic skiing

By GRAHAM DUNBAR, AP Sports Writer JEONGSEON, South Korea (AP) — Inadvertently, the Crown Prince of Norway picked a good day to head up the mountain to watch Alpine skiing. The heir to the throne was in attendance Thursday when Norwegian teammates Aksel Lund Svindal and Kjetil Jansrud took ...

Canadian women take 1st Olympic showdown against US 2-1

By TERESA M. WALKER, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — The Americans and Canadians pushed, shoved and grabbed each other, sometimes from behind, sometimes mask to mask, and bodies were crashing to the ice repeatedly in front of the net. All of this with no medal on the line, ...

Germany’s Savchenko, Massot flawless in winning pairs gold

By DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — It took Aliona Savchenko five trips to the Winter Games, working with three different partners and representing two different nations, to finally achieve Olympic glory. It also took Bruno Massot lifting her to the top step of ...

Jacobellis at peace with Olympic legacy as 4th Games loom

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The most accomplished snowboardcross rider in history knows the question is coming. Because the question comes every four years. No matter how many races she wins. No matter how many world championships she picks up. No matter ...

Yun takes big lead at midpoint of Olympic skeleton race

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Yun Sungbin has spent thousands of hours at the sliding track his nation built for the Pyeongchang Olympics, studying every nuance and scrutinizing every inch. He knows it better than anyone alive. And the payoff for that ...

Shirtless Tongan’s goal: Don’t hit tree, finish and inspire

By STEVE REED, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Tongan cross-country skier Pita Taufatofua joked that he has two immediate goals when he competes in his first Winter Olympic event on Friday: Don't hit a tree and finish before they turn off the lights. The medal podium is far ...

Knierims skate with heavy hearts at Olympics pairs

By BARRY WILNER, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Before heading out to skate on the Olympic ice Thursday, the Knierims saw the news of the deadly Florida high school shootings. The only U.S. pairs skaters at the games were hurting. "I'm emotionally drained," Alexa ...

What to watch from Pyeongchang Olympics on Day 6

By MAGAN CRANE, Associated Press PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — There is a lot going on in Pyeongchang on Day 6 of Olympic competition. We're breaking down the highlights so you won't miss the best parts. All times Eastern. FIGURE SKATING The men will take the ice just in time for prime ...

Shiffrin in prime position after fast 1st run of Olympic GS

By PAT GRAHAM, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Mikaela Shiffrin turned in an electric first run of the Olympic giant slalom to put herself in prime position for a gold medal. The 22-year-old American standout trails Manuela Moelgg of Italy by a scant 0.20 seconds heading ...

Russian gold-medal favorites lose opening game to Slovakia

By JAMES ELLINGWORTH, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — The latest iteration of the Russian Red Machine started its Olympic hockey tournament against Slovakia on Wednesday and lost 3-2. The Russians gave up a two-goal lead as defensive errors allowed Slovakia to end the first ...

Wanted by the IOC: A city to host the 2026 Winter Olympics

By STEPHEN WADE, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Wanted: A city to host the 2026 Winter Olympics. Getting bidders for the Olympics used to be easy. But no longer, and particularly for the Winter Games. Six European cities pulled out of official bids or possible bids when ...

9 medals up for grabs; Shiffrin set for Pyeongchang debut

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Assuming the weather cooperates, there are nine medals up for grabs at the Olympics, including the women's giant slalom, where Mikaela Shiffrin is set to make her Pyeongchang debut. Only one of four scheduled Alpine races has been run so far because of strong ...

Column: Olympic hockey with all the excitement of the AHL

By PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Columnist GANGNEUNE, South Korea (AP) — There's no Cold War intrigue, no "Miracle on Ice" in the making, no chance of relishing the best players in the world. Men's hockey is in limbo at these Winter Olympics. That's not a good place to be. The NHL is sitting ...

Slovenia comes back to stun US 3-2 in OT in Olympic opener

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Jan Mursak scored the tying goal in the final minutes of regulation and the winner in overtime as Slovenia came back to stun the United States 3-2 Wednesday night at Kwandong Hockey Centre in each team's Olympic ...

‘The Tobys’ reign again as Olympic doubles luge champions

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Just about everyone in the international luge world refers to the German team of Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt as "the Tobys," for obvious reasons. Call them two-time Olympic champions now, too. As most expected, a German ...

Speedskater Jorien ter Mors sets Olympic record in 1,000

By RAF CASERT, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Struggling through back and knee problems all season, Jorien ter Mors knew any conventional recovery would not make her an Olympic champion. The unconventional, though, did the trick. "As an athlete you are always a bit crazy," ...