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Austrian champion has no fear of flying at Olympics

There are hundreds of athletes at the Winter Olympics who can soar and flip and twist in the air in a manner that appears to defy gravity. No one, however, can fly the way Stefan Kraft can. Read More

Stars of the Olympics are changing the sponsorship game

A gold medal used to be the golden ticket for lucrative endorsements — think Mary Lou Retton on a Wheaties box. But in the age of social media, athletes are making a name for themselves well ahead of time. Even more so than in Rio in 2016 and Sochi in 2014, Pyeongchang athletes are Olympian at building brands. Read More

Olympics food options range from comfort to high-tech

Korean food is some of the world’s finest - savory, salty soups with fish so tender it falls off the bone; thick slabs of grilled pork and beef backed with spicy kimchi that many Korean grandmothers swear cures the common cold. But it’s very different from what many foreign Olympians are used to. Read More

Shaun White’s not the big villain at 2018 Winter Olympics

After a slow start, the media has its designated bad guy at the Winter Olympics. No sooner had Shaun White won the half-pipe than he became the snowboarding version of Harvey Weinstein. Read More

Topless Tongan set to ski but not dressed for success

Updated on  February 15, 2018 at 9:42 am
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. Read More

How Olympian Nathan Chen became an artist

There is a saying in figure skating, full of truth and untruth, that jumpers can’t be artists and artists can’t be jumpers. At 18, Nathan Chen of Salt Lake City has made himself into the lone American gold medal contender largely as a pioneering jumper, the first person to complete five jumps of four revolutions apiece — known as quads — in a single routine. But quads alone will not put him atop the medal podium. Read More

The haunting of Olympian Lindsey Jacobellis

Lindsey Jacobellis had not simply come up short of expectations in three previous Winter Games — she had what may still stand as the best-known Olympics blunder in history. She has been trying to overcome it since — not for herself, really, because she has moved on. What she was trying to overcome was the nagging feeling that when huge numbers of people think of Lindsey Jacobellis, they see a blooper, not a champion. Read More

Who pays when Beyoncé songs play at the Olympics?

In an earlier era, Olympic figure skaters competed to the sounds of orchestral pieces. Now, the soundtrack is Beyoncé. The transition to pop has been happening for years, but the addition of music with lyrics, a rule change by the International Skating Union meant to attract a younger audience, has led to questions from viewers about how musicians are compensated and how the skaters secure permission to use songs. Read More

Shani Davis deserves a better send-off, but he won’t put controversy on ice

The first black athlete to win an individual gold medal at the Winter Olympics, Shani Davis should be showered by this kind of adoration as he closes his career. He won’t let it. He never has and history will remember him as much for the controversy he inspired over the years as his triumphs on the ice. Read More

Wanted by the IOC: A city to host the 2026 Winter Olympics

Getting bidders for the Olympics used to be easy. But no longer, and particularly for the Winter Games. Six European cities pulled out of official bids or possible bids when the IOC sought candidates a few years ago for the 2022 Winter Olympics. Cities balked over soaring costs, political unrest or a lack of public support as expressed in referendums. Read More

5 things about Olympic skaters Alexa and Chris Knierim

Alexa Scimeca-Knierim and husband and pairs partner Chris Knierim helped the U.S. win bronze medals in team figure skating at the Winter Olympics on Sunday. But before they trekked to Pyeongchang, South Korea, they revealed what life has been like for them behind the scenes. Read More

Shaun White apologizes for comments on sexual misconduct lawsuit

Shaun White has apologized after dismissing the sexual misconduct allegations made against him in a 2016 lawsuit as “gossip” shortly after winning his third Olympic gold medal in the men’s halfpipe today. Read More

Asian-American skaters take pride in U.S. Olympic team

Updated on  February 14, 2018 at 10:48 am
They’ve got Olympic-size dreams, and when they watch figure skating at the Pyeongchang Games, they’ve got plenty of role models — a history-making U.S. figure skating team where half of the 14 members are Asian-American. Read More

Shaun White soars to third Olympic halfpipe title

Updated on  February 13, 2018 at 6:56 pm
Shaun White put together an epic final run to claim his third gold medal in Olympic men’s halfpipe, slicing through the gray South Korean sky on Wednesday. Read More