The Latest: Highly-decorated Virtue, Moir win ice dancing
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on the Pyeongchang Olympics (all times local):
Canadians Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir dazzled their way to Olympic gold in ice dancing on Day 11 of the Pyeongchang Games, becoming the most decorated figure skaters in history.
Martin Fourcade produced a milestone performance, too, becoming the first athlete to win three gold medals in Pyeongchang when he anchored France to a first-place finish in the biathlon mixed relay.
His fifth career gold medal made him the most decorated French Olympian in either the Summer or Winter Games.
Jorien ter Mors clinched a historic double, becoming the first woman to win Olympic medals in different sports at the same Winter Games. Ter Mors on Tuesday added bronze in the short track arena with the Dutch 3,000-meter relay to go with her gold in the 1,000 on the long track Oval last week.
Mariama Jamanka and Lisa Buckwitz of Germany are the leaders at the midway point of the women’s bobsled competition. Elana Meyers Taylor and Lauren Gibbs are second for the U.S., and three other sleds are all within 0.04 seconds of third place.
Germany’s Stephanie Schneider and Annika Drazek are third, Jamie Greubel Poser and Aja Evans are fourth for the U.S. and two-time defending gold medalist Kaillie Humphries and Phylicia George are fifth for Canada — those three sleds separated by 0.04 seconds, and none of them more than 0.34 seconds off the lead.
Nashville Predators prospect Eeli Tolvanen had three assists and Petri Kontiola scored twice as Finland survived a scare from host South Korea to win 5-2 in the qualification round and advance to face Canada in the Olympic quarterfinals. Tolvanen assisted on Finland’s first three goals and is the tournament’s leading scorer with nine points in four games. Dallas Stars prospect Miro Heiskanen and Juuso Hietanen also scored, Sakari Manninen added an empty-netter and Mikko Heiskanen made 17 saves for Finland.
South Korea players carried flags around the ice after the game at their first Olympics. Brock Radunske and Jin Hui Ahn scored the quickest two goals in South Korea hockey history — 2:03 apart in the second period to make it a game.
South Korea had been outscored 14-1 in pool play.
In the final qualification game, Germany eliminated Switzerland 2-1 in overtime, advancing to play top-seeded Sweden
Host South Korea is putting a scare into heavily favored Finland in men’s hockey at the Pyeongchang Olympics.
South Korea trails Finland 3-2 at the second intermission Tuesday after Brock Radunske and Jin Hui Ahn scored 2:03 apart in the second period — the fastest two goals for the team in the tournament.
Goaltender Matt Dalton has stopped 23 of 26 shots to give South Korea a chance to win its first Olympic hockey game in its first appearance.
In her last race at the short track, Jorien ter Mors clinched a historic double. The Dutchwoman became the first skater to win a medal on both the long-track oval and the short track arena in the same Olympics.
Ter Mors had already won the 1,000 meters on the Olympic Oval last week and came back to lead the women’s 3,000-meter relay team to take bronze Tuesday at the Pyeongchang Games.
In a crazy twist, the Dutch won only the B final, but since two of the four A finalists were disqualified, they still got the bronze.
For good measure, the Dutch team also set a world record in the B final.
Ter Mors told NOS Dutch broadcaster: “I stop at the top and with a world record. This is sick.”
Johannes Rydzek has won the Nordic combined large hill gold medal at the Pyeongchang Olympics, leading a German sweep of the podium.
Fifth after the ski jumping, Rydzek took the lead on the last lap of the 10-kilometer cross-country race and beat compatriot Fabien Riessle by four seconds Tuesday. Normal hill champion Eric Frenzel won the bronze.
Akito Watabe of Japan was first after the ski jumping stage and started with a one-second lead over Norway’s Jarl Magnus Riiber but finished fifth behind Riiber.
Defending champion Joergen Graabak of Norway couldn’t recover from a poor result on the ski jump and finished 10th.
Nordic combined features ski jumping and a cross-country ski race. The athlete who wins the ski jumping stage starts first followed by the remaining athletes in their order of finish.
