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US beats Slovakia 5-1, will play Czechs in Olympic quarters

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Ryan Zapolski was more worried about losing the sensation in his hands and feet than carrying the pressure of the United States' Olympic medal hopes on his shoulders. In a frightening play, Ladislav Nagy crashed into ...

Joint Koreas hockey team ends historic Olympic run

By KIM TONG-HYUNG and HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — They cheered. They cried. They hugged. They watched as fans by the thousands shouted, "We are one." Unification flags for the two Koreas, longtime rivals and sometimes bitter enemies, flapped across the ...

Skating coach making emotional return to South Korea

By LARRY LAGE, AP Hockey Writer FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. (AP) — A 6-month-old girl was left next to a trash bin on the streets of Seoul in the winter of 1974 and wound up in an orphanage for a few years. She later stood at the bedside of her adopted parents as they slept, making sure they ...

Cassie Sharpe soars in a gold-medal tribute to Sarah Burke

By EDDIE PELLS, AP National Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Cassie Sharpe won the gold medal. If she could divide it into pieces, there would be plenty of places to spread it around. Part would go to Canada. Part would go to all the women who have pushed her sport so far. And a big ...

American triumph and disappointment in Olympic ice dance

By BARRY WILNER, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Ecstasy, heartbreak and a crash. Kind of sums up the American ice dance experience at the Winter Olympics. The Shib Sibs — Maia and older brother Alex Shibutani — added a bronze medal in the event to their team bronze ...

Shiffrin relaxed, fast and focused on Olympic combined event

By GRAHAM DUNBAR, AP Sports Writer JEONGSEON, South Korea (AP) — Relaxed, fast and excited. It was a good day for Mikaela Shiffrin on the Olympic downhill course Tuesday. Shiffrin will no longer start in the downhill medal race on Wednesday, choosing to focus on the following day's Alpine ...

Vonn trying not to think of downhill as her last at Olympics

By PAT GRAHAM and HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Sports Writers JEONGSEON, South Korea (AP) — Lindsey Vonn prefers not to dwell on what shapes up as a significant story line for the women's downhill at the Pyeongchang Games. "I've tried not to think about it as being my last Olympic downhill. Just ...

Wardrobe issues causes Olympic stress for French skaters

By DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — The first notes of Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You" had just played when Gabriella Papadakis suddenly became aware that people were about to see a whole lot more of her shape than she had planned. The French ice dancer's glittering ...

Injured Alpine ski racers miss years, not days, at a time

By HOWARD FENDRICH and PAT GRAHAM, AP Sports Writers JEONGSEON, South Korea (AP) — Just the thought of being at the Olympics on Tuesday made Swiss ski racer Lara Gut smile broadly, and that had nothing to do with it being the last opportunity to train for the downhill, an event in which she ...

Americans off to slow start in sliding, aim at turnaround

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The U.S. wasn't exactly counting on getting a medal in two-man bobsledding at the Olympics, which isn't a surprise given how the Americans have claimed only one in the last 66 years. They weren't expecting to be this far ...

Johansson leads Norway to Olympic ski jumping team title

By JIM ARMSTRONG, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The red handlebar mustache finally has a golden accoutrement. After winning two bronze medals at the Pyeongchang Olympics, Robert Johansson helped Norway win the large hill team ski jumping title on Monday. Johansson leapt ...

Hero, harasser or both? Shaun White’s newly complex legacy

By ERRIN HAINES WHACK, AP National Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — It was expected to be a coronation: snowboarder Shaun White, shredding the halfpipe in an epic performance that won him Olympic gold at Pyeongchang four years after a devastating loss in Sochi and just four months ...

Once again, US will meet Canada for women’s hockey gold

By DAVID BRANDT, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The United States will play for a gold medal in women's hockey for the third straight Olympics. Four-time defending champion Canada will be waiting for them. The Americans had a 5-0 victory over Finland in the semifinals, a ...

Column: Cheating Russians should have never been in Olympics

By TIM DAHLBERG, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — It sounds like some kind of cheap joke, though no one here seems to be laughing about the Russian curler who tested positive for performance enhancing drugs. This is, after all, curling we're talking about. Aside from the ...

Olympic women’s hockey expanding from 8 to 10 teams in 2022

By TERESA M. WALKER and STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Sports Writers GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — The women's hockey tournament will be expanded from eight teams to 10 for the 2022 Olympics in Beijing and the head of the International Ice Hockey Federation says he believes the talent gap between the ...

Freestyle skier’s complex path offers Olympic Rorschach test

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The words left Liz Swaney's lips without an ounce of irony. No telling curl of the lips. No wink. Nothing. She meant them. All of them. "I didn't qualify for finals so I'm really disappointed," the 33-year-old Californian said ...

Doping charge could hurt Russia’s chance at reinstatement

By JAMES ELLINGWORTH and STEPHEN WADE, AP Sports Writers PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Russia could lose its chance to be reinstated before the end of the Winter Olympics because of a doping charge against curling bronze medalist Alexander Krushelnitsky. The Court of Arbitration for Sport ...

US coach: No fear of suspension for women’s hockey final

By JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — U.S. women's hockey coach Robb Stauber said he doesn't expect captain Meghan Duggan to face disciplinary action that would keep her out of the Olympic gold medal match after a collision in the semifinals that required two people ...

US women back in gold medal game after 5-0 win over Finland

By TERESA M. WALKER, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — The Americans have done their part, playing their way back into the only women's hockey game that matters. Once again, they have a chance at the Olympic gold medal that has eluded the United States for two decades. The ...