STOCKHOLM (AP) — Olympic slalom champion Frida Hansdotter will retire from Alpine skiing's World Cup next week, ending a years-long rivalry with Mikaela Shiffrin.
Switzerland beats rival Austria for gold in team event
ARE, Sweden (AP) — Switzerland has now won gold in all 11 events in the history of the Alpine skiing world championships.
The Swiss completed their medal collection by narrowly beating rival Austria to win the team event Tuesday.
Ramon Zenhausern edged Marco Schwarz in the final run as the Swiss followed up their Olympic title from last year's Pyeongchang Games.
Wendy Holdener, who won the combined on Friday, gave Switzerland its first point.
Teen snowboarder soaring under tutelage of Shaun White
The invitation was too good to pass up: Shadow none other than Shaun White at the Pyeongchang Games.
As the hand-picked successor to the snowboarding icon, teenager Toby Miller jumped at the chance, even bringing along his board. He received a behind-the-scenes look at what White went through in capturing a third Olympic gold medal last year.
Olympic lessons make Shiffrin feel at ease going into worlds
A year after the Pyeongchang Olympics, Mikaela Shiffrin is set for another multi-medal chase.
And there are some more records on the table, too.
The Feb. 5-17 skiing world championships in Are, Sweden, will see Shiffrin return to the resort where she celebrated her first World Cup win in 2012, triumphing in slalom when she was only 17.
Field hockey aims for combined Korea in Olympic qualifying
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The governing body of field hockey says it is working with South Korea and North Korea to combine teams and try to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The International Hockey Federation hosted both Korean federations in Lausanne last week to discuss "future steps to reach the goal of playing together as one team." It follows an initial meeting in India in November.
A combined Korean team played in women's ice hockey at the Pyeongchang Olympics last year.
After hip replacement, Mancuso encourages Vonn and Murray
CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, Italy (AP) — Julia Mancuso knows what Lindsey Vonn is going through. She understands Andy Murray's pain, too.
It was exactly a year ago that Mancuso, a four-time Olympic medalist, succumbed to a persistent hip problem and retired just weeks before the Pyeongchang Winter Games.
Now, it's Vonn who is skiing through pain as she approaches the end of her career — with so little cartilage left in both of her knees that it's virtually "bone on bone," as she says.
Norway’s Olympic downhill stars aim to rebound in World Cup
WENGEN, Switzerland (AP) — Only by Norway's stellar standards in men's Alpine skiing has this World Cup speed season been low key.
Less than a year after long-time stars Aksel Lund Svindal and Kjetil Jansrud finished 1-2 in the Pyeongchang Olympic downhill watched by Norway's crown prince , results in the marquee event have been elusive.
‘I go skiing’: Ledecka chooses Alpine over snowboard worlds
CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, Italy (AP) — After months of agonizing over a decision she would have preferred not to have to make, skier-snowboarder Ester Ledecka has finally chosen to compete in the Alpine skiing world championships next month instead of the snowboard worlds.
Germany extends bobsled World Cup winning streak
KOENIGSSEE, Germany (AP) — Germany is still unbeaten in World Cup bobsled races this season, after Johannes Lochner drove to a victory in a four-man race Sunday.
Lochner led after the first heat and needed to finish his second heat in less than 48.95 seconds to hold on and beat the sled driven by Latvia's Oskars Kibermanis. Lochner crossed the line in 48.77 and posted a two-run time of 1:37.74. Kibermanis was second and the German sled driven by Francesco Friedrich was third.
Shiffrin set to rush into new year after record-setting 2018
Each day, there's a new ski racing record Mikaela Shiffrin hears about that she's either broken or close to breaking or on pace to eventually break.
"I mean how many records are there in the sport?" joked the two-time World Cup overall champion.
Her name is certainly getting attached to plenty of them.
Skier-snowboarder Ledecka upset with worlds schedules
SELVA DI VAL GARDENA, Italy (AP) — Skier-snowboarder Ester Ledecka will not be able to follow up her dual sport gold-medal performances at the Pyeongchang Olympics with a similar haul of world titles this season.
