<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports >> olympics]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports/olympics Sat, 24 Feb 2018 04:47:09 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[The Latest: IOC hasn't made decision on Russia reinstatement]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-ioc-hasnt-made-decision-on-russia-reinstatement/article/feed/542324?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-ioc-hasnt-made-decision-on-russia-reinstatement/article/feed/542324?custom_click=rss

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

8:35 p.m.

The International Olympic Committee says it has not yet reached a decision on whether Russia will be reinstated in time for Sunday's closing ceremony at the Pyeongchang Games.

The Olympic body's meeting on Saturday lasted nearly four hours.

IOC spokesman Mark Adams says, "The deliberation will continue tomorrow and their decision has yet been taken."

Russian athletes have been competing under the Olympic flag because the country's Olympic committee was suspended for operating a vast doping scheme at the 2014 Sochi Games.

Two Russian athletes have tested positive for doping at the Pyeongchang Olympics.<

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]]> Sat, 24 Feb 2018 05:39:43 -0700 <![CDATA[APTOPIX Pyeongchang Olympics Speed Skating Women]]> http://gazette.com/aptopix-pyeongchang-olympics-speed-skating-women/article/feed/537916?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/aptopix-pyeongchang-olympics-speed-skating-women/article/feed/537916?custom_click=rss Ivanie Blondin of Canada, Ayano Sato of Japan, and Annouk van der Weijden of The Netherlands, from left to right, crash during the women's mass start speedskating race at the Gangneung Oval at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018.

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Sat, 24 Feb 2018 05:26:16 -0700
<![CDATA[Pyeongchang Olympics Speed Skating Women]]> http://gazette.com/pyeongchang-olympics-speed-skating-women/article/feed/536054?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pyeongchang-olympics-speed-skating-women/article/feed/536054?custom_click=rss Keri Morrison of Canada, Irene Schouten of The Netherlands, Nana Takagi of Japan, Laura Isabel Gomez Quintero of Colombia, and Francesca Lollobrigida of Italy, from left to right, compete during the women's mass start semifinal speedskating race at the Gangneung Oval at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018.

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Sat, 24 Feb 2018 05:18:59 -0700
<![CDATA[Pyeongchang Olympics Medals Ceremony Curling]]> http://gazette.com/pyeongchang-olympics-medals-ceremony-curling/article/feed/542428?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pyeongchang-olympics-medals-ceremony-curling/article/feed/542428?custom_click=rss Mixed doubles curling bronze medalists Kristin Skaslien, right, and Magnus Nedregotten, of Norway, pose during their medals ceremony at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018.

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Sat, 24 Feb 2018 05:11:34 -0700
<![CDATA[Olympic hockey struggles to draw crowds without NHL players]]> http://gazette.com/olympic-hockey-struggles-to-draw-crowds-without-nhl-players/article/feed/542421?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/olympic-hockey-struggles-to-draw-crowds-without-nhl-players/article/feed/542421?custom_click=rss

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Olympic hockey has survived without the NHL, it just hasn't thrived.

Empty seats in the stands and a lack of big names on the ice have left the men's tournament struggling to generate much buzz, especially when compared to the thrilling best-on-best final in the women's competition.

Rene Fasel, the head of the International Ice Hockey Federation, said Saturday he was "disappointed" the NHL didn't come to the Pyeongchang Games and wants the pros back for 2022, but he played down the importance of their absence.

"You don't need caviar every day. You can also live with leberkaese and weisswurst," he said, referring to traditional German meatloaf and sausage.

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]]> Sat, 24 Feb 2018 05:02:00 -0700 <![CDATA[Pyeongchang Olympics Medals Ceremony Snowboard Women]]> http://gazette.com/pyeongchang-olympics-medals-ceremony-snowboard-women/article/feed/538549?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pyeongchang-olympics-medals-ceremony-snowboard-women/article/feed/538549?custom_click=rss Bronze medalist in the women's parallel giant slalom Ramona Theresia Hofmeister, of Germany, smiles during the medals ceremony at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018.

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Sat, 24 Feb 2018 04:59:23 -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 Sweden's skip Niklas Edin throws his gloves as he prepares for their turn during the men's curling finals match against United States at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018. United States won gold.

