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Olympic figure skater under federal indictment in San Diego

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SAN DIEGO -- John Baldwin Jr. appeared in federal court this week for a motion-setting hearing before Judge Thomas J. Whelan. On the lapel of his suit jacket, the Escondido resident wore an Olympic pin with the five interlocking rings.

"Olympians," Baldwin Jr. said afterward, "can break the law. I just don't happen to be one of those Olympians....Read more

Embattled US Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun resigns, citing health problems

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The chief executive of the U.S. Olympic Committee, who missed the recent 2018 Winter Olympics while battling prostate cancer, announced his resignation Wednesday.

Scott Blackmun, 60, laid the groundwork for bringing the Summer Games back to Los Angeles in 2028 but had also come under fire for his organization's perceived lack of action in ...Read more

Winners and losers from the Pyeongchang Olympics

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When I checked in at the media village before the Sochi Olympics four years ago, I was told it would be a minute. They were making the bed.

As in, constructing it. With hammers and nails.

A few days later, the elevators stopped working. You could take the stairs, but first you had to open a door with no knob.

The elevators worked two years ...Read more

Jessie Diggins hoists US colors at Olympics closing ceremony

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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea -- One of the major concerns before the Pyeongchang Olympics was that the weather would be too cold for anyone to feel comfortable. Even by Minnesota standards, it was frigid, with windchills dropping to the double digits below zero in the small South Korean towns tucked between the mountains and the sea.

The weather, ...Read more

The winners and losers of the Pyeongchang Games

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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.

Here, in the final Olympics Buzz of these Games, we take a look at some of the winners and losers.

Winners

-- Tourism Bureau of Norway. You can see the pamphlet now: "Come visit the greatest Winter Olympic country...Read more

John Shuster leads Team USA to Olympic curling gold

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GANGNEUNG, South Korea -- For John Shuster, it wasn't about the feel of the ribbon around his neck, or the surprising heft of the gold disc that lay on his chest. He had received an Olympic medal before, a bronze in 2006 as part of Pete Fenson's team at the Turin Winter Games.

Shuster never forgot how it felt that night in Italy, standing on an...Read more

Ledecka pulls off an unprecedented double gold with victory in snowboard event

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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea -- There wasn't any surprise this time.

Ester Ledecka completed one of the most unlikely feats in Olympic history by pumping her right fist in the air after she sped across the finish line for the snowboard parallel giant slalom at the Phoenix Snow Park. She hugged second-place Selina Joerg, then dropped to her knees as...Read more

Kyle Mack of U.S. wins silver, but snowboarders who survive are champions in big air

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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea -- The bloody patch on Max Parrot's chin pretty much said it all.

On a day when some of the world's best snowboarders pushed each other to go for broke, the inaugural men's big air contest at the 2018 Winter Olympics turned into a game of survival.

One after another, pre-contest favorites -- including Parrot -- fell ...Read more

Russian bobsledder who wore 'I don't do drugs' shirt tests positive

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PEYONGCHANG, South Korea -- About the same time that the Olympic anthem was being played instead of the Russian anthem for gold-medal figure skater Alina Zagitova, the reasons why were being illustrated once again.

Another Russian athlete had failed a drug test.

This time it was a female bobsledder who recently filmed an ad wearing a ...Read more

Despite a couple positive tests, Russians showed progress

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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.

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

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