Nordic skiing

FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2017 file photo, Tonga's Pita Taufatofua competes in the men's cross country sprint qualification at the 2017 Nordic Skiing World Championships in Lahti, Finland. Taufatofua joked that he has two primary goals when he competes in his first Olympic event on Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, don’t hit a tree and finish before they turn the lights off. The medal podium is far from the mind of the “shirtless” Tongan, who qualified for the event despite having spent less than 12 weeks of his life on snow. He said his long-term goal at the Pyeongchang Games is to inspire others from the South Pacific to give the Olympics a shot. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, File)
February 15, 2018 - 12:48 pm
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Tongan cross-country skier Pita Taufatofua joked that he has two immediate goals when he competes in his first Winter Olympic event on Friday: Don't hit a tree and finish before they turn off the lights. The medal podium is far from the mind of the "shirtless" Tongan...
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February 15, 2018 - 9:33 am
(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Susan L. Sokolowski, University of Oregon (THE CONVERSATION) At the first Winter Olympics, in Chamonix, France, in 1924, athletes competed in uniforms made from natural material...
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Mikaela Shiffrin, of the United States, celebrate her gold medal during the venue ceremony at the Women's Giant Slalom at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
February 15, 2018 - 5:12 am
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Finally, it was an ideal day for skiing. American Mikaela Shiffrin celebrated by using a hard-charging final run to win the women's giant slalom Thursday. It's the first of several Olympic titles she hopes to earn at the Pyeongchang Games. The 22-year-old trailed by...
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Ragnhild Haga, of Norway, celebrates after winning the gold medal in the women's 10km freestyle cross-country skiing competition at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
February 15, 2018 - 4:30 am
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Ragnhild Haga leaped in the air and did a split near the finish line. She had plenty of reason to celebrate. The 27-year-old Norwegian didn't just beat the rest of the field in the women's 10-kilometer freestyle on Thursday, she dusted them in the race of a lifetime...
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In this 2016 photo provided by Wayde Carroll, U.S. cross-country skier Kikkan Randall trains while pregnant in Anchorage, Alaska. Randall is the only mother on the U.S. Olympic Team, which also has 20 fathers this year. (Wayde Carroll via AP)
February 15, 2018 - 12:14 am
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — After finishing her fourth Winter Games in Sochi, Kikkan Randall decided: It was time to have a baby. But the cross-country skiing champion wasn't ready to give up her Olympic goals. So, at 32, she looked at the calendar and plotted her window: 2016, a gap year. No...
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Men's halfpipe gold medalist Shaun White, of the United States, speaks at a news conference at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
February 14, 2018 - 9:59 am
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Shaun White stared down the halfpipe before his final Olympic run and had no doubt what would happen next. "I honestly knew I had it," White said. "I knew I had to put it down." Put it down he did, soaring and spinning Wednesday through a half-dozen near flawless...
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Men's halfpipe gold medalist Shaun White, of the United States, bites his medal during the medals ceremony at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
February 14, 2018 - 9:50 am
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on the Pyeongchang Olympics (all times local): 11:50 p.m. 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...
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February 14, 2018 - 8:48 am
OLYMPICS- DAY 5 Three-peat for White PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Shaun White has become the first American male to win gold at three Winter Olympics. White put together an epic final run to capture the halfpipe with a score of 97.75. The 31-year-old White trailed Japan's Ayumu Hirano going into...
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Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo, of Norway, celebrates after winning the men's cross-country skiing sprint classic at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
February 13, 2018 - 10:31 am
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Being the best sometimes just makes the pressure even greater. That was true for both Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo and Stina Nilsson, who came into the Pyeongchang Olympics as the favorites in the cross-country skiing sprints. They seem to have handled it just fine,...
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Chloe Kim, of the United States, jumps during the women's halfpipe finals at Phoenix Snow Park at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
February 13, 2018 - 10:27 am
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on the Pyeongchang Olympics (all times local): 12:20 a.m. Chloe Kim's win in the women's halfpipe final was the early highlight before attention moved to Alpine skiing and Marcel Hirscher's victory in the men's combined. Tuesday finished with a rush of six...
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