Winter Olympic Sports

US biathlon forms plan to close gap

The leader of the U.S. biathlon program sat down for a recent dinner at a bar in Park City, Utah, when he happened to glance at the television. There, on the screen, was a biathlon competition. On TV. In a bar. In the U.S. “I’ve waited,” CEO Max Cobb said, “30 years for that ...

USA Luge Challenge to visit Titus

LAKE PLACID — USA Luge, based in Lake Placid, will bring the thrill of the sport to Titus Mountain Family Ski Center on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Using easy-to-maneuver plastic sleds, patrons at the Malone ski and ride destination will get a chance to experience this exciting ...

Kirkby sweeps to Norton victory

PARK CITY, Utah — Ian Smith and Sophie Kirkby emerged victorious once again Sunday and swept the two-day Norton USA Luge Youth A seeding races and national championships in their respective divisions on the 2002 Olympic track in Park City, Utah. The combination of the Saturday and Sunday ...

Meyers Taylor crashes to heartbreaker at worlds

WHISTLER, British Columbia — Brittany Reinbolt and Lauren Gibbs stepped up Sunday to lead the U.S. squad with a fifth-place finish in the women’s bobsled World Championships in Whistler.  Elana Meyers Taylor and Lake Kwaza were in second place overnight, but the pair had a ...

Swiss skier pledges prize money to fight climate change

GENEVA — Hitting back at the president of his sport’s governing body, Swiss skier Daniel Yule will give his prize money this month to an athlete-backed charity campaigning against climate change. The Olympic gold medalist said Monday he is “putting my money where my mouth is” ...

Olympic medalist gets 3-month ban for accidental doping

If Devin Logan has her way, she’ll be the first and last to serve this sort of doping ban. The 2014 Olympic silver medalist is in the final week of a three-month suspension, announced Friday, for using a cannabis-based product she says contained higher-than-allowed levels of the banned ...

Russia plans to bar athletes drinking beer at doping tests

MOSCOW (AP) — A beer with your urine sample? No longer in Russian sports. Citing “aggressive” athletes and interference with drug-testing results, Russia has barred sportspeople from drinking alcohol when they’re tested for banned substances. A post-race beer might help a ...

PSC hopes Universiade helps it become ‘winter sports school’

PAUL SMITHS — Paul Smith’s College hopes to capitalize on the 2023 Winter World University Games as it looks to make itself a school for student-athletes. The Universiade, as the World University Games are known, is an international Olympic-style event for university student athletes. ...

Downhill result amended three days later

GENEVA — In ongoing fallout of faulty finish-line timing, a women’s World Cup downhill result was altered on Tuesday three days after the race, forcing two podium places to be changed. The International Ski Federation said reassessing problems with Swiss Timing’s system on Saturday ...

Britcher finishes season third overall

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — At the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics, USA Luge’s Summer Britcher ended the World Cup season Sunday in third place in the overall tour standings for the second consecutive season. Among American women, the back-to-back achievements are second only to Cameron ...

Shiffrin takes break to recharge

The only sure way to beat Mikaela Shiffrin these days is to have her not show up. And that’s about to be the case. A worn out and under-the-weather Shiffrin will temporarily apply the brakes on her splendid season in order to take a much-needed breather. The way she’s racing, ...

Pinturault brings in another title

BANSKO, Bulgaria (AP) — Alexis Pinturault added the season-long World Cup title in Alpine combined Friday to the world championship title he won 11 days ago. The Frenchman won the discipline’s season-ending race after his main rival, Marco Schwarz of Austria, picked up an injury in the ...

Shiffrin locks up slalom title

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Mikaela Shiffrin wrapped up the season-long slalom World Cup title Tuesday, three days after winning her record fourth straight world title in the discipline. And she matched yet another record in the process. Shiffrin won a parallel city event, defeating Christina Geiger ...

Wish granted for Florida boy

LAKE PLACID — A year ago, young Tiago Cusano was at home in Florida watching the Winter Olympics on television while recovering from a cancer surgery that was followed by two and a half months of radiation treatment. This past weekend, on a trip sponsored by the Make-A-Wish Foundation, ...

Junior luge season wraps up

OBERHOF, Germany — USA Luge ended its international youth and junior seasons last weekend on Oberhof’s throwback course that brought back memories of days when the sliding tracks were separate. Traditionally, German athletes have dominated races here due to their access to the track’s ...

Kripps pilots first 4-man gold

LAKE PLACID — Canada’s Justin Kripps drove to a four-man bobsled World Cup gold medal in dramatic fashion Saturday, and in the same race, an athlete who grew up in the North Country also came through with a memorable performance on his home track. In a race that saw first-run leader ...

New breed already in place

ARE, Sweden — Maybe Alpine skiing won’t be so lost without Lindsey Vonn and Aksel Lund Svindal after all. One week after Vonn and Svindal retired by claiming medals in their final races, Mikaela Shiffrin and Marcel Hirscher both showed true grit by fighting through debilitating ...

Meyers Taylor drives to gold medal

LAKE PLACID — As one of the best and most experienced women’s bobsled drivers on the planet, Elana Meyers Taylor wanted nothing else more than winning on her home track when the World Cup tour made a stop in Lake Placid on Friday. The American veteran got her wish, topping the field ...

Wesenberg puts an end to two-year US skeleton medal drought

LAKE PLACID — A medal drought that lasted for more than two years for the United States on the World Cup skeleton tour ended Friday, thanks to Kendall Wesenberg. At the next-to-last World Cup stop of the season, Wesenberg captured the bronze medal in the two-heat women’s skeleton ...

Another dream comes true in Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID — Eight-year-old Tiago Cusano of Miami, Florida, has never seen snow, but the native Floridian developed a fascination for bobsledding while watching the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics during an extended hospitalization for cancer treatment. When Cusano was notified that he was ...