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  • 'Shy kid' Karen Chen has a plan for fighting off nerves

    'Shy kid' Karen Chen has a plan for fighting off nerves

    Karen Chen found herself in a room full of athletes, and she froze. The 18-year-old American figure skater describes herself as a "shy kid," and her nerves were getting the best of her again. She was there hoping to trade collectable pins, a longstanding Olympic tradition that helps break the ice...

  • Jon Lillis keeps the memory of his brother alive in his heart and around his neck

    Jon Lillis keeps the memory of his brother alive in his heart and around his neck

    Under banks of floodlights that turned the night to day, Jon Lillis twisted through the air in search of an end to an ache that will never leave. His brother came along for each launch off the jump at the Phoenix Snow Park, each spin, each flip, each landing among the pine boughs dotting the snow...

  • Adam Rippon changes his mind and won't accept NBC job

    Adam Rippon changes his mind and won't accept NBC job

    Well, at least NBC will still be able to interview Adam Rippon, right? In a reversal of news she had broken earlier on Sunday, USA Today's Christine Brennan reported that the figure skater will not, after all, take a job with the network as a correspondent for the rest of the Winter Olympics. Rippon...

  • Olympics Buzz: Catching up with some of the underdog stories at the Pyeongchang Games

    Olympics Buzz: Catching up with some of the underdog stories at the Pyeongchang Games

    This is your daily infusion of information and news that you might have missed. The really big stuff you’ll find in other stories. Everybody loves an underdog story and the Winter Olympics is full of them because, except for a few sports, the average viewer has absolutely no idea who any of the...

  • Chris Chelios is still contributing to U.S. men's hockey

    Chris Chelios is still contributing to U.S. men's hockey

    Chris Chelios was on the U.S. bench Saturday in the Olympic hockey game against Russia. He was stuffed into a dark blue suit, with a pressed shirt and tie. He looked uncomfortable and out of place. In the suit, not the Olympics. No American has been part of more of these five-ring adventures than...

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  • Kentucky 2030? Could Korea export its rural Olympic gamble?

    Kentucky 2030? Could Korea export its rural Olympic gamble?

    A coal mine stands on the mountain exactly as it was the day it was abandoned, now a rusting relic of blue-collar glory lost to a globalized world. It towers over this Korean coal community that is much like its American counterparts: poor, aging, hollowing out since the mines shut down and the...

  • France's Martin Fourcade nips Germany's Simon Schempp in photo finish for gold in mass start

    France's Martin Fourcade nips Germany's Simon Schempp in photo finish for gold in mass start

    France's Martin Fourcade slammed his ski pole into the snow in disgust after sliding through the finish line, thinking he'd just lost another Olympic gold medal to a photo finish. But upon further review, replays showed Fourcade's left boot crossed the line a few centimeters ahead of Germany's...

  • Oleksandr Abramenko's aerials win gives Ukraine rare Olympic gold

    Oleksandr Abramenko's aerials win gives Ukraine rare Olympic gold

    Growing up in Ukraine, Oleksandr Abramenko's father pushed him toward sports. Well, one sport actually. Soccer. The problem? His son wasn't feeling it. "I felt like extreme sports were my thing," Abramenko said. Good call. The 29-year-old made history on Sunday night, becoming the first man to...

  • Austria's Marcel Hirscher wins giant slalom gold

    Austria's Marcel Hirscher wins giant slalom gold

    Marcel Hirscher has turned his domination in the giant slalom into a second gold medal at the Pyeongchang Olympics. The 28-year-old Austrian star extended his first-run lead to win by a huge margin of 1.27 seconds over hard-charging Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway. Kristoffersen rose from 10th-fastest...

  • Japan's Nao Kodaira wins 500-meter speedskating gold over South Korea's Lee Sang-hwa

    Japan's Nao Kodaira wins 500-meter speedskating gold over South Korea's Lee Sang-hwa

    Nao Kodaira sped around the oval, furiously pumping her arms and legs. She charged across the finish line, the 500-meter Olympic speedskating gold medal easily in hand. With two pairs to go, Kodaira could watch knowing that two-time defending champion Lee Sang-hwa was unlikely to catch her despite...

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