<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - olympics]]> http://gazette.com/rss/olympics Sun, 18 Feb 2018 17:22:43 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Kentucky 2030? Could Korea export its rural Olympic gamble?]]> http://gazette.com/kentucky-2030-could-korea-export-its-rural-olympic-gamble/article/feed/540634?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/kentucky-2030-could-korea-export-its-rural-olympic-gamble/article/feed/540634?custom_click=rss

JEONGSEON, South Korea (AP) — A coal mine stands on the mountain exactly as it was the day it was abandoned, now a rusting relic of blue-collar glory lost to a globalized world.

It towers over this Korean coal community that is much like its American counterparts: poor, aging, hollowing out since the mines shut down and the young and able fled for cities. But with one notable exception.

A statue of a cartoon white tiger was recently erected at the foot of the mountain: Soohorang, the smiling mascot of the 2018 Winter Olympics, its foot raised to march, its back to the molding mine on the mountain. Unlike American coal counties, this Korean coal county is hosting the Olympics.

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]]> Sun, 18 Feb 2018 15:30:56 -0700 <![CDATA[NBC searches for Olympic clips to go viral]]> http://gazette.com/nbc-searches-for-olympic-clips-to-go-viral/article/feed/540599?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nbc-searches-for-olympic-clips-to-go-viral/article/feed/540599?custom_click=rss

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — In a room lined with computer terminals buzzing all night during the Olympics, an intern raises a hand. He's spotted an amusing piece of film footage of a dropped walkie-talkie skittering down a mountain closed to competition because of bad weather, eluding the grasp of a couple of skiers trying to stop it.

A producer edits the film into a brief clip and sends it electronically to a room down the hall, where a social media team posts it on NBC's Olympic website, Facebook, Twitter and other social media destinations. Within a few days, it has been seen more than 1.6 million times.

Welcome to NBC's Highlights Factory, responsible for culling the best and oddest moments of the Pyeongchang Olympics and bl

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]]> Sun, 18 Feb 2018 14:57:44 -0700 <![CDATA[Hard falls at Olympics but no hard rules about concussions]]> http://gazette.com/hard-falls-at-olympics-but-no-hard-rules-about-concussions/article/feed/540649?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hard-falls-at-olympics-but-no-hard-rules-about-concussions/article/feed/540649?custom_click=rss

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — At the bottom of the Olympic aerials landing hill, where crashes are common and the term "slap back" is part of the everyday lingo, skiers spend almost as much time figuring out how to protect their heads as they do working on all those flips and spins.

"We learn how to fall," U.S. jumper Jon Lillis said.

Elsewhere around the action-sports venue, that's not so much the case.

Concussion dangers lurk everywhere — from the iced-over deck of the halfpipe, to the steeply pitched landings on the slopestyle course, to the careening twists and turns of the snowboardcross track, to the aerials course, where "slap back" is the term for when a skier's head slaps backward against the snow.

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]]> Sun, 18 Feb 2018 14:07:42 -0700 <![CDATA[BC-AP Sports Digest]]> http://gazette.com/bc-ap-sports-digest/article/feed/88176?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bc-ap-sports-digest/article/feed/88176?custom_click=rss The supervisor is Simmi Buttar, followed by John Nicholson at 5 p.m. and Doug Feinberg at 1 a.m. The New York sports desk can be reached at 800-845-8450, ext. 1630. Sports Photos, ext. 1918; graphics, ext. 7636; agate, ext. 1635. For access to AP Newsroom and other technical issues, contact AP Customer Support at apcustomersupport(at)ap.org or 877-836-9477. All times EST.

A separate Olympics Digest has been sent.

AP Sports runs a weekly podcast looking at big moments and issues in sports. The podcast is sent every Tuesday, hosted by columnist Jim Litke. Guests include journalists, athletes and other newsmakers. Listen at podcastonesports.com, the podcastone app and apple podcasts.


