LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) — Germany's Axel Jungk opened the men's skeleton World Cup season with a narrow victory Sunday at Mount Van Hoevenberg.
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) — Germany’s Jacqueline Loelling won the first women’s World Cup skeleton race of the season Saturday, posting the fastest time in both heats at Mount Van Hoevenberg for her...
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) — Andrew Blaser and Megan Henry are headed to USA Skeleton's World Cup roster for the first time, after both put together winning performances in the national team-trials...
The World Cup bobsled and skeleton season will start a week later than planned, and Lake Placid, New York, will now host the first two racing weekends.
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) — Katie Uhlaender and Andrew Blaser won their second consecutive USA Skeleton national team trials races Sunday, strengthening their bids to compete on the World Cup circuit...
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) — Katie Uhlaender is one step closer to returning to the U.S. national skeleton team.
The four-time Olympian — who did not race last season — won the first team trials...
Sliding season has started for USA Luge.
Tuesday was the opening day of home-ice training for the luge team at the Mount Van Hoevenberg track in Lake Placid, New York. USA Luge had sliders...
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — When St. Moritz hosts the sliding events at the 2020 Youth Winter Olympics, it could be an audition for a bigger event.
Kaillie Humphries, a two-time Olympic bobsled gold medalist for Canada and one of the top drivers in her sport's history, is planning to race for the U.S. this coming season and beyond — including...
USA Bobsled and Skeleton has fired CEO Darrin Steele, who oversaw teams that won nine Olympic medals and 12 world championship medals.
Steele will remain in place for about another month....
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Tyrannosaurus rex is enshrined in pop culture and, well, natural history as one of the most fearsome beasts to ever walk the earth.
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) — Olympic skeleton gold medalist Jimmy Shea leads a class of six that will be inducted next month into the USA Bobsled and Skeleton Hall of Fame.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The Jamaica bobsled team's pilot has been banned in a doping case, but avoided disqualification from last year's Winter Olympics.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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 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, 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.
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.
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.
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."
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — There was no medal. There also was no disaster.
For U.S. skeleton veteran John Daly, that was enough.
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.
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.
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — There are cheating concerns at these Pyeongchang Olympics, although they do not revolve around what sliders are ingesting.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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."
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.
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."
Katie Uhlaender had been waiting for an Olympic medal that seems most unlikely to come her way.
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.