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Winter Olympic Sports

Miracle on ink: Eruzione’s new book about ’80 Olympics is a best-seller

LAKE PLACID — There were 10 minutes left in the game when U.S. hockey team captain Mike Eruzione shot what would become the deciding goal in a game that made history. At first, he didn’t realize what he’d done. In his new book about the legendary 1980 Olympic match between the ...

U.S. Biathlon sets rosters for World Championships

NEW GLOUCESTER, Maine— The U.S. Biathlon International Competition Committee has announced the rosters for the upcoming IBU Biathlon World Championships in Antholz-Anterselva, Italy, Feb. 13-23, as well as the teams competing at the IBU Open European Championships in Otepaeae, Estonia, Feb. ...

11 days of events planned for Olympic 40th anniversary

LAKE PLACID — While celebrating the 40th anniversary of the 1980 Olympic Winter Games from Feb. 13 to 23, residents will be focused on the Olympic legacy of this village: past, present and future. Yet organizers on the 40th Anniversary Celebration Committee didn’t want just one or ...

Afghan youth turn to snowboarding for thrills

KABUL, Afghanistan — Aspen! Zermatt! Kabul? While Afghanistan’s capital may seem an unlikely destination for snowboarders, a group of young Afghans is looking to put the city on the winter sports map and change perceptions about their war-weary nation. Kabul is better known for its ...

Para-bob World Cup stops in Lake Placid

  LAKE PLACID — The 10-race para-bobsleigh World Cup series kicks off its North American swing when Lake Placid plays host to more than 24 athletes from 14 nations Thursday and Friday at the Mount Van Hoevenberg Olympic Sports Complex Track. The 2019-2020 series began in early-December, ...

Congress urged to pass doping bill before the Olympics

WASHINGTON — The head of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency urged Congress on Wednesday to pass a bill criminalizing international doping conspiracies before this summer’s Tokyo Olympics, saying it would be a strong deterrent in the absence of adequate punishment for past Russian ...

Lugers overcome rainy conditions

WINTERBERG, Germany — Winter and international luge racing have had nothing in common recently as the World Cup tour and the Junior World Cup circuit have been hit with warm, rainy weather in the resort destination ironically known as Winterberg. Despite the conditions, which USA Luge ...

IBSF World Cup stops at St. Moritz track

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland — The famed all-natural iced track of St. Moritz will host the seventh of eight stops on the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation World Cup tour Friday through Sunday.  This will be the last World Cup of the season for the U.S. bobsledders. The bobsled ...

Virus delaying China’s Olympic sliding track certification

Plans to have bobsled, skeleton and luge athletes from around the world visit China in March to help certify the track that will be used for the 2022 Beijing Olympics have been delayed over concerns about a virus that has been blamed for at least 170 deaths. The certifying process, ...

Lake Placid to host para-bob World Cup

LAKE PLACID — The 10-race para-bobsleigh World Cup series kicks off its North American swing when Lake Placid hosts more than 24 athletes from 14 nations, Thursday and Friday, Feb. 6-7. The 2019-20 series began in early December in Lillehammer, Norway and has traveled through Oberhof, ...

Segger makes World Cup debut, finishes 20th in Sigulda

SIGULDA, Latvia — Emily Sweeney finished her weekend in Sigulda with a 14th-place result Sunday in the third and last World Cup luge sprint race of the season. After previous results of third and second places, Sweeney placed fourth in the final sprint standings. Earlier, in the ...

Chen equals Boitano with fourth-straight national skating title

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Rocketman has launched — straight to a fourth national title. With stratospheric jumps and the sort of stage presence that even Elton John would appreciate, Nathan Chen won his fourth consecutive U.S. Figure Skating Championships men’s gold medal Sunday. Skating ...

Shiffrin skis to first win of 2020

BANSKO, Bulgaria (AP) — Mikaela Shiffrin mastered a tricky course to win a women’s World Cup downhill Friday for her fifth victory of the season and first in 2020. The three-time overall champion from the United States was one third of a second off the lead at her second split but ...

Aron McGuire hired as CEO of US bobsled-skeleton

Aron McGuire knows how to push a bobsled and knows his way around Olympic boardrooms. USA Bobsled and Skeleton is hoping that makes him the perfect fit to run their organization. McGuire was announced Thursday as USABS’ new CEO, a job that he’ll formally assume in February. He was a ...

Swiss remain cautious on Olympic bid

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — After a 72-year gap, Switzerland hosted Olympic events at the Lausanne Winter Youth Games that closed this week as a popular success. So, when are the Olympics Games next coming to the IOC’s home country? Organizers in Lausanne long hoped that creating a ...

Gus Kenworthy is one tough act to follow

Freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy hasn’t had much time to rehearse and practice new tricks heading into the Winter X Games this weekend. That’s no line, either. He’s just been too busy memorizing them. The 2014 Olympic slopestyle silver medalist is one tough act to follow as his ...

Britcher climbs rankings with silver

LILLEHAMMER, Norway — Two-time Olympian Summer Britcher showed that the Hunderfossen track in Lillehammer is her happy place as she used a brilliant second run to advance from fourth to the silver medal at the World Cup luge event last weekend. The result also brought her up to fourth in the ...

NCAA to allow potential Olympians to receive more benefits

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The NCAA will now permit elite athletes to be paid for training expenses by the U.S. Olympic Committee and other national governing bodies. The Division I Council adopted the legislation Wednesday at the NCAA convention and it is effective immediately. ...

Governor’s budget offers giant leap for ORDA funding

LAKE PLACID — Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in his budget address Tuesday, proposed $147 million in new capital funding for the state Olympic Regional Development Authority to keep upgrading winter sports venues. The proposed investment came as part of his 2020-21 Executive Budget proposal. If ...

Governor proposes $147M more for Olympic venue upgrades

LAKE PLACID — Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in his budget address Tuesday, proposed $147 million in new capital funding for the state Olympic Regional Development Authority to keep upgrading winter sports venues. The proposed investment came as part of his 2020-21 Executive Budget proposal, and if ...