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Hurricane watch for aerials

Winter Olympic Sports

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 ...

Burke, Bailey struggle through 20K

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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — A day after being postponed due to high winds, the women’s 15-kilometer individual race took place Thursday ahead of the men’s 20K individual at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games. All four U.S. women shot 80 percent or better on the range at the Alpensia ...

Tough day for top Americans

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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — It was a rough day in Pyeongchang for Mikaela Shiffrin and Nathan Chen. The 22-year-old Shiffrin finished fourth in the women’s Olympic slalom on Friday, failing to win her second medal in as many days. She won gold in the giant slalom on Thursday. The ...

Mayer puts an end to Norway’s streak

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JEONGSEON, South Korea — Matthias Mayer came to the Pyeongchang Games as an Olympic champion, and he’ll leave as an Olympic champion. Just not in the event he expected. A sliding crash into a TV cameraman was the inelegant end of the Austrian’s charge for a medal in the opening ...

Caldwell goes big but falls flat

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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — American freestyle skier Ashley Caldwell admits it: She loves the risk because she loves the reward. On Thursday night at the Olympics, there was no prize for her daring. The foremost envelope-pusher in the dangerous sport of aerials failed to cleanly land ...

Huskova takes gold in breezy aerials final

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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Hanna Huskova survived the tricky wind at Phoenix Snow Park to give Belarus a second straight Olympic gold medal in women’s aerials. The 25-year-old Huskova narrowly edged Zhang Xin in tricky conditions that wreaked havoc with much of the 12-woman field. ...

Sectionals day one in the books

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SARANAC LAKE — The two-day Section VII alpine ski championships kicked off Wednesday with slalom racing at the Mount Pisgah ski center in Saranac Lake. The competition featured skiers from both Saranac Lake and Lake Placid and included two slalom runs. Saranac Lake junior Sully Fogarty ...

Germany slides into relay gold

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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — When the International Olympic Committee added a luge team relay to the program seven years ago, part of the rationalization was that it would provide more medal chances for women. Natalie Geisenberger and Alex Gough surely approve. Geisenberger became the ...

Fourcade falters as Boe takes gold

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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Martin Fourcade’s rare collapse on the final shoot of the 20-kilometer individual race handed Norwegian rival Johannes Thingnes Boe his first Olympic gold medal in biathlon on Thursday. Fourcade, the world’s top-ranked biathlete and already a gold ...

Mazdzer’s masses: Large turnout for luge watch party

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SARANAC LAKE — Hundreds of people gathered at the Winter Carnival Ice Palace at 7:30 this morning to watch the Olympic luge team relay and cheer on local hero Chris Mazdzer. The official “watch party” was filmed by NBC, and a clip appeared on this morning’s “Today” show. On the ...

One down, more to come for Shiffrin

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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — The sun was going behind the mountain, and only a handful of diehard spectators remained as workers struggled for what seemed like forever to put a makeshift podium together for Mikaela Shiffrin’s latest coronation. Shiffrin doesn’t do everything fast. It ...

Shiffrin’s gold rush begins with GS

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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Finally, it was an ideal day for skiing. American Mikaela Shiffrin celebrated by using a hard-charging final run to win the women’s giant slalom Thursday. It’s the first of several Olympic titles she hopes to earn at the Pyeongchang Games. The ...

Antoine in 11th position after first two runs

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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Matt Antoine is 11th and John Daly sits in the 13th position after the first two heats of men’s skeleton competition at the Olympic Sliding Center in Alpensia. The Olympic medal deciding runs will take place tonight at 7:30 p.m Eastern time. Antoine, the ...

Bloemen ends Dutch dominance at the Olympic Oval

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GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Ted-Jan Bloemen finally broke the Dutch hold on the top step of the podium at the Olympic Oval. The Canadian speedskater, who was born in the Netherlands but moved to Canada four years ago, won the 10,000 meters Thursday in an Olympic record ...