National Sports

Victory lap: Chloe Kim takes her family on a gold-medal ride

By EDDIE PELLS, AP National Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Chloe Kim stamped her name on a new era of snowboarding with a run down the halfpipe that, officially, did not mean anything. To her, it meant everything. The Olympic gold medal was already hers but she knew she could do ...

Column: A medalist now too, Rippon embraces role at Olympics

By TIM DAHLBERG, AP Sports Columnist PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — He's 28, which is awfully old for a figure skater in the Olympics. That might have been the storyline on Adam Rippon at this Olympics, and it's not a bad hook. The last time a figure skater so old made his Olympic debut ...

Olympic tournament full of NHL talent of past and future

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Mark Arcobello had a choice between shuttling to and from the minor leagues in North America and taking his talents to Europe. Arcobello, who went to Europe a year for some stability before the NHL decided not to participate ...

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 ...

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 ...

Olympic figure skating unveils new, modern soundtrack

By DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — When the International Skating Union made the popular decision to allow lyrics in all performances, the Paul Simon classic "The Sound of Silence" seemed like it would be a natural choice. The folk tune is light and airy and ...

Canadian women stay undefeated, beat Finland 4-1 at Olympics

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — The Canadians are playing on their favorite stage at the Olympics, and their top line of captain Marie-Philip Poulin, Megan Agosta and Melodie Daoust is peaking at just the right time. Agosta and Daoust each had a goal and an assist, and Canada beat Finland 4-1 ...

Olympic ski champ Hirscher no longer must hear The Question

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Sports Writer JEONGSEON, South Korea (AP) — Eventually, The Question began to bother Marcel Hirscher. It wasn't so much the actual content, which was always some variation of: "Do you need an Olympic gold medal to validate your otherwise-perfect skiing career?" He was ...

Injury-plagued Ligety encouraged by 5th in Olympic combined

By PAT GRAHAM, AP Sports Writer JEONGSEON, South Korea (AP) — Ted Ligety pondered the thought that Valentine's Day marks the 12th anniversary of earning his first Olympic gold medal. "It feels like both yesterday and 100 years ago," the American ski racer said. Beleaguered by injuries the ...

‘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 ...

Air Show: White leads talented field into halfpipe final

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The legend, the brash upstart and the soft-spoken prodigy have been circling each other for months, trading boundary-pushing runs with one eye on the halfpipe and the other on their long-awaited faceoff in the South Korean ...

Nothing’s in a name: Russians resemble Russian national team

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — They trudged from their locker room to the practice rink with expressions as blank as their jerseys. The Russians enter the Olympic men's hockey tournament with their usual businesslike fashion, insisting they are not bothered ...

Flying Finn Manninen back for another shot at Olympic glory

By JIM ARMSTRONG, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Hannu Manninen couldn't resist the temptation for one more shot at Olympic glory. The Nordic combined great from Finland took time out from his job as an airline pilot for Finnair to make one final comeback at his sixth ...

Tonga’s Olympic flag bearer thinking of cyclone-hit homeland

By STEVE REED, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Tongan flag bearer Pita Taufatofua has more on his mind than just trying to compete at the Pyeongchang Olympics this week. The 34-year-old cross-country skier is concerned about his homeland after it was hit by a cyclone that ...

Japanese skater suspended in 1st doping case in Pyeongchang

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Japanese short-track speedskater Kei Saito has tested positive for a banned diuretic in the first doping case of the Pyeongchang Olympics. Saito, a reserve on the 5,000-meter relay team, tested positive for Acetalozamide, which can be used to treat conditions ...

After triple axel at Olympics, Nagasu has more in store

By BARRY WILNER, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — The wonderful thing about the inspiring — shall we call it Olympian? — story of Mirai Nagasu is that it's not over. Not even close. Nagasu has gone from teenage wunderkind and U.S. champion to fourth-place finisher at the ...

Wolski playing for Canada at Olympics after breaking neck

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Wojtek Wolski feared the worst. "I thought I was paralyzed," Wolski said. It was an innocent enough play in an early season Kontinental Hockey League game. Wolski dived to poke the puck away from Vladimir Markelov, who slid ...

Russians beat Norway, win curling bronze after rare tumble

By KRISTEN GELINEAU, Associated Press GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Despite a highly unusual tumble on the ice, a team of Russian athletes roared back to win the bronze medal in mixed doubles curling by beating Norway 8-4 on Tuesday. A tearful Anastasia Bryzgalova leaped into her coach's ...