That's because the schedule won't allow it, and she's not happy about it.
Russian curler banned 4 years in Olympic doping case
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Russian curling medalist Alexander Krushelnitsky was banned for four years Tuesday in a doping case which cost Russia the right to fly its flag at the Winter Olympic closing ceremony this year.
Krushelnitsky won the bronze medal in mixed doubles with his wife Anastasia Bryzgalova — the first medal for Russian athletes at the Pyeongchang Games — but they were stripped of the result after he tested positive for the banned substance meldonium.
From broken to bronze: Sweeney overcomes major luge crash
Emily Sweeney could barely stand on a treadmill a few months ago. After four minutes of walking, the U.S. Olympic luge athlete had to lie down because of the searing pain that was spasming through her neck.
Restart: US bobsled, skeleton, luge teams have new look
A season of change for the three U.S. international sliding programs has arrived.
It's an every-four-year reset.
The cycle never seems to differ much: In the season that follows an Olympics, the faces inside the helmets donned by the U.S. bobsled, skeleton and luge teams always change. The rule is holding true again this year. New World Cup seasons are set to begin, and 19 of the 30 sliders who represented the U.S. at the Pyeongchang Games nine months ago are either retired or taking time off.
Koreas to inform IOC of intent to co-host 2032 Games
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North and South Korea on Friday agreed to officially inform the International Olympic Committee of their intent to co-host the 2032 Summer Olympics as they continued with reconciliation efforts.
Olympic medalists highlight this season’s US bobsled team
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) — Olympic medalists Elana Meyers Taylor, Lauren Gibbs and Justin Olsen were chosen Friday for this season's U.S. national bobsled team.
Of the 23 selected by USA Bobsled, only seven were part of the team last season.
Meyers Taylor is a three-time medalist, the most recent medal coming when she and Gibbs won silver at this year's Pyeongchang Games.
Settlement ends Russian doping case at Pyeongchang Olympics
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — One of the four doping cases at the Pyeongchang Olympics has been closed in an agreement between bobsled's governing body and Russian driver Nadezhda Sergeeva.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport says it accepted a settlement which ended the case with an eight-month ban for Sergeeva. It expires on Oct. 22.
All parties agreed a contaminated product was to blame for her positive test for trimetazidine in South Korea in February.
Dodging nerves, skier Shiffrin vows to enjoy ride
On particularly stressful occasions, Mikaela Shiffrin can feel the anxiety build moments before her run. Her throat tightens, and her eyes water. Her suit feels way too tight, and her stomach churns.
CAS agrees contamination caused Russian Olympic doping
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The Court of Arbitration for Sport has lifted a provisional ban imposed on one of the two Russian athletes who tested positive for doping at the Pyeongchang Olympics.
CAS said Monday that a contaminated product caused bobsled driver Nadezhda Sergeeva's positive test for trimetazidine in South Korea in February.
The CAS anti-doping panel created for the 2018 Games had disqualified Sergeeva from her 12th-place finish.
Pyeongchang Olympics: Costly venues may eventually be razed
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Pyeongchang Winter Olympics closed seven months ago. Left behind are empty venues, feuding over who pays for upkeep, and an icy ski course that's now an abandoned dirt runway, strewn with rocks and unused gondolas.
Rare trees once stood before the course was gouged out of a mountainside, and plans called for replanting the piste and restoring the forest.
Hubbell and Donohue win ice dance at International Classic
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue were back on top of the podium Saturday night.
The reigning U.S. ice dance champions, who took silver at the world championships earlier this year, performed a solid free dance to a medley of songs from the 1996 film "Romeo and Juliet" to score a combined 197.42 points and win the U.S. International Classic.
Downhill racer Breezy Johnson out for season with torn ACL
There was never a pop, any searing pain or signs of swelling in U.S. downhill ski racer Breezy Johnson's right knee. She even took a few more runs after her recent crash while training in Chile.
That's what made the diagnosis so difficult to process: Torn ACL. Season over.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Planning for its next three Olympic Games on Wednesday, the IOC added seven medal events to the 2022 Beijing Winter Games, published a 2020 Tokyo Olympics schedule with no agreement on when to race swimming finals, and set a timetable to add new sports to the 2024 Paris Olympics.