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]]> Sun, 18 Feb 2018 13:54:24 -0700 <![CDATA[Column: Red, white and bruised, US struggles to win medals]]> http://gazette.com/column-red-white-and-bruised-us-struggles-to-win-medals/article/feed/540651?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/column-red-white-and-bruised-us-struggles-to-win-medals/article/feed/540651?custom_click=rss

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — It was, perhaps, the defining moment for the U.S. team at this Olympics.

Not Shaun White blitzing the halfpipe in a final run to win gold, a win that came with some baggage by itself. Or Chloe Kim delighting fans from two countries when she won her halfpipe, either.

No, it came on Friday when — within 20 seconds of each other — Nathan Chen skated his way out of medal contention and Mikaela Shiffrin faltered in the slalom she had been expected to ski away with.

And with it went any chance the U.S. had of redeeming itself in what is shaping up as a frustrating Olympics for an American team that had hopes of ending up near the top of the medal table.

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]]> Sun, 18 Feb 2018 12:49:55 -0700 <![CDATA[Pyeongchang Olympics Curling Men]]> http://gazette.com/pyeongchang-olympics-curling-men/article/feed/539174?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pyeongchang-olympics-curling-men/article/feed/539174?custom_click=rss Norway's Torger Nergaard prepares to launch stones during their men's curling match against United States at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018.

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Sun, 18 Feb 2018 11:47:18 -0700
<![CDATA[Olympians put hockey seasons on hold as teams play back home]]> http://gazette.com/olympians-put-hockey-seasons-on-hold-as-teams-play-back-home/article/feed/540712?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/olympians-put-hockey-seasons-on-hold-as-teams-play-back-home/article/feed/540712?custom_click=rss

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Ryan Donato would love to clone himself so he could play at the Olympics and Harvard at the same time.

He has to be content will trying to win a medal for the United States. Donato is one of a handful of players and coaches in the Olympic men's hockey tournament who are playing in South Korea while their teams back home continue with their schedule.

European leagues and the KHL took an Olympic break. Like the NHL, the American Hockey League and the NCAA are still going. Donato and others are keeping in touch with members of their team primarily by text, but are immersing themselves in this tournament.

"You put so much time and effort into your team," said Donato, who will miss at least fo

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]]> Sun, 18 Feb 2018 11:38:57 -0700 <![CDATA[Canada advances to quarters with 4-0 win vs South Korea]]> http://gazette.com/canada-advances-to-quarters-with-4-0-win-vs-south-korea/article/feed/540698?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/canada-advances-to-quarters-with-4-0-win-vs-south-korea/article/feed/540698?custom_click=rss

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Canada had a difficult time finishing off South Korea on Sunday, looking unconvincing for large parts of a 4-0 win over the host country.

Third-period goals by Maxim Lapierre and Gilbert Brule helped make the score look more flattering for Canada, which struggled for two periods to assert its superiority.

"They stick around," Canadian winger Wojtek Wolski said. "They had some chances on the power play. The game was a lot closer than the score shows."

"They work their butts off and their goalie seems to play well against us. Maybe because he's Canadian, he steps up," defenseman Chris Lee said. "I don't know if we could have got any more shots at him.

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]]> Sun, 18 Feb 2018 11:15:19 -0700 <![CDATA[Pyeongchang Olympics]]> http://gazette.com/pyeongchang-olympics/article/feed/534869?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pyeongchang-olympics/article/feed/534869?custom_click=rss A woman cooks an Ox head outside her restaurant at a market in Gangneung, South Korea, Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018. Gangneung is one of the venues of the 2018 Winter Olympics.

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Sun, 18 Feb 2018 11:08:48 -0700
<![CDATA[The Latest: Contrasting games doubles for Hirscher, Fourcade]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-contrasting-games-doubles-for-hirscher-fourcade/article/feed/540524?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-contrasting-games-doubles-for-hirscher-fourcade/article/feed/540524?custom_click=rss

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on the Pyeongchang Olympics (all times local):

12:30 a.m.

