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US women back in gold medal game

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GANGNEUNG, South Korea — 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 Americans are back in the title game ...

Virtue and Moir lead after record short dance

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GANGNEUNG, South Korea — 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 time. Yet it was Moir, who along ...

US men address their scoring issues

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GANGNEUNG, South Korea — The United States had a goal-scoring problem at the Olympics. If it lasts much longer, the Americans are going home early. Only Norway and South Korea scored fewer goals than the four the U.S. put up in three preliminary-round games. Yet only Canada has ...

Shiffrin drops out of downhill

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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Back at the last Olympics, Mikaela Shiffrin exuberantly talked about chasing five gold medals this time around. Now it turns out she’ll only enter three races at the 2018 Games. The two-time gold medalist dropped out of Wednesday’s downhill race so she ...

Russians should have never been in Olympics

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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — 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 lean-and-mean Norwegian men’s team, ...

Germany, Canada lead in 2-man bobsled, US struggles

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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Christian Poser is the husband of an American bobsled star. Justin Kripps was born in Hawaii. And the way things are looking, they both could win Olympic two-man medals on Monday night. Thing is, Poser races for Germany and Kripps drives for Canada. And the ...

Red, white and bruised, US struggles to win medals

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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — It was, perhaps, the defining moment for the U.S. team at this Olympics. Not Shaun White blitzing the halfpipe in a final run to win gold, a win that came with some baggage by itself. Or Chloe Kim delighting fans from two countries when she won her halfpipe, ...

Schulz refocuses on states

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LAKE PLACID — In the week leading up to the Section VII nordic ski championships, Lake Placid senior Scott Schulz took on college athletes in Vermont and raced against the world’s best in Finland. Somehow, he still managed to capture the individual sectional title on his way to what he ...

Mazdzer’s humbling breakthrough

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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — The math humbled Chris Mazdzer. He’s one of 33 American men who have competed in singles luge competitions at the Olympics. The way he sees it, each of them devoted somewhere between 10 to 20 years to the sport and the quest of becoming the first to win a ...

High school teams prep for postseason

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Area high school teams have been wrapping up their regular seasons and will soon be heading into the playoffs. On Thursday, the Saranac Lake girls basketball team bounced back from a brutal loss earlier in the week with a 43-27 victory on the road against Plattsburgh High. Roslyn ...

North Country luge tech

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LAKE PLACID — It’s not just the slider who wins Olympic luge races. It’s also the sled. In a sport in which thousandths of a second make the difference between medaling or not, equipment matters big-time. It takes engineering, innovative materials, skilled manufacturing and custom ...

Daly can finally close book on Sochi

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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — There was no medal. There also was no disaster. For U.S. skeleton veteran John Daly, that was enough. This is why Daly put his real-world life on hold again for a couple years and came back to skeleton: He had to make sure that his final memory of an ...

Hurricane watch for aerials

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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — If the conditions are right, American freestyle skier Mac Bohonnon will pay tribute to one of his sport’s most fascinating and beloved characters. And if that goes well, he might find himself with an Olympic medal hanging around his neck, too. Bohonnon has ...

Changing face of brand building

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NEW YORK — A gold medal used to be the golden ticket for lucrative endorsements — think Mary Lou Retton on a Wheaties box. But in the age of social media, athletes are making a name for themselves well ahead of time. Even more so than in Rio in 2016 and Sochi in 2014, Pyeongchang ...

Can curling cure a troubled world?

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GANGNEUNG, South Korea — The world, some fret, is falling apart. Politicians spar viciously on social media. Leaders lie. Former heroes fall like dominoes amid endless scandals. Cruelty has come to feel commonplace. But never fear: We have curling. The sport with the frenzied ...

Jacobellis empty-handed, but not feeling beaten

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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — In many ways, Lindsey Jacobellis walked away from these Olympics the same as she has from all the previous ones. She is still the best-known figure in her sport. She is still without a gold medal. The 32-year-old American had the lead in the final of ...

Alpine skiers headed to states

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SARANAC LAKE — After finishing six regular season meets and two days of sectional championship racing, a dozen skiers from three area high schools can now look forward to their final event of the winter — the state competition at Bristol Mountain. Skiers from Saranac Lake and Lake ...

Bombers pull off sectional upset

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LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid boys and girls teams skied to narrow victories over Saranac Lake in their final home high school Nordic race of the season Thursday. In the two-lap, roughly 8-kilometer race, Lake Placid standout Scott Schulz topped the field, coming across the line in 24 ...