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Winter Olympic Sports

U.S. women biathletes race to best relay finish since 1994

NOVE MESTO, Czech Republic — In the final women’s relay of the biathlon World Cup season, Team USA turned in a performance for the ages. The team’s sixth-place finish in the field of 21 teams on Thursday was the best since 1994 and just 40.1 seconds off the winning time turned in ...

Ban Ki-moon asked to act on complaint against Beijing Games

Former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is being asked to rule on an ethics complaint filed against the International Olympic Committee by a human-rights group representing Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities in China. Ban is the chairman of the IOC’s ethics commission. The World ...

‘Miracle on Ice’ star Mark Pavelich dies at treatment home

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Mark Pavelich, the speedy center from the Iron Range who played on the “Miracle on Ice” Olympic hockey team, has died at a treatment center for mental illness. He was 63. Officials in Anoka County, Minnesota, confirmed Friday that Pavelich died at the Eagle’s ...

Rights groups target sponsors for Beijing Winter Games

In one corner are the 15 leading Olympic sponsors, many household names like Airbnb, Coca-Cola, Visa, Toyota, Samsung and General Electric. Together they pay at least $1 billion to the International Olympic Committee, and in the next four-year Olympic cycle the payments could reach $2 ...

Humphries applies for US citizenship

Kaillie Humphries, the reigning world champion and presumed Olympic favorite in both women’s bobsled and monobob, has applied for an expedited process of obtaining U.S. citizenship so she can represent the country in the 2022 Beijing Games. The formal process started several weeks ago ...

Shiffrin rivals the men in record-setting win

CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, Italy — No woman came close to matching Mikaela Shiffrin on Monday. Not many men, either, for that matter. The American skier dominated the combined race at the world championships to such a degree that she pondered how she stacked up against the opposite ...

American gets strong start at biathlon World Championships

POKLJUKA, Slovenia — Jake Brown of St. Paul, Minnesota, shot clean and took 12th place at the IBU Biathlon World Championships in the men’s 10-kilometer sprint Friday — smashing his personal best and achieving a high mark for an American. The 28-year-old’s prior high mark came ...

U.S.’s Katie Uhlaender is 6th in final shot at worlds

ALTENBERG, Germany — Katie Uhlaender held back tears at the finish, disappointed that she fell back into sixth place in her final skeleton World Championships Friday. “I really wanted a top four,” said Uhlaender, of Breckenridge, Colorado. “It was the little things. I was a ...

Austin Florian, at 15th, is top American man

ALTENBERG, Germany — Austin Florian of Southington, Connecticut, finished 15th as the top American finisher in the men’s skeleton World Championships in Altenberg Friday. Austin McCrary of Colleyville, Texas, who made his debut, finished 29th. “What’s great about a four heat ...

‘Your helmet whistles’ through Cortina’s Tofana Schuss

CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, Italy — Watching skiers hurtle down the mountain at full throttle, it’s often hard to appreciate the connection to nature. When racers soar through the air off a huge jump between two massive walls of rock outcroppings on Cortina’s spectacular Olympia delle ...

Ski worlds finally start, Shiffrin takes bronze

CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, Italy — It was freezing cold, the stands were empty, and Lara Gut-Behrami had to drape the gold medal around her own neck and grab her trophy from a table. Three hours after the women’s super-G race finished at the Alpine skiing world championships on Thursday, ...

Ligety to retire after 17-year career

Two-time Olympic champion and Land Rover U.S. Alpine Ski Team athlete Ted Ligety has announced his retirement, capping a storied 17-year career. Ligety announced on Tuesday that he will stand in the start gate one final time on the world stage in the giant slalom at the FIS Alpine World ...

Humphries, Jones hold lead at bobsled world championship

ALTENBERG, Germany (AP) — Kaillie Humphries and Lolo Jones of the United States are the leaders at the midway point of the women’s bobsled world championship. Humphries drove to the fastest time in each of the two runs Friday, she and Jones finishing with a combined time of 1 minute, ...

Humphries seeks record 4th bobsled title

Kaillie Humphries didn’t need long to answer when asked who she considers to be among the best drivers in bobsled history. The names aren’t exactly surprising: Andre Lange and Francesco Friedrich of Germany, Pierre Lueders of Canada, Steven Holcomb of the U.S. She didn’t put ...

Humphries, Meyers Taylor go 1-2 in World Cup finale

IGLS, Austria — The United States dominated in the two-woman bobsled World Cup finale in Igls on Saturday by claiming gold and silver medals as Kaillie Humphries drove to victory and Elana Meyers Taylor piloted her sled to a close runner-up result. Humphries, of Carlsbad, California, ...

Biathlon report outlines corruption at the top and favors for Russia

SALZBURG, Austria (AP) — A report commissioned by the International Biathlon Union stated Thursday there was evidence of “systematic corrupt and unethical conduct at the very top” of the governing body, especially in protecting Russia on doping issues. The report, published in a ...

Biathlon report outlines corrupt conduct, favors for Russia

SALZBURG, Austria (AP) — A report commissioned by the International Biathlon Union stated Thursday there was evidence of "systematic corrupt and unethical conduct at the very top" of the governing body, especially in protecting Russia on doping issues. The report, published in a redacted ...

Britcher earns first medal of the season for USA Luge

IGLS, Austria — In USA Luge’s COVID-impacted season, Sunday’s women’s singles and sprint races produced the team’s finest hour to date as Summer Britcher picked up a bronze medal in the Eberspacher World Cup singles event. It was the first medal of this truncated season for the ...