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Tough day for US Olympic stars...US men get a win in hockey...Russian lab director apologizes for doping scheme

February 16, 2018

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Americans Mikaela Shiffrin and Nathan Chen are trying to figure out what went wrong for them at the Olympics. Shiffrin finished fourth in the women’s slalom despite winning gold in the event in 2014. Chen wound up in 17th place in men’s figure skating after failing to cleanly land a single jump in his short program. The two-time U.S. champion 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.

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Lindsey Jacobellis (jay-kuh-BEHL’-ihs) is leaving Pyeongchang the same way she left three previous Olympics — without a gold medal. The 32-year-old American gave up the lead halfway through the final of women’s snowboardcross and wound up finishing fourth. The most accomplished snowboardcross rider in history hasn’t been on the Olympic podium since settling for silver after an ill-advised jump in 2006 while she was clear of the field.

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — 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.

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Dutch skaters have now won six out of seven gold medals in speedskating at the Olympics, with Esmee Visser taking gold today in the women’s 5,000. 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.

UNDATED (AP) — The former director of Russia’s anti-doping laboratory is apologizing for helping Russian athletes trick the system. Grigory Rodchenkov says he is “very sorry to all the clean athletes we cheated.” His statement came in response to questions from The Associated Press sent through his lawyer. The chemist fled to the United States to expose the elaborate ruse to evade doping tests. There’s been no apology from the Russian authorities, who deny that any doping was state-sponsored.

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