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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

Lindsey Vonn takes bronze in women's downhill; Italy's Goggia wins gold

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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea -- Some of the greatest athletes in the history ended their careers with spectacular performances that encapsulated their genius, such as when Kobe Bryant scored 60 points in his last game or Ted Williams homered in his final at-bat.

Others departed in embarrassment, if not downright disgrace. Muhammad Ali was defeated ...Read more

Thursday's Olympics TV schedule

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All times Eastern

THURSDAY, FEB. 22

NBC

3 p.m.-5 p.m.

Women's Biathlon -- 4x6km Relay Gold Medal Final

Men's Nordic Combined -- Team Large Hill/4x5km Gold Medal Final

8 p.m.-Midnight

Figure Skating -- Ladies' Gold Medal Final (LIVE)

Women's Alpine Skiing -- Combined, Downhill Run (LIVE)

Women's Snowboarding -- Big Air Gold Medal Final (...Read more

Incense, meditation, yoga and gold medals. All in a day's work for Jamie Anderson

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PEYONGCHANG, South Korea -- It's amazing, really, that U.S. snowboarder Jamie Anderson has set off a hotel room smoke detector only once.

"They totally understood," Anderson says. "They were like, 'Incense? OK. Purify the space.' "

And that, in a nutshell, is what Anderson is all about: purifying the space, in her sport, in her life, in ...Read more

Short track, big fun: Koreans embrace wild nature of speedskating

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GANGNEUNG, South Korea -- Given the orderly nature of South Korean society, it seems a little surprising that short-track speedskating is the country's most popular Winter Olympic sport.

Outside Gangneung Ice Arena on Tuesday night, people patiently waited their turn to buy fried dumplings, stood in neat lines to get into the Olympic Superstore...Read more

Skater Mirai Nagasu was a familiar figure at her parents' restaurant when she was growing up

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ARCADIA, Calif. -- The woman wearing spectacles, clutching an order pad, quietly glided up to diners and bowed. "Please, where do you prefer?" she asked, her voice a whisper. "So sorry we don't have much space."

It was dinner time at Sushi Kiyosuzu in Arcadia -- with servers offering Saturday night specials of sauteed squid and jellyfish -- and...Read more

Olympic buzz: Where's a good scandal when you need one?

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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.

As far as the kind of roiling Olympic controversies that can make the Games so interesting, the South Korean version of things has been kind of boring. Where's Ryan Lochte when you need him?

It's common sense that ...Read more

When it comes to making Olympic ice, Minnesotans know what they're doing

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GANGNEUNG, South Korea -- Joe Meierhofer arrived in Korea in early January to make ice. Not just any ice, but Olympic ice, which in his words must be "perfect ice."

Meierhofer, a Sauk Rapids, Minn., resident, is among a group of Minnesota ice technicians who were chosen to be part of teams that maintain ice surfaces at Olympic skating venues.

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