Dukurs, Hermann win world championships in skeleton
WHISTLER, British Columbia (AP) — Martins Dukurs saved his best race for the last race of the season.
The Latvian veteran won the world championship for the sixth time Friday, his time over...
Tretiakov wins World Cup men’s skeleton season title
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Alexander Tretiakov of Russia clinched the World Cup men's skeleton season title on Sunday.
Tretiakov, who also was the season-long champion in 2008-09 and won the...
Nikitina, implicated in Sochi, wins World Cup skeleton title
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Elena Nikitina, one of the athletes who was implicated in the doping scandal that overshadowed the 2014 Sochi Olympics, has become the first Russian to win the World Cup...
Rahvela wins skeleton race, Nikitina nears World Cup title
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Canada's Mirela Rahneva won a World Cup women's skeleton race on home ice Friday, posting the fastest time in both heats to prevail by about a half-second over Germany's...
Tretiakov wins World Cup race, takes over points lead
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) — Russia's Alexander Tretiakov had the fastest time in both heats and won a World Cup men's skeleton race Saturday.
Tretiakov finished in 1 minute, 47.19 seconds. Latvia's Martins Dukurs was second in 1:47.33 and South Korea's Yun Sungbin was third in 1:47.44.
Tretiakov moved into the World Cup overall points lead with one race remaining. Yun is second, 24 points back.
Russia, Germany share skeleton gold; Wesenberg wins bronze
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) — Russia's Elena Nikitina and Germany's Jacqueline Loelling shared the win in a women's World Cup skeleton race on Friday.
Nikitina and Loelling both finished two runs in 1 minute, 50.59 seconds. Kendall Wesenberg of the U.S. was third, about a half-second back.
Yun wins World Cup skeleton race, takes overall lead
ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (AP) — Olympic champion Yun Sungbin of South Korea got his first World Cup skeleton win of the season on Friday, moving him back into the overall lead by the slimmest of margins.
Yun edged Alexander Tretiakov by two-tenths of a second, and now leads the Russian in the race to be the overall World Cup champion this season by a single point — 1,045-1,044.
Russian Nikita Tregubov took bronze. The top American finisher was Austin Florian at 16th.
Germany’s Jamanka wins, Meyers Taylor 2nd for US in bobsled
KOENIGSSEE, Germany (AP) — Olympic champion Mariama Jamanka of Germany teamed with Annika Drazek to win a World Cup women's bobsled race Saturday, their third victory in four starts this season.
Elana Meyers Taylor and Lake Kwaza of the U.S. were second, their best finish of the season and the top World Cup finish so far in 2018-19 by any USA Bobsled and Skeleton sled. Germany took third in the sled driven by Stephanie Schneider and pushed by Ann-Christin Strack.
Bobsled body suspends 5 Russians in fallout of Sochi doping
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Russian bobsled federation president Alexander Zubkov and four others have been provisionally suspended for doping in fallout from the Sochi Olympics.
The International Bobsled and Skeleton Federation says it has imposed interim bans on the five Russians "based on the reasoned awards issued by the Court of Arbitration for Sport."
Nikitina wins World Cup women’s skeleton season-opener
SIGULDA, Latvia (AP) — Elena Nikitina of Russia built a sizable lead after the first run and went on to win the season's first World Cup women's skeleton race on Sunday.
Nikitina finished her two trips down the ice in 1 minute, 45.12 seconds. Canada's Elisabeth Maier was second in 1:45.42, and Germany's Tina Hermann was third in 1:45.60.
Russian wins World Cup skeleton opener in Latvia
SIGULDA, Latvia (AP) — Olympic silver medalist Nikita Tregubov of Russia won the opening World Cup men's skeleton race of the season Saturday, denying veteran Martins Dukurs of Latvia a win on his home track.
Tregubov overcame slower starts than Dukurs to finish two runs in 1 minute, 41.87 seconds. Dukurs was 0.37 seconds back and Olympic champion Yun Sungbin of South Korea was third, another 0.16 seconds behind Dukurs.
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.
Matt Antoine, 2014 Olympic medalist, retires from skeleton
Matt Antoine won his last race, one that came earlier than anyone around USA Skeleton anticipated.