Biathlete Martin Fourcade has become the first athlete to win three gold medals at the Pyeongchang Games, helping France to a first-place finish in the mixed relay.
Fourcade erased nearly a 38-second deficit on the final leg of the relay by hitting all 10 shots to help the French team of Marie Dorin Habert, Anais Bescond and Simon Desthieux to a come-from-behind victory.
Fourcade waved the French flag as he crossed the finish line for his team in 1 hour, 8 minutes and 34.3 seconds. Norway took home the silver medal and Italy the bronze.
It was the fifth Olympic gold medal in the biathlon for Fourcade. Only Norway’s Ole Einar Bjoerndalen has more Olympic golds than Fourcade in the biathlon; he has eight.
South Korea has won the penalty-filled women’s 3,000-meter short-track relay final at the Pyeongchang Olympics.
Italy took silver and the Netherlands earned bronze after being elevated to the podium after winning the B final in world-record time.
China and Canada were penalized, moving Italy from bronze to silver.
Canada and Italy’s skaters waited anxiously for the referees to sort out the chaos at the end of the race. The Italians celebrated their surprise medal.
In the closing laps, a Korean skater fell and brought down a Canadian skater. Italy also fell late in the 27-lap race.
Korea came into the final ranked first in the world with China ranked second.
The Dutch won the B final in 4 minutes, 3.471 seconds, lowering the mark of 4:04.222 set by Korea in November 2016 at Salt Lake City, Utah.
The Russian delegation to the Pyeongchang Olympics says a second test of a sample from a curler who won bronze is positive for the banned substance meldonium.
The delegation says in a statement that “we express our sincere regret over the fact of the incident.” But the statement says results indicate Alexander Krushelnitsky only consumed meldonium once.
The delegation says that would be “absolutely useless and ineffective” if the intent was to enhance performance. It has not provided any data from the test.
The Russian Olympic Committee has set up its own investigation, which could treat the issue as a criminal matter.
Russian curling officials have previously suggested that Krushelnitsky could have been set up by a rival Russian athlete or Russia’s political enemies. He and his wife, Anastasia Bryzgalova, were third in mixed-doubles curling.
Meldonium is designed for people with heart problems and some believe it can help athletes increase stamina. It was banned in sports in 2016.
The second test was on the same sample as the first. The sample is split into two bottles and tested separately to make sure lab equipment error doesn’t result in a false positive.
Skaters from South Korea, China, Canada and Hungary are among those advancing out of the heats of the men’s 500-meter short track at the Pyeongchang Olympics.
Wu Dajing of China won his heat in an Olympic-record 40.264 seconds.
Lim Hyo-jun, the 1,500 champion, moves on to Thursday’s quarterfinals. Canadian Samuel Girard, the 1,000-meter winner, and 1,000-meter bronze medalist Seo Yira of South Korea safely advanced out of their heats.
A couple of big names — 2010 Olympic champion Charles Hamelin of Canada and Sjinkie Knegt of Hungary — failed to advance after being penalized for impeding.
Knegt won silver in the 1,500.
Americans John-Henry Krueger, Aaron Tran and Thomas Hong were eliminated. Krueger earned silver in the 1,000, which so far is the only speedskating medal won by the U.S.
The only North Korean skater in the event, Jong Kwang Bom, fell in the first turn. Referees called for a re-start and Jong fell again coming out of the first turn while fighting for second place. He was later penalized.
Choi Min-jeong of South Korea, Arianna Fontana of Italy, Li Jinyu of China and Kim Boutin of Canada are among the top short-track speedskaters safely into the quarterfinals of the women’s 1,000 meters.
Others advancing to Thursday’s quarterfinals include Shim Suk-hee of South Korea, Yara van Kerkhof of the Netherlands, Marianne St-Gelais of Canada and Kim Alang of South Korea.
Elise Christie of Britain returned to competition after injuring her right ankle in a dramatic crash last weekend. But she went down going into the first turn and slid across the ice while grabbing at her ankle.
The referees allowed a re-start and Christie came off the line in last place. She nearly fell in a turn, but briefly rallied only to receive a yellow card after committing two penalties. She was carried to the locker room.
