Winter Olympic Sports

US Biathlon closes Olympics on a high note

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — The U.S. Biathlon team ended the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games on a high note with a sixth-place finish in Friday’s men’s 4x7.5-kilometer relay at the Alpensia Biathlon Centre. The performance tied the best-ever finish in an Olympic relay for the U.S., ...

The king, the demon and a huge Swedish biathlon victory

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — As Fredrik Lindstroem cruised to the finish line to secure gold for Sweden in the men’s biathlon relay Friday night, the stadium announcer at the Alpensia Biathlon Center belted out “the king is on fire!” Swedish King Carl XIV Gustaf was in the stadium ...

Diggins picked to carry flag

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Jessie Diggins has one more big Olympic moment awaiting her. Diggins — who thrust herself across the finish line to give the Americans a dazzling gold medal in the cross-country team sprint — has been selected as the U.S. flagbearer for Sunday night’s ...

‘Team of Rejects’ has shot at gold

GANGNEUNG, South Korea — John Shuster was already a three-time Olympian and the most successful American curler in history when he applied for the U.S. high performance program after the Sochi Games. He didn’t make the cut. So Shuster approached a couple of the other spurned ...

Nuis becomes 1st to win 2 golds at Gangneung Oval

GANGNEUNG, South Korea — After a week without an Olympic gold medal in speedskating, the Dutch had to do something. Kjeld Nuis was the man who did it — first dressed in orange and now covered in gold. The 1,500-meter champion ended the Dutch long-track drought with a blistering ...

Golden moment amid scandals

GANGNEUNG, South Korea — After two weeks of Olympic competition, the “Olympic Athletes from Russia” finally have a gold medal. Alina Zagitova won the women’s figure skating title Friday to become the first Russian to win a Winter Olympic event since the doping-hit 2014 Sochi ...

Second Russian athlete tests positive for doping

GANGNEUNG, South Korea — A second Russian athlete has failed a doping test at the Pyeongchang Games, a day before the International Olympic Committee’s executive board is to decide whether to reinstate the country for Sunday’s closing ceremony. Russian Bobsled Federation president ...

Koshechkin shuts out Czechs to put Russians in final

GANGNEUNG, South Korea — The Russians will play for the Olympic men’s hockey gold medal for the first time in 20 years thanks to a 34-year-old goaltender on a roll. Veteran goaltender Vasily Koshechkin stopped all 31 shots he faced to put the “Olympic Athletes from Russia” into ...

U.S. fades to 13th after strong start in women’s relay

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — The U.S. women’s relay squad made its presence known early by leading most of the opening leg in Thursday’s 4x6-kilometer race, but the team faded in the later stages to finish 13th. It was the final women’s event of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games at the ...

American women back on top

GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson skated slowly back and forth toward the net, showing forehand, then leaning quickly to the left to fake a backhand that pulled Canadian goalie Shannon Szabados out of the crease. On the sport’s biggest stage, against the ...

Belarus handles heavy winds to win relay

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Darya Domracheva grabbed the Belarusian flag and headed to the finish line looking to celebrate her team’s gold-winning performance in the 4x6-kilometer relay. Then a funny thing happened. A huge gust of wind whipped the red and green flag from the ...

US in curling final after upset

GANGNEUNG, South Korea — John Shuster and his U.S. team will play for a gold medal against Sweden after a 5-3 semifinal upset over Canada, a country that has struggled at the Pyeongchang Olympics despite dominating the world of curling for years. The U.S. victory Thursday was a ...

Shiffrin slaloms into silver spot

JEONGSEON, South Korea — Mikaela Shiffrin already was assured of earning her third career medal, each in a different event, when Lindsey Vonn prepared to propel herself out of the starting gate as the final starter in the final race of her Olympic career. This slalom portion of the ...

Wise lays it on the line for another gold

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — They give their bodies for this sport. Sometimes little pieces of their hearts and souls, too. Maybe that’s why David Wise decided there was nothing left to lose Thursday when he stood atop a halfpipe that had sent one third of the 12 riders limping off ...

Germany wins gold in Nordic combined team event

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Carrying his country’s flag in one hand as he crossed the finish line, Johannes Rydzek capped a dominating performance to give Germany more Olympic gold. Rydzek finished with an overwhelming 52.7-second advantage as the Germans won the Nordic combined ...

Canada, Russians get dream draw

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Informed Germany had upset top-seeded Sweden and would be Canada’s semifinal opponent, Eric O’Dell’s unfiltered reaction didn’t last long. “Oh yeah? Perfe — it doesn’t matter,” he said, abruptly changing what he was going to say. “We’re ...

Diggins digs deep to end drought

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — 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, remembering all the years of training ...

U.S. women bobsledders slide to silver

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Women’s bobsledding has a new star, and a surprise Olympic champion. Germany’s Mariama Jamanka — a winner of exactly zero major international races in her life until now — drove to gold in the women’s bobsled event at the Pyeongchang Games on ...

US women back looking for gold vs. archrival Canada

GANGNEUNG, South Korea — To three-time Olympian Hilary Knight, the thought of finally hoisting the gold medal means giving women’s hockey a big boost in the United States. How big? Huge. “The U.S. wants to be No. 1 in everything, and I think we’ve all been raised as awesome ...

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

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — The long Olympic drought is over for the United States in cross-country skiing. Jessica Diggins and Kikkan Randall became the first Americans to win an Olympic gold medal in the sport on Wednesday by shocking powerhouses Norway and the Sweden in the women's team ...