The 2014 Olympic bronze medalist announced his retirement Friday, moments after taking his final run at the team trials for the coming season. Antoine would have been USA-1 on the World Cup circuit again this year after winning those trials, but he hopped off his sled after crossing the finish line at Mount Van Hoevenberg in Lake Placid, New York, and declared he was done.
Jamie Greubel Poser, 2014 Olympic bobsled medalist, retires
Jamie Greubel Poser, who won a bronze medal at the 2014 Sochi Games and was a two-time member of the U.S. Olympic women's bobsled team, retired Friday.
She announced her decision through USA Bobsled and Skeleton.
Kidney transplant recipient wins US rookie push title
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) — Olympic hopeful Quentin Butler freely acknowledges he's terrified to take his first trip down the ice on the Mount Van Hoevenberg sliding track in the Adirondacks this fall.
Then again, he's been through scarier stuff.
Butler was one of the winners of the 2017 reality show "Scouting Camp: The Next Olympic Hopeful." His priorities changed, however, when he learned after the show he was seriously ill and needed a kidney transplant.
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.
Police: 4 charged in theft, fatal neglect of elderly man
QUAKERTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Police have charged four people, including three family members, with stealing from and fatally neglecting an elderly man in Pennsylvania who died from starvation and septic shock.
Court records show 86-year-old Albert Weaver Sr. was found unresponsive in his Quakertown home in November 2016.
Paramedics described the man as "looking like a skeleton with skin hanging on him." Once hospitalized, Weaver uttered the words, "help me."
China stumbling on path to Olympic glory at 2022 home games
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — At least Jeff Pain knows what is expected of him.
Hired by China for his coaching expertise in the winter sport of skeleton, the Olympic silver medalist for Canada in 2006 has four more years to shape his rookie team of Chinese athletes into ice-sliding champions at the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing.
"We've been told it's gold or nothing," Pain says. "The other medals are irrelevant."
The Latest: Hanyu, Yarnold, Ledeska win gold at Olympics
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on the Pyeongchang Olympics (all times local):
Japanese figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu won gold on Day 8 of the Pyeongchang Games, becoming the first man to repeat as Olympic champion since Dick Button.
American Nathan Chen didn't make the podium Saturday but redeemed himself after a disastrous short program with a historic free skate.
Yarnold wins second straight Olympic women’s skeleton gold
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Lizzy Yarnold picked the perfect time to end a three-year winless streak, and extended Britain's dominance in women's skeleton in the process.
Yarnold won her second consecutive Olympic women's skeleton gold medal Saturday, leaving no doubt by setting a track record in the fourth and final heat to beat Germany's Jacqueline Loelling by nearly a half-second.
The Latest: Shiffrin misses, Hansdotter wins gold on Day 7
GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on the Pyeongchang Olympics (all times local):
Mikaela Shiffrin finished a disappointing fourth in women's slalom while Sweden's Frida Hansdotter won gold on Day 7 of the Pyeongchang Olympics.
Japanese figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu set an Olympic record in the men's figure skating short program, while American Nathan Chen missed on all his jumps and plummeted to 17th place.
Matthias Mayer broke Norway's 16-year grip on the men's super-G title.
Bach critic expelled from Olympics after security run-in
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — An IOC member expelled from the Pyeongchang Olympics over a run-in with a security guard is also one of the only members openly critical of President Thomas Bach's move to allow Russian athletes to compete at the games.
‘That was my moment’: Finally, Daly can close book on Sochi
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — There was no medal. There also was no disaster.
For U.S. skeleton veteran John Daly, that was enough.
Yun’s the one: South Korea gets men’s skeleton Olympic gold
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Somehow, Yun Sungbin felt no pressure.
He's a 23-year-old who was expected to win gold and nothing else at these Pyeongchang Olympics, in his home country, with thousands of his countrymen showing up early on a Friday morning to chant his name and await a coronation.
Yun takes big lead at midpoint of Olympic skeleton race
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Yun Sungbin has spent thousands of hours at the sliding track his nation built for the Pyeongchang Olympics, studying every nuance and scrutinizing every inch.
He knows it better than anyone alive.
And the payoff for that work is potentially two runs away.
Suit doping? There’s concerns about British sliding outfits
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — There are cheating concerns at these Pyeongchang Olympics, although they do not revolve around what sliders are ingesting.
