PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — American Mikaela Shiffrin put on a show of grace, power and consistency to win her first gold of the Pyeongchang Olympics in the women's giant slalom on Thursday, Feb. 15, in the best possible start to her quest for a handful of medals. Norway's Ragnhild Mowinckel took silver and Italy's Federica Brignone won the bronze, as the women's Alpine program finally got under way after days of frustrating weather delays.
PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. -- Professional golfer Bill Haas escaped serious injury when he was involved in a fatal three-car collision on Tuesday in Los Angeles, but will drop out of a tournament as a result, his manager and local officials said on Wednesday. Haas, a six-time PGA Tour winner, was scheduled to play in the Genesis Open at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades that begins Thursday, but will withdraw to recover at his home in Greenville, South Carolina, his manager said.
GANGNEUNG, South Korea -- A third-period goal by Peter Ceresnak gave Slovakia a shock 3-2 win over the Olympic Athletes from Russia on Wednesday as the gold medal favorites squandered a two-goal lead. Ceresnak capitalized on delay of a game penalty taken by Ivan Telegin, unleashing a slap shot from the point that beat goaltender Vasili Koshechkin to his left with just over 10 minutes to play. The Russians drew first blood as Vladislav Gavrikov and Kirill Kaprizov found the back of the net in the opening four minutes to jump in front 2-0.
Luge: Bayern Express races off with second gold Germany's "Bayern Express", Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt, thundered down the ice track to defend their Olympic gold medal in the doubles luge on Wednesday, Feb. 14, underlining their class on the sliding sport's biggest stage. Four years after denying Austrian brothers Andreas and Wolfgang Linger a hat-trick of titles in Sochi, Wendl and Arlt put in two flawless runs at Pyeongchang's Olympic Sliding Centre to edge out silver-winning Austrian duo Peter Penz and Georg Fischler.
Cross-country skiing: Klaebo claims sprint gold for Norway Johannes Hoesfolt Klaebo powered to a stunning victory in the men's Olympic sprint classic on Tuesday, Feb. 13, to claim another cross-country gold medal for Norway with a dominant performance in the final. In a thrilling finish, Italian Federico Pellegrino won the silver medal by two hundredths of a second from Alexander Bolshunov, representing the Olympic athletes of Russia, who took bronze.
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Chris Mazdzer's luge career was on a slippery slope only weeks before he put together a brilliant run to deliver the United States a long-awaited individual Olympic medal in the men's event on Sunday, Feb. 11. Two seasons of frustration had brought the Saranac Lake, New York, resident to the brink of an abyss which he felt he would plunge into with a poor result at the Pyeongchang Winter Games.
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — A senior American member of the International Olympic Committee called on Sunday for North and South Korea's joint women's hockey team to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Angela Ruggiero, a four-times ice hockey world champion and Olympic gold medalist, told Reuters she would ask others to nominate the team, which included 12 players from North Korea which is still technically at war with the South. It was the first time an inter-Korean team had competed at an Olympic Games.
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — American Redmond Gerard claimed the United States' first gold medal of the Pyeongchang Winter Games on Sunday, Feb. 11, with his victory in the snowboarding slopestyle competition. Gerard scored a run of 87.16 to hold off Canadians Max Parrot and Mark McMorris, who finished second and third. The 17-year-old Gerard, the youngest in the competition, landed a perfect backside triple cork 1440 on his final run and despite Parrot landing the same trick on the final run of the day the judges favoured the American.
GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Lim Hyojun won gold in the 1500m short track speed skating to give Olympic hosts South Korea their first medal at the Pyeongchang Games in front of a jubilant crowd at the Gangneung Ice Arena on Saturday, Feb. 10. In an unusually crowded final with nine skaters, the 21-year-old took over after defending Olympic champion Charles Hamelin fell out of the lead early and incurred a penalty. Lim finished first in 2:10.485. "I was overwhelmed because it's my home country," Lim told a news conference.
BOSTON - Super Bowl weekend brought a one-two of bad news for New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, whose home was burgled following the team's upset loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, police said on Tuesday. "Mr. Gronkowski was the victim of a residential burglary last night," Foxborough Police Chief William Baker told reporters. "Whether you're Rob Gronkowski or Bill Baker, being the victim of a crime like that is unpleasant."