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UPDATED: Tue., March 5, 2019, 8:30 p.m.

Red, white & blueprint: US biathlon forms plan to close gap

The Americans have never won an Olympic medal in biathlon. The organization for the sport that combines cross-country skiing and rifle shooting is trying to change that with a revamped …


Salt Lake City bids for 2nd Olympics in changed climate

When Salt Lake City pursued the Winter Olympics more than two decades ago, competition was so fierce that lavishing International Olympic Committee members with gifts and favors seemed commonplace. Salt …


Canadian figure skating star Parick Chan announces retirement

In Patrick Chan’s perfect future, he’s running a skating school in Vancouver with girlfriend Liz Putnam. The two are living in a million-dollar apartment in the city’s lovely Kitsilano neighborhood. …


Not just an Olympic spectacle: Hundreds try curling in Coeur d’Alene

On Sunday and Monday evening, some 200 people gathered at the Frontier Ice Arena for massive group curling lessons led by members of the Coeur d’Alene Curling Club. They were …


One Spokanite’s trip to the Winter Olympics: Reflections

My name is Heather Parham. I’m a Spokane native who is excited to be at the Winter Olympics in South Korea! I came over here to watch my friend compete …


UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 25, 2018, 12:37 p.m.

A local voice in Pyeongchang: NBC Winter Olympics commentator has Hayden roots

As a sports commentator, Hayden native Luke Van Valin has provided commentary for more than a dozen events over the past two weeks. This year marks the 34-year-old’s second Olympic …


Olympic buzz: The winners and losers of the Pyeongchang Games

Here, in the final Olympics Buzz of these Games, we take a look at some of the winners and losers.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 22, 2018, 6:13 p.m.

Commentary: How the U.S. women’s hockey team turned courage into gold

And that, as much as anything that happened between the blue lines late Wednesday night at Gangneung Hockey Center, is why the next time USA Hockey pays homage to Olympic …


Commentary: U.S.-Canada women’s hockey classic makes us forget NHL

Three thrilling periods of regulation, another free-wheeling 20 minutes of overtime, a shootout that went six tension-filled rounds – the Americans littered the ice the sticks, gloves and helmets, whooping …


One Spokanite’s trip to the Winter Olympics: Golden moments

My name is Heather Parham. I’m a Spokane native who is excited to be at the Winter Olympics in South Korea! I came over here to watch my friend compete …


Czechs eliminate United States in shootout in Olympic men’s hockey quarterfinals

Pavel Francouz stopped all five shooters and Petr Kouka scored the shootout winner as the Czech Republic eliminated the United States with a 3-2 victory in the quarterfinals Wednesday.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 20, 2018, 8:57 p.m.

Lindsey Vonn’s Olympic downhill farewell is a lovely shade of bronze

Lindsey Vonn’s bronze in the women’s downhill race Wednesday marks her third Olympic medal of her extraordinary Alpine career and was essentially eight years in the making. She was 32 …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 20, 2018, 8:46 p.m.

U.S. says North Korea canceled planned meeting with VP Pence

Vice President Mike Pence was all set to hold a history-making meeting with North Korean officials during the Winter Olympics in South Korea, but Kim Jong Un’s government canceled at …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 20, 2018, 6:25 p.m.

Success never stopped for Washington’s Phil Mahre, Steve Mahre after 1984 Olympic skiing triumph

Twin brothers finishing 1-2 in an Olympic skiing event, one hour after the gold-medal winner’s wife delivered the couple’s first son a continent away? It would have seemed far too …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 19, 2018, 8:46 p.m.

Couch Slouch: Olympics has turned Orwellian

Couch Slouch: Approaching my third week of boycotting the 2018 Winter Olympics, I want to say something that, frankly, nobody really wants to hear; in fact, when I brought this …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 19, 2018, 10:58 a.m.

One Spokanite’s trip to the Winter Olympics

My name is Heather Parham. I’m a Spokane native who is excited to be at the Winter Olympics in South Korea. I came over here to watch my friend compete …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 17, 2018, 8:52 p.m.

Marit Bjoergen ties Winter Olympic record with 13th medal

Marit Bjoergen helped the Norwegian women win the 4x5-kilometer cross-country relay on Saturday to take home her 13th career medal, tying her with Norwegian biathlete Ole Einar Bjoerndalen for the …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 17, 2018, 4:30 p.m.

Ilya Kovalchuk scores twice; Russians outclass U.S. 4-0 at Olympics

The U.S. must now play in the qualification round Tuesday, while Russians finished first in the group and move on directly to the quarterfinals, hoping their dominance puts T.J. Oshie’s …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 17, 2018, 4:40 p.m.

United States on track for lowest Winter Olympics medal total in 20 years

It’s the halfway point in these Winter Games and time to look at how the U.S. is doing. And the optics are not good. Based on expected results, the U.S. …


Slovenia comes back to stun US 3-2 in OT in Olympic opener

Five practices were supposed to prepare the Americans for this, and they knew at the second intermission Slovenia was going to come out punching. The preparation and the knowledge were …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 13, 2018, 9:32 p.m.

Good as Gold: American Shaun White soars to 3rd Olympic halfpipe title

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 to post a …


U.S. women’s hockey team routs Russians, prepares for Canada

The U.S. women’s 5-0 preliminary-round victory on Tuesday got the formalities out of the way and ensured that their final round-robin game against Canada on Thursday will have some significance.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 13, 2018, 5:05 p.m.

Norway’s dominance in winter sports is hard to miss at Olympics

A country that most Americans don’t think a lot about is Norway, except if you watch the Winter Olympics and you are watching cross-country skiing.


NBC exceeds expectations five days into Winter Olympics

While gold medals aren’t awarded a quarter of the way into a race, NBC says it is encouraged by how the viewing public has responded to the Winter Olympics from …


Japanese short-track speedskater becomes first doping case of Pyeongchang Olympics

Kei Saito, a reserve on Japan’s short-track speedskating team, is the first athlete to test positive for a banned substance at the Pyeongchang Olympics, the Court of Arbitration for Sport …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 10, 2018, 5:36 p.m.

Russia’s Semen Elistratov gives nation reason to cheer at Olympics

Semen Elistratov hopped up and down on the Olympic podium, pumping his fists toward a group of fans waving Russian flags. He claimed a bronze medal for his disgraced nation. …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 9, 2018, 4:32 p.m.

New team, who dis? U.S. Olympic men’s hockey players form chemistry via group chat

Long before their first practice together Friday, members of the U.S. Olympic men’s hockey team connected via a group chat. They talked hockey, logistics and life, and it’s already paying …


Pence uses Olympics to push tougher stance on North Korea

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sat just feet apart during Friday’s Olympic opening ceremony but did not interact – in …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 9, 2018, 1:31 p.m.

Fox deletes column on ‘darker, gayer, different’ Olympics

Fox News has removed a column from its web site that said it appeared the U.S. Olympic Committee wanted to change the event’s motto to “darker, gayer, different.”


With extraordinary political optics, Winter Olympics begin

North and South Korea sat side by side Friday night under exploding fireworks that represented peace, not destruction, as the 2018 Winter Olympics opened on a Korean Peninsula riven by …