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The Olympic Council of Asia says North and South Korea will field combined teams in three sports — canoeing, rowing and women's basketball — at the Asian Games in the latest sign of cooperation between the countries.
The Koreas will also march together at the opening and closing ceremonies at the games in Indonesia from Aug. 18 to Sept. 2.
Luge two-time Olympian Matt Mortensen retires
Matt Mortensen, a two-time Olympian in doubles luge and a five-time national champion, announced his retirement from sliding Wednesday after a career that spanned 20 years.
Mortensen went to the Olympics in 2014 and 2018. He and his most recent doubles partner, Jayson Terdiman, were third in the overall World Cup standings in 2016-17 and fifth this past season.
After five years back home in Russia, Ilya Kovalchuk is ready to resume his Stanley Cup chase with the Los Angeles Kings.
The high-scoring forward agreed to a three-year, $18.75 million deal with the Kings on Saturday, choosing Los Angeles over several interested teams for his return to the NHL.
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.
MOSCOW (AP) — Fencing champion Stanislav Pozdnyakov was elected president of the Russian Olympic Committee on Tuesday after its previous leader stepped down following years of doping scandals.
Pozdyakov, who won three Olympic gold medals in 1996 and 2000, previously managed the "Olympic Athletes from Russia" delegation at February's Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang after Russia's team was formally banned for doping.
MOSCOW (AP) — Olympic figure skating champion Alina Zagitova has been given a Japanese akita dog in a ceremony involving Japan's prime minister.
Zagitova said at this year's Pyeongchang Winter Olympics that she had fallen in love with the akita breed — which she calls a "devoted friend" — while training before the Games.
Her parents said they would consider having a dog if she won in Japan.
Mike Kohn promoted to head coach of USA Bobsled
USA Bobsled has promoted Olympic medalist Mike Kohn to head coach of the national team, part of a significant overhaul of the coaching staff following a disappointing showing at the Pyeongchang Games.
Kohn will be aided by another Olympic medalist, with Shauna Rohbock now added to the staff as an assistant coach. Former USA Luge standout Ashley Walden also has been promoted, and will now serve as director of sport — overseeing all USA Bobsled and Skeleton programs.
Questions over the integrity of sample-collection bottles led to frustration from athletes this year at Winter Olympics, including two who tightened their bottles so tightly, they cracked the caps.
Independent observers released their report Thursday about the anti-doping operation in Pyeongchang.
STEVENS POINT, Wis. (AP) — The U.S. men's curling team that won the gold medal at the Pyeongchang Olympics is shuffling its lineup after vice-skip Tyler George decided he wants to take a break from competing.
The team led by John Shuster will replace George with 2010 Olympian Chris Plys. Joe Polo had been an alternate at this year's Winter Games, but he is scheduled for shoulder surgery.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The International Olympic Committee will appeal to Switzerland's supreme court against rulings which cleared some Russian athletes of doping sanctions from the Sochi Games.
The Olympic body is "not satisfied at all" by the verdicts and written explanations from the Court of Arbitration for Sport, IOC President Thomas Bach said on Thursday after an executive board meeting.
DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche have signed goaltender Pavel Francouz of the Czech Republic to a one-year deal.
The 27-year-old played the last three seasons in Russia's Kontinental Hockey League as a member of Traktor Chelyabinsk. Francouz went 15-11-5 with a 1.80 goals-against average in 2017-18.
MOSCOW (AP) — The head of the Russian Olympic Committee is stepping down from his post, three months after athletes from his country were forced to compete at the Pyeongchang Games as neutral athletes.
Alexander Zhukov said he wants to focus on his political career as a deputy speaker of parliament for the ruling United Russia party.
Zhukov has led the ROC since 2010 and spent much of that time battling allegations of widespread doping in Russian sport.
Olympic luger receives warm hometown welcome
SUFFIELD, Conn. (AP) — For most of Emily Sweeney's life, October has meant the start of luge season — racing in a supine position on a sled without brakes at speeds of up to 90 mph through a course of icy twists and turns.
