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U.S. women’s hockey team rolls over Sweden

VANCOUVER, B.C. — The United States won only one medal at the Vancouver Olympics on Monday, a silver in ice dancing. Yet there was some significance to it. With 25 medals, Americans have won as many as they have at any Winter Games not held in the United States, matching their haul from Turin in 2006.
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Koos’ U.S. team finishes 9th in Nordic sprint

WHISTLER, B.C. — Sports are supposed to be about the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. But in Monday’s cross country ski team sprint at the Winter Olympics, Leavenworth’s Torin Koos showed that there can be some thrill in defeat, too. After a dismal performance in last week’s individual classic sprint, Koos joined up with fellow American Andy Newell to ski to a ninth-place finish. It may not look great on paper, but after holding his own against some of the best teams in the world until nearly ...

Koos, Newell ninth in team sprint

VANCOUVER, B.C. — Leavenworth native Torin Koos teamed with Andy Newell to finish ninth in the team sprint Monday. In the semifinals, Koos managed to climb as high as third place on his fifth and final lap before giving way to Newell, who finished second to qualify the team for the finals.

Bode Miller strikes gold for U.S.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Bode Miller won the first gold medal of his Olympics career Sunday, taking the super-combined with plenty of flair — roaring back from seventh after the downhill with a blazing slalom run. Miller’s victory bumped the U.S. medal count to seven gold and 24 overall to lead all countries.
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U.S. hockey team pulls off minor miracle

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — It was an All-Star game, except this game included defense, hitting, emotion and interest from the players. It was Game 7 of the Stanley Cup playoffs, except this game galvanized two countries instead of just two cities.

Koos to compete in team sprint

VANCOUVER, B.C. — Leavenworth native Torin Koos said Sunday that he will compete in Monday’s team sprint. Koos will team with Andy Newell for the two-man event, and Koos will be the lead-off skier.
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U.S. Ski team putting together memorable Olympics

VANCOUVER, B.C. — Two races, two medals. Bode Miller is putting together one heck of a Vancouver Olympics. Miller picked up a silver in the super-G Friday to go with the bronze he won in the downhill.

Koos still on stand-by for U.S. team sprint

VANCOUVER, B.C. — Just days before Monday’s cross country ski team sprint at the Winter Olympics, Leavenworth’s Torin Koos still doesn’t know if he’ll be racing with teammate Andy Newell. “The naming of the sprint relay team has not yet been announced,” Koos said Friday.
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Olympics roundup: Evan Lysacek nails his moves; Lindsey Vonn stumbles

VANCOUVER, B.C. — On a day when Lindsey Vonn crashed and Canada’s pride-and-joy hockey team nearly went down, Evan Lysacek stood up strong. In the biggest event of his life, Lysacek — the reigning world champion in men’s figure skating — didn’t try the most daring routine, but he hit nearly every move he picked. He knew it, too, repeatedly screaming “Yes!” as his music faded.

U.S. has near-perfect day at Games

VANCOUVER, B.C. (AP) — The U.S. Olympic team came into the day with high expectations and surpassed those lofty goals, marking their best day ever in Winter Games history with six medals — half of them gold. The big names justified the hype, and then some: Lindsey, Shani and Shaun won in convincing fashion.
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Disappointment for Koos at Winter Olympics

WHISTLER, B.C. — This was supposed to be Torin Koos’s moment. For four years, the Leavenworth native had been thinking about the cross country classic sprint in the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’d dedicated thousands of hours of training, criss-crossed the globe to compete in the races leading up to it, spent dozens and dozens of nights in seedy European motels.

Torin Koos 36th at Olympics

WHISTLER, B.C. — Torin Koos of Leavenworth finished 36th in the men’s individual classic cross-country sprint at the Winter Olympics today, missing the cut for the quarterfinals by six places.
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Another flub by Jacobellis

VANCOUVER, B.C. — Lindsey Jacobellis had to do it. Flying through the air toward the finish line, she reached down and grabbed her snowboard, a stunt similar to the showoff move that cost her a gold medal four years ago. This time, it was all she could do to salvage something following another Olympic flub.

Miller and Mahre duel atop U.S. ski pantheon

WHISTLER, B.C. — In their own ways, Bode Miller and Phil Mahre say their careers can’t and shouldn’t be compared. “Did they even have TV back then,” Miller said when asked if he’d ever seen footage of Mahre.

A glance at Olympics Nordic skiing

VANCOUVER, B.C. — Here is a look at the Winter Olympics’ cross country skiing competition, which began Monday at Whistler Olympic Park and will continue through Feb. 28:Best of the U.S.: Three-time Olympian Kikkan Randall became the first U.S. female medalist at a major championship when she placed second at the 2009 World Championships in individual sprint. Andy Newell has participated in four World Championships and is one of the top American hopes for a medal in the 1.5-kilometer sprint, which is being held Wednesday. Leavenworth’s Torin Koos will be ...

Roundup: Great Olympic comebacks by Wescott, Miller and Vonn

VANCOUVER, B.C. — Comebacks make for great Olympics stories, and they come in many forms. Just look at what Seth Wescott, Bode Miller and Lindsey Vonn pulled off Monday. Wescott came to the Winter Olympics as the reigning champion in snowboardcross, yet also as damaged goods. He hurt his leg and pelvis two months ago and it showed in the races since. The American opened Monday’s event by finishing 17th of the 32 riders in qualifying, but found his stride to reach the finals.

Conditions turn for Koos’ race at Olympics

VANCOUVER, B.C. — When the world’s best cross country skiers first arrived for the Winter Olympics, grumbles ensued about the lack of the snow. Then came concerns about intermittent showers. Many began making plans to rough up their skis with sandpaper to get an edge in the wet snow. By Monday, however, the race track at Whistler Olympic Park was being described as “hard and fast” by competitors in the first cross country ski races of these Games — the women’s 10-kilometer and men’s 15-kilometer freestyle events. Organizers put fertilizer ...

Spillane ends drought for U.S.

VANCOUVER, B.C. — Johnny Spillane ended an 86-year drought that few Americans even knew existed. Alexandre Bilodeau ended a much shorter wait that practically everyone in Canada had been agonizing over. Spillane finished second in Nordic combined, just four-tenths of a second from making the first U.S. medal come in the best color.

Thatcher makes a memory

VANCOUVER, B.C. — The assist was only temporary. The memory, though, will last Blaine’s Karen Thatcher a lifetime, and it made all of her hard work worth it.

Men’s Olympic lugers will start lower on race track

WHISTLER, B.C. — International luge officials are moving the start of the men’s Olympic luge competition farther down the track. It was a decision made with the “emotional component” of athletes in mind following the death of a Georgian competitor, Nodar Kumaritashvili. Men’s training on Saturday morning, as well as all four runs of the men’s competition that begins later, will take place from the women’s start ramp.