Marcel Hirscher picked up his second Alpine gold medal of the Pyeongchang Winter Games, securing the giant slalom title by the largest margin of victory in the event at the Olympics in 50 years.

Martin Fourcade also collected his second gold of the games, but by the narrowest of margins. The French biathlete got the decision in a photo finish ahead of Simon Schempp in the 15-kilometer mass start.

The Sunday program finished with Nao Kodaira winning the women's 500-meter speedskating title in an Olympic record — and the first sub-37-second time ever by a woman at sea level.

There were six sets of medals on

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]]> Sun, 18 Feb 2018 09:36:16 -0700 <![CDATA[Sweden beats Finland 3-1 to win Olympic Group C]]> http://gazette.com/sweden-beats-finland-3-1-to-win-olympic-group-c/article/feed/540684?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/sweden-beats-finland-3-1-to-win-olympic-group-c/article/feed/540684?custom_click=rss

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Sweden beat Finland 3-1 in the Olympic hockey tournament Sunday night to win Group C in the preliminary round and advance directly into the quarterfinals.

The Swedes will now play either Switzerland or Germany in Wednesday's quarterfinals and could meet either Canada or Finland in the semifinals. The Finns were forced into a qualification game Tuesday against South Korea, which lost 4-0 to Canada.

"It was a tight game, not many chances for either team," Sweden captain Joel Lundqvist said. "A very important game coming up for sure. We're happy so far but if we lose the quarterfinal it will be very disappointing.

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]]> Sun, 18 Feb 2018 09:19:51 -0700 <![CDATA[Pyeongchang Olympics Curling Women]]> http://gazette.com/pyeongchang-olympics-curling-women/article/feed/536741?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pyeongchang-olympics-curling-women/article/feed/536741?custom_click=rss South Korea's Lee Kibok, center, sweeps ice with other teammates during their men's curling match against Denmark at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018.

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Sun, 18 Feb 2018 09:15:24 -0700
<![CDATA[AP Sportlight]]> http://gazette.com/ap-sportlight/article/feed/88506?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ap-sportlight/article/feed/88506?custom_click=rss 1928 — Canada wins the gold medal in ice hockey at the Winter Olympics in St. Moritz, Switzerland. Canada, represented by the 1926 Toronto University team, receives a bye to the final round. The Canadians beat Sweden 11-0, Britain 14-0 and Switzerland 13-0.

1955 — Bernie Geoffrion of the Montreal Canadiens scores five goals in a 10-2 victory over the New York Rangers.

1977 — Rod Gilbert of the New York Rangers gets his 1,000th career point with a goal in a 5-2 loss to the New York Islanders.

1982 — Atlanta's 127-122 four-overtime win over Seattle equals the fourth-longest game in NBA history and the second-longest since the institution of the 24-second clock.

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]]> Sun, 18 Feb 2018 09:11:28 -0700 <![CDATA[US to play Slovakia in Olympic hockey qualification playoff]]> http://gazette.com/us-to-play-slovakia-in-olympic-hockey-qualification-playoff/article/feed/540694?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-to-play-slovakia-in-olympic-hockey-qualification-playoff/article/feed/540694?custom_click=rss GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — The United States will play Slovakia in the qualification round of the Olympic hockey tournament playoffs, with a potential quarterfinal against the Czech Republic.

With all preliminary round group games completed, Canada, Sweden and Finland are all in the same half of the draw, with the other containing the Russians, the Czech Republic and the U.S.

The four teams which proceed directly to the quarterfinals are group winners Sweden, Czech Republic, the "Olympic Athletes from Russia" and Canada, which led the second-place teams on points.

Besides the U.S. vs. Slovakia game, the other qualification round games are Finland vs. South Korea, Switzerland vs. Germany and Slovenia vs. Norway.

