National Sports

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 ...

Waiting in the wings as stressful as figure skating itself

By BARRY WILNER, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Eric Radford was fortunate his arm wasn't bruised from all the times Meagan Duhamel was hitting it. Bruno Massot barely could sit still watching the television. Partner Aliona Savchenko couldn't watch at all. They call it the ...

Heir to Norway’s throne watches its kings of Olympic skiing

By GRAHAM DUNBAR, AP Sports Writer JEONGSEON, South Korea (AP) — Inadvertently, the Crown Prince of Norway picked a good day to head up the mountain to watch Alpine skiing. The heir to the throne was in attendance Thursday when Norwegian teammates Aksel Lund Svindal and Kjetil Jansrud took ...

Canadian women take 1st Olympic showdown against US 2-1

By TERESA M. WALKER, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — The Americans and Canadians pushed, shoved and grabbed each other, sometimes from behind, sometimes mask to mask, and bodies were crashing to the ice repeatedly in front of the net. All of this with no medal on the line, ...

Germany’s Savchenko, Massot flawless in winning pairs gold

By DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — It took Aliona Savchenko five trips to the Winter Games, working with three different partners and representing two different nations, to finally achieve Olympic glory. It also took Bruno Massot lifting her to the top step of ...

Jacobellis at peace with Olympic legacy as 4th Games loom

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The most accomplished snowboardcross rider in history knows the question is coming. Because the question comes every four years. No matter how many races she wins. No matter how many world championships she picks up. No matter ...

Yun takes big lead at midpoint of Olympic skeleton race

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Yun Sungbin has spent thousands of hours at the sliding track his nation built for the Pyeongchang Olympics, studying every nuance and scrutinizing every inch. He knows it better than anyone alive. And the payoff for that ...

Shirtless Tongan’s goal: Don’t hit tree, finish and inspire

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 ...

Knierims skate with heavy hearts at Olympics pairs

By BARRY WILNER, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Before heading out to skate on the Olympic ice Thursday, the Knierims saw the news of the deadly Florida high school shootings. The only U.S. pairs skaters at the games were hurting. "I'm emotionally drained," Alexa ...