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Japanese women notch 1st Olympic victory 4-1 over Korea

By TERESA M. WALKER, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — The roar echoed through the Kwandong Hockey Centre the moment Randi Heesoo Griffin's shot from the right circle crossed the line for the first Olympic goal in Korean women's hockey history. Then the Japanese topped the ...

Back on track: Bobsledder Justin Olsen set to resume sliding

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Justin Olsen has used his time off wisely, and he thinks he is ready to get in a sled again. The U.S. bobsledder who underwent an emergency appendectomy shortly before the start of the Pyeongchang Olympics will be in his sled ...

Speedskater Jorien ter Mors sets Olympic record in 1,000

By RAF CASERT, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Struggling through back and knee problems all season, Jorien ter Mors knew any conventional recovery would not make her an Olympic champion. The unconventional, though, did the trick. "As an athlete you are always a bit crazy," ...

Fierce wind forces closure of Olympic Park in South Korea

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Sharp, gusting wind forced the temporary closure of the Olympic Park in Gangneung on Wednesday, the latest blow from wild weather that has affected the games for several days. Sustained winds of 23 mph (37 kph) with stronger ...

Eric Frenzel wins Olympic gold in Nordic combined

By JIM ARMSTRONG, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Eric Frenzel wasn't about to let a half-minute deficit deny him of another taste of Olympic glory. Fifth after the ski jumping stage of the Nordic combined on Wednesday, the 29-year-old German started 38 seconds off the ...

German biathlete Laura Dahlmeier chasing Olympic history

By STEVE REED, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Laura Dahlmeier's pursuit of history will have to wait a day. The 24-year-old biathlete is on the verge of becoming the first female German since the country's unification in 1990 to win three gold medals at a single Olympics, ...

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 ...