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]]> Sun, 18 Feb 2018 09:05:59 -0700 <![CDATA[South Koreans, Dutch lead team pursuit qualifying]]> http://gazette.com/south-koreans-dutch-lead-team-pursuit-qualifying/article/feed/540688?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/south-koreans-dutch-lead-team-pursuit-qualifying/article/feed/540688?custom_click=rss

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Second is never good enough for the Dutch in speedskating, and when it happens in the men's team pursuit qualifying, it means trouble.

The strongest speedskating nation could not beat the qualifying time of South Korea but still comfortably reached Wednesday's semifinal stage along with New Zealand and Norway.

The Dutch will meet Norway in a contest between European speedskating powers for a spot in the final. If they had lived up to expectations, their semifinal rival would have been the less fancied New Zealanders.

It makes everyone that little bit more nervous.

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]]> Sun, 18 Feb 2018 08:53:33 -0700 <![CDATA[Colorado College freshman becomes Britain's first Olympic medal-winning skier]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-college-freshman-becomes-britains-first-olympic-medal-winning-skier/article/1621218?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-college-freshman-becomes-britains-first-olympic-medal-winning-skier/article/1621218?custom_click=rss

A Colorado College freshman made her mark on the world stage at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, becoming Britain's first Olympic medal-winning skier.

Nineteen-year-old Isabel Atkin, who was born in Boston to a Malaysian mother and British father, won bronze in women's ski slopestyle with 84.80 points.

Switzerland's Sarah Hoefflin took gold with 91.20 points, and Mathilde Gremaud, also Swiss, won silver with 88 points.

Atkin started competing in the World Cup and U.S. Grand Prix circuit at age 15 during the 2013-2014 season. She's placed in the top 10 in all but one of 24 slopstyle competitions over the last four years, winning a silver medal in slopestyle at the X Games in January in Aspen and gold at

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Sun, 18 Feb 2018 07:51:08 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado skier Gus Kenworthy gets a kiss on TV; day made despite finishing last]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-skier-gus-kenworthy-gets-a-kiss-on-tv-day-made-despite-finishing-last/article/1621264?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-skier-gus-kenworthy-gets-a-kiss-on-tv-day-made-despite-finishing-last/article/1621264?custom_click=rss

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Forget about the bobbled runs, the broken thumb, the searing pain in his hip and, yes, even the unforgiving scoreboard that showed Gus Kenworthy finishing in last place at the Olympics.

The day began with a kiss .

For Kenworthy and his ever-growing legion of fans, that was a victory no gold medal will ever replace.

Before the start of the Olympic ski slopestyle contest Sunday — a contest won by Norway's Oystein Braaten with American Nick Goepper coming in second — social media went wild with a screen grab of NBC showing Kenworthy sharing a tender moment with his boyfriend, Matt Wilkas, at the bottom of the hill.

It was nothing complicated.

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Sun, 18 Feb 2018 07:49:04 -0700
<![CDATA[Winter Olympics TV schedule and highlights]]> http://gazette.com/winter-olympics-tv-schedule-and-highlights/article/1620678?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/winter-olympics-tv-schedule-and-highlights/article/1620678?custom_click=rss

More than 90 countries will send roughly 2,900 athletes to compete in the PyeongChang Olympics. There are 102 events — most in Olympic history — including four making their debuts: big air snowboarding, mass start speedskating, mixed doubles curling and a mixed team event in Alpine skiing.

Two-hundred forty-three athletes will represent the United States. There are 135 men and 108 women, the closest the team has come to parity at the Winter Games.

NBC paid nearly $1 billion for broadcast rights, and events will be shown on the parent network as well as NBC Sports Network, CNBC, USA and the Olympic Channel. Live-streaming of all events is available at NBCOlympics.com or via the NBC Sports app.

