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Team USA's Women's Hockey Gold Was The Most Electrifying Moment Of The Olympics Team USA's Women's Hockey Gold Was The Most Electrifying Moment Of The Olympics

GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Two years ago, Michael Schofield earned a Super Bowl ring as an offensive tackle for the Denver Broncos. Yesterday, he watched his fiancé, Kendall Coyne, take home gold with the US women’s hockey team. “It’s the best sporting event I’ve ever gone to in my whole life,” he said about the hockey…

American Women Just Won Their First-Ever Cross Country Medal American Women Just Won Their First-Ever Cross Country Medal

Jessie Diggins started the final lap in third place in the women’s cross country team sprint event—and finished it .19 seconds ahead of the second-place Swedish skier. The gold medal she and teammate Kikkan Randall won was America’s first ever podium finish in women’s cross country skiing.

Ways The IOC Has Dodged Doping Questions, Ranked Ways The IOC Has Dodged Doping Questions, Ranked

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea—The big story coming into Pyeongchang was the IOC’s sanctions against Russia for the widespread doping that had ex post facto compromised the Sochi and Rio games. Now, with the 2018 Olympics just past their midpoint, a Russian curler has been officially charged with doping and, understandably,…

Failing In The Short Program Gave Nathan Chen The Best Long Program Of His Career Failing In The Short Program Gave Nathan Chen The Best Long Program Of His Career

GANGNEUNG, South Korea—Recent Grand Prix champion and Olympic favorite Nathan Chen shocked the skating world earlier this week with a pair of disappointing short programs. A wipeout in his Olympic debut during the team event brought the U.S. down to bronze and a disastrous first half of the men’s individual…

James Wisniewski Thinks Team USA Has NHL-Caliber Talent

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea—Without any NHL players participating in the Olympics this year for the first time since 1994, the level of play in Pyeongchang is simply not what it’s been at previous Winter Games. Obviously, no team is as handicapped by this decision as the U.S. The roster that includes just four college…

The Guy Who Finished Last In The Olympic Cross-Country Event Got A Hero's Welcome The Guy Who Finished Last In The Olympic Cross-Country Event Got A Hero's Welcome

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea—One hundred and nineteen skiers took off at 30-second intervals in the 15km cross-country ski race at the 2018 Olympics today. Three didn’t finish or were disqualified. Of the 116 athletes who successfully skied the course, 115 of them were faster than German Madrazo, the 43-year-old lone…

Just Give Olympians Their Medals Right After The Event Just Give Olympians Their Medals Right After The Event

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea—Just before 2:45 p.m. on Thursday, 22-year-old Mikaela Shiffrin won her first gold medal of the 2018 Olympics. She watched from the bottom of the course while her final competitor skied through the giant slalom, and as soon as it became clear that her position atop the leaderboard was secure,…

Weird Statues Of The Olympics, Ranked Weird Statues Of The Olympics, Ranked

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea—I was supposed to cover Mikaela Shiffrin’s probably podium-worthy slalom run this morning. In the perpetual riddle of trying to predict where the bigger story will be on any given day at the Olympics, I went to the ski slopes to see Shiffrin instead of watching Shaun White’s gold medal…

Shaun White Brushes Off Sexual Harassment Lawsuit At Press Conference Shaun White Brushes Off Sexual Harassment Lawsuit At Press Conference

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea—As is customary for American athletes who have medaled, Shaun White conducted a press conference—alongside a handler from USA Ski and Snowboarding—after earning his third lifetime Olympic gold in the halfpipe. During this press conference, White was asked about a sexual harassment lawsuit that…

Getting Injured In An Olympics Practice Run Is True Sports Heartbreak  Getting Injured In An Olympics Practice Run Is True Sports Heartbreak 

There is a new contender for the most brutal heartbreak possible in sports. It’s not a Game 7 loss or even an 0-16 season. It’s not finishing fourth in a medal event or suspiciously wiping out in consecutive short track races. It’s this: You train your whole life in a largely obscure sport that’s only nationally…

Here Is Your Daily Dose Of Adam Rippon Being Delightful Here Is Your Daily Dose Of Adam Rippon Being Delightful

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea—“Nobody loves me as much as I love me; so I guess I’ll just be my own Valentine tomorrow,” American figure skater Adam Rippon said at a press conference the day after he helped the U.S. team win a bronze medal with his clean free skate. Either he really really loves himself or he hasn’t been…

Does The IOC Have An Issue With The Statue Of Liberty, Or What? Does The IOC Have An Issue With The Statue Of Liberty, Or What?