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Sat, 24 Feb 2018 04:54:54 -0700
<![CDATA[Continuity carries Germany, Russians into Olympic final]]> http://gazette.com/continuity-carries-germany-russians-into-olympic-final/article/feed/542422?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/continuity-carries-germany-russians-into-olympic-final/article/feed/542422?custom_click=rss

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — They forged bonds from Riga to Cologne and in Moscow and St. Petersburg.

It's all led Germany and the Russians to a David versus Goliath Olympic gold-medal game Sunday. Even though the Russians were favorites all along and expected to win gold in a tournament without NHL stars and Germany was a longshot to even reach the semifinals after not qualifying in Sochi, these two teams are more similar than they are different.

Their familiarity and continuity is the biggest reason they're facing off in the final.

Germany's core group has been together through the Olympic qualification tournament and world championships and has played the same system for the past three years under coach Marco Stur

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]]> Sat, 24 Feb 2018 04:49:00 -0700 <![CDATA[Pyeongchang Olympics Medals Ceremony Snowboard Men]]> http://gazette.com/pyeongchang-olympics-medals-ceremony-snowboard-men/article/feed/538269?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pyeongchang-olympics-medals-ceremony-snowboard-men/article/feed/538269?custom_click=rss Bronze medalist in the men's parallel giant slalom Zan Kosir, of Slovenia, smiles during the medals ceremony at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018.

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Sat, 24 Feb 2018 04:47:04 -0700
<![CDATA[Ledecka gets rare double Olympic gold; US men win curling]]> http://gazette.com/ledecka-gets-rare-double-olympic-gold-us-men-win-curling/article/feed/542417?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ledecka-gets-rare-double-olympic-gold-us-men-win-curling/article/feed/542417?custom_click=rss

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — On a snowboard and skis, Ester Ledecka is a history-making Olympic gold medalist.

One of the surprising breakout stars of the Winter Games, the Czech pulled double-duty on the slopes in Pyeongchang and became the first to win snowboarding's parallel giant slalom and skiing's Alpine super-G.

She outraced Selina Joerg of Germany to the line in the final of the snowboarding event Saturday and won by .46 seconds. That came seven days after she won the super-G by .01 seconds — and shocked everyone, including herself.

"It was a great day," Ledecka said Saturday. "I enjoyed every run and I'm very happy to be here and stand on the highest place.

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]]> Sat, 24 Feb 2018 04:37:19 -0700 <![CDATA[What to watch from Pyeongchang on Day 15 of the Olympics]]> http://gazette.com/what-to-watch-from-pyeongchang-on-day-15-of-the-olympics/article/feed/542353?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/what-to-watch-from-pyeongchang-on-day-15-of-the-olympics/article/feed/542353?custom_click=rss

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — After more than two weeks of thrills, spills, speed and drama, we have reached the last full day of competition at the Pyeongchang Olympics. Here are the can't-miss events on Saturday. (All times Eastern.)


Sweden goes for the women's gold medal against host and fan favorites South Korea at 7:05 p.m. Watch South Korea's young team and its skip's distinctive glasses, which have become fodder for endless internet memes.

If you haven't been paying attention to the sport, don't worry, we have a primer .

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]]> Sat, 24 Feb 2018 04:22:47 -0700 <![CDATA[Canada's Sebastien Toutant soars to gold in men's Big Air]]> http://gazette.com/canadas-sebastien-toutant-soars-to-gold-in-mens-big-air/article/feed/542397?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/canadas-sebastien-toutant-soars-to-gold-in-mens-big-air/article/feed/542397?custom_click=rss

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Sebastien Toutant kept waiting for the pain in his back to ease. For three months leading up to the Olympics, it didn't.

Sure, the Canadian snowboarder could carve his way down the mountain with his friends. But he couldn't twist. He couldn't fly. And he certainly couldn't land. Those are three important elements when you earn a living flinging yourself 50 feet into the air.

"That feeling, not knowing if it's going to hurt or not, is terrible," Toutant said.

It's gone now. Euphoria will do that.

