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Snowboard couple haul in medals

Vic loves Alena. Alena loves Vic. Russia loves them both. The edgy world of snowboarding took on a softer side Wednesday, weaving a Hollywood-ready story about love and marriage, gold and bronze, lifelong goals fulfilled amid just a touch of political intrigue. Vic Wild, an American native who now competes ...

Takeuchi seeks second medal

Feb 21, 2014

Takeuchi seeks second medal

Snowboarder Tomoka Takeuchi, who took the silver medal in the women’s parallel giant slalom at the Sochi Winter Games on Wednesday, hopes to grab another medal in Saturday’s parallel slalom, despite a patchy history in the event. The first Japanese female boarder to win ...

Feb 18, 2014

Cold allergy no barrier for Bowman

A skier who was allergic to the cold would be like a parachutist with a fear of heights, yet Canada’s Olympic halfpipe specialist Noah Bowman used to suffer from that very condition. Four years ago, at 17, Bowman developed a rare condition known as ...

Fog pushes men's snowboardcross back to Tuesday

Feb 17, 2014

Fog pushes men's snowboardcross back to Tuesday

The Olympic men’s snowboardcross has been pushed back to Tuesday because of fog. Officials postponed the race early Monday afternoon when a heavy fog blanketing Rosa Khutor Extreme Park failed to lift. The decision came after officials scrubbed the seeding runs originally set for ...

Samkova dominates in women's snowboardcross

Feb 16, 2014

Samkova dominates in women's snowboardcross

Eva Samkova slapped a camera atop her helmet before the women’s Olympic snowboardcross finals on Sunday, hoping to give TV viewers a better grasp of her sport’s unique mix of speed and chaos. Samkova provided the speed. It’s the chaos that was missing — ...

Feb 12, 2014

Okada qualifies for women's halfpipe semis

Rana Okada reached the semifinals after the qualification round of the women’s snowboard halfpipe at the Sochi Games on Wednesday. The 23-year-old Okada, who is the only Japanese competing in the acrobatic aerial competition at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, scored 69.75 points on her ...

Teen snowboarders win first medals for Japan

Feb 12, 2014

Teen snowboarders win first medals for Japan

A pair of teenage Japanese rivals produced results worth seeing Tuesday in the halfpipe event and carved their names in history at the Sochi Winter Olympics. The duo repeatedly executed soaring three-revolution spins and came away with Japan’s first medals in Sochi. Ayumu Hirano, ...

Feb 11, 2014

Hirano advances to men's halfpipe final

Ayumu Hirano set the pace with a sterling first run in the men’s halfpipe on Tuesday to qualify for the final. The 15-year-old’s run of 92.25 points held up as the best of the first heat and sent him into the final later Tuesday ...

Anderson gives U.S. sweep in slopestyle events

Feb 9, 2014

Anderson gives U.S. sweep in slopestyle events

Jamie Anderson stood atop the podium and lifted her arms in triumph, her long and sometimes draining quest for Olympic glory finally complete. The American star ran into some unusual friends at the top. Anderson gave the United States a gold-medal sweep in the ...

U.S. slopestyle snowboarder takes Sochi's first gold

Feb 8, 2014

U.S. slopestyle snowboarder takes Sochi's first gold

Sage Kotsenburg of the United States won the first gold medal of the 2014 Olympics on Saturday, soaring to victory in the men’s snowboarding slopestyle final. Kotsenburg had a score of 93.50 to edge Staale Sandbech of Norway. Mark McMorris of Canada, who barely ...