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Vonn trying not to think of downhill as her last at Olympics

By PAT GRAHAM and HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Sports Writers JEONGSEON, South Korea (AP) — Lindsey Vonn prefers not to dwell on what shapes up as a significant story line for the women's downhill at the Pyeongchang Games. "I've tried not to think about it as being my last Olympic downhill. Just ...

Wardrobe issues causes Olympic stress for French skaters

By DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — The first notes of Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You" had just played when Gabriella Papadakis suddenly became aware that people were about to see a whole lot more of her shape than she had planned. The French ice dancer's glittering ...

Injured Alpine ski racers miss years, not days, at a time

By HOWARD FENDRICH and PAT GRAHAM, AP Sports Writers JEONGSEON, South Korea (AP) — Just the thought of being at the Olympics on Tuesday made Swiss ski racer Lara Gut smile broadly, and that had nothing to do with it being the last opportunity to train for the downhill, an event in which she ...

Americans off to slow start in sliding, aim at turnaround

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The U.S. wasn't exactly counting on getting a medal in two-man bobsledding at the Olympics, which isn't a surprise given how the Americans have claimed only one in the last 66 years. They weren't expecting to be this far ...

Johansson leads Norway to Olympic ski jumping team title

By JIM ARMSTRONG, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The red handlebar mustache finally has a golden accoutrement. After winning two bronze medals at the Pyeongchang Olympics, Robert Johansson helped Norway win the large hill team ski jumping title on Monday. Johansson leapt ...

Hero, harasser or both? Shaun White’s newly complex legacy

By ERRIN HAINES WHACK, AP National Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — It was expected to be a coronation: snowboarder Shaun White, shredding the halfpipe in an epic performance that won him Olympic gold at Pyeongchang four years after a devastating loss in Sochi and just four months ...

Once again, US will meet Canada for women’s hockey gold

By DAVID BRANDT, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The United States will play for a gold medal in women's hockey for the third straight Olympics. Four-time defending champion Canada will be waiting for them. The Americans had a 5-0 victory over Finland in the semifinals, a ...

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 ...