From Israel to Nigeria, sliders somehow found Pyeongchang
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — When A.J. Edelman tells people in Israel what he does for a living, his countrymen always tend to respond by saying the same thing.
US skeleton sliders want uniform drug testing
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — There was an offseason when U.S. skeleton athlete Katie Uhlaender got a knock on her door from drug testers 19 times in the span of a few weeks. Sometimes they wanted blood. Sometimes they wanted urine. Often, they wanted both.
The process is annoying. It's also effective, so Uhlaender and her teammates wonder why it's not the global standard.
American bobsled pilot hopes to compete despite surgery
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — American bobsled pilot Justin Olsen hopes to compete at the Olympics despite having had a successful appendectomy on the eve of the Pyeongchang Games.
U.S. bobsled officials said Tuesday that Olsen, who is from San Antonio, Texas, went to a hospital in the coastal city of Gangneung on Monday and is trying to recover so he can compete in events starting Feb. 18.
Town fire department’s flag to head to Winter Olympics
GROTON, Vt. (AP) — An American flag that once flew over a Vermont town's fire department is heading to the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang (PYUHNG'-chahng), South Korea.
The Caledonian Record reports the Groton Fire Department participated in the Team USA Bobsled and Skeleton American Flag First Responders Relay this fall.
Team USA “mom” provides maternal support, love to athletes
DENVER (AP) — Sherry Von Riesen's job with the U.S. Olympic Committee means her life didn't change much after her kids left home.
"I'm a mom of four kids, and I just came into another mom job."
Virgin Islands loses appeal at CAS to get Olympic entry
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The U.S. Virgin Islands won't compete at the Pyeongchang Olympics despite having one athlete meet the qualifying standard.
The Court of arbitration for Sport says its judging panel dismissed an appeal by the Virgin Islands Olympic Committee to get a quota place in women's skeleton for Katie Tannenbaum.
The court says no place was available and "the International Olympic Committee was not in position to grant her a qualification."
28 Russians have Olympic doping bans lifted
MOSCOW (AP) — Twenty-eight Russian athletes had their Olympic doping bans overturned Thursday, throwing the International Olympic Committee's policy on the country into turmoil.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruling was set to reinstate seven Russian medals from the 2014 Sochi Olympics, including gold in men's skeleton and men's 50-kilometer cross-country skiing.
The Latest: Russians want 15 more Olympic invitations
MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Russian doping (all times local):
The Russian Olympic Committee says it wants to send 15 of the 28 athletes who won their appeals against doping bans to the Pyeongchang Games.
ROC senior vice president Stanislav Pozdnyakov says in comments reported by state news agency Tass that "the ROC is now asking the (International Olympic Committee) to send invitations to the games to 15 athletes no later than Feb. 2."
Uhlaender: ‘The integrity of sport’ at stake over doping
Katie Uhlaender had been waiting for an Olympic medal that seems most unlikely to come her way.
IOC mistakenly invited banned Russian to Olympics as coach
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The International Olympic Committee has mistakenly invited a banned Russian athlete to the Pyeongchang Games as a coach.
The IOC said Wednesday it has canceled the invitation for Sergei Chudinov, who was banned from the Olympics for life in November when the IOC's disciplinary commission ruled he was part of a Russian doping scheme at the 2014 Sochi Games.
Chudinov was fifth in the men's skeleton in Sochi and later became a coach for the Russian national skeleton team.
Russia says banned athlete accredited as Olympic coach
MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian Olympic Committee says an athlete banned for doping has been accredited as a coach for the Pyeongchang Olympics.
According to an ROC list of 80 coaches it says received International Olympic Committee accreditation, Sergei Chudinov is listed as the only skeleton coach.
That's despite Chudinov being banned from the Olympics for life by an IOC disciplinary panel in November.
Unfinished: John Daly back in Olympics, seeking some closure
John Daly came back to the U.S. skeleton team primarily seeking one thing, and it wasn't a medal.
It was closure.
The perfect scenario for Daly four years ago at the Sochi Olympics would have been for him to put together four great runs, and end his sliding career on his sport's biggest stage feeling like he couldn't have done any more. He had three great runs, only to see a disaster-filled fourth run take away any chance for a medal and drive him into a teary start on retirement.
