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‘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 ...

Air Show: White leads talented field into halfpipe final

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The legend, the brash upstart and the soft-spoken prodigy have been circling each other for months, trading boundary-pushing runs with one eye on the halfpipe and the other on their long-awaited faceoff in the South Korean ...

Nothing’s in a name: Russians resemble Russian national team

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — They trudged from their locker room to the practice rink with expressions as blank as their jerseys. The Russians enter the Olympic men's hockey tournament with their usual businesslike fashion, insisting they are not bothered ...

Flying Finn Manninen back for another shot at Olympic glory

By JIM ARMSTRONG, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Hannu Manninen couldn't resist the temptation for one more shot at Olympic glory. The Nordic combined great from Finland took time out from his job as an airline pilot for Finnair to make one final comeback at his sixth ...

Tonga’s Olympic flag bearer thinking of cyclone-hit homeland

By STEVE REED, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Tongan flag bearer Pita Taufatofua has more on his mind than just trying to compete at the Pyeongchang Olympics this week. The 34-year-old cross-country skier is concerned about his homeland after it was hit by a cyclone that ...

Japanese skater suspended in 1st doping case in Pyeongchang

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Japanese short-track speedskater Kei Saito has tested positive for a banned diuretic in the first doping case of the Pyeongchang Olympics. Saito, a reserve on the 5,000-meter relay team, tested positive for Acetalozamide, which can be used to treat conditions ...

After triple axel at Olympics, Nagasu has more in store

By BARRY WILNER, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — The wonderful thing about the inspiring — shall we call it Olympian? — story of Mirai Nagasu is that it's not over. Not even close. Nagasu has gone from teenage wunderkind and U.S. champion to fourth-place finisher at the ...

Wolski playing for Canada at Olympics after breaking neck

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Wojtek Wolski feared the worst. "I thought I was paralyzed," Wolski said. It was an innocent enough play in an early season Kontinental Hockey League game. Wolski dived to poke the puck away from Vladimir Markelov, who slid ...

Russians beat Norway, win curling bronze after rare tumble

By KRISTEN GELINEAU, Associated Press GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Despite a highly unusual tumble on the ice, a team of Russian athletes roared back to win the bronze medal in mixed doubles curling by beating Norway 8-4 on Tuesday. A tearful Anastasia Bryzgalova leaped into her coach's ...

What to watch from Pyeongchang – Day 4

By MAGAN CRANE, Associated Press PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Looking for some Olympics sizzle with your tacos on Tuesday? We've got just the thing. Here are some highlights to look for from Pyeongchang. All times Eastern. FIGURE SKATING Prime time in North America means marquee events ...

Hanyu looks healthy and in good spirits upon Olympic arrival

By BARRY WILNER, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — During an outstanding practice in which he looked as healthy as ever, defending Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu joked with coach Brian Orser. He exchanged high-fives with other coaches, and they shared some hearty laughs. When ...

Hometown ‘changes’ name for 1st US gold medalist at Olympics

SILVERTHORNE, Colo. (AP) — The hometown of Olympic gold medalist Red Gerard has unofficially upgraded its name in his honor. A sign welcoming visitors to the Colorado mountain town of Silverthorne was changed over the weekend to "Goldthorne" after the 17-year-old snowboarder captured the ...

Column: Another Olympic city faces a financial calamity

By PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Columnist GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — The glittering new venues not far from the South Korean coast were clearly the place to be on Monday. Thousands of bundled-up people scurried through the Olympic Park despite frigid temperatures, heading off in various ...

Lundby carries dominant World Cup form to Olympic gold

By JIM ARMSTRONG, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — After dominating the ski jumping World Cup this season, Maren Lundby wasn't about to be denied on the sport's biggest stage. The 23-year-old Norwegian overcame frigid temperatures Monday to win the women's ski jumping normal ...

US speedskaters off to another slow start at Olympics

By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Three events into the Olympic speedskating competition and the Americans remain off the podium. The latest setback came Monday night when world champion Heather Bergsma finished eighth in the 1,500 meters. Brittany Bowe had the ...

Canada’s Kingsbury storms to gold in men’s moguls

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Mikael Kingsbury kept trying to convince himself the Olympics were just another event. That his legacy as one of the greatest moguls skiers ever didn't necessarily rely on his performance in Pyeongchang. Then the 25-year-old ...

Fourcade back on top; Dahlmeier takes 2nd Olympic gold

By STEVE REED, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — It was hard to imagine Martin Fourcade staying down for long. Sure enough, the world's most dominant biathlete bounced back with a vengeance Monday to win Olympic gold in the men's 12.5-kilometer pursuit in dominating fashion. ...

Combined Korean team doubles its shots in 8-0 loss to Sweden

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — The Korean women's hockey team is going through some growing pains. Sweden scored four goals in the first period and routed Korea 8-0 on Monday night in a preliminary round game that did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm for the historic team. The North Korean ...

Shredded: Great day for Jamie, rough day for slopestyle

By EDDIE PELLS, AP National Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Jamie Anderson will almost certainly spend more time gazing at her newest Olympic gold medal than watching replays of the slopestyle run she put down to win it. Nobody, not even the Olympic champion, would want to re-live ...