It meant months of training, travel, and living out of a suitcase in pursuit of one day competing in the Olympics.
Paralympic Games organizers hope U.S. President Donald Trump won't find it tough to watch their events in future.
The International Paralympic Committee pointed to the growing reach of its competitions in response to comments made on Friday by Trump when American athletes from the Winter Olympics and Paralympics in Pyeongchang were welcomed to the White House.
Decorated Canadian pairs skaters Duhamel, Radford retire
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Canadians Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford, who teamed up for two pairs world championship titles and three Olympic medals, are retiring from competitive figure skating.
The 32-year-old Duhamel and 33-year-old Radford made their decision official Wednesday. They previously indicated they would retire some time after the Pyeongchang Olympics.
In early March, some Bozeman residents took additional pride in the performance of athletes competing in the 2018 Paralympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
MIDDLETOWN, R.I. (AP) — Four dogs that were rescued from a dog meat farm in South Korea have arrived in Rhode Island and will soon be available for adoption.
The Potter League for Animals says the dogs arrived in Middletown on Wednesday. State law requires that they be quarantined for at least five days. They will then go up for adoption.
The group says the dogs were being raised on a farm outside Pyeongchang, the site of the 2018 Winter Olympics.
OSLO, Norway (AP) — Norwegian biathlete Ole Einar Bjoerndalen, the most decorated male Winter Olympian in history with 13 medals, has retired from the sport.
Nicknamed "The King of Biathlon," the 44-year-old Bjoerndalen competed at six Olympics. Of his 13 medals, eight were gold. He also won 45 world championship medals.
"My motivation is unstoppable," Bjoerndalen was quoted as saying by the International Biathlon Union. "I would like to take a few more years, but this is the last season."
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach met with Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang on Friday and said the North Korean leader is committed to having his country participate in the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics and the Beijing Winter Games in 2022.
Bach told an Associated Press Television crew that the two had a 30-minute formal meeting followed by 45 minutes of casual discussions while watching a football match Friday afternoon at Pyongyang's May Day Stadium.
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach arrived in North Korea on Thursday after playing a key role in allowing it to participate in last month's Pyeongchang Olympic Games in South Korea.
Bach was met at Pyongyang's international airport by North Korean Sports Minister Kim Il Guk and Jang Ung, the country's Olympic committee member.
Anaheim Ducks sign US Olympian Troy Terry to 3-year deal
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Right wing Troy Terry has agreed to a three-year contract with the Anaheim Ducks.
The Ducks announced the entry-level deal on Monday for Terry, who played on the U.S. Olympic team.
Terry had 48 points in 39 games this year for the University of Denver, which ended its season Sunday with a loss in the NCAA Tournament. He had 115 points in 115 games over three seasons with his hometown school.
US men’s ski coach steps down, takes new role with team
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Sasha Rearick is stepping down from his role as the U.S. men's Alpine ski coach to lead the development side in a restructuring move by the organization.
U.S. Ski & Snowboard announced the change Wednesday. A men's coach will be named later.
Olympic champion Alina Zagitova is without question the heavy favorite heading into figure skating's world championships, especially after the sprightly Russian's training partner and rival Evgenia Medvedeva withdrew because of injury.
Putin tells Russian diplomats to seek changes in international doping rules
Russian President Vladimir Putin wants his diplomats to find a way to change international doping rules in sports.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Annual U.S.-South Korean military drills that infuriate North Korea will begin on April 1, the allies said Tuesday, but they will likely be more low-key than past years ahead of two highly anticipated summits among the countries' leaders.
US-South Korean military exercises to begin April 1
WASHINGTON (AP) — At a potentially pivotal moment of diplomacy with North Korea, the Pentagon said Monday that annual U.S.-South Korean military exercises that had been postponed for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics will begin April 1.
In a brief statement, the Pentagon said Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and his South Korean counterpart, Song Young-moo, agreed to go forward with the maneuvers, known as Foal Eagle and Key Resolve, "at a scale similar to" that of previous years.