Top Stories World 

In Pyeongchang, a historically diverse Winter Olympics

Viking descendants, you may be crushing the rest of the world with your impressive Olympic medal haul. But in the wake of your victories, a new crop of Winter Olympians is clicking into ski bindings, lacing up skates, and hurling themselves down ice tracks. And some are winning medals of their own. For the first time, an Asian athlete – Korean Yun Sung-bin – captured Olympic gold in the skeleton competition, which also included the first-ever African woman and a Ghanaian who financed his Olympic dreams by selling vacuum cleaners.…

Read More
Sport 

Garlic Girls: South Korean curling team ward off more seasoned rivals

In name only are the Garlic Girls about food. There’s Yogurt, Pancake, Steak, Cookie and Sunny – as in eggs sunny side up. But they are not the next K-pop sensation: they are the South Korean women’s curling team. The five women – collectively known as the Garlic Girls, after their garlic-producing hometown – have become internet sensations after a winning streak that has put them within striking distance of a medal at the Winter Olympics. Two are sisters – Kim Yeong-mi and Kim Kyeong-ae – and their team-mates Kim…

Read More
Top Stories World 

In South Korea, a new Cinderella story is unfolding – on ice

Annie, Pancake, Sunny, Steak, and ChoCho were virtually unknown to their fellow Koreans until this month. Now they’re the hottest ticket in Olympic curling – the country girls who have seemingly come out of nowhere to become serious medal contenders. They took down Canada, the defending Olympic gold medalists. They trounced Great Britain, whose team is made up entirely of Scots – the people who invented the game back in medieval times. Recommended: Test your knowledge of the Winter Olympics! They defeated undefeated Sweden. By Tuesday, they had bagged enough wins…

Read More
Science 

An Olympic Doping Scandal in Curling — Yes, Curling — Could Have Big Consequences for Russia

No Olympics feels complete without some sort of juicy scandal. This year, leave it to the curlers to create one. At the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, a positive drug test from Russian curler Alexander Krushelnytsky — yes, a curler apparently doped — has kept PyeongChang buzzing. Krushelnytsky won bronze in the mixed doubles curling event along with his wife, Anastasia Bryzgalova. Here’s what you need to know about the brewing Russian curling doping controversy. Why is a Russian curling doper creating such chaos? Normally, if a curler was caught taking…

Read More
Top Stories World 

Second test doesn’t help Russian curler suspected of Olympic doping

GANGNEUNG, South Korea — The second test of a sample from a curler who captured a bronze medal in PyeongChang contained a banned substance, the Russian delegation saidin a case threatening to taint another Winter Olympics with the specter of doping. Alexander Krushelnitsky, 25, failed a preliminary drug test. The initial sample had shown he tested positive for meldonium, a Latvian-made heart medicine which increases blood flow and boosts stamina and has been banned since 2016. Russian curler Alexander Krushelnitsky competes in mixed doubles match at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics…

Read More
Sport 

Winter Olympics 2018: Norway ‘should be BANNED’ because of curling trousers controversy

The Scandinavian countrymen continued to pull on a brave choice of trousers when they competed in the curling event. This morning Norway decided opted for jazzy red pants with a white and blue  leaf-shaped design. Great Britain were their opponents and they stormed into a 4-0 lead. But supporters on social media were most taken aback by the bold fashion sense showed by Norway. And the fans were completely split with their opinions – but some suggested Norway should be banned from the competition because of the attire. One user…

Read More
Science 

Once Again, the USA Women's Hockey Team Must Play Canada for Olympic Gold

Once Again, the USA Women’s Hockey Team Must Play Canada for Olympic Gold More (PYEONGCHANG, South Korea) — The United States will play for a gold medal in women’s hockey for the third straight Olympics. Four-time defending champion Canada will be waiting for them. The Americans had a 5-0 victory over Finland in the semifinals, a score that Canada matched against the Russians later Monday to set up the gold medal showdown between the two premier women’s hockey powers. In the two-man bobsled, the Canadians had to share a gold…

Read More
Top Stories World 

Olympic curler suspected of doping raises question: Why?

GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Fans of curling at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics describe the sport as cerebral, calculating and generally genteel. If you’re wanting feats of physicality, they say, head over to the mountain for freestyle skiing. However, Monday’s announcement that Russian curler Alexander Krushelnitsky — the winner of a bronze medal last week with wife Anastasia Bryzgalova in the mixed-doubles competition — is suspected of doping after failing a preliminary drug test has sent shockwaves through a sport not commonly associated with scandal. “It’s a little different than like…

Read More
Sport 

Winter Olympics doping SHOCK: Russian curler Alexander Krushelnitsky probed for offence

Krushelnitsky, who won mixed doubles bronze with his wife Anastasia Bryzgalova, is suspected of having tested positive for meldonium. A statement from the anti-doping division (ADD) of CAS read: “The CAS ADD has initiated a procedure involving the athlete Alexander Krushelnitsky (mixed curling; OAR).” No hearing date has yet been fixed. Meldonium, which increases blood flow, was found to be used by more than 100 Russian athletes in 2016. Former world tennis number one Maria Sharapova served a 15-month ban for using the substance after it was added to the…

Read More
Top Stories World 

Russian bronze medal-winning curler reportedly tests positive for banned substance

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Russian curlers said Monday a coach told them that mixed doubles bronze medalist Alexander Krushelnitsky tested positive for a banned substance at the Pyeongchang Olympics. Women’s skip Viktoria Moiseeva said the coach “came to tell us the news” late Sunday. She added the team wanted to comfort Krushelnitsky and his wife and curling partner Anastasia Bryzgalova but “we thought that there are no words to comfort now. We just tried to stay away.” Russian Curling Federation president Dmitry Svishchev would not confirm the name of…

Read More