National Sports

Column: Cheating Russians should have never been in Olympics

By TIM DAHLBERG, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — It sounds like some kind of cheap joke, though no one here seems to be laughing about the Russian curler who tested positive for performance enhancing drugs. This is, after all, curling we're talking about. Aside from the ...

Olympic women’s hockey expanding from 8 to 10 teams in 2022

By TERESA M. WALKER and STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Sports Writers GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — The women's hockey tournament will be expanded from eight teams to 10 for the 2022 Olympics in Beijing and the head of the International Ice Hockey Federation says he believes the talent gap between the ...

Freestyle skier’s complex path offers Olympic Rorschach test

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The words left Liz Swaney's lips without an ounce of irony. No telling curl of the lips. No wink. Nothing. She meant them. All of them. "I didn't qualify for finals so I'm really disappointed," the 33-year-old Californian said ...

Doping charge could hurt Russia’s chance at reinstatement

By JAMES ELLINGWORTH and STEPHEN WADE, AP Sports Writers PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Russia could lose its chance to be reinstated before the end of the Winter Olympics because of a doping charge against curling bronze medalist Alexander Krushelnitsky. The Court of Arbitration for Sport ...

US coach: No fear of suspension for women’s hockey final

By JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — U.S. women's hockey coach Robb Stauber said he doesn't expect captain Meghan Duggan to face disciplinary action that would keep her out of the Olympic gold medal match after a collision in the semifinals that required two people ...

US women back in gold medal game after 5-0 win over Finland

By TERESA M. WALKER, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — The Americans have done their part, playing their way back into the only women's hockey game that matters. Once again, they have a chance at the Olympic gold medal that has eluded the United States for two decades. The ...

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 ...