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Goggia captures Olympic downhill title, beats pal Vonn

By PAT GRAHAM, AP Sports Writer JEONGSEON, South Korea (AP) — Riding the gondola to the top of the mountain Wednesday morning, Sofia Goggia watched the sun rise over the site of her first Olympic downhill and had one clear thought: "I put my boots on and said, 'This can be my day, so let's ...

Gold drought about to end: Russians 1-2 after short program

By BARRY WILNER, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Friends, rivals, and soon, medalists. The only question is: Which Russian teen figure skating star will end the nation's gold medal drought? Alina Zagitova or Evgenia Medvedeva will almost certainly take gold in one of the ...

US starts 4-man bobsled training, with some optimism

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — If there was a positive that the Americans took away from the two-man bobsled competition at the Pyeongchang Olympics, it's this: They now know what not to do. Knowing what to do is still a work in progress. So the U.S. men ...

Column: A bronze that feels golden for Lindsey Vonn

By TIM DAHLBERG, AP Sports Columnist JEONGSEON, South Korea (AP) — Over coffee last November at Lindsey Vonn's home in Colorado, Sofia Goggia of Italy asked her friend for some advice. How does she handle the pressure? How does she deal with the expectations? Vonn didn't hesitate to ...

How sweep it is? Loaded US halfpipe team eyes Olympic podium

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Don't blame the kids throwing tricks up at Phoenix Snow Park for America's medal woes at the Winter Olympics. From snowboard stars Shaun White and Chloe Kim to freestyle skiers Nick Goepper and Brita Sigourney, the Americans ...

What to watch from Pyeongchang on Day 12 of the Olympics

By MAGAN CRANE, Associated Press PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Wondering how to get through hump day? Here are some highlights to watch from the Olympics in Pyeongchang on Wednesday. (All times Eastern.) SNOWBOARDING Pushed forward a day because of predicted bad weather, the first finals ...

Nigeria savors its Olympic bobsled debut moment

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Nigeria was winning the Olympic women's bobsled race. Yes, really. That sentence is 100 percent accurate — albeit with some massive reservations. The Nigerians were the second sled down the track in the opening heat of the ...

Americans rally after shaky starts in women’s short program

By DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Bradie Tennell fell during her opening jump combination at the Pyeongchang Olympics, a mistake so rare that the reigning U.S. champion couldn't remember the last time it happened. Mirai Nagasu fell trying to land her signature ...

Breezy Johnson to race in Olympic downhill

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming native Breezy Johnson will race Tuesday night in the Olympic downhill event in South Korea. The 22-year-old Johnson is ranked 14th in the world in the discipline and is coming off back-to-back World Cup downhill top 10 finishes. The Jackson Hole News & Guide ...

Nigeria savors its Olympic bobsled debut moment

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Nigeria was winning the Olympic women's bobsled race. Yes, really. That sentence is 100 percent accurate — albeit with some massive reservations. The Nigerians were the second sled down the track in the opening heat of the ...

Column: Olympics should be reserved for the best athletes

By PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Columnist GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Liz Swaney deserves kudos for dedication. And she had enough sense not to attempt anything on the halfpipe — and we mean anything — that might've resulted in a serious injury. She had no business competing in the ...

Lindsey Vonn set to compete in last Olympic women’s downhill

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Lindsey Vonn is set to compete in her last Olympic downhill, but she says she'd rather not focus on that right now. Vonn, the downhill gold medalist at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, is generally considered the favorite at the Pyeongchang Games. She's looked ...

Column: Olympics should be reserved for the best athletes

By PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Columnist GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Liz Swaney deserves kudos for dedication. And she had enough sense not to attempt anything on the halfpipe — and we mean anything — that might've resulted in a serious injury. She had no business competing in the ...

South Korea wins penalty-filled 3,000 relay in short track

By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — South Korea defended its women's Olympic short-track 3,000-meter relay title on Tuesday, overtaking China with two laps to go in the penalty-filled final. The team of Shim Suk-hee, Choi Min-jeong, Kim Ye-jin and Kim Alang ...

Norway curler feels ‘robbed’ of glory in Russia doping drama

By KRISTEN GELINEAU, Associated Press GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — A Norwegian curler who lost out on the Olympic bronze medal to a Russian rival charged with doping said Tuesday he feels robbed of his moment of glory. Magnus Nedregotten and his partner finished fourth in mixed doubles ...

What to watch from Pyeongchang on Day 11 of the Olympics

By MAGAN CRANE, Associated Press PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Re-entry after a three-day weekend can be hard. But remember, the Olympics are still going on! We're here with the highlights to help get you through your Tuesday that feels like a Monday because of Presidents Day. (All times ...

For Olympic fans, the real fun starts after the games

By SCOTT MAYEROWITZ, Associated Press PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The Olympics aren't just about fierce competition between the world's best athletes. It's a time for fans to let loose, party with folks from around the world, try some new food and maybe pose for a photo with the ...

US beats Slovakia 5-1, will play Czechs in Olympic quarters

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Ryan Zapolski was more worried about losing the sensation in his hands and feet than carrying the pressure of the United States' Olympic medal hopes on his shoulders. In a frightening play, Ladislav Nagy crashed into ...

Joint Koreas hockey team ends historic Olympic run

By KIM TONG-HYUNG and HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — They cheered. They cried. They hugged. They watched as fans by the thousands shouted, "We are one." Unification flags for the two Koreas, longtime rivals and sometimes bitter enemies, flapped across the ...