Barely three weeks after the back felt good enough for him to return to competition, Toutant soared to gold in the Olympic debut of men's Big Air, hitting his first two jumps, then watchin

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]]> Sat, 24 Feb 2018 04:14:33 -0700 <![CDATA[Chapter 2: Ledecka wins gold again, this time on a snowboard]]> http://gazette.com/chapter-2-ledecka-wins-gold-again-this-time-on-a-snowboard/article/feed/542394?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/chapter-2-ledecka-wins-gold-again-this-time-on-a-snowboard/article/feed/542394?custom_click=rss

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — When the book is closed on these Olympics — all Olympics, really — Ester Ledecka will have her own chapter.

Though they're both on snow, skiing and snowboarding are simply not supposed to mix.

Though she could have been expected to win at one, nobody was supposed to do what she did.

The Czech speed racer did what was considered impossible a mere week ago. She nabbed the second half of an unheard-of Olympic double by winning gold in snowboarding's parallel giant slalom Saturday, only seven days after doing the same in skiing's Alpine super-G.

Both these sports have well-known stars that have shined brightly over the two weeks of action on the slopes in South Korea: Chloe Kim, M

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]]> Sat, 24 Feb 2018 04:05:22 -0700 <![CDATA[US gymnasts tell AP sport rife with verbal, emotional abuse]]> http://gazette.com/us-gymnasts-tell-ap-sport-rife-with-verbal-emotional-abuse/article/feed/542284?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-gymnasts-tell-ap-sport-rife-with-verbal-emotional-abuse/article/feed/542284?custom_click=rss

They were little girls with dreams of Olympic gold when they started in gymnastics. Now they're women with lifelong injuries, suffocating anxiety and debilitating eating disorders.

They are the other victims of USA Gymnastics.

Thirteen former U.S. gymnasts and three coaches interviewed by The Associated Press described a win-at-all-cost culture rife with verbal and emotional abuse in which girls were forced to train on broken bones and other injuries. That culture was tacitly endorsed by the sport's governing body and institutionalized by Bela and Martha Karolyi, the husband-and-wife duo who coached America's top female gymnasts for three decades.

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]]> Sat, 24 Feb 2018 04:03:18 -0700 <![CDATA[APTOPIX Pyeongchang Olympics Alpine Skiing]]> http://gazette.com/aptopix-pyeongchang-olympics-alpine-skiing/article/feed/537099?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/aptopix-pyeongchang-olympics-alpine-skiing/article/feed/537099?custom_click=rss Italy's Riccardo Tonetti skis during the alpine team event at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018.

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Sat, 24 Feb 2018 02:33:22 -0700
<![CDATA[Russian bobsled pilot who wore 'I don't do doping' T-shirt fails Olympic doping test]]> http://gazette.com/russian-bobsled-pilot-who-wore-i-dont-do-doping-t-shirt-fails-olympic-doping-test/article/1621552?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/russian-bobsled-pilot-who-wore-i-dont-do-doping-t-shirt-fails-olympic-doping-test/article/1621552?custom_click=rss

In an interview with the Associated Press earlier this month, Russian bobsled pilot Nadezhda Sergeeva said other Olympic athletes had warmed to her once she had been allowed to compete in this year's PyeongChang Winter Games by the International Olympic Committee. During the interview she was wearing a shirt that read, "I Don't Do Doping."

On Friday, Russian bobsled officials confirmed to the AP that Sergeeva had failed a doping test.

Sergeeva was one of the 168 Russian athletes who were specifically vetted before the Games by the IOC, which had banned Russia's Olympic federation from PyeongChang over past doping sins but allowed the preapproved Russian athletes to compete under the Olympic Athletes From Russia moniker.

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Fri, 23 Feb 2018 09:02:49 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado halfpipe sculptors lauded for building “the very best pipe” at the Olympics]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-halfpipe-sculptors-lauded-for-building-the-very-best-pipe-at-the-olympics/article/1621532?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-halfpipe-sculptors-lauded-for-building-the-very-best-pipe-at-the-olympics/article/1621532?custom_click=rss

BONGPYEONG, South Korea — The PyeongChang Olympic halfpipe hatched historic contests with best-ever runs and first-ever trickery that harvested six American medals, three of them gold.

