National Sports

Olympics a showcase for projected NHL top pick Rasmus Dahlin

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Rasmus Dahlin sees the ice better than he sees his future. Everyone else is doing that for him. All eyes are on the smooth-skating, offensively gifted 17-year-old defenseman at the Olympics with the entire hockey community ...

Russian gold-medal favorites lose opening game to Slovakia

By JAMES ELLINGWORTH, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — The latest iteration of the Russian Red Machine started its Olympic hockey tournament against Slovakia on Wednesday and lost 3-2. The Russians gave up a two-goal lead as defensive errors allowed Slovakia to end the first ...

Pride for Asian-American skaters as they take to Olympic ice

By DEEPTI HAJELA, Associated Press HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) — Keita Horiko glided across the rink at the Ice House, picking up speed as he attempted a jump — and sprawled in a fall as he came back down. Unfazed, the 10-year-old U.S. Figure Skating juvenile boys champion got up and started ...

American speedskaters still seeking 1st Olympic medal

By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Brittany Bowe posted the second-fastest time in the 1,000 meters and then waited for the last four pairs to go. When it was over, she was left empty-handed. The U.S. speedskaters have yet to get on the podium at the Pyeongchang ...

Wisdom and drive: Older Olympians becoming the norm

By KRISTEN GELINEAU, Associated Press PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — For her 50th birthday, Canadian curler Cheryl Bernard informed her husband that they would mark the occasion by hiking eight hours a day along Italy's rugged Amalfi coast. "Seriously?" he replied. Seriously. Also ...

Japanese women notch 1st Olympic victory 4-1 over Korea

By TERESA M. WALKER, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — The roar echoed through the Kwandong Hockey Centre the moment Randi Heesoo Griffin's shot from the right circle crossed the line for the first Olympic goal in Korean women's hockey history. Then the Japanese topped the ...

Back on track: Bobsledder Justin Olsen set to resume sliding

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Justin Olsen has used his time off wisely, and he thinks he is ready to get in a sled again. The U.S. bobsledder who underwent an emergency appendectomy shortly before the start of the Pyeongchang Olympics will be in his sled ...

Speedskater Jorien ter Mors sets Olympic record in 1,000

By RAF CASERT, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Struggling through back and knee problems all season, Jorien ter Mors knew any conventional recovery would not make her an Olympic champion. The unconventional, though, did the trick. "As an athlete you are always a bit crazy," ...

Fierce wind forces closure of Olympic Park in South Korea

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Sharp, gusting wind forced the temporary closure of the Olympic Park in Gangneung on Wednesday, the latest blow from wild weather that has affected the games for several days. Sustained winds of 23 mph (37 kph) with stronger ...

Eric Frenzel wins Olympic gold in Nordic combined

By JIM ARMSTRONG, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Eric Frenzel wasn't about to let a half-minute deficit deny him of another taste of Olympic glory. Fifth after the ski jumping stage of the Nordic combined on Wednesday, the 29-year-old German started 38 seconds off the ...

German biathlete Laura Dahlmeier chasing Olympic history

By STEVE REED, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Laura Dahlmeier's pursuit of history will have to wait a day. The 24-year-old biathlete is on the verge of becoming the first female German since the country's unification in 1990 to win three gold medals at a single Olympics, ...

Snow Volleyball: Like beach volleyball – with warmer clothes

By STEPHEN WADE, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Snow volleyball is not an Olympic sport. Probably never will be. But it had its finest moment on Wednesday when Prince Albert of Monaco — an International Olympic Committee member — showed up at a chilly outdoor ...

Wind to calm for Thursday start in men’s Olympic downhill

By GRAHAM DUNBAR, AP Sports Writer JEONGSEON, South Korea (AP) — Show time in the Olympic men's downhill is Thursday — four days later than planned. Calm air and cloudy skies are forecast for Jeongseon, where the snow surface is harder and faster after a pounding by strong winds since ...

‘Hurry up and wait’: Olympic skiing delays no fun for anyone

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Just because there's been barely any Alpine skiing at these Olympics — three of the first four races were postponed — doesn't mean that Mikaela Shiffrin and everyone else gets to just take it easy. Many of the women ...

Suit doping? There’s concerns about British sliding outfits

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — There are cheating concerns at these Pyeongchang Olympics, although they do not revolve around what sliders are ingesting. It's about what they're wearing. Some skeleton racers are expressing concerns that the speedsuits to ...

Hirano, James just short in epic men’s halfpipe final

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Ayumu Hirano already has an Olympic silver medal back home in Japan. The budding snowboarding superstar didn't plan on leaving Phoenix Snow Park with another one. Yet it happened anyway because Shaun White happened, as he ...

US, Canada meet in early Olympic showdown among world’s best

By TERESA M. WALKER, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Much more than bragging rights are on the line anytime the Americans and Canadians meet, and the Olympics offers the opportunity to showcase just how good the best in women's hockey really are these days. No medal will be ...

Swiss women edge Sweden 2-1 to take top spot in Group B

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Phoebe Staenz scored the game-winner at 11:28 of the third period as Switzerland edged Sweden 2-1 on Wednesday to take the top spot in Group B at the Olympics. The win ensures Switzerland, the 2014 bronze medalist, will face either Finland or the Olympic ...

Chinese take slim lead on Russians after pairs short program

By DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Sui Wenjing knows what it takes to overcome injuries. The Chinese pairs skater underwent surgeries on both of her feet a couple of years ago, taking her off the ice entirely for several months. The painful recovery began with ...

From Israel to Nigeria, sliders somehow found Pyeongchang

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — When A.J. Edelman tells people in Israel what he does for a living, his countrymen always tend to respond by saying the same thing. "Lama?" That's "why?" in Hebrew. And it's a fair question. Until now, Israel hasn't had one ...