National Sports

Puzzling yet popular, Americans are learning to love curling

By KRISTEN GELINEAU, Associated Press GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — When Ann Chase and her husband were planning their trip to Pyeongchang for the Olympics, she set her sights on nabbing tickets to the most glamorous event of the Games: Figure skating. Her husband, however, had decidedly ...

Austria’s Mayer wins Olympic super-G, breaks Norway’s streak

By GRAHAM DUNBAR, AP Sports Writer JEONGSEON, South Korea (AP) — Matthias Mayer came to the Pyeongchang Games as an Olympic champion, and he'll leave as an Olympic champion. Just not in the event he expected. A sliding crash into a TV cameraman was the inelegant end of the Austrian's ...

Frida Hansdotter dethrones Shiffrin in Olympic slalom

By PAT GRAHAM, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Frida Hansdotter looked at her time on the video board — hardly believing it was true — and let out a yell. This was way too good to hold in. A few anxious moments later, it became official: Hansdotter — Olympic slalom ...

Jacobellis leaves empty-handed again, but not feeling beaten

By EDDIE PELLS, AP National Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — In many ways, Lindsey Jacobellis walked away from these Olympics the same as she has from all the previous ones. She is still the best-known figure in her sport. She is still without a gold medal. The 32-year-old American ...

‘That was my moment’: Finally, Daly can close book on Sochi

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — There was no medal. There also was no disaster. For U.S. skeleton veteran John Daly, that was enough. This is why Daly put his real-world life on hold again for a couple years and came back to skeleton: He had to make sure ...

American Chris Mazdzer humbled by breakthrough luge medal

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The math humbled Chris Mazdzer. He's one of 33 American men who have competed in singles luge competitions at the Olympics. The way he sees it, each of them devoted somewhere between 10 to 20 years to the sport and the quest ...

Yun’s the one: South Korea gets men’s skeleton Olympic gold

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Somehow, Yun Sungbin felt no pressure. He's a 23-year-old who was expected to win gold and nothing else at these Pyeongchang Olympics, in his home country, with thousands of his countrymen showing up early on a Friday morning ...

Chen flops as teammates soar in men’s Olympic short program

By DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Nathan Chen was nearly at a loss for words trying to explain where his Olympic short program went awry, leaving the American medal contender fortunate just to qualify for the free skate. In fact, Chen was at a loss for what to ...

What to watch from the Pyeongchang Olympics on Day 7

By MAGAN CRANE, Associated Press PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Happy New Year! South Korea is celebrating its biggest holiday Friday with fireworks, cultural events and more curling. There will be lots of other Olympic feats of greatness. Here's what to look for (all times ...

Shiffrin rallies to win giant slalom

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Finally, it was an ideal day for skiing. American Mikaela Shiffrin celebrated by using a hard-charging final run to win the women’s giant slalom Thursday. It’s the first of several Olympic titles she hopes to earn at the Pyeongchang Games. The 22-year-old ...

Johnson’s childhood dream took focus, work

By CLARK FORSTER, Jackson Hole News & Guide JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Breezy Johnson was 11 years old when she met current World Cup points leader Mikaela Shiffrin at the Whistler Cup in Canada. Johnson and Shiffrin were two of six Americans who qualified to compete in the competitive ...

Tongan set to ski but not dressed for success

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 ...

Lively scene as South Korea men play 1st Olympic hockey game

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — With the nation's most accomplished hockey player standing behind the bench as coach and curator of the moment, South Korea celebrated the first Olympic men's hockey game in its history Thursday night in front of a flag-waving ...

Bloemen ends Dutch dominance at the Olympic Oval

By RAF CASERT, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — The roots of Ted-Jan Bloemen will have many saying his Olympic gold medal in speedskating is at least part Dutch. Forget it. His recipe for victory in the 10,000 meters was as Canadian as maple syrup. "Everything changed for ...

Canada jumps to early lead, downs Swiss in Olympic opener

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Rene Bourque and Wojtek Wolski each scored twice and Derek Roy had three assists as Canada opened its Olympic campaign with a 5-1 win over Switzerland on Thursday night. The Canadians led 2-0 after 7 1/2 minutes and made the Swiss pay when they went to the ...

Boe takes biathlon gold after Fourcade’s stunning collapse

By STEVE REED, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Martin Fourcade's rare collapse on the final shoot of the 20-kilometer individual race handed Norwegian rival Johannes Thingnes Boe his first Olympic gold medal in biathlon on Thursday. Fourcade, the world's top-ranked ...

Geisenberger, Germany win another gold in Olympic relay

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — When the International Olympic Committee added a luge team relay to the program seven years ago, part of the rationalization was that it would provide more medal chances for women. Natalie Geisenberger and Alex Gough surely ...

American Shiffrin rallies on final run to win giant slalom

By DAVID BRANDT, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Finally, it was an ideal day for skiing. American Mikaela Shiffrin celebrated by using a hard-charging final run to win the women's giant slalom Thursday. It's the first of several Olympic titles she hopes to earn at the ...

“It hurts or it hurts” Ashley Caldwell goes big but falls

By EDDIE PELLS, AP National Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — American freestyle skier Ashley Caldwell admits it: She loves the risk because she loves the reward. On Thursday night at the Olympics, there was no prize for her daring. The foremost envelope pusher in the dangerous sport ...

45-year-old Pechstein seeks another Olympic gold in 5,000

By RAF CASERT, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — At 22, Dutch speedskating rookie Esmee Visser had to do some quick math to put the phenomenon that goes by the name of Claudia Pechstein into perspective. Pechstein is still competing and will celebrate her 46th birthday at the ...