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2 Americans skating for South Korea make cut in ice dance

By BARRY WILNER, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — As she sat in the kiss-and-cry area awaiting the marks, Yura Min already had tears rolling down her cheeks. And when she saw the short dance numbers from the judges for her and partner Alexander Gamelin, she bawled like a ...

US shows power in Olympic short dance with 3rd, 4th and 7th

By BARRY WILNER, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Canadians Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir might be the greatest of all ice dancers. France's Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron likely are their biggest challengers at the Pyeongchang Olympics. Still, the power in ice dance ...

Sick tricks! Big Air bounds into Olympics on a high note

By EDDIE PELLS, AP National Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — From the gold medalist down to the last-place finisher, what the women snowboarders really wanted was a second chance. On a day filled with sunshine, smiles and plenty of sick tricks, they got that — and made the most of ...

Virtue, Moir lead ice dancing after record short dance

By DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir sat flanked by their training partners, Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron on one side, Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue on the other, both having just skated in the Olympics for the first ...

Biathlon “king” Bjoerndalen cheerleading in Pyeongchang

By STEVE REED, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The king is not dead, he's just testing skis and being the best cheerleader he can be for his wife. It wasn't by choice, mind you. Ole Einar Bjoerndalen, who is known in his sport as the "king of the biathlon," would rather be ...

Elana Meyers Taylor dealing with Achilles’ issue at Olympics

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Elana Meyers Taylor's final preparations for the women's bobsled event that starts Tuesday at the Pyeongchang Olympics have not been ideal. A bad Achilles' is slowing her down — but not hurting her confidence. The two-time ...

As athletes struggle, Kim Jong Un dreams of Olympic glory

By ERIC TALMADGE, Associated Press PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Kim Jong Un wants to turn his country into an international sports power — think East Germany in the 1970s and 80s. The North Korean leader is pouring resources into training and infrastructure, athletes are getting more ...

Karin Harjo among few female ski coaches on World Cup level

By PAT GRAHAM, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — This had to be a case of mistaken identity, Karin Harjo thought, when a little girl in the crowd asked for an autograph. Surely she was waiting for two-time Olympic champion Mikaela Shiffrin and not the U.S. women's assistant ...

“Shy kid” Karen Chen has a plan for fighting off nerves

By JAKE SEINER, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Karen Chen found herself in a room full of athletes, and she froze. The 18-year-old American figure skater describes herself as a "shy kid," and her nerves were getting the best of her again. She was there hoping to trade ...

Ice dancing, women’s hockey semifinals on tap at Olympics

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — After a one-day break, Olympic figure skating resumes with the ice dancing short program. A strong performance from Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir helped Canada win gold in the team competition, but Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France and American ...

Canada advances to quarters with 4-0 win vs South Korea

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Canada had a difficult time finishing off South Korea on Sunday, looking unconvincing for large parts of a 4-0 win over the host country. Third-period goals by Maxim Lapierre and Gilbert Brule helped make the score look more flattering for Canada, which ...

Germany, Canada lead in 2-man bobsled, US struggles

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Christian Poser is the husband of an American bobsled star. Justin Kripps was born in Hawaii. And the way things are looking, they both could win Olympic two-man medals on Monday night. Thing is, Poser races for Germany and ...

South Koreans, Dutch lead team pursuit qualifying

By RAF CASERT, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Second is never good enough for the Dutch in speedskating, and when it happens in the men's team pursuit qualifying, it means trouble. The strongest speedskating nation could not beat the qualifying time of South Korea but still ...

Japan’s Kodaira wins Olympic 500 over South Korea’s Lee

By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Nao Kodaira burst off the line, furiously pumping her arms and legs to build up speed. She shot around the oval in a blur and crossed the finish line, the 500-meter Olympic speedskating gold medal easily in hand. With two pairs ...

Abramenko’s aerials win gives Ukraine rare Olympic gold

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Growing up in Ukraine, Oleksandr Abramenko's father pushed him toward sports. Well, one sport actually. Soccer. The problem? His son wasn't feeling it. "I felt like extreme sports were my thing," Abramenko said. Good ...

France’s Fourcade nips Schempp for gold in mass start

By STEVE REED, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — France's Martin Fourcade slammed his ski pole into the snow in disgust after sliding through the finish line, thinking he'd just lost another Olympic gold medal to a photo finish. But upon further review, replays showed ...

Column: Red, white and bruised, US struggles to win medals

By TIM DAHLBERG, AP Sports Columnist PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — It was, perhaps, the defining moment for the U.S. team at this Olympics. Not Shaun White blitzing the halfpipe in a final run to win gold, a win that came with some baggage by itself. Or Chloe Kim delighting fans from two ...

American men in danger of being shut out of Alpine medals

By PAT GRAHAM, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — For about 20 minutes during the Olympic giant slalom, Ryan Cochran-Siegle was in the leader's box, soaking up the spotlight. By the end of the race Sunday, he had slipped into a tie for 11th. That's just about par on the icy ...

American women try to sharpen aim for semifinal vs. Finland

By TERESA M. WALKER, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Shooting the puck is not an issue for the Americans. Finding the back of the net is, especially considering how many shots they are taking at the Olympics. The United States has outshot each opponent in each of their first ...

Swiss women beats Korea, Japan wins 1st OT game of Olympics

By TERESA M. WALKER, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Coach Sarah Murray promised Korea would get over the jitters that came with their Olympic debut as the first combined team ever to play in any games. She was right. Switzerland was better in its 2-0 win on Sunday, but the ...