Americans Jessica Kooreman and Lana Gehring were eliminated.
Norway has its first win in men’s hockey at the Olympics since 1994 on home ice in Lillehammer.
The traditional Winter Games powerhouse is an underdog in hockey but beat Slovenia 2-1 in overtime on a goal by Alexander Bonsaksen on Tuesday at the Pyeongchang Olympics.
Before the game, Slovenian hockey player Ziga Jeglic became the third athlete to be caught doping at the Pyeongchang Games.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport said Jeglic tested positive for fenoterol in an in-competition test. Fenoterol is a drug designed to open the airways to the lungs. Jeglic said it was an asthma drug that he took under doctor’s orders.
Jeglic was scratched from the team ahead of the announcement about his positive test.
The Germans have made a change to their mixed relay biathlon team just hours before race time in the Pyeongchang Olympics.
Arnd Peiffer has replaced Simon Schempp as the anchor on the relay team Tuesday night.
Peiffer won gold in the 10-kilometer sprint earlier in the Olympics. Schempp nearly took gold in the 15-kilometer mass start on Sunday but lost in a photo finish to Martin Fourcade, the world’s No. 1 biathlete from France.
The Germans gave no explanation for the change.
Germany enters the competition seeded third and looking for their 12th gold medal overall, which would pull them even with Norway for the most golds in the Pyeongchang Games.
Lindsey Vonn won’t have to wear the unwanted No. 1 bib again when she starts the downhill at the Pyeongchang Olympics.
On Saturday in the super-G, her only choice was being the first starter. It didn’t work out and she finished sixth.
It’s a cat-and-mouse game top skiers play in picking start numbers for speed races.
Vonn will start No. 7 on Wednesday, right after big rival Sofia Goggia. The top-ranked Italian had first pick of odd-numbered bibs from Nos. 1 to 19 and took 5. Vonn had next pick.
The American says she based her pick off what Goggia selected. She says, “I’m picking right behind her so I would like to start behind her. I like knowing my competitors, what times they get, how they’re skiing.”
A Norwegian curler who lost out on the Olympic bronze medal to a Russian charged with doping says he feels horrible knowing they may have been cheated out of a medal.
Magnus Nedregotten said Tuesday from Norway that if Alexander Krushelnitsky is found guilty, then he robbed the Norwegian team of their “moment of glory.”
Krushelnitsky and his partner, Anastasia Bryzgalova, won the curling mixed doubles bronze medal last week after beating Nedregotten and his partner Kristin Skaslien 8-4. If Krushelnitsky is convicted of doping, he could be stripped of his medal. The Norwegians would then get the bronze.
Nedregotten says he’s thought about his fourth-place finish every day.
He says, “Now knowing that we may have been robbed and having to sit at home and wait to see what happens is obviously emotional and very stressful.”
The Russian Hockey Federation says defenseman Slava Voynov has every right to play at the Pyeongchang Olympics despite his domestic violence conviction.
The federation says Voynov and his wife “are living together in a happy marriage” despite Voynov’s conviction on a misdemeanor charge of corporal injury to a spouse and his suspension from the National Hockey League.
The federation says Voynov is eligible to participate in international competitions.
Voynov has two assists in three games for the Russian team, which will play either Switzerland or Germany in Wednesday’s quarterfinals.
Voynov was convicted of assaulting his wife after a Halloween party in 2014.
The International Olympic Committee set strict criteria to bar Russians linked to a state-backed doping program, but it didn’t rule out those with criminal convictions for other matters.
A Slovenian hockey player has become the third athlete to test positive for doping at the Pyeongchang Olympics.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport says Ziga Jeglic tested positive for fenoterol in an in-competition test. Fenoterol is a drug designed to open the airways to the lungs.
Jeglic has been suspended from the games and has been ordered to leave the athletes village within 24 hours.
Slovenia was scheduled to play Norway in men’s hockey on Tuesday, but Jeglic was scratched from the team.
The 29-year-old forward played in all three preliminary-round games and had an assist.
Japanese short-track speedskater Kei Saito and Russian curler Alexander Krushelnitsky, who won a bronze medal, have also tested positive at the Pyeongchang Games.
