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Jim Johannson, GM of U.S. men's Olympic hockey team and former UW standout, dies at 53

Sports / Olympics /

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Jim Johannson, assistant executive director of USA Hockey and the general manager of the 2018 U.S. Olympic men's ice hockey team, died in his sleep early Sunday morning.

Johannson, born March 10, 1964, in Rochester, Minn., had a lifelong career in hockey and was one of the most accomplished and respected people in the...Read more

Life of US Alpine skier has been an uphill battle

Sports / Olympics /

The diagnosis arrived the day before Thomas Walsh left for a ski academy in Vermont.

For months, the rising star on the U.S. junior skiing circuit dismissed the ache in his right hip. After all, a snow-covered future beckoned. Walsh, then 14, planned to follow the example of Mikaela Shiffrin, his close friend since preschool in Vail, Colo., and...Read more

Minus leader, US men have tougher sledding

Sports / Olympics /

LOS ANGELES -- The inside of an Olympic bobsled can be a violent place, loud and jostling at 90 mph, subject to oppressive gravitational forces through each banked turn.

But when Steve Langton thinks back on his years of racing with teammate Steven Holcomb, he remembers quieter times.

Their car rides to practice with music playing over the ...Read more

North Carolina player ready to skate for historic Korean hockey team at Winter Olympics

Sports / Olympics /

WASHINGTON -- Randi Griffin knew she was doing something unique when she left North Carolina to play ice hockey for South Korea's national women's hockey program.

Griffin, a 29-year-old from Apex, N.C., is poised to be part of Olympic history as a member of a unified South and North Korea women's hockey team that will compete in the 2018 Winter...Read more

North, South Korea solidify plan to march together at Olympics

Sports / Olympics /

North and South Korea solidified a plan to march together at next month's Winter Olympics and agreed to compete with a joint women's hockey team in a rare show of unity.

With the games to be held in South Korea, the agreement signed Saturday offers a moment of reconciliation during mounting tensions on the Korean peninsula involving Kim Jong Un...Read more

North and South Koreans plan to march together, field joint Olympic team

Sports / Olympics /

SEOUL, South Korea -- In a rare gesture of unity after recent threats of "enveloping fire," North and South Korea agreed Wednesday to march together under a unified flag during the opening ceremony at next month's Winter Olympics.

The announcement also includes plans to organize a joint women's ice hockey team, which if approved would be the ...Read more

Koreas to march under one flag at Olympics opening ceremony

Sports / Olympics /

SEOUL, South Korea -- North and South Korea will march jointly under one unified flag during the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics, South Korea's Unification Ministry said on Wednesday.

The two Koreas will also form a joint women's ice hockey team during the games, the statement said. Negotiators met for the third round of talks in just ...Read more

U.S. ski-team members on the mend — mentally and physically — as Winter Games approach

Sports / Olympics /

Laurenne Ross had sustained a fractured pelvis and a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee. She suffered multiple shoulder dislocations, broken fingers, sprained ankles and concussions. Needed dozens of stitches to close gashes across her face.

None of those injuries prepared the veteran U.S. Olympic Alpine skier for the split-second...Read more

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