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February 16, 2018

OLYMPICS-DAY 7

Rough day for some American stars

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Day 7 was a rough one for several American Olympic stars.

Mikaela Shiffrin failed to defend her Olympic gold in the women’s slalom, her signature event. She finished a disappointing fourth, a day after winning gold in the giant slalom.

Figure skater Nathan Chen, a two-time U.S. champion thought to be a top contender for gold, wound up in 17th place after failing to cleanly land a single jump in his short program. The 18-year-old fell on his opening quad flip, stepped out on a quad toe and triple axel, and never could work a missed combination back into his shaky program.

Lindsey Jacobellis (jay-kuh-BEHL’-ihs), the most accomplished snowboardcross rider in history, failed to medal. The 32-year-old, competing in her fourth Olympics, gave up the lead halfway through the women’s final and finished fourth. She hasn’t reached the Olympic podium since settling for silver after an ill-advised jump in 2006 while she was clear of the field.

In other competition:

— Defending champion Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan won the men’s figure skating short program with a games-record 111.68 points. Adam Rippon was the top American as he finished seventh, 10 places ahead of two-time U.S. champion Nathan Chen.

— A pair of college players helped the United States secure an important 2-1 win over Slovakia in the preliminary round of men’s hockey at the Olympics. Ryan Donato scored two power-play goals and Troy Terry dominated with his speed. They are two of four NCAA players on the no-NHL Olympic roster.

— Dutch skaters have now won six out of seven gold medals in speedskating at the Olympics, with. American Carlijn Schoutens finished 11th of 12 skaters. The one race where the Dutch had to settle for silver was the men’s 10,000, which was won by a Canadian who was born in the Netherlands.

— Austrian Matthias Mayer won the men’s super-G to break Norway’s 16-year grip on the title.

— South Korea’s Yun Sungbin dominated the skeleton as the 23-year-old finished 1.63 seconds ahead of Nikita Tregubov of Russia.

RUSSIA DOPING-RODCHENKOV

Rodchenkov to AP: ‘Sorry to all clean athletes we cheated’

UNDATED (AP) — An apology for Russia’s doping scheme is now ready to be issued. Not by the state which ordered the systematic cover-up but by the chemist who helped Russian athletes trick the system.

Former Russian anti-doping laboratory director Grigory Rodchenkov says “I am very sorry to all the clean athletes we cheated.” His statement came in response to questions from The Associated Press sent through his lawyer.

Similar remorse has not been forthcoming from the Russian authorities, who challenge the legitimacy of Rodchenkov’s confessions and deny any doping was state-sponsored. Rodchenkov fled to the United States to expose the elaborate ruse to evade doping tests. He says the Russians are still “lying and denying.”

Rodchenkov also berated the Court of Arbitration for Sport for overturning lifetime Olympic bans on Russians, saying the ruling gave the impression to clean competitors that “we don’t care about you.” Rodchenkov maintains that athletes were complicit in the doping program after following “strict orders” from the state.

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