After each contest, athlete accolades rained on the pipe builders, a three-man team that includes Copper Mountain snow sculptors Mark Pevny and Jake Ingle. Shaun White, Chloe Kim and David Wise all heralded the super-sized halfpipe that enabled them to win in what turned out to be America’s best gold mine of these Olympics.

“It really allowed the riders to put together a run that maybe they envisioned but haven’t been able to do,” said 33-year-old Pevny of Denver, who spends his winters

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Thu, 22 Feb 2018 22:23:23 -0700
<![CDATA[Lindsey Vonn scatters grandfather's ashes near downhill course]]> http://gazette.com/lindsey-vonn-scatters-grandfathers-ashes-near-downhill-course/article/1621522?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lindsey-vonn-scatters-grandfathers-ashes-near-downhill-course/article/1621522?custom_click=rss

JEONGSEON, South Korea — Lindsey Vonn came to South Korea with the goal of taking home an Olympic medal and leaving behind something even more special.

She did both.

The American ski great said Thursday she recently scattered some of the ashes of her grandfather , who served during the Korean War, on a rock near the mountain where the downhill races were run.

"I know that it would mean a lot to him to be back here, a part of him is in South Korea always," said Vonn, who shared her story with The Associated Press and the Chosun Ilbo newspaper.

Vonn said she sprayed parts of Don Kildow's ashes "just a few days ago" on a rock that she was told was special when she visited South Korea last year to

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Thu, 22 Feb 2018 19:25:24 -0700
<![CDATA[US women beat Canada in shootout for hockey gold, ending drought]]> http://gazette.com/us-women-beat-canada-in-shootout-for-hockey-gold-ending-drought/article/1621465?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-women-beat-canada-in-shootout-for-hockey-gold-ending-drought/article/1621465?custom_click=rss

The United States defeated Canada in a shootout to win their first Olympic gold since 1998 in women's hockey.

Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson scored in the first extra round of the first shootout tiebreaker in Olympic women's hockey history on Thursday to give the United States the gold medal with a 3-2 victory.

Maddie Rooney stopped Meghan Agosta on her second try of the shootout to clinch it. Rooney stopped 29 shots in regulation and the 20-minute overtime. Shannon Szabados made 39 saves for Canada, which had won four straight Olympic gold medals.

It was 2-2 after three periods and 2-2 through five shooters in the tie-breaker.

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Thu, 22 Feb 2018 15:19:03 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado skier Mikaela Shiffrin gets silver in combined, Lindsey Vonn skis out]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-skier-mikaela-shiffrin-gets-silver-in-combined-lindsey-vonn-skis-out/article/1621464?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-skier-mikaela-shiffrin-gets-silver-in-combined-lindsey-vonn-skis-out/article/1621464?custom_click=rss

JEONGSEON, South Korea — Michelle Gisin of Switzerland won the women's Olympic Alpine combined on Thursday with an aggressive slalom run to beat Mikaela Shiffrin.

Lindsey Vonn, the leader after the downhill portion, made a mistake early in the slalom and didn't finish in what's likely the final race of her Winter Games career.

Gisin turned in a nearly flawless performance as she finished in a combined time of 2 minutes, 20.90 seconds to eclipse the silver-medalist Shiffrin by 0.97 seconds. Wendy Holdener of Switzerland earned the bronze.

Add another medal to Shiffrin's burgeoning collection. She won Olympic gold in the giant slalom a week ago and captured the slalom title at the 2014 Sochi Games.

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Thu, 22 Feb 2018 08:25:41 -0700
<![CDATA[US gets third halfpipe gold as David Wise defends title; Aspen's Alex Ferreira wins silver]]> http://gazette.com/us-gets-third-halfpipe-gold-as-david-wise-defends-title-aspens-alex-ferreira-wins-silver/article/1621456?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-gets-third-halfpipe-gold-as-david-wise-defends-title-aspens-alex-ferreira-wins-silver/article/1621456?custom_click=rss

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — American freestyle skier David Wise has successfully defended his gold medal, breaking through on his final run to give the United States its third gold in the Phoenix Snow Park halfpipe.

