National Sports

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 ...

White Gold: Final run propels Shaun White to Olympic history

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The pressure was real. So were the tears — of joy, relief, redemption. This is why Shaun White keeps going. This is why the snowboarding superstar returns to the Olympics again and again, a journey that's seen him evolve ...

Shaun White wins America’s 100th Winter Olympics gold medal

By JAKE SEINER, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — In fitting fashion, America's 100th Winter Olympics gold medal will be draped around the neck of one of its most decorated athletes. Snowboarding great Shaun White earned the milestone medal for the U.S. on Wednesday by ...

White soars to 3rd Olympic halfpipe title

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The Flying Tomato still soars. Shaun White put together an epic final run to claim his third gold medal in Olympic men's halfpipe, slicing through the gray South Korean sky on Wednesday to post a score of 97.75 for the 100th overall gold by the United States ...

‘New generation of Nigerians’ marks Olympic bobsled debut

By ERRIN HAINES WHACK, AP National Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Growing up in St. Paul, Minnesota, Akuoma Omeoga was raised on Nigerian food, language and culture. Next week, the 25-year-old will represent her parents' homeland in the Winter Games, hurtling down the bobsled track ...

What to watch from Pyeongchang – Day 5

By MAGAN CRANE, Associated Press PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Happy Valentine's Day from Pyeongchang! Wondering where the romance will be at the Olympics? AP's has the low down. All times Eastern. FIGURE SKATING Pairs final starts at 8:30 p.m., just in time to cuddle up with your ...

Another day, another delay for Shiffrin, other Alpine skiers

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The start of Mikaela Shiffrin's bid for multiple medals at the 2018 Olympics was delayed yet again when the women's slalom was postponed from Wednesday to Friday because of strong winds. It's the third time in four days an ...

Good as Gold; White soars to 3rd Olympic halfpipe title

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The Flying Tomato still soars. Shaun White put together an epic final run to claim his third gold medal in Olympic men's halfpipe, slicing through the gray South Korean sky on Wednesday to post a score of 97.75 for the 100th ...

Lamoureux-Davidson sets Olympic record in win over Russians

The Lamoureux line got started in the Olympics by scoring Team USA’s first goal. On Tuesday, Feb. 13, it kept going by breaking an Olympic record. Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson, a Grand Forks native, scored two goals in the span of six seconds, setting an all-time Olympic mark, during USA’s ...

Kim dominates for 1st Olympic gold, Hirscher breaks through

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — It was a day for all ages at the Winter Olympics. A few hours after 17-year-old Chloe Kim dominated the women’s halfpipe snowboarding final on Tuesday, 28-year-old Marcel Hirscher, a six-time overall World Cup champion, won the men’s combined at the ...

Olympics are chance to go home for Korean-American

By CLAIRE GALOFARO Associated Press GANGNEUNG, South Korea — When Song Hong used to tell his grandchildren about his childhood, he would joke that they were “country folks” from a rugged and rural corner of the world that none of their fellow Americans had ever heard of, or likely ...