Winter Olympic Sports

Vonn plans return at speed races

Lindsey Vonn is planning to return from injury this weekend for speed races in Austria, resuming her quest for the all-time record for World Cup wins. It will be her first ski races of the season after hurting her knee and sitting out six events. “I’m NOT done yet!!!,” Vonn ...

International Children’s Games athletes treated to ice cream social

LAKE PLACID — Even though there were hundreds of kids in the room, it was easy to tell who everyone was, mainly because their countries of origin were printed on their winter jackets and snow hats. As kids enjoyed frozen dairy treats, there was a clear separation at first. The Hungarian ...

Geraghty-Moats keeps winning streak alive

OTEPAA, Estonia — Tara Geraghty-Moats, a New York Ski Educational Foundation skier from West Fairlee, Vermont, skied to a pair of wins this weekend as the International Ski Federation’s Nordic Combined Continental Cup tour headed to Estonia. Geraghty-Moats, 25, has now won five of six ...

Luge: Britcher wins silver, relay team takes bronze in Germany

KOENIGSSEE, Germany — On another day affected by Bavarian weather, USA Luge raced to a bronze medal Sunday in a World Cup team relay on the oldest track in the world in Koenigssee. The foursome of singles racers Summer Britcher and Tucker West, with the doubles sled of Chris Mazdzer and ...

Kids of the world come to Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID — Three years ago, after a contingent of 18 young Team Lake Placid athletes returned from the International Children’s Winter Games in Innsbruck, Austria, this village proposed hosting the games here. This coming week, that’s exactly what’s going to happen. Lake Placid ...

Luge back in action after break

KOENIGSSEE, Germany — It was a short holiday break for USA Luge. After concluding the first half of the World Cup season with a weekend stop in Lake Placid in mid December, where Americans captured two sprint silver medals, team members remained in the Olympic Village for additional training ...

Shiffrin wins GS

COURCHEVEL, France (AP) — Mikaela Shiffrin appears unstoppable. The 23-year-old American won a giant slalom Friday for her 49th career World Cup victory as she continued her march to a third straight season-long overall title. It was a fourth successive win for Shiffrin who sat out the ...

USA Nordic opens new home in Utah

PARK CITY, Utah — USA Nordic has opened a new headquarters and athlete center just a short distance from the Olympic ski jumps in its home of Park City, Utah. The athlete center is a unique combination of an administrative office for USA Nordic paired with an athlete training recovery ...

Salt Lake City gets go-ahead to bid for Olympics

Salt Lake City got the green light to bid for the Winter Olympics — most likely for 2030 — in an attempt to bring the Games back to the city that hosted in 2002 and provided the backdrop for the U.S. winter team’s ascendance into an international powerhouse. The U.S. Olympic ...

Svindal claims 7th win in Val Gardena

SELVA DI VAL GARDENA, Italy — Aksel Lund Svindal hasn’t felt this good in nearly three years, even though he still has metal support pieces inside his surgically repaired left thumb. The Norwegian veteran extended his record to seven career victories in Val Gardena on Friday by ...

FIS intends to strip Luitz of win for using oxygen mask

SELVA DI VAL GARDENA, Italy — The International Ski Federation intends to strip German racer Stefan Luitz of his first World Cup win for using an oxygen mask but will not seek further punishment. FIS secretary general Sarah Lewis said on Friday the German Ski Association has been ...

Home sweet home

LAKE PLACID — Emily Sweeney and Chris Mazdzer have already pleasantly surprised themselves by meeting some of the goals they set out to accomplish heading into the World Cup luge season. Along with the rest of their American teammates, the two veterans with local ties are hoping for ...

Russian biathletes questioned for doping

SALZBURG, Austria (AP) — Austrian authorities are investigating 10 members of Russia’s biathlon team for doping and fraud offenses. Police visited the Russian team’s accommodation in Austria on Wednesday ahead of a World Cup event and spoke with athletes and staff. The case is ...

Two-time Olympic champion Northug to retire from skiing

OSLO, Norway (AP) — One of Norway’s greatest cross-country skiers says he is retiring from the sport. Petter Northug, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and 13-time world champion, says he had “some fantastic years,” adding there will be “no comeback.” The 32-year-old Norwegian ...

Segger bronzed once again

PARK CITY, Utah — USA Luge took a second bronze medal Saturday in the team competition to close the Park City Junior World Cup with a total of five medals. Ashley Farquharson, Zachary Digregorio and the doubles team of Dana Kellogg and Duncan Segger, of Lake Placid, teamed for third ...

Mikaela Shiffrin wins parallel slalom event

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (AP) — Mikaela Shiffrin won a World Cup event for the third time in eight days, beating Petra Vlhova in the head-to-head final of parallel slalom on Sunday. Shiffrin trailed midway down the course after clipping a gate, but led her Slovakian opponent through the ...

Egan turns in career performance at Slovenia World Cup

POKLJUKA, Slovenia — Clare Egan has done what no other American has done. On top of a career-best sixth-place finish Sunday in the women’s 10-kilometer pursuit at the IBU World Cup in Pokljuka, the 2018 Olympian from Maine also turned in the fastest course time (25:28.6) in the 60-woman ...

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 ...