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Sweden’s Sara Hector wins Olympic GS gold after Shiffrin out

BEIJING (AP) — Sara Hector smiled when she crossed the finish line Monday and raised her ski poles to put them atop her helmet. She seemed to be laughing later, as if to say, “Did I really just do this?” while clutching her gold during the giant slalom medal ceremony.

And, yes, of course the Swedish racer was grinning widely when her coach and others hoisted her off the snow to celebrate a career-defining victory that . . .

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Peng Shuai emerges at Olympics, gives controlled interview

BEIJING (AP) — Nothing to see here, move on. That was the message that Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai delivered Monday in a controlled interview in Beijing that touched on sexual assault allegations she made against a former high-ranking member of China’s ruling Communist Party. Her answers – delivered in front of a Chinese Olympic official – left unanswered questions about her well-being and what exactly happened.

The interview with French sports newspaper L’Equipe and an announcement that International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach met . . .

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Shiffrin’s fall in Olympic giant slalom will stick with her

BEIJING (AP) — Mikaela Shiffrin will not soon forget what happened Monday in her first race of the Beijing Olympics. The poor transition that came five turns, and about 10 seconds, into the defense of her 2018 gold medal in the giant slalom. The skidding slide onto her left side. The missed gate that meant she was done so early in the opening run of a two-leg event.

The first “DNF” — “Did Not Finish” — next to her name on any GS result sheet in more than four years, a . . .

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Nearly 50, surfing icon Slater still catching winning waves

On Day 3 of the Winter Olympics, America’s biggest victory might very well have come not on a frozen halfpipe in China, but in the warm waves of the Banzai Pipeline, thousands of miles away in Hawaii.

The win belonged to Kelly Slater, the surfing great who turns 50 this week. Slater defeated a rider less than half his age to capture . . .

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KHL to end season, go directly to playoffs after Olympics

BEIJING (AP) — Kenny Agostino planned to return to Russia after the Olympics to finish the Kontinental Hockey League season.

After the KHL announced plans to call off the rest of the regular season and go directly to the playoffs, the American forward might . . .

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Aussies curlers out of Olympics, back in, then win 1st game

BEIJING (AP) — After getting a devastating morning phone call that she had tested positive for COVID-19, Tahli Gill and her Australian mixed doubles curling teammate Dean Hewitt were out of the Beijing Olympics.

A few hours later, another call. They were back in.

They barely had enough time to grab their uniforms out of their packed bags — a flight home had been booked for . . .

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