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Column: Cheating Russians should have never been in Olympics

Tim Dahlberg, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 4:19am

It sounds like some kind of cheap joke, though no one here seems to be laughing about the Russian curler who tested positive for performance enhancing drugs.

AP PHOTOS: Shadows and light at the Pyeongchang Olympics

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 3:33am

At the Pyeongchang Olympics, most days are very cold and very bright. As the sun moves through the sky, shadows contract and lengthen. Athletes are silhouetted as they trudge to starting lines and soar through the air.

Olympic women's hockey expanding from 8 to 10 teams in 2022

Teresa M. Walker and Stephen Whyno, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 3:00am

The women's hockey tournament will be expanded from eight teams to 10 for the 2022 Olympics in Beijing and the head of the International Ice Hockey Federation says he believes the talent gap between the North American powerhouse teams and the rest of the world will close much faster than it took on the men's side of the game.

Freestyle skier's complex path offers Olympic Rorschach test

Will Graves, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 1:45am

The words left Liz Swaney's lips without an ounce of irony. No telling curl of the lips. No wink. Nothing. She meant them. All of them.

US coach: No fear of suspension for women's hockey final

Jimmy Golen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 12:43am

U.S. women's hockey coach Robb Stauber said he doesn't expect captain Meghan Duggan to face disciplinary action that would keep her out of the Olympic gold medal match after a collision in the semifinals that required two people to virtually carry Finland's Ronja Savolainen off the ice.

US women back in gold medal game after 5-0 win over Finland

Teresa M. Walker, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 12:37am

The Americans have done their part, playing their way back into the only women's hockey game that matters.

2 Americans skating for South Korea make cut in ice dance

Barry Wilner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 12:37am

As she sat in the kiss-and-cry area awaiting the marks, Yura Min already had tears rolling down her cheeks. And when she saw the short dance numbers from the judges for her and partner Alexander Gamelin, she bawled like a baby.

Wardrobe issues causes Olympic stress for French skaters

Dave Skretta, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 12:23am

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.

US shows power in Olympic short dance with 3rd, 4th and 7th

Barry Wilner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 12:01am

Canadians Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir might be the greatest of all ice dancers. France's Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron likely are their biggest challengers at the Pyeongchang Olympics.

Sick tricks! Big Air bounds into Olympics on a high note

Eddie Pells, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 18th - 11:53pm

From the gold medalist down to the last-place finisher, what the women snowboarders really wanted was a second chance.

Lindsey Vonn tells her Twitter critics: 'I won't back down'

Howard Fendrich, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 18th - 11:41pm

Lindsey Vonn is not planning to change her mind or stop saying what she thinks, no matter what attacks folks might send her way via social media.

Virtue, Moir lead ice dancing after record short dance

Dave Skretta, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 18th - 11:23pm

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir sat flanked by their training partners, Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron on one side, Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue on the other, both having just skated in the Olympics for the first time.

Biathlon "king" Bjoerndalen cheerleading in Pyeongchang

Steve Reed, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 18th - 10:01pm

The king is not dead, he's just testing skis and being the best cheerleader he can be for his wife.

Elana Meyers Taylor dealing with Achilles' issue at Olympics

Tim Reynolds, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 18th - 9:43pm

Elana Meyers Taylor's final preparations for the women's bobsled event that starts Tuesday at the Pyeongchang Olympics have not been ideal.

As athletes struggle, Kim Jong Un dreams of Olympic glory

Eric Talmadge, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 18th - 9:23pm

Kim Jong Un wants to turn his country into an international sports power — think East Germany in the 1970s and 80s. The North Korean leader is pouring resources into training and infrastructure, athletes are getting more recognition than ever and the country now even has an all-sports television channel, though it's not clear how many citizens are able to actually watch it.

Karin Harjo among few female ski coaches on World Cup level

Pat Graham, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 18th - 9:04pm

This had to be a case of mistaken identity, Karin Harjo thought, when a little girl in the crowd asked for an autograph.

"Shy kid" Karen Chen has a plan for fighting off nerves

Jake Seiner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 18th - 8:43pm

Karen Chen found herself in a room full of athletes, and she froze.

What to watch from Pyeongchang - Day 10

Magan Crane, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 18th - 8:09pm

What better way to mark the last day of a three day weekend than by watching feats of athletic greatness at the Olympics! Here are some highlights to look out for. (All times Eastern.)

Kentucky 2030? Could Korea export its rural Olympic gamble?

Claire Galofaro and Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 18th - 7:57pm

A coal mine stands on the mountain exactly as it was the day it was abandoned, now a rusting relic of blue-collar glory lost to a globalized world.