Bobsled, skeleton officials finalize Olympic sled numbers
The lineup of nations competing in Olympic bobsled and skeleton events was finalized by the International Bobsled and Skeleton Federation on Monday, with 30 countries formally qualifying for the Pyeongchang Games in those sports.
Yun clinches skeleton title, Jungk claims 1st World Cup win
KOENIGSSEE, Germany (AP) — South Korea's Yun Sung-bin clinched the skeleton World Cup title despite not racing on Friday as Axel Jungk claimed his first World Cup victory.
Yun is the first South Korean to win the title, three weeks before the Winter Olympics get underway on his home track in Pyeongchang.
Yun finished with 1,545 points after taking five wins and two second-placed finishes earlier this season, 38 more than Jungk.
Gibbs, Evans picked as US Olympic women’s bobsled pushers
Lauren Gibbs and Aja Evans were picked Saturday as the push athletes who will join pilots Elana Meyers Taylor and Jamie Greubel Poser on the U.S. Olympic women's bobsled team.
Gibbs will be in Meyers Taylor's sled at the Pyeongchang Games. Evans will push for Greubel Poser, a combination that earned the U.S. a bronze medal at the Sochi Games four years ago — as well as a gold medal in a World Cup race at the Olympic track in South Korea last season.
Bobsled diplomacy: Rival Koreas may share sled at Olympics
Bobsled diplomacy could be part of the Winter Olympics.
Sliders from North Korea and South Korea may share a four-man sled at next month's games, with coaching provided by top international officials from Italy and the United States. The sled wouldn't be part of the actual Olympic competition, but one of the forerunning sleds sent down to test conditions before racing begins.
Yun wins again in World Cup skeleton ahead of home Olympics
ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (AP) — Sungbin Yun of South Korea confirmed his status as the favorite for the men's skeleton title at the Pyeongchang Olympics, setting a St. Moritz track record on Friday to win his fifth World Cup race this season.
Yun clocked 1 minute 7.19 seconds for his second run, giving him a combined time 0.87 ahead of Germany's Axel Jungk.
Martins Dukurs of Latvia, the defending World Cup champion, trailed Yun by 1.10 in third.
Host Korea seeks an Olympic sliding breakthrough in skeleton
Korean skeleton star Yun Sungbin is absolutely obsessed with Iron Man. He collects the figurines. He's seen the movies. He knows every aspect of the superhero's story.
Some even call him Iron Man. He may be called Gold Man soon.
Loelling, Yun win skeleton World Cup races to stretch leads
ALTENBERG, Germany (AP) — Defending champion Jacqueline Loelling extended her overall lead with a third skeleton World Cup win of the season on Friday, leading a German sweep of the podium.
Yun Sung-bin of South Korea followed up by extending his lead in the men's standings with his fourth win from six competitions.
CAS clears Russians to race in non-Olympic skeleton, bobsled
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Banned from the Olympics for life as doping cheats, seven Russian bobsled and skeleton athletes have been cleared to carry on racing in World Cup events.
The green light to compete for all seven — including Sochi Olympic skeleton champion Aleksandr Tretiakov — was confirmed Thursday by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
IBSF panel: Zubkov, Tretiakov should not be suspended
Russian Bobsled Federation president Alexandr Zubkov and top skeleton athlete Aleksandr Tretiakov should not be suspended by the International Bobsled and Skeleton Federation for now, according to an independent panel that contends they were not treated fairly in the investigation of state-sponsored doping surrounding the Sochi Olympics.
Martins Dukurs takes European skeleton title with 50th win
INNSBRUCK, Austria (AP) — Latvian slider Martins Dukurs won the European skeleton title for a third straight year Friday by earning his 50th career World Cup win.
Dukurs, unbeaten on the 1976 Olympic track since 2009, posted the fastest time in both heats to beat Yun Sung-bin of South Korea by 0.15 seconds. Nikita Tregubov of Russia was 0.49 back in third, while Axel Jungk of Germany trailed by 0.97 in fourth.
Loelling wins 2nd skeleton World Cup to stretch overall lead
WINTERBERG, Germany (AP) — Defending champion Jacqueline Loelling of Germany won her second skeleton World Cup of the season and extended her overall lead on Friday.
Loelling was fastest in both runs on her home track to beat Elisabeth Vathje of Canada by 0.24 seconds and the previously suspended Elena Nikitina of Russia by 0.25.