There is a

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Sun, 18 Feb 2018 07:22:32 -0700
<![CDATA[Mettle to medal: John Henry Krueger perseveres to podium in 1,000 meters]]> http://gazette.com/mettle-to-medal-john-henry-krueger-perseveres-to-podium-in-1000-meters/article/1621208?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mettle-to-medal-john-henry-krueger-perseveres-to-podium-in-1000-meters/article/1621208?custom_click=rss

GANGNEUNG, South Korea - At the center of an arena still pulsing with life, under the watch of a hundred cameras and the parents who had winced and ached at every near-miss, John Henry Krueger found a place to rest his head Saturday night.

He slid down the wall where his coach watched, fell to his knees, and pressed his head to the ice. The training decisions that tested his family and the health scares that tested his will found their places in that mental folder labeled "worth it."

Krueger, 22, won the silver medal in the 1,000-meter short-track speedskating, becoming the first American man to win an individual short-track medal since Vancouver.

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Sat, 17 Feb 2018 09:11:48 -0700
<![CDATA[Ledecka wins surprise Olympic super-G title with late charge; mistake costs Lindsey Vonn a medal]]> http://gazette.com/ledecka-wins-surprise-olympic-super-g-title-with-late-charge-mistake-costs-lindsey-vonn-a-medal/article/1621193?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ledecka-wins-surprise-olympic-super-g-title-with-late-charge-mistake-costs-lindsey-vonn-a-medal/article/1621193?custom_click=rss

JEONGSEON, South Korea  — Ester Ledecka of the Czech Republic made a stunning run from back in the pack to take the Olympic super-G title on Saturday, with a mistake costing Lindsey Vonn a spot on the podium.

Ledecka, the 26th racer to take the course, blazed through the course in a time of 1 minute, 21.11 seconds. Defending champion Anna Veith of Austria earned the silver, finishing 0.01 seconds back, and Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein captured bronze.

Ledecka's run shocked even the 22-year-old, who also is a snowboarder. Shortly after finishing and seeing her time, she asked, "How did that happen?"

Wonderful question.

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Sat, 17 Feb 2018 07:38:17 -0700
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: An ode to NBC's broadcast teams, the TV stars of the Pyeongchang Olympic Games]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-an-ode-to-nbcs-broadcast-teams-the-tv-stars-of-the-pyeongchang-olympic-games/article/1621023?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-an-ode-to-nbcs-broadcast-teams-the-tv-stars-of-the-pyeongchang-olympic-games/article/1621023?custom_click=rss

MY COUCH — When I flipped on the women’s luge, it felt like I had walked into a church where the congregation was speaking in tongues. There was a lot going on and I couldn’t understand the words.

Five minutes later I could’ve written a damn book on these ice missiles. What happened? I had been suitably educated by the NBC broadcast crew of Leigh Diffey and Duncan Kennedy, to the point I could nod with supreme confidence when a German luger took Turn 4 with too much speed: Everybody knows you’ve gotta set yourself up for Turn 5, Germany! 

This was enlightenment on ice.

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Fri, 16 Feb 2018 18:11:35 -0700
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Lindsey Vonn and Mikaela Shiffrin engage in polite, highly entertaining Olympic rivalry]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-lindsey-vonn-and-mikaela-shiffrin-engage-in-polite-highly-entertaining-olympic-rivalry/article/1621112?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-lindsey-vonn-and-mikaela-shiffrin-engage-in-polite-highly-entertaining-olympic-rivalry/article/1621112?custom_click=rss

So great.

So different.

Lindsey Vonn and Mikaela Shiffrin both blaze down mountains, but the similarities soon slow down.

Vonn is the take-it-to-the-limit competitor who endures vicious pain in pursuit of world domination. In NBC commercials pushing these Winter Olympics, she proudly displays her scars.

In 2013, I talked with Vonn for a few minutes at a media gathering in Park City, Utah. She politely thanked me for asking about the state of her oft-injured right knee.

And she succinctly explained her approach to her sport, and her life.

“I thrive on chaos,” she said.

Shiffrin is a technician who prepares with borderline obsessive attention to detail.