Wise wiped out on his first two runs before sneaking past countryman Alex Ferreira on his third with a score of 97.20. Wise landed double corks in all four directions — front left, front right, switch (backward) left and switch right — a goal he set for himself entering these games.

It's the seventh gold for the U.S. in Pyeongchang, five of which have come at Phoenix Snow Park. Chloe Kim and Shaun White won snowboard halfpipe gold last week, and Red Gerard and Jamie Anderson won at snowboard

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Wed, 21 Feb 2018 21:40:29 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado bobsledder Lauren Gibbs wins silver medal at Winter Olympics]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-bobsledder-lauren-gibbs-wins-silver-medal-at-winter-olympics/article/1621424?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-bobsledder-lauren-gibbs-wins-silver-medal-at-winter-olympics/article/1621424?custom_click=rss

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Up in the starting area on a frigid night in the mountains, only three women's bobsled pilots remained. One was the two-time defending Olympic gold medalist. Another was the reigning world champion. And the third was someone without a single victory of any international significance on her resume.

Guess who prevailed?

Women's bobsledding has a new star, and a surprise Olympic champion. Germany's Mariama Jamanka — winless in 23 career top-tier starts in her sport coming into the Pyeongchang Games — put together four nearly flawless runs on her way to winning gold at the Alpensia Sliding Center on Wednesday night, holding off Elana Meyers Taylor of the U.S. and Kaillie Humphries of

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Wed, 21 Feb 2018 11:25:57 -0700
<![CDATA[US women back looking for Olympic gold vs. archrival Canada]]> http://gazette.com/us-women-back-looking-for-olympic-gold-vs.-archrival-canada/article/1621422?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-women-back-looking-for-olympic-gold-vs.-archrival-canada/article/1621422?custom_click=rss

GANGNEUNG, South Korea — To three-time Olympian Hilary Knight, the thought of finally hoisting the gold medal means giving women's hockey a big boost in the United States.

How big?


"The U.S. wants to be No. 1 in everything, and I think we've all been raised as awesome competitors so at the end of the day we want a victory," Knight said. "We want to win, and that would be winning a gold medal."

That's the only shade of medal that has eluded the Americans since 1998, the last time they won it all in Nagano when women's hockey made its Olympic debut.

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Wed, 21 Feb 2018 11:09:35 -0700
<![CDATA[US women win bronze in long-track speedskating]]> http://gazette.com/us-women-win-bronze-in-long-track-speedskating/article/1621406?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-women-win-bronze-in-long-track-speedskating/article/1621406?custom_click=rss

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

10:05 p.m.

The U.S. has finally won a long-track speedskating medal at the Pyeongchang Olympics.

The team of Heather Bergsma, Brittany Bowe and Mia Manganello earned bronze in the women's team pursuit Wednesday.

They crossed the line in 2 minutes, 59.17 seconds in the B final.

Canada finished in 2 minutes, 59.70 seconds.

It's the first long-track speedskating medal for the U.S. since the 2010 Vancouver Games. The Americans were shut out four years ago in Sochi.


10 p.m.

A Russian curler who failed a drug test at the Pyeongchang Olympics will have his case heard Thursday.

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Wed, 21 Feb 2018 11:02:34 -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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Wed, 21 Feb 2018 09:41:15 -0700
<![CDATA[US women win 1st Olympic cross-country medal to end drought]]> http://gazette.com/us-women-win-1st-olympic-cross-country-medal-to-end-drought/article/1621409?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-women-win-1st-olympic-cross-country-medal-to-end-drought/article/1621409?custom_click=rss

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — As she headed up the steepest, most grueling hill of her life in third place, Jessica Diggins thought to herself just winning an Olympic medal was no longer good enough.

She wanted more. She wanted gold.

Diggins dug deep, remembering all the years of training she had put in, and of all her teammates waiting for her at the finish line to bring home the United States' first medal ever in women's cross-country skiing — and then she let loose.