This item has been corrected to show Jeglic is a forward, not a defenseman.
The women’s big air final at the Pyeongchang Olympics has been rescheduled to Thursday because of expected strong winds on Friday.
The snowboarding competition sends racers down a 160-foot-long (50-meter) ramp to vault off a huge kicker and travel up to 100 feet (30 meters) below for the landing.
It made its debut at the Olympics on Monday.
The slopestyle competition at the Pyeongchang Games was raced last week in strong winds, and almost every rider agreed it should not have been held then. Snowboarders in that event completed only nine of the 50 runs without a fall.
Wind has been a persistent problem in Pyeongchang and forced three of the first four Alpine ski events to be postponed.
Last week, winds howled through the Olympic Park, and the area was evacuated.
A hearing has not yet been scheduled in the case of a Russian curler accused of doping at the Pyeongchang Olympics.
Secretary-General Matthieu Reeb of the Court of Arbitration for Sport says a hearing for Alexander Krushelnitsky won’t occur Tuesday, but there is no fixed date for it yet.
Krushelnitsky won the bronze medal in mixed doubles. Russian officials have said he tested positive for the banned substance meldonium.
If he is found guilty, he could be banned and forced to return his Olympic bronze medal. The International Olympic Committee could decide against formally reinstating Russia for the Pyeongchang closing ceremony, meaning its athletes would not be allowed to march under the Russian flag.
The Russian Curling Federation president has said it’s possible someone spiked Krushelnitsky’s food or drink.
The United States’ men’s hockey team has beaten Slovakia 5-1 in the qualification round at the Pyeongchang Olympics to advance to face the Czech Republic in the Olympic quarterfinals.
American Ryan Donato scored his third and fourth goals of the tournament, and Troy Terry had three assists Tuesday.
College kids again led the way for the U.S., which scored more against Slovakia than it did in all three preliminary-round games.
James Wisniewski, Mark Arcobello and Garrett Roe also scored for the Americans, who took advantage of a 5-on-3 power play for hits on Donato and goaltender Ryan Zapolski.
Zapolski shook off a collision with Ladislav Nagy and had arguably his best game of the tournament.
Upon further review, the two-man bobsled race at the Pyeongchang Olympics was even closer than first thought.
It ended up with a tie for gold between Germany and Canada. It was also the closest finish by the top four sleds in any Olympic sliding race ever.
Canada’s Justin Kripps and Alexander Kopacz shared the two-man gold with the German duo of Francesco Friedrich and Thorsten Margis. Each finished in 3 minutes, 16.86 seconds. Latvia got bronze, with Oskars Melbardis and Janis Strenga finishing 0.05 seconds back.
Nico Walther and Christian Poser of Germany finished 0.20 seconds back of the lead and somehow didn’t medal, getting only fourth. No individual athlete or team has even been that close to the winner in an Olympic sliding race and not medaled.
Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir have won the gold medal in ice dance at the Pyeongchang Olympics, becoming the most decorated figure skaters in Olympic history with their third gold and fifth medal overall.
The Canadian pair scored a record 206.07 points, highlighted by their dramatic free dance set to the music of Moulin Rouge, to beat training partners Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron.
The French pair broke their own world record for a free dance with 123.35 points to “Moonlight Sonata,” forcing Virtue and Moir to beat their own best by 3.28 points. The Canadians’ score of 122.40 points gave them room to spare.
American siblings Maia and Alex Shibutani took the bronze medal with a strong free skate.
Mikaela Shiffrin is feeling relaxed by her decision not to race in the Pyeongchang Olympic downhill and has produced a fast practice run to set her up for Thursday’s Alpine combined event.
The American acknowledged feeling “a little bit of relief” after the program changed late Monday. Organizers brought forward the combined by one day to avoid forecast strong winds.
The demands of back-to-back race days meant Shiffrin opted out of Wednesday’s downhill to focus on combined, which includes a run of slalom, her specialist discipline.
Shiffrin posted the fifth-fastest time in Tuesday’s practice.
She is among the favorites to add the combined Olympic title to the giant slalom she won last Thursday.
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