National Sports

Joint Koreas hockey team ends historic Olympic run

By KIM TONG-HYUNG and HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — They cheered. They cried. They hugged. They watched as fans by the thousands shouted, "We are one." Unification flags for the two Koreas, longtime rivals and sometimes bitter enemies, flapped across the ...

Skating coach making emotional return to South Korea

By LARRY LAGE, AP Hockey Writer FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. (AP) — A 6-month-old girl was left next to a trash bin on the streets of Seoul in the winter of 1974 and wound up in an orphanage for a few years. She later stood at the bedside of her adopted parents as they slept, making sure they ...

Cassie Sharpe soars in a gold-medal tribute to Sarah Burke

By EDDIE PELLS, AP National Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Cassie Sharpe won the gold medal. If she could divide it into pieces, there would be plenty of places to spread it around. Part would go to Canada. Part would go to all the women who have pushed her sport so far. And a big ...

American triumph and disappointment in Olympic ice dance

By BARRY WILNER, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Ecstasy, heartbreak and a crash. Kind of sums up the American ice dance experience at the Winter Olympics. The Shib Sibs — Maia and older brother Alex Shibutani — added a bronze medal in the event to their team bronze ...

Shiffrin relaxed, fast and focused on Olympic combined event

By GRAHAM DUNBAR, AP Sports Writer JEONGSEON, South Korea (AP) — Relaxed, fast and excited. It was a good day for Mikaela Shiffrin on the Olympic downhill course Tuesday. Shiffrin will no longer start in the downhill medal race on Wednesday, choosing to focus on the following day's Alpine ...

Vonn trying not to think of downhill as her last at Olympics

By PAT GRAHAM and HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Sports Writers JEONGSEON, South Korea (AP) — 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 ...

Wardrobe issues causes Olympic stress for French skaters

By DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — The first notes of Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You" had just played when Gabriella Papadakis suddenly became aware that people were about to see a whole lot more of her shape than she had planned. The French ice dancer's glittering ...

Injured Alpine ski racers miss years, not days, at a time

By HOWARD FENDRICH and PAT GRAHAM, AP Sports Writers JEONGSEON, South Korea (AP) — Just the thought of being at the Olympics on Tuesday made Swiss ski racer Lara Gut smile broadly, and that had nothing to do with it being the last opportunity to train for the downhill, an event in which she ...

Americans off to slow start in sliding, aim at turnaround

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The U.S. wasn't exactly counting on getting a medal in two-man bobsledding at the Olympics, which isn't a surprise given how the Americans have claimed only one in the last 66 years. They weren't expecting to be this far ...

Johansson leads Norway to Olympic ski jumping team title

By JIM ARMSTRONG, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The red handlebar mustache finally has a golden accoutrement. After winning two bronze medals at the Pyeongchang Olympics, Robert Johansson helped Norway win the large hill team ski jumping title on Monday. Johansson leapt ...