Diggins reached the peak of the hill in third place but sped past Norway's Maiken Caspersen Falla on the last big, winding downhill. She rounded the final corner and took dead aim at Sweden's Stina Nilsson on the final 100-meter homestretch.

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Wed, 21 Feb 2018 06:53:45 -0700
<![CDATA[Emotional Lindsey Vonn earns downhill bronze, Sofia Goggia takes gold]]> http://gazette.com/emotional-lindsey-vonn-earns-downhill-bronze-sofia-goggia-takes-gold/article/1621394?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/emotional-lindsey-vonn-earns-downhill-bronze-sofia-goggia-takes-gold/article/1621394?custom_click=rss

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Sofia Goggia of Italy has won the women's Olympic downhill, with good friend Lindsey Vonn taking the bronze.

Ragnhild Mowinckel of Norway was the surprise silver medalist after turning in a sizzling run as the 19th racer on the course. Mowinckel also earned silver in the giant slalom at these Games.

Goggia finished in a time of 1 minute, 39.22 seconds to hold off Mowinckel by 0.09 seconds. Vonn finished 0.47 seconds behind Goggia.

At 33, Vonn becomes the oldest female medalist in Alpine skiing at the Winter Games. The record was held by Austria's Michaela Dorfmeister, who was just shy of her 33rd birthday when she won the downhill and the super-G at the 2006 Turin Olympics. This is

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Wed, 21 Feb 2018 06:50:11 -0700
<![CDATA[Czechs eliminate US men's hockey in dramatic Olympic quarterfinal]]> http://gazette.com/czechs-eliminate-us-mens-hockey-in-dramatic-olympic-quarterfinal/article/1621401?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/czechs-eliminate-us-mens-hockey-in-dramatic-olympic-quarterfinal/article/1621401?custom_click=rss

GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Pavel Francouz stopped all five shooters and Petr Koukal scored the shootout winner as the Czech Republic eliminated the United States from the Olympics with a 3-2 victory in the quarterfinals Wednesday.

Jan Kovar and Tomas Kundratek scored in regulation for the Czech Republic, which was fresher after winning its group and getting a bye into the quarterfinals. The U.S. looked fatigued after facing Slovakia in the qualification round a day earlier and was outshot 29-20.

Ryan Donato and Jim Slater scored for the U.S, which again was led by its youngest players, including speedster Troy Terry. U.S. goaltender Ryan Zapolski allowed three goals on 29 shots and one in the shotoout, while Francouz stopped

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Wed, 21 Feb 2018 06:08:33 -0700
<![CDATA[Lindsey Vonn trying not to think of downhill as her last at Olympics]]> http://gazette.com/lindsey-vonn-trying-not-to-think-of-downhill-as-her-last-at-olympics/article/1621354?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lindsey-vonn-trying-not-to-think-of-downhill-as-her-last-at-olympics/article/1621354?custom_click=rss

JEONGSEON, South Korea — 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 focus on the moment, the right here and the right now. And I think later I'll reflect on how much I enjoyed it and how much my teammates and my coaches made it special for me," Vonn said ahead of Wednesday's contest. "But you can't get too sentimental right now, because I still have to race. I still have to be focused. And afterward, I'll do some reflecting."

What she also hopes to do, of course, is win a second gold medal in her sport's fastest event, to go along with the one from the 2010

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Tue, 20 Feb 2018 15:43:02 -0700
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BONGPYEONG, South Korea - Four of the best halfpipe skiers in the world will battle for the same thing here at the Olympics, but there's little that's cutthroat about the days and hours leading into their competition against each other.

And three of the four skiers are from Colorado.

In fact, Crested Butte's Aaron Blunck is sharing a room with Basalt's Torin Yater-Wallace. Separated by just a wall, David Wise is sharing a room with Aspen's Alex Ferreira. They eat together, ski together, kill time together. On the eve of the freestyle skiing halfpipe competition, the free-spirited, highflying bunch watched "That 70s Show" together.

"We're just having fun," Ferreria said. "Just doing our thing and enjoying every second of it."

It can be hard to separate the group, as the rest of the men's halfpipe field could find at Thursday morning's Olympic finals (7:30 p.m. MST Wednesday). 

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