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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

Once again, Canada stands in way of US dream

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

SOCHI, Russia - Before departing for the Olympics, the U.S. women’s hockey team received a few visitors at their training facility in Bedford, Mass. Members of Team USA’s 1998 gold medal team stopped by to share stories and words of encouragement. “They just wanted to tell us that … 0

Bjoerndalen sets record with Norway’s relay win

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Ole Einar Bjoerndalen couldn’t avoid being in the spotlight, certainly not after becoming the most decorated Winter Olympian of all time and receiving personal congratulations from the king. The softly-spoken Norwegian tends to keep … 0

Sablikova wins another gold in women’s 5,000

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

SOCHI, Russia — Martina Sablikova really wanted this gold medal. Not even the Dutch were going to keep her off the top step of the podium. Sablikova defended her Olympic title in the women’s 5,000 meters Wednesday, chasing … 0

Quick, Price in goal for US, Canada

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

SOCHI, Russia — The U.S. and Canada have chosen to sit the goaltenders that played in the 2010 gold-medal game at the Vancouver Olympics. The Americans plan to start Jonathan Quick — not Ryan Miller — today in … 0

Czechs top Slovakia, 5-3, play US in quarterfinals

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

SOCHI, Russia — Roman Cervenka scored for a second time late in the second period to give the Czech Republic a four-goal lead, and it went on to beat Slovakia 5-3 on Tuesday and advance to an Olympic … 0

Ligety favored in men’s giant slalom

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

SOCHI, Russia — Ted Ligety’s biggest contribution to the Olympics so far has been helping teammate Bode Miller and Andrew Weibrecht win medals Ligety had a terrific trip Sunday down the super-giant slalom course except for one huge mistake between Bear’s Brow and Lake Jump. Ligety ended up … 0

Now the real work begins for U.S. men’s hockey team

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

SOCHI, Russia — The U.S. men’s hockey team was designed to be fast and hard to play against and it was all of that in the preliminary round of the Sochi Olympic tournament, sandwiching a dramatic shootout victory over Russia between routs of Slovakia and Slovenia. But as … 0

David Wise of U.S. makes history with ski halfpipe gold

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

SOCHI, Russia — For Christy Wise and her younger brother David, it wasn’t enough just to watch the movie “Mary Poppins.” The kids from Reno wanted to live it and decided to jump off the roof with an umbrella. Christy’s twin sister, Jessica, wisely let them take the … 0

Mikaela Shiffrin can’t quite sneak by veterans for a medal in women’s giant slalom

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

SOCHI, Russia — Youth was not served Tuesday. Instead, age was served on a rain-soaked platter. The four women who ruined 18-year-old Mikaela Shiffrin’s red-carpet debut had a 33-year total age advantage on the young American. The top three finishers in the giant slalom were Olympic champions before … 0

Linda Robertson: Lauryn Williams’ wild ride but Olympian at brink of history

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Lauryn Williams is a bobsledding rookie on the brink of winning a gold medal. She could make all kinds of Olympic history Wednesday if she and driver Elana Meyers hold on to first place. But Williams doesn’t want to get ahead of herself, especially … 0