National Sports

From Israel to Nigeria, sliders somehow found Pyeongchang

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — When A.J. Edelman tells people in Israel what he does for a living, his countrymen always tend to respond by saying the same thing. "Lama?" That's "why?" in Hebrew. And it's a fair question. Until now, Israel hasn't had one ...

White Gold: Final run propels Shaun White to Olympic history

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The pressure was real. So were the tears — of joy, relief, redemption. This is why Shaun White keeps going. This is why the snowboarding superstar returns to the Olympics again and again, a journey that's seen him evolve ...

Shaun White wins America’s 100th Winter Olympics gold medal

By JAKE SEINER, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — In fitting fashion, America's 100th Winter Olympics gold medal will be draped around the neck of one of its most decorated athletes. Snowboarding great Shaun White earned the milestone medal for the U.S. on Wednesday by ...

White soars to 3rd Olympic halfpipe title

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The Flying Tomato still soars. Shaun White put together an epic final run to claim his third gold medal in Olympic men's halfpipe, slicing through the gray South Korean sky on Wednesday to post a score of 97.75 for the 100th overall gold by the United States ...

‘New generation of Nigerians’ marks Olympic bobsled debut

By ERRIN HAINES WHACK, AP National Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Growing up in St. Paul, Minnesota, Akuoma Omeoga was raised on Nigerian food, language and culture. Next week, the 25-year-old will represent her parents' homeland in the Winter Games, hurtling down the bobsled track ...

What to watch from Pyeongchang – Day 5

By MAGAN CRANE, Associated Press PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Happy Valentine's Day from Pyeongchang! Wondering where the romance will be at the Olympics? AP's has the low down. All times Eastern. FIGURE SKATING Pairs final starts at 8:30 p.m., just in time to cuddle up with your ...

Another day, another delay for Shiffrin, other Alpine skiers

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The start of Mikaela Shiffrin's bid for multiple medals at the 2018 Olympics was delayed yet again when the women's slalom was postponed from Wednesday to Friday because of strong winds. It's the third time in four days an ...

Good as Gold; White soars to 3rd Olympic halfpipe title

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The Flying Tomato still soars. Shaun White put together an epic final run to claim his third gold medal in Olympic men's halfpipe, slicing through the gray South Korean sky on Wednesday to post a score of 97.75 for the 100th ...

Lamoureux-Davidson sets Olympic record in win over Russians

The Lamoureux line got started in the Olympics by scoring Team USA’s first goal. On Tuesday, Feb. 13, it kept going by breaking an Olympic record. Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson, a Grand Forks native, scored two goals in the span of six seconds, setting an all-time Olympic mark, during USA’s ...

Kim dominates for 1st Olympic gold, Hirscher breaks through

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — It was a day for all ages at the Winter Olympics. A few hours after 17-year-old Chloe Kim dominated the women’s halfpipe snowboarding final on Tuesday, 28-year-old Marcel Hirscher, a six-time overall World Cup champion, won the men’s combined at the ...

Olympics are chance to go home for Korean-American

By CLAIRE GALOFARO Associated Press GANGNEUNG, South Korea — When Song Hong used to tell his grandchildren about his childhood, he would joke that they were “country folks” from a rugged and rural corner of the world that none of their fellow Americans had ever heard of, or likely ...

Favorites Klaebo, Nilsson handle pressure, win Olympic gold

By STEVE REED, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Being the best sometimes just makes the pressure even greater. That was true for both Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo and Stina Nilsson, who came into the Pyeongchang Olympics as the favorites in the cross-country skiing ...

US women beat Russia 5-0, early showdown with Canada next

By TERESA M. WALKER, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson can't remember ever scoring twice on the same shift. The three-time Olympian looking for her first gold medal is just happy to give the Americans a bit of a boost. She did it in Olympic record ...

Nuis makes sure Dutch stay good as gold at Olympic Oval

By RAF CASERT, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — The Olympic Oval has turned into the royal House of Orange — and not because Dutch King Willem-Alexander is there most nights. It's all about the speedskating. Kjeld Nuis made it four gold medals in for races for the ...

Love for sport fuels Stiegler’s lengthy career

By CLARK FORSTER, Jackson Hole News & Guide JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Resi Stiegler may not match her father's medal total, but she has already beaten him in one Olympic category. Stiegler's third Olympic selection this year means she has passed father Pepi in appearances at the Winter ...

Viva Arianna: Italy’s Fontana wins 500 meters in short track

By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Choi Min-jeong skated around waving to the South Korean fans who chanted her name. Arianna Fontana grabbed the Italian flag in celebration. This being wild and wooly short-track speedskating, the result of the women's 500 meters ...

Column: Shani Davis: Brilliant career, complicated legacy

By PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Columnist GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Shani Davis labored across the line, gulping for air, a shell of what he once was in a clapskate. The years can be cruel that way. "It's hard to stay on the top forever," said Belgium's Bart Swings, who went in the same ...

Canada wins 1st Olympic gold in curling mixed doubles

By KRISTEN GELINEAU, Associated Press GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — With a triumphant hug and fist pump, Canada won the first-ever Olympic gold medal in curling mixed doubles, beating Switzerland 10-3 on Tuesday in front of a roaring crowd of jubilant Canadians. The win over the defending ...

Golden Geisenberger: German star defends women’s luge title

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Natalie Geisenberger refuses to call herself the best women's luge athlete ever. The history books may do it for her. Germany has yet another Olympic gold medalist after Geisenberger prevailed in the women's luge final on ...