National Sports

One for Speedy: US aerials skier hopes to land a Hurricane

By EDDIE PELLS, AP National Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — If the conditions are right, American freestyle skier Mac Bohonnon will pay tribute to one of his sport's most fascinating and beloved characters. And if that goes well, he might find himself with an Olympic medal hanging ...

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 ...

Humble, kind and fair: Can curling cure our troubled world?

By KRISTEN GELINEAU, Associated Press GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — The world, some fret, is falling apart. Politicians spar viciously on social media. Leaders lie. Former heroes fall like dominoes amid endless scandals. Cruelty has come to feel commonplace. But never fear: We have ...

American figure skater Vincent Zhou is brilliant, bemusing

By DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — The personality of American figure skater Vincent Zhou, who made his Olympic debut with a superb short program Friday, was neatly summed up by his social media response to a fan who recently asked what era he would visit if he ...

Johansson leads qualifying for large hill ski jumping

By JIM ARMSTRONG, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Robert Johansson carried his hot form into the men's large hill ski jumping final at the Pyeongchang Olympics. Johansson, with his trademark red handlebar mustache, led Friday's qualifying with 131.9 points after a leap of ...

Sweden holds off Germany 1-0 in Olympic early round game

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Viktor Stalberg scored on a near-breakaway early in the first period to lead Sweden past Germany 1-0 on Friday night in a preliminary round game at the Winter Olympics. Patrik Zackrisson found a streaking Stalberg with a clearing pass and the 32-year-old veteran ...

Loelling leads, with many close pursuers in women’s skeleton

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — There's a theory in sliding, one that suggests the winner of a test event on a newly built track dooms their chances of winning at the Olympics. Jacqueline Loelling is halfway to disproving that. Loelling, the German who not ...

Huskova wins Olympic gold in breezy women’s aerials final

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Like every other country and discipline, the aerials team from Belarus puts together a strategy in preparation for the Olympics. What is it? Well, Hanna Huskova says that's none of your business. "I am not going to go into it ...

‘Shirtless’ Tongan skier, others ‘live to fight another day’

By STEVE REED, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The "shirtless" Tongan, all covered up to keep warm this time, had only one thought as he maneuvered around the final downhill turn and headed toward the finish line. "Please God," the Olympic cross-country skier said to ...

Being there helps at Olympics, even if you don’t want to be

By DAVID BAUDER, AP Media Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Highlights from media coverage of the Pyeongchang Olympics: BEING THERE: Sometimes the secret to good reporting is simply being there, even if you'd rather not. Alpine skiing reporter Steve Porino was right near American Mikaela Shiffrin as ...

2014 champ Shiffrin 4th behind Hansdotter in Olympic slalom

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Mikaela Shiffrin is, without a doubt, the best women's slalom skier there is. Has been for years. All of the victories confirm it. Her competitors are aware of it. And, yes, so is she. "This is going to sound so arrogant," ...

Japan’s Hanyu sets Olympic record in short program

By BARRY WILNER, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Somewhere in the midst of hundreds of cascading Winnie the Pooh dolls stood Yuzuru Hanyu. Oh yeah, there he was, at center ice, bowing to a huge ovation for an Olympic-record short program. At least the defending Olympic ...

Donato scores 2 as college kids power US over Slovakia 2-1

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Ryan Donato watched Jordan Greenway's goal celebration in the first game at the Olympics and starting getting an itch. He wanted to feel that same rush. He got his wish right away. Twice. Donato pumped his fist and jumped ...

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 ...