United States rock Sweden to win first gold medal

By Steve Keating GANGNEUNG, South Korea, Feb 24 : The United States delivered a gold-medal knockout punch, scoring five in the eighth end to crush Sweden 10-7 and claim their first ever Olympic men’s curling title on Saturday. With the score deadlocked at 5-5, United States skip John Shuster provided some last-rock magic with a […]

Snowboarding-The Two Esters come together to make history

By Simon Evans PYEONGCHANG, South Korea, Feb 24 : Czech Ester Ledecka, who made history on Saturday by winning gold in snowboard’s parallel giant slalom to go with her super-G victory in Alpine skiing last week, admits she has a split personality. There is the persona she calls ‘Ester the skier’ and there is ‘Ester […]

Russians fear doping has sunk their bid to fly flag at Games

By Gabrielle Tetrault-Farber and Mark Trevelyan PYEONGCHANG, South Korea, Feb 24 : A despondent mood swept through Russian athletes at the Pyeongchang Winter Games on Saturday, their hopes of being able to fly the Russian flag at the closing ceremony deflated by a second positive doping test. “They were due to look at how we […]

Olympics-Cross-country skiing-Finn Niskanen takes gold in 50km mass start

By Philip O’Connor PYEONGCHANG, South Korea, Feb 24 : Finland’s Iivo Niskanen made a lung-busting early break and held off a furious challenge from Alexander Bolshunov to win the 50km mass start classic cross-country ski race and get Finland’s first gold medal of the Pyeongchang Games on Saturday. Bolshunov, representing the Olympic Athletes from Russia, […]

Ledecka doubles up with historical PGS gold

By Jack Tarrant PYEONGCHANG, South Korea, Feb 24 : Ester Ledecka became the first person in Winter Olympics history to capture gold medals in unrelated events after the Czech won the snowboard parallel giant slalom on Saturday to go with her stunning Alpine skiing super-G gold. The 22-year-old was superb throughout and defeated Germany’s Selina […]

Sth Koreans pray Garlic Girls can score crushing victory

By Hyun Oh and Jane Chung UISEONG/GANGNEUNG, South Korea, Feb 24 : Ninety-two-year-old Kim Won-hee doesn’t know much about the sport of curling, but she and millions of other South Koreans are counting on her granddaughter, skipper of the “Garlic Girls”, to lead the nation to an historic gold medal on Sunday. The nation has […]