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Bobsledder Briauna Jones' Olympic dream almost coming true

Sports / Olympics /

WASHINGTON -- Briauna Jones took the weekend's news that she's going to be an alternate on the women's U.S. bobsled team as both a Olympic dream come true and a dream deferred.

The former UNC Charlotte track star-turned bobsledder was selected as a backup Saturday for the U.S. women's bobsled team that's headed to the 2018 Winter Olympics next ...Read more

Snowboarder Chloe Kim, a rising star, will get serious airtime at the Winter Olympics

Sports / Olympics /

Spinning, flipping, flitting from one place to the next, Chloe Kim speaks in much the same way she rides the halfpipe, with breathless velocity and startling twists.

"Snowboarding brought me out of my shell," she says. "You know, if you meet someone for the first time, they're not going to bite you."

Sitting before a clutch of reporters, ...Read more

Long-distance Olympic hockey preparation has begun for the Admirals' Bobby Butler

Sports / Olympics /

Perhaps "Miracle" is your reference point.

The 2004 movie told the true and inspiring story of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey squad: A group of young amateurs is brought together and built up over months by a fiery, rogue coach to the point it is able to upset a team of Cold War-era Russian pros and then ultimately win the gold medal.

Yeah ... ...Read more

The promising future of US women's figure skating hasn't come to fruition

Sports / Olympics /

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The future looked exceptionally bright for American women's figure skating in 2014 after Gracie Gold, Ashley Wagner and Polina Edmunds finished fourth, seventh and ninth, respectively, at the Sochi Olympics. Four years later, with the Pyeongchang Games a few weeks away, that picture is dramatically different.

Gold had ...Read more

US Figure Skating announces men's roster for Winter Olympics: Chen, Zhou and Rippon

Sports / Olympics /

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Adam Rippon won a reprieve after his subpar, fourth-place performance at the U.S. figure skating championships when a selection committee awarded him a berth on the Pyeongchang Olympic team over second-place finisher Ross Miner.

The announcement, made Sunday morning, was based on the superiority of Rippon's body of work over...Read more

US Figure Skating announces the three women who will participate at Winter Olympics

Sports / Olympics /

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Avoiding controversy, U.S. Figure Skating on Saturday announced that it had nominated Bradie Tennell, Mirai Nagasu and Karen Chen for the three women's singles berths on the U.S team for the Pyeongchang Olympics.

The three women finished in that order at the U.S. figure skating championships, but the selection committee ...Read more

North Korea 'likely to participate' in Winter Olympics, official says

Sports / Olympics /

BEIJING -- North Korea is "likely to participate" in next month's Winter Olympic Games, the country's International Olympic Committee representative said Saturday, according to Japan's Kyodo news agency.

North Korean IOC member Chang Ung made the comment to reporters at Beijing's international airport, Kyodo reported.

North and South Korea on ...Read more

Shani Davis makes fifth straight Olympics

Sports / Olympics /

MILWAUKEE -- Shani Davis still has his poker face.

The 35-year-old Chicagoan said for the first time in his legendary speedskating career, he has allowed himself to think about failing as a means for motivation. So before he lined up for the 1,000-meter race Wednesday night at the U.S. Olympic long-track team trials -- a chance to qualify for ...Read more

San Francisco skater gets a jump on competitors at championships

Sports / Olympics /

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Dinh Tran is used to taking a different track to figure skating stardom.

So, he just shrugged after heading to a Caltrain station Monday after a stirring performance to place second in the junior men's short program at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in San Jose.

Tran, 16, followed Richmond Alysa Liu's powerful ...Read more

US men's, women's hockey rosters announced for Pyeongchang Games

Sports / Olympics /

The U.S. men's Olympic hockey team, forced to recruit from the college and European professional ranks after the NHL refused to halt its season to allow players to represent their homelands next month at the Pyeongchang Games, will feature only one player with previous Olympic experience and will consist of about a dozen players who are 30 or ...Read more

Olympic officials issue verdict on uniforms for 'neutral' Russian athletes

Sports / Olympics /

It appears the International Olympic Committee is fairly serious about banning Russia from the 2018 Winter Games.

The IOC has ruled that individual Russians may participate as "neutrals" if they can prove they have competed without doping, but on Wednesday it issued strict rules about what those athletes may wear.

The uniforms for approved "...Read more

Olympic officials receive 'valuable intelligence' in Russian cheating scandal

Sports / Olympics /

Anti-doping authorities met with officials from around the Olympics world Thursday to share "valuable intelligence" regarding allegations of cheating at a Russian testing laboratory.

The World Anti-Doping Agency had acquired the information from a database at a Moscow lab and expressed confidence in its veracity earlier this year.

WADA's ...Read more

US Olympic leaders unsure if White House can force American team to skip Winter Games

Sports / Olympics /

U.S. Olympic leaders acknowledged Friday they were caught off-guard when government officials commented about potentially skipping the upcoming 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, because of security concerns.

Earlier this week, U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley and White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders suggested that the ...Read more

After wavering, White House says US to attend Winter Olympics

Sports / Olympics /

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders confirmed U.S. plans to go to the 2018 Winter Olympics shortly after raising questions about whether American athletes would participate in the games in South Korea, where North Korea's nuclear ambitions have raised security concerns about the event.

"UPDATE: The U.S. looks forward to participating in ...Read more

Putin won't block athletes from Olympics amid anger at team ban

Sports / Olympics /

Vladimir Putin, fresh on the heels of the widely anticipated announcement that he'll seek a fourth term as president, said that Russia won't stop its athletes from competing under a neutral flag at the 2018 Winter Olympics after the national team was banned from the Games.

"Without any doubt, we won't put up any barrier and won't prevent our ...Read more

Russia's Olympic team barred from 2018 Winter Games

Sports / Olympics /

The International Olympic Committee on Tuesday banned Russia from competing in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Olympic leaders made their decision in response to an ongoing investigation that has found evidence of widespread doping among Russian athletes, coaches and officials. Authorities have also alleged that a Russian ...Read more

Fewer scandals would provide sport a huge lift

Sports / Olympics /

ANAHEIM, Calif.--There is much more at stake than titles for the weightlifters competing at the World Championships this week at the Anaheim Convention Center.

The sport's integrity and its success at eliminating rampant doping are on the line as the International Olympic Committee considers whether to exclude weightlifting from the 2024 Paris ...Read more

UN urges global truce during Winter Olympics

Sports / Olympics /

In a consensus action that included North Korea and South Korea, the United Nations General Assembly on Monday adopted a resolution asking all nations to observe an "Olympic truce" during the 2018 Winter Games in February.

The 17-day sporting event is to be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea, about an hour from the demilitarized zone.

"This is ...Read more

New evidence of cheating could hurt Russia's chances at 2018 Winter Olympics

Sports / Olympics /

Anti-doping authorities said Friday they have come into possession of new intelligence that confirms allegations of widespread cheating at a Russian testing laboratory.

World Anti-Doping Agency officials said they are confident the "enormous" backup computer file they acquired in late October is an information management database -- containing ...Read more