Winter Olympic Sports

After Olympics, South Korea mulls reviving bulldozed pristine forest

JEONGSEON, South Korea — As hundreds of Olympic spectators flocked to a sparkling white ski slope cutting through the rugged mountains of Jeongseon, the marquee venue of this year’s Winter Games, Cho Myung-hwan stepped back and looked up. He let out a sad chuckle. “It’s dreadful ...

Armstrong stays focused on nordic combined

LAKE PLACID — The University of Michigan isn’t exactly what people think of when ski jumping comes up, but one recent Lake Placid High School graduate has brought an international presence in the sport to Ann Arbor. Gabby Armstrong, who graduated from LPHS last year, is now attending ...

Vermonter takes 6th in Jr. Worlds

OTEPAA, Estonia — Chloe Levins raced to a sixth-place finish Thursday in the junior women’s 12.5-kilometer individual event at the 2018 IBU Youth/Junior World Championships in Otepaa, Estonia. With three penalties on the shooting range, the Rutland, Vermont resident crossed the line 3 ...

USA Luge season concludes in LP

LAKE PLACID — The USA Luge competitive season comes to an end in March, when the organization hosts its Norton Youth and Junior National Championships and seeding races Saturday and Sunday at Mount Van Hoevenberg. The events will take place in the wake of the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympic ...

2-time gold medalist aspires to master quad axel

TOKYO — After winning two Olympic gold medals, Yuzuru Hanyu wants to master a quadruple axel. Hanyu, who at the Pyeongchang Games became the first man to repeat as Olympic champion in 66 years, told a news conference on Tuesday he hoped to be the first, or at least one of the first ...

Blackmun resigns as USOC addresses wide abuse scandal

Scott Blackmun resigned as chief executive of the U.S. Olympic Committee on Wednesday, stepping aside so he can tackle his worsening bout with prostate cancer and to allow the federation to move forward under new leadership to address the sex-abuse scandal that has rocked gymnastics and ...

Mazdzer, Meyers Taylor finalists for Team USA Awards

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Luger Chris Mazdzer and bobsledder Elana Meyers Taylor, Olympic silver medalist sliders based out of the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, have been named finalists for “Best of the Games” Team USA Awards. Fans are invited to vote for their favorite ...

Denver reconsiders Olympics bid

DENVER (AP) — It promised ample snow and sunny weather on a normally bare, rocky peak easily accessible by “super highway,” thousands more hotel rooms than existed and a cross-country ski course that looked good on paper but would have cut through some people’s backyards. The ...

Bascue closes with 9th place

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Codie Bascue, a 23-year-old from Whitehall, teamed with Steve Langton, Evan Weinstock and Sam McGuffie to lead Team USA to a ninth-place finish in the four-man bobsled competition Saturday at the Pyeongchang Olympics. “I think we came in here with a lot of ...

Pyeongchang breathes, bids Olympics farewell

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — From volunteers to support staff to the joint Korea women’s hockey team, people from many cultures bid farewell to each other and to the 2018 Winter Olympics on Monday as a swath of the eastern Korean Peninsula readied itself for something novel: relative ...

Focusing on the future

LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid High School nordic ski team is the three-time defending state champion and has spawned numerous individual champions who have gone on to ski all over the world. But for two Lake Placid kids, the opportunity to train more was too much to ignore. James ...

Beyond the podium

SARANAC LAKE — If winning Olympic medals defined an athlete’s career, the hard work and sacrifices turned in over the past two-plus decades by Lowell Bailey and Tim Burke all added up to nothing. But if promoting peace and humanity, displaying unwavering determination and dedication, ...

Whitehall bobsledder drives to Olympic top-10 finish

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — At just 23 years old, Codie Bascue of Whitehall led Team USA in his first Olympic appearance with a ninth-place finish in Pyeongchang’s four-man bobsled competition. It was the best U.S. finish in the event. Bascue’s team of push athletes consisted ...

German sweep: Friedrich wins a 4-man Olympic gold medal

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Shut out in Sochi, the German bobsled program swept every other nation away in Pyeongchang. Francesco Friedrich drove to the four-man bobsledding gold medal Sunday, capping an absolutely dominant showing by the Germans on the sliding track at the Pyeongchang ...

Veterans take time to soak it in

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Americans Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson, twin sister Monique Lamoureux-Morando, Hilary Knight, Meghan Duggan, Gigi Marvin and Kacey Bellamy have a luxury their predecessors lacked after finally capturing the nation’s first Olympic gold in women’s hockey in two ...

Shiffrin jokes about Vonn’s racing future

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Mikaela Shiffrin is not quite convinced Lindsey Vonn’s Olympic career is done. “Whenever I hear anybody say something about this,” Shiffrin said Friday, “it’s like, ‘most likely,’ ‘probably,’ ‘maybe,’ ‘we’ll see,’ ‘not sure.’ ...

Shani’s fifth Olympics ends with seventh-place finish

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Shani Davis let his skating do his talking in his last event at the Pyeongchang Olympics. The four-time Olympic medalist finished seventh in the 1,000 meters on Friday, waved to the fans inside Gangneung Oval and disappeared below the ice. Whether Davis ...

US medal haul well short of projections

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — It was a sweeping goal, spelled out on a colorful, full-screen slide and presented to leaders of the U.S. Olympic Committee in a meeting last year. Sports executives in America targeted athletes on Team USA to win 37 medals at the Pyeongchang ...

‘Garlic Girls’ curling team becomes a global sensation

GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Forget Lindsey Vonn and Adam Rippon. The real rock stars of the Pyeongchang Olympics are a humble group of Korean curlers who have no idea they’ve become a global sensation. They are called the “Garlic Girls,” the South Korean women’s curling team with ...