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US Medal Haul Is Well Below Expectations

But US Curling 'rejects' have a shot at gold

(Newser) - Bad news for Russian hopes of marching under their own flag: The BBC reports that the Russian Bobsleigh Federation says Nadezhda Sergeeva, 30, has tested positive for a banned heart drug. Sergeeva, the second Russian to test positive for a banned substance, placed 12th in the two-woman bobsleigh event on... More »

Skater Nearly Booted for Slacking Off Wins Gold

Alina Zagitova finished ahead of compatriot, 18

(Newser) - A few years back, Alina Zagitova nearly was sent home from training for not working hard enough. Now, she heads home with Olympic gold, the first for the Russians at the Pyeongchang Olympics. A grateful nation—upset that their flag, anthem, and dozens of athletes were banned from the games... More »

Vonn Fails to Finish Final Olympic Race

Mikaela Shiffrin won the silver in same race

(Newser) - The slalom portion of the women's Alpine combined was the last race of American star Lindsay Vonn's Olympic career—but the medal went to teammate Mikaela Shiffrin. The 22-year-old won silver after Vonn went off course just 10 seconds into her slalom on Thursday, the AP reports. This... More »

US Wins First Hockey Gold in 20 Years

USA women beat Canada in tiebreaker shootout

(Newser) - The United States has beaten Canada in a shootout to win their first Olympic gold since 1998 in women's hockey. Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson scored in the first extra round of the first shootout tiebreaker in Olympic women's hockey history on Thursday to give the United States the gold medal... More »

US Women Pull Off Major Olympic Upset

Lindsay Vonn takes bronze in final Olympic downhill

(Newser) - The American women's cross-country ski team pulled off a major upset in Pyeongchang Wednesday, winning gold in the team sprint—the first-ever medal for the US women's team. The only other American to win a cross-country ski medal was Bill Koch, who won silver in the 30-kilometer race... More »

N. Korea Canceled Secret Pence Meeting at Last Minute

Pence's office says meeting was 'dangled'

(Newser) - Vice President Mike Pence had planned to hold a secret meeting with North Korean officials while he was in Pyeongchang for the Winter Olympics, but the North Koreans backed out at the last minute, according to the White House. "North Korea dangled a meeting in hopes of the vice... More »

The 'Mediocre' Skier Raising Eyebrows at the Olympics

Elizabeth Swaney didn't do any tricks on her halfpipe run, deliberately

(Newser) - On the surface, there's nothing at all ordinary or subpar about a 33-year-old Berkeley and Harvard grad who's competing with the best of the best at the Olympics. Yet Elizabeth Swaney has caused a hubbub in Pyeongchang, after turning in what Digg labels a "hilariously mediocre" ski... More »

Speedskater for N. Korea Has a Really Rough Race

Jong Kwang Bom crashes—twice

(Newser) - In his defense, Jong Kwang Bom is only 17 and "clearly" had no business lining up to race as an Olympic speedskater for North Korea, per a post at USA Today . But race he did, and things did not end well. Jong fell almost immediately after the start of... More »

'Greatest Ice Dancers Ever' Take Olympic Gold

French team that suffered malfunction was a close second

(Newser) - American siblings Maia and Alex Shibutani have a bronze medal to be proud of, France's Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron broke the record for the highest free-dance score, but Olympic ice dancing gold went to Canadians Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir on Tuesday, USA Today reports. The pair, who... More »

They Were Going for a Medal. Then 'in a Flash, Disaster'

American figure skaters Madison Chock, Evan Bates tumble to the ice during a spin

(Newser) - Olympic figure skaters in Pyeongchang have confronted wardrobe malfunctions and political controversy , but heartbreak is what came for American partners Madison Chock and Evan Bates. Per USA Today , both skaters tumbled to the ice Tuesday during their long program after their skate blades got caught up together during a combination... More »

Skater's 'Worst Nightmare' Takes Place on Olympic Ice

French skater Gabriella Papadakis' top slipped down, exposing part of her breast

(Newser) - First it was figure skater Yura Min whose costume glitch caused her a moment of distress at the Olympics. Now one of Min's French counterparts can claim the same, though Gabriella Papadakis' experience led to a bit more on-ice embarrassment. As Papadakis started her short program routine Monday with... More »

Russian Who Failed Doping Test Was a Curler

This could damage chances of reinstatement

(Newser) - Russia could lose its chance to be reinstated before the end of the Winter Olympics because of a doping charge against curling bronze medalist Alexander Krushelnitsky. The Court of Arbitration for Sport said in a statement Monday that it has "initiated a procedure involving" Krushelnitsky, who finished third in... More »

Skater Who Called Out Pence Gets NBC Gig

Adam Rippon will be an Olympics analyst

(Newser) - Adam Rippon is done with competing in PyeongChang this year, but NBC has given the outspoken figure skater a correspondent gig that will keep his face in America's living rooms through to the end of the Winter Olympics. Buoyed in large part by his penchant for cracking jokes on... More »

17-Year-Old American Skater Manages an Olympic First

Vincent Zhou lands quadruple lutz

(Newser) - A 17-year-old American figure skater has pulled off a move that nobody else has landed cleanly in the 94-year history of the Winter Olympics. In the men's short program, Vincent Zhou landed a quadruple lutz, which "requires four rotations after a jump from the outside of one foot,... More »

Russian Made Unprecedented Offer to American Luger

'If you have the fastest equipment, why would you give it to anyone else?'

(Newser) - Ironically, the frosty relationship between the US and Russia doesn't extend to the frozen curves of Olympic luge. “This goes against every Russian-USA stereotype ever but one of the Russian athletes actually wanted me to use his sled,” Reuters quotes Chris Mazdzer as saying. Mazdzer made US... More »

Norwegian Breaks Age Record With Alpine Win

Mikaela Shiffrin scores first gold

(Newser) - At 35, Aksel Lund Svindal is an old man by the standards of Olympic Alpine skiing —but the Norwegian managed to win the men's downhill on Thursday, earning a place in the record books as the oldest skier to win Olympic gold, the AP reports. "That's... More »

After Shaun White's Glory, He Has to Apologize Twice

Snowboarder sorry for belittling harassment lawsuit, dragging flag

(Newser) - Shaun White pulled off the impressive feat of winning a gold medal at his third different Olympics on Wednesday, but subsequent headlines haven't been all flattering for the all-world snowboarder. For one thing, his win has brought renewed attention to a sexual harassment lawsuit brought against him in 2016.... More »

Weather Is Turning Into a Major Issue at Olympics

It's too windy to shoot straight

(Newser) - Weather played havoc with the Winter Olympics again on Wednesday, with fierce winds forcing authorities to close the Olympic Park in Gangneung, near South Korea's east coast. Officials began evacuating the park around 3pm, urging visitors to go indoors, NBC Chicago reports. The wind caused the women's slalom... More »

Ski Great Is Finally an Olympic Champ

Austria's Marcel Hirscher is 'super happy'

(Newser) - The man sometimes called the "world's greatest skier" scored his first Olympic gold Tuesday. Austrian racer Marcel Hirscher, who scored a record six consecutive World Cup victories, won the men's combined with a time of 2:06:52, had previously scored no higher than silver in Sochi,... More »

Chloe Kim Makes History With US Gold

She wows on third run after winning with the first

(Newser) - At 17, American snowboarder Chloe Kim has completed her rise to superstar with a stunning gold medal victory in Pyeongchang. The California teen was already assured of gold after scoring 93.75 in the first run of the women's halfpipe final, but she ended up making history on her... More »

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