Winter Olympic Sports

Salt Lake City gets go-ahead to bid for Olympics

Salt Lake City got the green light to bid for the Winter Olympics — most likely for 2030 — in an attempt to bring the Games back to the city that hosted in 2002 and provided the backdrop for the U.S. winter team’s ascendance into an international powerhouse. The U.S. Olympic ...

Svindal claims 7th win in Val Gardena

SELVA DI VAL GARDENA, Italy — Aksel Lund Svindal hasn’t felt this good in nearly three years, even though he still has metal support pieces inside his surgically repaired left thumb. The Norwegian veteran extended his record to seven career victories in Val Gardena on Friday by ...

FIS intends to strip Luitz of win for using oxygen mask

SELVA DI VAL GARDENA, Italy — The International Ski Federation intends to strip German racer Stefan Luitz of his first World Cup win for using an oxygen mask but will not seek further punishment. FIS secretary general Sarah Lewis said on Friday the German Ski Association has been ...

Home sweet home

LAKE PLACID — Emily Sweeney and Chris Mazdzer have already pleasantly surprised themselves by meeting some of the goals they set out to accomplish heading into the World Cup luge season. Along with the rest of their American teammates, the two veterans with local ties are hoping for ...

Russian biathletes questioned for doping

SALZBURG, Austria (AP) — Austrian authorities are investigating 10 members of Russia’s biathlon team for doping and fraud offenses. Police visited the Russian team’s accommodation in Austria on Wednesday ahead of a World Cup event and spoke with athletes and staff. The case is ...

Two-time Olympic champion Northug to retire from skiing

OSLO, Norway (AP) — One of Norway’s greatest cross-country skiers says he is retiring from the sport. Petter Northug, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and 13-time world champion, says he had “some fantastic years,” adding there will be “no comeback.” The 32-year-old Norwegian ...

Segger bronzed once again

PARK CITY, Utah — USA Luge took a second bronze medal Saturday in the team competition to close the Park City Junior World Cup with a total of five medals. Ashley Farquharson, Zachary Digregorio and the doubles team of Dana Kellogg and Duncan Segger, of Lake Placid, teamed for third ...

Mikaela Shiffrin wins parallel slalom event

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (AP) — Mikaela Shiffrin won a World Cup event for the third time in eight days, beating Petra Vlhova in the head-to-head final of parallel slalom on Sunday. Shiffrin trailed midway down the course after clipping a gate, but led her Slovakian opponent through the ...

Egan turns in career performance at Slovenia World Cup

POKLJUKA, Slovenia — Clare Egan has done what no other American has done. On top of a career-best sixth-place finish Sunday in the women’s 10-kilometer pursuit at the IBU World Cup in Pokljuka, the 2018 Olympian from Maine also turned in the fastest course time (25:28.6) in the 60-woman ...

Sharpe flying into World Cup season

Cassie Sharpe was name-dropped in a tweet by movie star Ryan Reynolds, saw a little girl dressed up as her for Halloween and even got her face on a pair of socks owned by the prime minister. These things can happen when you win Olympic gold. Sharpe won the halfpipe skiing competition in ...

Nordgren, Doherty earn pursuit spots

Pokljuka, Slovenia — Sean Doherty and Leif Nordgren had just one penalty between them during Friday’s 10-kilometer sprint at IBU World Cup in Pokljuka. The clean-shooting Doherty, of Center Conway, New Hampshire, placed 26th and Nordgren, of Marine, Minnesota, had one penalty and ...

Reinbolt, Gibbs blaze the way for Team USA

SIGULDA, Latvia  — Team veteran Brittany Reinbolt and Olympic silver medalist Lauren Gibbs finished fifth in the KOA-branded BMW sled Friday to lead Team USA in the season opening women’s bobsled World Cup in Sigulda, Latvia. Three-time Olympic medalist Elana Meyers Taylor and 2018 ...

Gold medalists highlight Lake Placid’s Stars on Ice card

LAKE PLACID — Olympic ice dance gold medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White headline the Emmy Award-winning production of Stars on Ice when it returns to Lake Placid’s Olympic Center on Sunday, Dec. 30 at 7:30 p.m. This year’s Stars on Ice tour puts American fans front and center to ...

Segger collects Junior World Cup bronze

PARK CITY, Utah — As the first of two Junior World Cup luge events concluded Thursday afternoon at the Utah Olympic Park, Ashley Farquharson joined Zachary Digregorio in singles and the doubles team of Dana Kellogg with Duncan Segger to give USA Luge a bronze medal in the team ...

Dunklee 11th in World Cup opener

POKLJUKA, Slovenia — In the opening 15-kilometer individual race of the IBU World Cup season in Pokljuka on Thursday, Susan Dunklee, of Barton, Vermont, looked to be in mid-season form. The two-time Olympian placed 11th in the 102-woman field with just one miss on the shooting ...

VIC trail expansion takes another step

PAUL SMITHS — The Paul Smith’s College VIC took another step in its Nordic ski trail expansion in November when the VIC hosted John Morton of Morton Trails. Morton, a former Olympic athlete and ski coach at Dartmouth College, spent most of the day on foot exploring trail improvement ...

Mazdzer records two top 10s

WHISTLER, B.C. — On a night of track records at Whistler, when the 2010 Olympic run cruised in and out of the fog, World Cup luge fans were treated Friday to the highest speeds on the circuit. USA Luge’s Chris Mazdzer, of Saranac Lake, had a significant say on the team’s best results ...

Americans pile up medals at NAC Cup in LP

LAKE PLACID — Hunter Church (Cadyville) and his push crew of Sam Moeller (Houston, Texas), Chris Walsh (Pittsboro, North Carolina) and Jamil Muhammed-Ray (Charlotte, North Carolina) capped the Lake Placid North American Cup on Sunday with a gold medal in the first four-man bobsled race. ...

American biathlon team rallies after Dunklee’s spill

POKLJUKA, Slovenia — A fall on the opening leg of Sunday’s mixed relay resulted in a broken binding and dashed all hopes for a Team USA podium finish as the 2018-19 biathlon season began at the BMW IBU World Cup in Pokljuka. Susan Dunklee, of Barton, Vermont, went down along with ...

From broken to bronze

Emily Sweeney could barely stand on a treadmill a few months ago. After four minutes of walking, the U.S. Olympic luge athlete had to lie down because of the searing pain that was spasming through her neck. She was battered and broken. That didn’t matter this weekend. Barely nine ...