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Last night, USA Today reported that the IOC was considering requiring U.S. hockey goalies Nicole Hensley and Alex Rigsby to remove the images of the Statue of Liberty from their helmets, pursuant to a rule banning,“the wording or lyrics from national anthems, motivational words,…

NBC Apologizes for Calling Japan An "Example" To Koreans

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — The period of Japanese colonial rule in Korea, from 1910 until 1945, was characterized by executions, forced labor, systematic rape of so-called “comfort women,” and other human rights atrocities. Japan’s whitewashing of this time period in their history books today is a continued source of…

For Those Who Want "One Korea," The Unified Hockey Team Is A Starting Place  For Those Who Want "One Korea," The Unified Hockey Team Is A Starting Place 

GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Even with more than two hours left before the puck was scheduled to drop between the Koreans and their heavily favored Swiss opponents, a taxicab couldn’t get anywhere near the arena. I’d assumed, and planned for, the first game featuring a joint team of players from both North and South Korea…

Okay, About The Cold At The Olympic Opening Ceremony Okay, About The Cold At The Olympic Opening Ceremony

Here is how excited everyone in Pyeongchang was about how cold it was going to be at the Opening Ceremony: The press conference put on by the Korea Meteorological Administration was the hottest ticket at the Media Press Centre this past week. On one of the shuttle buses, a photographer who had attended the dress…

USOC Will Not Make Personnel Changes Until After Independent Investigation Into Their Handling Of Larry Nassar USOC Will Not Make Personnel Changes Until After Independent Investigation Into Their Handling Of Larry Nassar

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea—Hours before the opening ceremony, United States Olympic Committee board of directors chairman Larry Probst opened the organization’s first press conference of the Pyeongchang Olympics with an acknowledgement. “I want to address upfront what many of you came here rightly to discuss,” he said,…

Curling Fans Want You To Know Curling Isn't As Easy As It Looks Curling Fans Want You To Know Curling Isn't As Easy As It Looks

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — It’s about 36 hours before the Opening Ceremony and in a stadium in the coastal city of Gangneung, there’s a packed house for the first event of the 2018 Olympics: mixed doubles curling. I assumed everyone in attendance would be there to extrapolate geopolitical tensions from a match between…

The Scale Of The Olympics Is Staggering The Scale Of The Olympics Is Staggering

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — The Olympics haven’t even started yet and already I’m sure that I underestimated their sheer scale. That should have been impossible, because there’s nothing about the size and scope of this that ever gets downplayed. When you’re watching at home, the effect is to be, perhaps, awe-inspiring.…

28 Russian Athletes Get Their Olympic Doping Bans Overturned 28 Russian Athletes Get Their Olympic Doping Bans Overturned

With the Olympics a week away from kicking off in South Korea, a decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport has thrown the entire matter of retribution against Russian doping into further disarray. Last year, the IOC issued lifetime bans to 43 Russian athletes from the Sochi Olympics for participating in a…

Team USA's Gloves For The Olympic Opening Ceremony Look Like Lumberjack-Themed Oven Mitts Team USA's Gloves For The Olympic Opening Ceremony Look Like Lumberjack-Themed Oven Mitts

It’s currently -5 degrees Fahrenheit in Pyeongchang, where the Winter Olympics will kick off in just over two weeks. Even if it’s not quite that cold at the Opening Ceremony (although it probably will be) I wouldn’t begrudge the American athletes any sartorial compromises made to stay as warm as possible. Which…

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