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Fri, 16 Feb 2018 18:05:12 -0700
<![CDATA[Stars of the Olympics are changing the sponsorship game]]> http://gazette.com/stars-of-the-olympics-are-changing-the-sponsorship-game/article/1621166?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/stars-of-the-olympics-are-changing-the-sponsorship-game/article/1621166?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK — A gold medal used to be the golden ticket for lucrative endorsements — think Mary Lou Retton on a Wheaties box. But in the age of social media, athletes are making a name for themselves well ahead of time.

Even more so than in Rio in 2016 and Sochi in 2014, Pyeongchang athletes are Olympian at building brands.

Before breakout star Chloe Kim won gold in the snowboarding halfpipe event, her infectious personality and heartwarming origin story had already won her sponsorships from Toyota , Samsung , Visa and others.

Of course, winning a gold medal amplifies an athlete's reach.

When Kim started the Olympics, she had 15,000 Twitter followers. She now

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Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:27:01 -0700
<![CDATA[Curling fan etiquette 101: Babies, yes. Music, no. Mumbling, yes. Chanting, no.]]> http://gazette.com/curling-fan-etiquette-101-babies-yes.-music-no.-mumbling-yes.-chanting-no./article/1621140?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/curling-fan-etiquette-101-babies-yes.-music-no.-mumbling-yes.-chanting-no./article/1621140?custom_click=rss

GANGNEUNG, South Korea - Does the world, in all its variety, contain any curling hooligans? Are there ever curling riots or, at the very least, episodic bursts of curling fisticuffs among rival curling fans or rival curling factions? When the World Curling Federation website refers to the oft-used phrase "spirit of curling" and reads, "The Spirit of Curling generally sees no player attempt to gain an advantage in the game through any malice, whether by breaking the rules, distracting opponents or acting in an unsporting manner," does it then read, "such as chasing an opponent with a broom"?

No, no and no, and stop asking such inane questions. Curling is an Olympic respite, a salve upon objective nerve endings, a practitioner of

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Fri, 16 Feb 2018 08:40:19 -0700
<![CDATA[Hansdotter wins Olympic slalom title; Shiffrin finishes 4th]]> http://gazette.com/hansdotter-wins-olympic-slalom-title-shiffrin-finishes-4th/article/1621119?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hansdotter-wins-olympic-slalom-title-shiffrin-finishes-4th/article/1621119?custom_click=rss

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Frida Hansdotter held off Mikaela Shiffrin and the rest of a tightly bunched field to win the Olympic slalom title Friday at the Pyeongchang Games.

In second after the first run, the Swedish skier powered through the sun-splashed course on her final run to finish in a combined time of 1 minute, 38.63 seconds. First-run leader Wendy Holdener of Switzerland was second and Katharina Gallhuber of Austria earned a surprise bronze.

Shiffrin wound up fourth. The American standout won the Olympic slalom title four years ago in Sochi when she was only 18.

There were seven racers within a second of Holdener's first-run time, with Hansdotter 0.20 seconds back. Gallhuber started her final run trailing

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Thu, 15 Feb 2018 22:33:51 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado's Mikaela Shiffrin wins Olympic giant slalom gold]]> http://gazette.com/colorados-mikaela-shiffrin-wins-olympic-giant-slalom-gold/article/1621053?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorados-mikaela-shiffrin-wins-olympic-giant-slalom-gold/article/1621053?custom_click=rss

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Colorado native Mikaela Shiffrin has won gold in the women's giant slalom in her Pyeongchang Olympic debut.

She used a hard-charging final run to win her second career Olympic gold medal.

The 22-year-old American standout trailed by 0.20 seconds heading into the last run, but made up ground in no time by powering through ruts that had developed on the course.

Shiffrin finished 0.39 seconds ahead of Norway's Ragnhild Mowinckel at Yongpyong Alpine Center. Federica Brignone of Italy captured bronze, 0.46 behind Shiffrin's combined time of 2 minutes, 20.02 seconds. First-run leader Manuela Moelgg of Italy wound up eighth.

