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John Shuster to skip the US men’s curling team at the Olympics again

John Shuster to skip the US men’s curling team at the Olympics again

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John Shuster to skip the US men's curling team at the Olympics again   John Shuster led his rink to victory at the U.S. Olympic Curling Trials and punched his ticket to a fourth Olympics John Shuster will skip the U.S. Olympic men's curling team for a third straight Olympics after leading his team to a second straight playoff victory at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for curling. Despite his long and decorated resume--Olympic bronze medal from the 2006 Torino Winter Games, where he played lead, plus experience skipping his current team  into the top five at the last three world championships and winning bronze in 2016--the Olympic berth didn't come easy for 35-year-old Shuster. Curler John Shuster on his hidden talent, personal motto and how being a parent made h
‘You Don’t Hold Back’: Mikaela Shiffrin Wins Gold At 2018 Winter Olympics

‘You Don’t Hold Back’: Mikaela Shiffrin Wins Gold At 2018 Winter Olympics

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'You Don't Hold Back': Mikaela Shiffrin Wins Gold At 2018 Winter Olympics U.S. skier Mikaela Shiffrin won her second career gold medal and her first of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in the women's giant slalom at the Yongpyong Alpine Center in South Korea.   Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption   Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images   Mikaela Shiffrin overcame both delays and some of the best skiers in the world to claim her first gold medal at the 2018 Winter Olympics, winning the giant slalom. The weather finally cooperated, with sunny, clear skies over the Yongpyong Alpine Center in Pyeongchang. Norway's Ragnhild Mowinckel won silver, 0.39 behind Shiffrin's combined time of 2:20.02. It was a hard-won m...
Winter Olympics 2018: Team USA’s Mirai Nagasu stumbles during tiple axel

Winter Olympics 2018: Team USA’s Mirai Nagasu stumbles during tiple axel

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Winter Olympics 2018: Team USA'sMirai Nagasu stumbles during tiple axel The Winter Games are gearing up for some action-packed events Tuesday in primetime. Team USA's Lindsey Vonn won bronze in the women's downhill. She won gold in the event in 2010. Also, the United States will have three competitors going for medals in figure skating. Bradie Tennell competed in the first group, while Mirai Nagasu and Karen Chen will compete in the fourth group. Monday night saw history being made when Germany and Canada tied for gold in the two-man bobsled race -- one that also saw the closest finish by the top four sleds in any Olympic sliding race, ever. Scroll below to see the latest updates as they happen. All times are Eastern unless otherwise noted. 11:30 p.m.: Team USA's Mirai Na
Olympic Ice Dance Skating Sets New Records, While Hitting Emotional Highs and Lows

Olympic Ice Dance Skating Sets New Records, While Hitting Emotional Highs and Lows

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Olympic Ice Dance Skating Sets New Records, While Hitting Emotional Highs and Lows Olympic records were being broken all over the rink at the ice dance free skate in Gangneung Ice Arena. Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir earned gold, their second Olympic title, which makes them the most decorated Olympic athletes in their discipline, earning five Olympic medals in their three appearances at the Games (in addition to the two golds, they own another gold from the team event in PyeongChang and two silvers from the ice dance and team event in Sochi). In the short program part of the event in Korea, they set a new record for the highest overall score recorded. France’s Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron skated a haunting program to Moonlight Sonata, winning the free skate porti
The Quietest Place at the Olympics

The Quietest Place at the Olympics

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The Quietest Place at the Olympics   The 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang have been defined by punishing cold and howling winds. But in the ski jump start house, nearly 3,000 feet above ground, it’s warm and eerily silent. The room is packed with jumpers — brave men preparing to launch themselves some 450 feet through the air — but no one speaks. No one smiles. On the very long, tight elevator ride, there is no banter, just quiet concentration. When they finally reach the top, it’s time for business. Each jumper has his own unique routine — some stretch, some squat with their arms reaching back, some jump in place, even on the extremely steep and narrow stairs above the platform. There’s no fear of heights in this group. When it’s their turn to
Iran, Russia, Olympics: Your Monday Briefing

Iran, Russia, Olympics: Your Monday Briefing

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Iran, Russia, Olympics: Your Monday Briefing   In the U.S., indictments secured by the special counsel against more than a dozen Russians and three companies over interference in the 2016 elections have put President Trump on the defensive. Mr. Trump said that President Barack Obama had not done enough to stop the interference, and despite his frequent assertions that Russia had not meddled, denied ever having said so. As our chief White House correspondent points out, the national struggle against Moscow is leaderless. And what digital instruments did the Russians use to stir discord? Facebook and Instagram. _____ CreditRobert Cianflone/Getty Images •With just a week to go in the Winter Olympics, the story lines are running hot. Nao Kodaira of Japan, who missed
NBC searches for Olympic clips to go viral

NBC searches for Olympic clips to go viral

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  NBC searches for Olympic clips to go viral STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — In a room lined with computer terminals buzzing all night during the Olympics, an intern raises a hand. He's spotted an amusing piece of film footage of a dropped walkie-talkie skittering down a mountain closed to competition because of bad weather, eluding the grasp of a couple of skiers trying to stop it. A producer edits the film into a brief clip and sends it electronically to a room down the hall, where a social media team posts it on NBC's Olympic website, Facebook, Twitter and other social media destinations. Within a few days, it has been seen more than 1.6 million times. Welcome to NBC's Highlights Factory, responsible for culling the best and oddest moments of the Pyeongchang Olympics and blanketing
See Adam Rippon’s Best Quotes from the Olympics

See Adam Rippon’s Best Quotes from the Olympics

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See Adam Rippon's Best Quotes from the Olympics If the Winter Olympics gave out medals for best sound bites, Adam Rippon would surely walk away with all the golds. From his fiercely funny social media accounts to his quippy quotes to reporters, the 28-year-old figure skater has become a breakout star since arriving at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang — while also delivering performances on the ice that have surpassed expectations and helped the U.S. earn a bronze medal in the team event. Read on for some of Rippon’s pithiest quotes at the Olympics — so far: On Crediting Reese Witherspoon for His Victory More Than His Mom “I owe this medal a lot to [Reese Witherspoon] and to my mom. But, like, more to Reese in a way, ya know? Because she has more followers on Instagram.” “
Mikaela Shiffrin Is Shut Out Of Medals In Slalom At Winter Olympics

Mikaela Shiffrin Is Shut Out Of Medals In Slalom At Winter Olympics

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Mikaela Shiffrin Is Shut Out Of Medals In Slalom At Winter Olympics     Mikaela Shiffrin was in fourth place after her first run in the women's slalom at Yongpyong Alpine Center, in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.   Hyoung Chang/Denver Post via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption   Hyoung Chang/Denver Post via Getty Images   Mikaela Shiffrin narrowly missed a podium finish in the slalom at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, falling short in her bid to become the first U.S. skier to win three gold medals and failing to win a medal in the event she won at the 2014 Games. Shiffrin wasn't able to claw back enough time from a first run that left her in fourth place and nearly half a second behind the lead...