National Sports

Bloemen ends Dutch dominance at the Olympic Oval

By RAF CASERT, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — The roots of Ted-Jan Bloemen will have many saying his Olympic gold medal in speedskating is at least part Dutch. Forget it. His recipe for victory in the 10,000 meters was as Canadian as maple syrup. "Everything changed for ...

Canada jumps to early lead, downs Swiss in Olympic opener

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Rene Bourque and Wojtek Wolski each scored twice and Derek Roy had three assists as Canada opened its Olympic campaign with a 5-1 win over Switzerland on Thursday night. The Canadians led 2-0 after 7 1/2 minutes and made the Swiss pay when they went to the ...

Boe takes biathlon gold after Fourcade’s stunning collapse

By STEVE REED, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Martin Fourcade's rare collapse on the final shoot of the 20-kilometer individual race handed Norwegian rival Johannes Thingnes Boe his first Olympic gold medal in biathlon on Thursday. Fourcade, the world's top-ranked ...

Geisenberger, Germany win another gold in Olympic relay

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — When the International Olympic Committee added a luge team relay to the program seven years ago, part of the rationalization was that it would provide more medal chances for women. Natalie Geisenberger and Alex Gough surely ...

American Shiffrin rallies on final run to win giant slalom

By DAVID BRANDT, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Finally, it was an ideal day for skiing. American Mikaela Shiffrin celebrated by using a hard-charging final run to win the women's giant slalom Thursday. It's the first of several Olympic titles she hopes to earn at the ...

“It hurts or it hurts” Ashley Caldwell goes big but falls

By EDDIE PELLS, AP National Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — American freestyle skier Ashley Caldwell admits it: She loves the risk because she loves the reward. On Thursday night at the Olympics, there was no prize for her daring. The foremost envelope pusher in the dangerous sport ...

45-year-old Pechstein seeks another Olympic gold in 5,000

By RAF CASERT, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — At 22, Dutch speedskating rookie Esmee Visser had to do some quick math to put the phenomenon that goes by the name of Claudia Pechstein into perspective. Pechstein is still competing and will celebrate her 46th birthday at the ...

Column: One down, more to come for Shiffrin

By TIM DAHLBERG, AP Sports Columnist PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The sun was going behind the mountain, and only a handful of diehard spectators remained as workers struggled for what seemed like forever to put a makeshift podium together for Mikaela Shiffrin's latest ...

What to watch from Pyeongchang Olympics on Day 6

By MAGAN CRANE, Associated Press PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — There is a lot going on in Pyeongchang on Day 6 of Olympic competition. We're breaking down the highlights so you won't miss the best parts. All times Eastern. FIGURE SKATING The men will take the ice just in time for prime ...