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Despite a couple positive tests, Russians showed progress

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It was a scene played out in packed arenas throughout the United States. Nikolai Volkoff, said to be a professional wrestler from Russia, would have the ring announcer ask everyone to stand as he sang the Russian ...Read more

Cashing in medals for money is tough sledding for most U.S. Olympians

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When she arrived for the Winter Olympics in South Korea, Chloe Kim already was an accomplished snowboarder with endorsement deals from the likes of Visa, Nike and Toyota.

Then came her dominating performance to win the gold medal in the women's snowboarding halfpipe in Pyeongchang, and the charismatic 17-year-old Southern Californian instantly ...Read more

Boot problems for Karen Chen, lack of hot water for Mirai Nagasu

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GANGNEUNG, South Korea -- Karen Chen had a boot problem.

Again.

It almost seemed as if the talented Fremont, Calif., figure skater had talked herself out of performing at her best Friday at the Pyeongchang Games.

Judges deducted points on five of Chen's jumps in the free skate to encapsulate another frustrating day for U.S. skaters who all ...Read more

Jessie Diggins will carry the flag for the U.S. at closing ceremony

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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea -- This has been a good week for Kikkan Randall and Jessie Diggins.

On Wednesday night, they became the first U.S. women to earn a medal in cross-country skiing, winning the team sprint free. The next day, Randall was elected as an athlete representative on the International Olympic Committee.

Friday, it was Diggins' ...Read more

Germany upsets defending champion Canada, 4-3, to reach men's gold medal game against Olympic Athletes from Russia

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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea -- Germany recorded the biggest upset of the men's Olympic hockey tournament on Friday by pulling off a 4-3 semifinal upset of defending champion Canada, setting up an unexpected gold medal matchup on Sunday against the Olympic Athletes from Russia.

Germany, seeded 10th among the 12 entrants, last won an Olympic medal ...Read more

Moscow's ballerinas of the ice skate to Olympic stardom

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GANGNEUNG, South Korea -- One dark-haired Russian teenager chose Cervantes' whimsical character Don Quixote to find her path to Olympic greatness.

The other dark-haired teen from the same Moscow training rink turned to Leo Tolstoy's tragic tale of Anna Karenina.

Alina Zagitova, 15, and Evgenia Medvedeva, 18, skated to wildly different ...Read more

Author has her golden moment at Pyeongchang Games

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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea -- Vermont author Peggy Shinn had been more than a little anxious as the U.S. women's cross-country ski team kept coming close but failing to earn its historic first Olympic medal at the Pyeongchang Games.

When Kikkan Randall and Jessie Diggins finally did it Wednesday night in the team sprint, it came with an ...Read more

This time it is Russian medaling at the women's figure skating final

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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea -- Alina Zagitova and Evgenia Medvedeva were in a class by themselves, performing at a level so far above the rest of the women's figure skating field that there were really two competitions at Gangneung Ice Arena on Friday.

The first competition was to determine whether 15-year-old Zagitova or her friend and training ...Read more

Saturday's Olympics TV schedule

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All times Eastern

SATURDAY, FEB. 24

NBC

3 p.m.-6 p.m.

Speed Skating -- Men's and Women's Mass Start Gold Medal Finals

Men's Cross Country -- 50km Gold Medal Final

8 p.m.-11 p.m.

Figure Skating Gala (LIVE)

Four Man Bobsled -- Gold Medal Final Runs (LIVE)

11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.

Primetime Plus Coverage

12:30 a.m.-3:30 a.m.

Primetime ...Read more

Golden finish could start something big for US cross-country skiing

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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea -- Jessie Diggins got a poster of Olympic cross-country skier Bill Koch when she was a kid and hung it above her bed.

Koch won a silver medal at the 1976 Olympics, and Diggins idolized him. His poster still hangs in her bedroom at her parents' Afton, Minn., home.

Koch was the only American -- man or woman -- to own an ...Read more

After being left for dead, US men find themselves in curling final

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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea -- As the clock ticked past midnight and into the early morning hours Friday, Matt Hamilton and the rest of the U.S. men's curling team had big plans.

"I think it's healthy to celebrate a little bit," Hamilton said. "I might go back to the 1/8athletes3/8 village and have a McFlurry."

The Americans had reason to party -...Read more

It's still hard to beat the drama (and the ratings) of Tonya and Nancy's Olympics

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This is your daily infusion of information and news that you might have missed. The really big stuff you'll find in other stories.

Another women's figure skating final will be behind us soon, with all the requisite drama that follows the Winter Games' marquee event.

What do you expect from a sport in which the participants don't go to the ...Read more

Women lead remarkable US medal resurgence at the Olympics

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Mikaela Shiffrin collected another stuffed Olympic mascot Thursday, the plush toy an IOU of sorts for the silver medal she will later receive.

Shiffrin is one of the United States' signature athletes and the Alpine combined is one of her signature events. Her second-place finish at the Jeongseon Alpine Centre was significant on its own.

Her ...Read more

US men's curlers vanquish Canada, will play for gold next

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GANGNEUNG, South Korea -- With their Thursday afternoon practice over, John Shuster and his teammates returned to the Olympic Village to watch a little hockey. The U.S. men's curling team knows several of its counterparts on the women's hockey team, and they were eager to see whether the Americans could break Canada's 20-year stranglehold on the...Read more

U.S. women's hockey team strikes gold by finally stopping its rival

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GANGNEUNG, South Korea -- The call came Wednesday night as the U.S. women contemplated their day of reckoning.

Cammi Granato, the face of American women's hockey, was on the line.

"Everything you need is in this room," she told the players who had grown up idolizing her.

Granato knew something about this version of the U.S. Olympic team. But ...Read more

Down and out, U.S. now on the medal comeback trail

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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea -- Mikaela Shiffrin collected another stuffed Olympic mascot Thursday, the plush toy an IOU of sorts for the silver medal she will later receive.

Shiffrin is one of the United States' signature athletes and the Alpine combined is one of her signature events. Her second-place finish at the Jeongseon Alpine Centre was ...Read more

Sisters get the big goals as U.S. ends Canada's streak and wins gold in hockey final

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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea -- The long wait is over for the U.S. women's Olympic hockey team.

Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson scored in the sixth round of the tiebreaking shootout and goaltender Maddie Rooney stopped Meghan Agosta to give the Americans a 3-2 victory over Canada and the first Olympic gold medal for the women's team since the inaugural...Read more

David Wise keeps the faith, wins gold

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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea -- There were moments during the last four years when David Wise wasn't sure it he would survive.

The defending Olympic ski halfpipe gold medalist endured the worst two seasons of his career. He suffered three concussions, plus serious injuries to his shoulder and back. His wife, Alexandra, experienced severe postpartum...Read more

NC mechanic helps keeps US bobsleds on track at Winter Olympics

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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea -- Jim "Cheech" Garde traveled from Concord, N.C., to Pyeongchang to look after his babies.

His children are U.S. men's and women's bobsleds that are competing this week at the 2018 Winter Olympics. He helped design and build the sleek, high-tech bobsleds with the assistance of a pit crew of North Carolina companies ...Read more

Friday's Olympics TV schedule

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All times Eastern

FRIDAY, FEB. 23

NBC

3 p.m.-5 p.m.

Men's Biathlon -- 4×7.5km Relay Gold Medal Final

Figure Skating -- Ladies' Review

8 p.m.-11 p.m.

Alpine Skiing -- Team Event Gold Medal Final (LIVE)

Men's Snowboarding -- Big Air Gold Medal Final (LIVE)

Four-Man Bobsled -- Competition

Men's Speed Skating -- 1,000m Gold Medal Final

...Read more