At the 2014 Sochi Games, Shiffrin won the slalom crown

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Thu, 15 Feb 2018 07:20:45 -0700
<![CDATA[Canadian women take 1st Olympic hockey showdown against US]]> http://gazette.com/canadian-women-take-1st-olympic-hockey-showdown-against-us/article/1621050?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/canadian-women-take-1st-olympic-hockey-showdown-against-us/article/1621050?custom_click=rss

GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Meghan Agosta and Sara Nurse each scored in the second period and defending Olympic champion Canada clinched the top spot in pool play by edging the United States 2-1 on Thursday in an early showdown between the dominant powers in women's hockey.

Genevieve Lacasse made 44 saves, including stopping Hilary Knight at the post inside the final 90 seconds. Brianne Decker hit two posts, the second time coming in the final seconds, before the two rivals ended up in a scrum. Officials reviewed the final play and ruled no goal. The Canadians also had two goals disallowed.

Kendall Coyne scored the lone goal for the Americans.

Canada and the United States are the only countries to ever win gold at

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Wed, 14 Feb 2018 23:40:07 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs' Knierims become first Americans to land quad twist in Olympics]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-knierims-become-first-americans-to-land-quad-twist-in-olympics/article/1621041?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-knierims-become-first-americans-to-land-quad-twist-in-olympics/article/1621041?custom_click=rss

Alexa Scimeca-Knierim and Chris Knierim became the first Americans to land a quad twist in an Olympic competition when they hit the four-revolution element in the pairs free skate.

The rest of their program didn't go nearly as well.

Knierim fell on both of their triple jumps, a salchow and the toeloop that was supposed to lead into a double toeloop. The married couple was also out of synch on their combination spin and a bit shaky on their throw triple flip.

They'll wind up far out of medal contention, but they've already had a successful Olympics. They were an integral part of the U.S. winning the team bronze.

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Wed, 14 Feb 2018 19:43:09 -0700
<![CDATA[A stunner for US in men's Olympic hockey opener]]> http://gazette.com/a-stunner-for-us-in-mens-olympic-hockey-opener/article/1620986?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/a-stunner-for-us-in-mens-olympic-hockey-opener/article/1620986?custom_click=rss

GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Jan Mursak scored the tying goal in the final minutes of regulation and the winner in overtime as Slovenia came back to stun the United States 3-2 Wednesday night at Kwandong Hockey Centre in each team's Olympic opener.

Mursak, Slovenia's only player with NHL experience, scored with goaltender Gasper Kroselj pulled for the extra attacker with 1:37 left in the third period and scored the winner 38 seconds into overtime. As Mursak's shot went past goaltender Ryan Zapolski, U.S. players hung their heads on the bench before Slovenia players celebrated with their fans.

It wasn't the only surprise of the night, though the U.S. like all the other teams is playing without NHL players for the first time since 1994. Across town, the favored Russians opened Olympic play with a 3-2 loss to Slovakia.

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Wed, 14 Feb 2018 17:42:04 -0700
<![CDATA[Opinion: Olympic hockey with all the excitement of the AHL. Not a good place to be.]]> http://gazette.com/opinion-olympic-hockey-with-all-the-excitement-of-the-ahl.-not-a-good-place-to-be./article/1621032?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/opinion-olympic-hockey-with-all-the-excitement-of-the-ahl.-not-a-good-place-to-be./article/1621032?custom_click=rss

GANGNEUNE, South Korea — There’s no Cold War intrigue, no “Miracle on Ice” in the making, no chance of relishing the best players in the world.

Men’s hockey is in limbo at these Winter Olympics.

That’s not a good place to be.

The NHL is sitting out the games for the first time since 1994, a shortsighted decision that left the 12 teams to cobble their rosters together from a hodgepodge of European professionals, minor leaguers and college players.

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Wed, 14 Feb 2018 17:40:08 -0700