Winter Olympic Sports

Sharpe flying into World Cup season

Cassie Sharpe was name-dropped in a tweet by movie star Ryan Reynolds, saw a little girl dressed up as her for Halloween and even got her face on a pair of socks owned by the prime minister. These things can happen when you win Olympic gold. Sharpe won the halfpipe skiing competition in ...

Nordgren, Doherty earn pursuit spots

Pokljuka, Slovenia — Sean Doherty and Leif Nordgren had just one penalty between them during Friday’s 10-kilometer sprint at IBU World Cup in Pokljuka. The clean-shooting Doherty, of Center Conway, New Hampshire, placed 26th and Nordgren, of Marine, Minnesota, had one penalty and ...

Reinbolt, Gibbs blaze the way for Team USA

SIGULDA, Latvia  — Team veteran Brittany Reinbolt and Olympic silver medalist Lauren Gibbs finished fifth in the KOA-branded BMW sled Friday to lead Team USA in the season opening women’s bobsled World Cup in Sigulda, Latvia. Three-time Olympic medalist Elana Meyers Taylor and 2018 ...

Gold medalists highlight Lake Placid’s Stars on Ice card

LAKE PLACID — Olympic ice dance gold medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White headline the Emmy Award-winning production of Stars on Ice when it returns to Lake Placid’s Olympic Center on Sunday, Dec. 30 at 7:30 p.m. This year’s Stars on Ice tour puts American fans front and center to ...

Segger collects Junior World Cup bronze

PARK CITY, Utah — As the first of two Junior World Cup luge events concluded Thursday afternoon at the Utah Olympic Park, Ashley Farquharson joined Zachary Digregorio in singles and the doubles team of Dana Kellogg with Duncan Segger to give USA Luge a bronze medal in the team ...

Dunklee 11th in World Cup opener

POKLJUKA, Slovenia — In the opening 15-kilometer individual race of the IBU World Cup season in Pokljuka on Thursday, Susan Dunklee, of Barton, Vermont, looked to be in mid-season form. The two-time Olympian placed 11th in the 102-woman field with just one miss on the shooting ...

VIC trail expansion takes another step

PAUL SMITHS — The Paul Smith’s College VIC took another step in its Nordic ski trail expansion in November when the VIC hosted John Morton of Morton Trails. Morton, a former Olympic athlete and ski coach at Dartmouth College, spent most of the day on foot exploring trail improvement ...

Mazdzer records two top 10s

WHISTLER, B.C. — On a night of track records at Whistler, when the 2010 Olympic run cruised in and out of the fog, World Cup luge fans were treated Friday to the highest speeds on the circuit. USA Luge’s Chris Mazdzer, of Saranac Lake, had a significant say on the team’s best results ...

Americans pile up medals at NAC Cup in LP

LAKE PLACID — Hunter Church (Cadyville) and his push crew of Sam Moeller (Houston, Texas), Chris Walsh (Pittsboro, North Carolina) and Jamil Muhammed-Ray (Charlotte, North Carolina) capped the Lake Placid North American Cup on Sunday with a gold medal in the first four-man bobsled race. ...

American biathlon team rallies after Dunklee’s spill

POKLJUKA, Slovenia — A fall on the opening leg of Sunday’s mixed relay resulted in a broken binding and dashed all hopes for a Team USA podium finish as the 2018-19 biathlon season began at the BMW IBU World Cup in Pokljuka. Susan Dunklee, of Barton, Vermont, went down along with ...

From broken to bronze

Emily Sweeney could barely stand on a treadmill a few months ago. After four minutes of walking, the U.S. Olympic luge athlete had to lie down because of the searing pain that was spasming through her neck. She was battered and broken. That didn’t matter this weekend. Barely nine ...

Shiffrin takes World Cup super-G

LAKE LOUISE, Alberta (AP) — Mikaela Shiffrin captured her first World Cup super-G race on Sunday to give her a win in all five major disciplines. Shiffrin completed her run in a time of 1 minute, 19.41 seconds to hold off Ragnhild Mowinckel of Norway by 0.77 seconds. Viktoria Rebensburg ...

Vonn vows to return to Lake Louise

Lindsey Vonn can’t bring herself to say goodbye to ski racing without one final run at her favorite course. So she intends to extend her farewell tour into next season. The all-time winningest women’s World Cup racer announced on her new YouTube channel Friday that she plans to ...

U.S. Biathlon team brings back six Olympians

Following the completion of the Rollerski Team Trials in early November in Soldier Hollow, Utah, U.S. Biathlon named its roster for the opening IBU World Cup in Pokljuka, Slovenia, which takes place Friday, Nov. 30 through Dec. 9. The roster includes six Olympians from the 2018 Pyeongchang ...

‘Kingmaker’ Sheikh Ahmad leaves to handle corruption case

TOKYO — The corruption case involving a powerful IOC member promised to sow confusion as 206 national Olympic committees — known by the acronym ANOC — started two days of meetings in Tokyo on Wednesday. It did just that and offered some good theater. Sheikh Ahmad al Fahad al ...

Ligety healthy and back on track after injury-filled seasons

BEAVER CREEK, Colo. — His face showed little expression as he glided his way down the hill. This was serious business — no laughing, smiling or crying. With his two-time Olympic gold medalist father holding on, 17-month-old Jax Ligety took his first trek down the slope a few months ...

Gustafson opens with career-best

IGLS, Austria — USA Luge placed three in the top 10 in World Cup sprint racing as the opening weekend came to a close Sunday just outside Innsbruck, Austria. Once again in warm conditions, 2014 and 2018 Olympian Summer Britcher led the effort finishing just off the podium in fourth ...

Uihlein funds luge wind tunnel trip

LAKE PLACID — The Uihlein Foundation in Lake Placid has continued its support of USA Luge with the recent announcement of grant money to fund an all-important session in the San Diego Wind Tunnel on Dec. 10. Time spent at the facility has produced medals in the past two Winter Games, with ...

Henry pushes into the top 10

WINTERBERG, Germany — Megan Henry posted two top-10 finishes Saturday in Winterberg, Germany to once again lead USA Skeleton on the Intercontinental Cup. Henry finished eighth and 10th, while Mike Rogals (Orwell, Vermont) was the top American man with 14th and 13th place finishes on one of ...

Shiffrin wins another World Cup slalom event at Killington

KILLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Mikaela Shiffrin made a small mistake halfway through her final run and heard a hush from the crowd below. Only one thing to do — charge even more. Shiffrin powered through the fog in Killington on Sunday to win her third straight World Cup slalom race at the ...