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Olympics

Boston’s Olympic chief confident in bid

Sunday, March 22, 2015

BOSTON — It would be one thing to persuade the International Olympic Committee to choose Boston over other powerhouse world cities to host the 2024 Summer Games. But it’s quite another to win over a skeptical populace in its own backyard. “We have to dream big,” Richard Davey, the chief executive of Boston 2024, the group spearheading the city’s bid, said in a recent interview with The Associated Press. Since … 0

Dallas Seavey wins Iditarod in year marked by uncertainty

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

NOME, Alaska — If ever there was uncertainty about the outcome of the world’s most famous sled dog race, it was this year. Warm weather and a lack of snow in much of Alaska forced organizers of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race to forge an untested route, utilizing the state’s extensive system of frozen rivers. Many wondered: Would the new trail make … 0

Marketing agreement an obstacle in US 2024 bid

Monday, July 28, 2014

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — If Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco or Washington is picked to host the 2024 Olympics, the U.S. Olympic Committee will pay the price for winning. One of its first tasks will be to hand over millions in sponsorships to the victorious city’s newly formed organizing committee. It’s one of … 0

Canadians protect birthright with win vs. Team USA

Monday, February 24, 2014

SOCHI, Russia — Aw, Canada. It’s hard to work up any sort of serious dislike for those quaint neighbors living in America’s attic, but this hockey thing is getting ridiculous. Twice during a 24-hour period at the appropriately named Bolshoy Ice Dome, the Canadian Olympic team has danced … 0

Canada outlasts US in semifinals, 1-0

Friday, February 21, 2014

SOCHI, Russia — For the rematch, Canada skipped the overtime and shelved the theatrics. One slick goal and 60 minutes of stifling defensive hockey kept the Canadians firmly on top of the U.S. and moved them to the … 0

Judging talk overshadows skating again

Friday, February 21, 2014

SOCHI, Russia — Leave it to figure skating and judging, where winning can be obscured by whining. Any sport without a finish line or clock or some definitive standard is subject to skepticism about the results. It has … 0

US collapse golden for Canada

Thursday, February 20, 2014

SOCHI, Russia — The puck skittered the length of the ice on its way toward the empty Canadian net before clanging off the post and stopping in front of the crease. It was — for a few more … 0

US-Canada hockey rivalry hits Olympic semifinals

Thursday, February 20, 2014

SOCHI, Russia — The U.S.-Canada hockey rivalry starts from childhood, particularly for players who grow up near the border. Although they’re often pals and teammates in the NHL, their friendships evaporate if they’re ever lucky enough to face … 0

US ousts Czechs, 5-2

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

SOCHI, Russia — The United States’ hockey team is getting exactly what it wanted. Another shot at Canada. Dustin Brown banged in a go-ahead goal late in the first period and the Americans went on to dominate the … 0

Linda Robertson: Lauren Williams comes up silver

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Lauryn Williams always liked to go fast. When she was a kid, she beat her German shepherd on a dash home from school. When she was a professional track star she beat the best sprinters in the world. Williams finished the fastest run of … 0

’Queen Yuna’ in position for repeat gold

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

SOCHI, Russia — On this night, it wasn’t the precocious 15-year-old Russian ice princess who mesmerized the judges and audience at Iceberg Skating Palace. It was the reigning Olympic champion Yuna Kim, known as Queen Yuna in South Korea, whose exquisite short program put her one step closer … 0

Chip Scoggins: Things getting a little bit Wild for US hockey team

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

SOCHI, Russia — Zach Parise and Ryan Suter entered the quarterfinals of the Olympic hockey tournament with exactly zero points between them. That’s not a knock against Team USA’s captain and assistant captain. The Minnesota Wild representatives on the U.S. squad hadn’t played poorly in the three preliminary … 0

Ligety of U.S. wins gold medal in giant slalom

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

SOCHI, Russia — Ted Ligety’s first Olympic gold medal in 2006 was such a gift it all but fell out of the sky from a gondola. It was like a kid winning an Oscar without taking acting lessons. Ligety was 21 in Turin, Italy when he struck gold … 0