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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 ...

Column: One down, more to come for Shiffrin

By TIM DAHLBERG, AP Sports Columnist PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The sun was going behind the mountain, and only a handful of diehard spectators remained as workers struggled for what seemed like forever to put a makeshift podium together for Mikaela Shiffrin's latest ...

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 ...

Finland finishes 3rd in pool play, beats Russian women 5-1

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Michelle Karvinen scored two power-play goals, and Finland beat the Olympic athletes from Russia 5-1 Thursday to finish third in the top group of women's hockey behind Canada and the United States. Finland will play Sweden in the quarterfinals Saturday for a ...

Delays done, Shiffrin wins Olympic GS gold; best event next

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The nervous energy accumulated for Mikaela Shiffrin while she waited, waited, waited for these Olympics — the ones that so many are expecting to be HER Olympics — to finally get started. First one race was postponed. ...

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 ...