National Sports

Column: Time for US speedskaters to step up in South Korea

By PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Columnist GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — They can't blame the suits. Or their training methods. No more excuses. It's time for America's most decorated Winter Olympics program to step up in South Korea. "I don't think there's a more motivated bunch of athletes ...

Home grown: Red Gerard takes Olympic gold back to backyard

By EDDIE PELLS, AP National Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The grand plan when Red Gerard and his brothers set down rails and attached a tow rope to a dirt bike to fashion a snowboard park in their backyard wasn't all that grand. "Just having fun snowboarding," Gerard ...

US women rally to beat Finland 3-1 in Olympics opener

By TERESA M. WALKER, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Goaltender Noora Raty saw Hilary Knight with the puck on her stick and moved to defend against the dangerous American. Knight passed the puck, Kendall Coyne scored the go-ahead goal at 11:29 of the second period on a ...

Sven Kramer wins 3rd straight Olympic gold in 5,000 meters

By RAF CASERT, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — As always, when his rivals suddenly felt that pain in their legs, that burning in their lungs, Sven Kramer kept his mighty, unmatched stride going. "I never saw that wall," he said. Kramer won the 5,000 meters at the Pyeongchang ...

Red alert: Gerard wins United States’ 1st gold of games

By DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — A blustery morning wind had just about everyone scrambling in the men's slopestyle event. Except for Red Gerard, who kept his footing all the way to the podium. Kicking off the second day of full events at the ...

Norway’s Krueger wins gold in skiathlon after early crash

By STEVE REED, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — When Simen Hegstad Krueger slipped and fell on the first lap of the 30-kilometer cross-country skiathlon and found himself face down in the snow with two rivals on top of him, he figured his hopes at an Olympic medal were ...

‘Time’s up’: Women ski jumpers still battle for equality

By KRISTEN GELINEAU, Associated Press PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — They were the Cinderella story of the Sochi Olympics, the women ski jumpers who were finally allowed to compete in the Games after a years-long struggle for equality. They had survived a court battle, proved their athletic ...

Bradie Tennell makes dazzling debut for US in team event

By DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Bradie Tennell fell in love with the music to her short program long before the Winter Olympics, when the young American figure skater didn't even know she would qualify. It's from the film "Taegukgi," a blockbuster in South ...

Erin Hamlin, the face of USA Luge, set to say goodbye

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Say the name Lindsey Vonn, and skiing comes to mind. Mike Eruzione, a miracle. Shaun White, tricks and flips. Michelle Kwan, jumps and grace. They are faces of winter sport in the United States. And Erin Hamlin is right ...

K-pop fan Medvedeva finds her groove to set record

By JAMES ELLINGWORTH, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — For Evgenia Medvedeva, it's all about the music. Not so much the Chopin nocturne to which the Russian figure skater broke her own world mark on Sunday, but the South Korean pop music in her headphones beforehand. A ...

Banter, bickering: Mic’d-up Olympic curlers ‘on the nose’

By KRISTEN GELINEAU, Associated Press GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — The tension was thick. The mood was glacial. And the siblings were sparring. "Hey, Becca. Come here," American curler Matt Hamilton said to his frustrated sister, whose stone had just glided past its intended target. "Don't ...

Medvedeva dominates, but Canada leads team competition

By BARRY WILNER, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Not even a record performance by Russian figure skater Evgenia Medvedeva could put much of a crimp in Team Canada's pursuit of Olympic gold. Medvedeva's mesmerizing short program Sunday almost made everything else seem ...

Skating’s Shibutanis make strike back at NBC’s Andrea Joyce

By DAVID BAUDER, AP Media Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Highlights from media coverage of the Pyeongchang Olympics: BEGGING TO DIFFER: The Shibutani siblings were having none of Andrea Joyce's assessment of their ice dancing. The NBC reporter prefaced her first interview question by saying the ...

Men’s DH postponed; women — notably Shiffrin — open Olympics

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — With the men's downhill postponed because of whipping wind Sunday, it'll be the women — and, notably, U.S. star Mikaela Shiffrin — who get their first chance in more than 30 years to open the Alpine skiing show at the ...

McMorris earns Olympic bronze after life-threatening wipeout

By PAT GRAHAM, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — By the slimmest of margins, Mark McMorris avoided death in a backcountry snowboarding accident. By the slimmest of margins, McMorris ended up with an Olympic bronze medal in the slopestyle Sunday instead of a ...

What to watch from Pyeongchang — Day 2

By MAGAN CRANE, Associated Press PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Facing your first Sunday Funday of the Winter Olympics and wondering what to watch? Don't worry, we are here for you. (All times Eastern.) MEDAL EVENTS It aches the knees just to watch, but be sure to catch women's mogul ...

Gerard takes gold in men’s slopestyle snowboarding

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Teenager Red Gerard has won the United States' first gold medal at the Pyeongchang Olympics, edging Canadians Max Parrot and Mark McMorris in men's slopestyle snowboarding. Gerard, a 17-year-old from Silverthorne, Colorado, ...

A look at ski racers who could win a 1st Olympic medal

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Sports Writer JEONGSEON, South Korea (AP) — Folks who only tune in to Alpine skiing every four years, when the Olympics roll around, are probably familiar with past gold medalists such as Lindsey Vonn and Mikaela Shiffrin. Fans of the sport know all about World Cup ...

Olympic men’s downhill postponed because of strong wind

By GRAHAM DUNBAR, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Fierce wind forced the Olympic men's downhill to be postponed Sunday, moving the marquee race from its traditional place opening the Alpine program. The first race on an 11-event Alpine schedule was shelved three hours ...