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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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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

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Jessie Diggins, Kikkan Randall's cross-country skiing gold medal was decades in the making

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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea -- It wasn't that Luke Bodensteiner didn't have faith. But in the aftermath of Wednesday night's Olympic gold medal, the one Jessie Diggins and Kikkan Randall earned in the team sprint, he admitted he was starting to worry that the Americans' 42-year Winter Games drought in cross-country skiing would continue.

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American figure skater Mirai Nagasu embraces her Japanese roots

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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea -- On property of the First United Methodist Church in San Gabriel, Calif., stands a modest-sized house that serves as a Japanese school classroom. Notices to the parents of students are posted on a whiteboard near the front door.

For several days, a picture of Mirai Nagasu has been taped alongside a couple of class ...Read more

Olympics' new big air snowboarding takes extreme sports to the extreme — and the athletes are scared

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Even the best snowboarders in the world know the event they call "big air" isn't normal.

They know it doesn't make sense to fly down a ramp and launch themselves off a steep jump, spinning and twisting through the air, coming down with a thud on hard-packed snow.

That's where fear comes into play.

With big air snowboarding making its Olympic ...Read more

US women are showing their superiority

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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.

There is a gender problem in the United States. There is no equality in the Olympics. Our men just aren't as good as our women.

Maybe there needs to be some kind of male-favoring legislation, like a Title IX for ...Read more

Canada edges Finland, 1-0, to reach men's hockey semifinals

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GANGNEUNG, South Korea -- Backup goaltender Kevin Poulin made 15 saves in relief of injured starter Ben Scrivens on Wednesday night as Canada held on for a 1-0 quarterfinal victory over Finland at Gangneung Hockey Centre.

Canada, which relied on its wealth of NHL stars to win the last two men's Olympic hockey tournaments, will face Germany in ...Read more

Olympic Athletes of Russia reach men's hockey semifinals after rout of Norway

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GANGNEUNG, South Korea -- The Olympic Athletes of Russia, considered the favorite to win gold before the men's Olympic hockey tournament began, advanced to the semifinals with a 6-1 rout of Norway on Wednesday at Gangneung Hockey Centre. Eleven players had at least one point, including many whose names are familiar to fans of NHL teams.

Former ...Read more

Czech Republic eliminates U.S. in men's hockey

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GANGNEUNG, South Korea -- When the U.S. men's hockey team looks back on the 2018 Winter Olympics, the key phrase might be "missed opportunities."

The Americans came up short again on Wednesday, seeing their improbable medal run come to an end with a 3-2 overtime loss to the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals at Gangneung Hockey Centre in ...Read more

Jessie Diggins propels US to first gold in cross country skiing history

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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea -- Three times at the Pyeongchang Olympics, Jessie Diggins had made U.S. cross-country skiing history. But the Afton, Minn., native had not won the big prize she sought -- until Wednesday, when she and Kikkan Randall became the first American women to earn an Olympic medal in the sport.

Diggins and Randall captured gold...Read more

U.S. hopes already on thin ice

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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea -- Fearless and flawless, 15-year-old Alina Zagitova of the Olympic Athletes of Russia leaped into history Wednesday by earning a world-record score for her short program in the first phase of the women's figure skating competition. Her excellence made for a striking contrast with the three American entrants, who each ...Read more