• Korea Olympic hockey coach: No pressure to play North Koreans
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    Korea Olympic hockey coach: No pressure to play North Koreans

    Sarah Murray, the Minnesota-native coach of the unified Korea Olympic women’s hockey team, reportedly said she has been assured she has “ultimate control” over playing-time decisions regarding South and North Korean players.

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  • Javier Fernandez chasing Spain's first-ever Olympic figure skating medal
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    Javier Fernandez chasing Spain's first-ever Olympic figure skating medal

    VALDEMORO, Spain (AP) — It was still dark on a cold December morning when Javier Fernandez arrived for practice at a modest rink. Only a few local skaters were at the venue in Valdemoro, a small suburb some 30 miles (kilometers) south of Madrid. The rink's roof lights were not yet fully on by the time Fernandez stepped onto the ice wearing charcoal-black skates, grey pants and dark-blue jacket.

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  • Road to the Olympics: How Team USA dominates snowboarding

    Road to the Olympics: How Team USA dominates snowboarding

    This year marks exactly 20 years since snowboarding became an official Olympic sport. Team U.S.A has dominated on the slopes winning 24 medals since the 1998 games in Nagano, Japan.

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  • Cool Runnings 2: Jamaican women ready for Olympic bobsled debut
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    Cool Runnings 2: Jamaican women ready for Olympic bobsled debut

    Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian felt ready to make her World Cup debut for Jamaica in December. All she needed was a name for her sled.  She stopped brainstorming when she received a text message from her coach, 2006 Olympic champion of Sandra Kiriasis of Germany, with the perfect name: “Mr. Cool Bolt,” a nod to the bobsled movie “Cool Runnings” as well as the fastest man of all time, Usain Bolt.

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  • Five fun questions to get to know Jamaican bobsledder Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian
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    Five fun questions to get to know Jamaican bobsledder Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian

    Bobsledder Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian competed for the U.S. at the 2014 Winter Olympics, but now represents Jamaica. The following exchange has been lightly edited for brevity and clarity. How often do you get asked about “Cool Runnings”? What did “Cool Runnings” get right, and what did it get wrong? All the time, even before I transitioned to team Jamaica.

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  • Gus Kenworthy qualifies for Olympic ski slopestyle team
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    Gus Kenworthy qualifies for Olympic ski slopestyle team

    Two nights after taking a massive slam in the halfpipe, Gus Kenworthy bounced back to earn a spot on his second U.S. Olympic slopestyle team. Kenworthy placed second at the final Olympic qualifier for freeski slopestyle, which was held Sunday at Mammoth Mountain. That result, combined with a victory at a selection event last weekend, qualified him for the Olympic team.

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  • Nick Goepper becomes first skier to qualify for U.S. Olympic men’s slopestyle team
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    Nick Goepper becomes first skier to qualify for U.S. Olympic men’s slopestyle team

    The U.S. men’s freeski slopestyle team has its first member for PyeongChang. Nick Goepper qualified for his second Olympic team on Sunday as the U.S. selection events start to draw to a close.

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  • Russia's wait for Olympic invites gives hope to reserves
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    Russia's wait for Olympic invites gives hope to reserves

    MOSCOW (AP) — Tiffani Zagorski and Jonathan Guerreiro aren't typical Russian Olympians, but it won't be a typical Olympics for Russia. The British-born Zagorski and Australian-born Guerreiro are Russia's third-choice ice dance pair and first alternates for the Winter Olympics. But with Russian sport mired in doping scandals, they're ready for a surprise invitation to compete in Pyeongchang if other skaters are barred.

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  • Russia nominates their Olympic figure skating team
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    Russia nominates their Olympic figure skating team

    Pending approval from the International Olympic Committee, Russia has nominated their figure skaters for the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics. The athletes will compete under a neutral flag and be known as “Olympic Athletes from Russia.”

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  • 2018 U.S. Men's Olympic Team General Manager Jim Johannson dies at 53
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    2018 U.S. Men's Olympic Team General Manager Jim Johannson dies at 53

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Jim Johannson, the general manager of the U.S. Olympic men's hockey team, has died just a couple weeks before the start of the Pyeongchang Games. He was 53. Johannson passed away in his sleep Sunday morning, according to USA Hockey. Executive director Pat Kelleher says the organization is "beyond shocked and profoundly saddened" by the loss of the Rochester, Minnesota native.

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