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Bjoergen, American women make history at Olympics

By STEVE REED, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Marit Bjoergen and Kikkan Randall have shared a special bond since competing against each other at their first Olympics in Salt Lake City 16 years ago. On Wednesday, their relationship turned historic. Bjoergen won her 14th ...

Germany stuns Sweden in OT, will face Canada in semifinals

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Patrick Reimer scored in overtime and Danny aus den Birken made 31 saves to put Germany into the Olympic semifinals with a stunning 4-3 upset of top-seeded Sweden in the quarterfinals Wednesday night. Germany advanced to face Canada in the semifinals and has a ...

Drought over: US women win 1st Olympic cross-country medal

By STEVE REED, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — As she headed up the steepest, most grueling hill of her life in third place, Jessica Diggins thought to herself just winning an Olympic medal was no longer good enough. She wanted more. She wanted gold. Diggins dug deep, ...

Jamanka wins Olympic gold for Germany, denying Meyers Taylor

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Up in the starting area on a frigid night in the mountains, only three women's bobsled pilots remained. One was the two-time defending Olympic gold medalist. Another was the reigning world champion. And the third was someone ...

US women win bronze to end speedskating medal drought

By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Mia Manganello crossed the finish line, glanced at the videoboard and let out a yell. She then grabbed hands with American teammates Heather Bergsma and Brittany Bowe, and the trio thrust their arms in the air. The Americans had ...

Japan and Norway dethrone Dutch in team pursuit at Olympics

By RAF CASERT, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Finally, Norwegian veteran Havard Bokko stood atop the highest platform on the Olympic podium. And glancing down to his left, a step lower, he saw the orange-clad Dutch. Something like that had never before happened to him at the ...

Germans, Czechs improbably reach Olympic semifinals

By STEPHEN WHYNO and JAMES ELLINGWORTH, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Canada and the Russians are in the semifinals as expected. The other two finalists weren't expected to be here at all. The Olympic men's hockey tournament final four has two surprise visitors: the Czech ...

Czechs eliminate US in shootout in Olympic quarterfinals

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Instead of waiting for his turn for this Olympic shootout, T.J. Oshie was sitting at home along with the rest of the NHL. Four years after his shootout heroics in Sochi, Oshie could only watch helplessly halfway around the ...

No thoughts of Sochi agony as US women chase gold once again

By TERESA M. WALKER, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Dani Cameranesi watched on TV when the Americans blew a 2-0 lead with less than a minute left before losing the gold medal game to Canada four years ago at the Sochi Olympics. She uses the word "devastating" to sum up the ...

Leman earns Olympic gold for Canada in men’s skicross

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Skicross is built on one very simple tenant: to go as fast as you possibly dare for as long as you possibly dare and hope everything works out in the end with the understanding that it usually won't. It's a mindset that led ...

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 ...