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U.S. Shocks Cross-Country Field With Sprint Gold Medal

She came into Wednesday’s race undeterred, saying she would not have hung around the Games if she had lost hope about winning a medal. Then, under the lights on a chilly but calm night at Alpensia Cross-Country Skiing Center, Diggins came off the final hill in third place on this winding up-and-down track and took a massive risk — gambling ...

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N.B.A. Owner Backs Lawsuit Against Russian Doping Whistle-Blower

The I.O.C. will decide this week whether to reinstate Russia’s federation for Sunday’s closing ceremony and allow the Russian flag to be flown there. Photo The Russian women’s relay team that won silver at the 2014 Sochi Games, from left: Yana Romanova, Olga Zaytseva, Ekaterina Shumilova and Olga Vilukhina. Credit Kirsty Wigglesworth/Associated Press Dr. Rodchenkov, Russia’s former antidoping laboratory chief, ...

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Olympic Curling Rocked by Russian Doping Case

Krushelnytsky stands out because he does not ski, skate or soar off banks of halfpipes seven stories high — athletic pursuits here that are among the most physically demanding. No, he curls, sweeping a broom to guide a granite rock across a sheet of ice. Photo The Russian curler Alexander Krushelnytsky, shown here practicing ahead of Pyeongchang Games matches, failed ...

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Russian Athlete May Lose Olympic Medal After Failed Doping Test

The Russians allowed to participate in South Korea were subjected to what Olympics officials described as a rigorous testing regimen , and have found themselves under scrutiny from testers as the event has progressed. “On the one hand it is extremely disappointing when prohibited substances might have been used, but on the other hand it shows the effectiveness of the ...

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Yuzuru Hanyu Writes Another Chapter in Figure Skating Legend

In the end, the injury “could be the best thing that ever happened” for Hanyu, said Jackie Wong, a prominent blogger from New York who is a former skater and skating judge and who is covering the Olympics. “He wasn’t going for unnecessary difficulty.” Hanyu disregarded any talk about being the greatest ever in his sport, saying, “I’m not the ...

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Yuzuru Hanyu Commands the Stage. Nathan Chen Falls Off It.

He did on Friday, performing exquisitely with two quadruple jumps and a triple axel, flexible spins and intricate footwork. He received a 10 percent bonus for the axel and a quad toe-triple toe combination jump, which were done in the second half of his routine, when skaters’ legs begin to tire. Continue reading the main story The only thing missing ...

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The Secret of Norway’s Alpine Success? No Jerks Allowed

Svindal explained the social quality of the team was essential because some days their training runs might last only two minutes — if that’s the only fun you have every day, you’re going to hate your job. Continue reading the main story “Across 250 days together, your life off the snow has to be really good,” he said. Along those ...

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Shaun White’s Bumpy Ride Back to the Top

In White’s world, there is no other excuse for not winning — not a slushy halfpipe or just an off night. His loss (and that’s what he called it, not a fourth-place finish, and it’s probably what he would have called a silver medal, too) was part of what motivated him to try again. The segment from there in Sochi ...

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For North Korean Skaters, the Short Program Is Part of a Bigger Plan

“This question that many of us grapple with when we look at North Korea,” Nilsson-Wright said, “is to what extent as a sports person do you have the kind of autonomy and freedom and opportunity to express yourself as an individual in this very collectivist environment?” South Koreans have expressed complicated feelings about North Korea’s participation in these Olympics. But ...

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For Olympic Figure Skaters, a New Meaning to Morning Routine

The general response among skaters and coaches, however, has been to acknowledge that while the start times are not ideal, they should not be used as an excuse for rickety performances. The schedule has long been known, and everyone has had time to plan accordingly. The Japanese ice dancers Kana Muramoto and Chris Reed have been turning on lamps that ...

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