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Ahn skates to more glory for Russia

Viktor Ahn was already a Russian citizen. At the Sochi Olympics, he was embraced as a Russian hero. Ahn clapped as he crossed the finish line after leading Russia to Olympic gold in the 5,000-meter relay. His countrymen applauded right back, cheering the speedy skater who delivered the nation’s first ...

Feb 22, 2014

Park picks up third medal in Sochi

Park Seung-hi of South Korea won Olympic gold in women’s 1,000 meter short track, giving her a third medal at the Sochi Games. Park took over the lead from American Jessica Smith early in the race Friday night and stayed in front the rest ...

Feb 21, 2014

Japan speedskaters eye team medal

Having won silver in the women’s team pursuit four years ago, Japan’s speedskaters will look to match or better that when the event kicks off on Friday. The Japan team of Maki Tabata, who was among the silver skaters in Vancouver, Nana Takagi, Ayaka ...

Ahn left with no regrets over switch

Feb 17, 2014

Ahn left with no regrets over switch

The short track speed skater once known as Ahn Hyun-soo — who won three golds for South Korea at the 2006 Games — said Sunday he has no regrets about switching allegiance to Russia after a fourth Olympic triumph. Beset by injury problems and ...

Dutch speedskaters display dominance

Feb 17, 2014

Dutch speedskaters display dominance

They stepped onto the podium, one after another, teammates and friends, all decked out in the same uniform. And if there had been room for one more, she would’ve been wearing orange, too. The Dutch, you see, are just racing against themselves at the ...

Brodka beats stars by hair

Feb 16, 2014

Brodka beats stars by hair

One of the closest races in Olympic speedskating history came down to a final lunge of the skate — then a few more agonizing seconds to figure out who won. Zbigniew Brodka knocked off all the favorites in the 1,500 meters Saturday, capturing Poland’s ...

Ahn collects second medal on short track

Feb 15, 2014

Ahn collects second medal on short track

Speedskater Viktor Ahn of Russia won the gold medal in men’s 1,000 short track, with teammate Vladimir Grigorev taking the silver. The mostly Russian crowd at Iceberg Skating Palace erupted as Ahn and Grigorev crossed the finish line Saturday. Sjinkie Knegt of the Netherlands ...

Feb 15, 2014

U.S. speedskating team dumps cutting-edge suits

The U.S. speedskating team is dumping the suits that were touted as the fastest in the world. Under Armour’s senior vice president of innovation, Kevin Haley, said that the American team has received permission from the International Skating Union to switch back to its ...

Feb 14, 2014

Kodaira left trailing in Zhang's wake

Nao Kodaira could only manage 13th place for the best finish among Japanese speedskaters as China’s Zhang Hong strutted away for her first Olympic gold medal in the women’s 1,000 meters on Thursday. Zhang took off flying and never looked back en route to ...

Li skates clear of pile-up, captures 500m gold

Feb 13, 2014

Li skates clear of pile-up, captures 500m gold

China’s Li Jianrou steered clear of a three-skater pile-up to sprint to gold in the women’s 500-meter short track at the Winter Olympics on Thursday. Two-time defending champion Wang Meng missed the Sochi Games after breaking her ankle, but Li ensured the title stayed ...

Groothuis stuns 1,000 favorite Davis

Feb 13, 2014

Groothuis stuns 1,000 favorite Davis

For the Dutch, another gold medal at the speedskating oval. For Shani Davis, a stunning defeat. Davis’ shot at Olympic history ended Wednesday at Adler Arena when Stefan Groothuis won gold for the Netherlands in the 1,000 meters, dashing the American’s hopes of becoming ...

Lee wins gold in women's 500 meters

Feb 12, 2014

Lee wins gold in women's 500 meters

Lee Sang-hwa burst off the line with a flawless start. She built up speed with each stride on the front straightway — her arms swinging powerfully, her body low to the ice. By the time Lee came around the final turn, the gold medal ...