MILAN (AP) — Italy will launch a three-city bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympics in Milan, Turin and Cortina.
The Italian Olympic Committee announced the move on Wednesday, having decided a joint bid was more cost effective. It was unanimously voted for by the CONI board.
Milan Mayor Giuseppe Sala, however, has criticized the decision and says that while his city would still be willing to host Olympic events, it will not be involved in the governance of the bid.
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Ben Berend was lost in the desert.
That's actually not quite right. Ben Berend was in the desert, camping in New Mexico in late March, and Ben Berend was lost, unsure what to do with his future.
The Steamboat Springs Nordic combined athlete lived out his dreams in February, competing in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, the end of a cycle into which he'd poured everything he had.
SCHONACH, Germany (AP) — Overall winner Akito Watabe completed the season with his second consecutive World Cup win in Sunday's Nordic combined finale.
SCHONACH, Germany (AP) — Overall winner Akito Watabe claimed his seventh World Cup win of the season in nordic combined skiing on Saturday.
The Japanese athlete was 11th in the ski jump and had to contend with a delay of 1 minute, 4 seconds for the cross-country race. But he completed the 10-kilometer course in 25 minutes, 3.2 seconds to finish 6.3 seconds ahead of Norway's Jarl Magnus Riiber and 8.5 ahead of Austria's Bernhard Gruber.
Rydzek leads German sweep in Nordic combined at Olympics
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Johannes Rydzek took advantage of his strength in the cross-country race to lead a German sweep of the Olympic podium on Tuesday in Nordic combined.
Fifth after the ski jump, the 26-year-old Rydzek erased a 31-second deficit in the 10-kilometer cross-country race and took the lead on the last lap to win the large hill gold medal at the Pyeongchang Games.
The Latest: Shaun White’s Olympic gold a highlight of Day 5
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on the Pyeongchang Olympics (all times local):
The highlights of Day 5 of the Pyeongchang Olympics include a gold medal for American snowboarder Shaun White and a second consecutive gold medal in doubles luge for German duo Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt.
It was the third halfpipe gold medal for White and the 100th overall for the United States in the Winter Olympics.
Eric Frenzel wins Olympic gold in Nordic combined
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Eric Frenzel wasn't about to let a half-minute deficit deny him of another taste of Olympic glory.
Fifth after the ski jumping stage of the Nordic combined on Wednesday, the 29-year-old German started 38 seconds off the leader and surged ahead of Akito Watabe on the last uphill of the 10-kilometer cross-country race to defend his title in the normal hill event at the Pyeongchang Games.
Flying Finn Manninen back for another shot at Olympic glory
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Hannu Manninen couldn't resist the temptation for one more shot at Olympic glory.
The Nordic combined great from Finland took time out from his job as an airline pilot for Finnair to make one final comeback at his sixth Olympics in Pyeongchang.
Norway’s Schmid wins Nordic combined World Cup event
HAKUBA, Japan (AP) — Norway's Jan Schmid won his third Nordic combined World Cup event of the season on Sunday to maintain his position as one of the gold medal favorites at the Pyeongchang Olympics.
After placing seventh in the ski jumping stage, Schmid erased a 1 minute, 14-second deficit in the 10-kilometer cross-country race to finish 6.6 seconds ahead of Estonia's Kristjan Ilves.
Watabe wins 4th straight Nordic combined World Cup event
HAKUBA, Japan (AP) — Akito Watabe of Japan won his fourth straight Nordic combined World Cup event on Saturday to enhance his position as a gold medal contender at the Pyeongchang Olympics.
Watabe jumped 130.5 meters and finished the 10-kilometer race in 24 minutes, 14.6 seconds, 1:12.6 ahead of Norway's Jan Schmid. Germany's Manuel Faisst was third.
Bryan Fletcher rallies for Olympic spot in Nordic Combined
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Bryan Fletcher qualified for his second consecutive Olympic team in Nordic Combined after rallying for a victory at the U.S. Trials on Saturday.
Fletcher finished the 10-kilometer cross-country in 25 minutes, 6.81 seconds to overcome a poor showing in the earlier ski jump. He placed fifth out of nine athletes after jumping a distance of 86.5 meters and scoring 102.3 points.
Olympic champ Lamy-Chappuis picks up leg injury in comeback
PARIS (AP) — Former Olympic Nordic combined champion Jason Lamy-Chappuis has picked up a right leg injury that could jeopardize his participation at the Pyeongchang Games.
The French skiing federation says Lamy-Chappuis got injured while landing a jump during a competition in Finland.
Lamy-Chappuis, who retired in 2015, is attempting a comeback in the hopes of competing at his fourth Olympics. The French federation says he aims to make his return to competition in January in Val Di Fiemme, Italy.
US Nordic ski coach Dave Jarrett retires
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — U.S. Nordic ski coach Dave Jarrett is retiring.
The two-time Olympian announced Friday he is leaving the team to open a sports training center in his hometown of Heber City.
Jarrett began competing for the U.S. ski team in 1992 and retired in 1998 after two Olympics and three World Championships. He was named national team coach in 2008.
SCHONACH, Germany (AP) — Eric Frenzel wrapped up an unprecedented fifth straight Nordic combined World Cup title on Sunday with his 10th win of the season.
The Olympic champion, who could only have been denied by German teammate Johannes Rydzek going into the final event, finished in 28 minutes, 49.7 seconds for his third consecutive victory after the 10K cross-country race and his eighth-place finish in the ski jump.
Bjorn Kircheisen wins Nordic Combined event in Japan
SAPPORO, Japan (AP) — Bjorn Kircheisen of Germany edged local favorite Akito Watabe to win a Nordic combined World Cup event on Friday.
Kircheisen had jumps of 132.5 meters for 125.3 points to finish fourth in the jumping portion and started the 10-kilometer race with a 42-second deficit.
The German got the favorable position on the inside of the curve on the final stretch and beat Watabe by 0.7 seconds to claim the 17th title of his career.
Rydzek beats Frenzel to win Nordic combined World Cup
SEEFELD, Austria (AP) — Johannes Rydzek won a Nordic combined World Cup on Friday, ending German teammate Eric Frenzel's four-year unbeaten streak at the host venue of the 2019 world championships.
Frenzel led going into the finish straight, but Rydzek came beside him when they crossed the finish line after the five-kilometer cross country. A photo finish declared Rydzek the winner. Frenzel, the Olympic champion, had won all 11 events in the Austrian resort since January 2013.