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February 20, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
SOCHI, Russia -- Was the late Sarah Burke the real winner of the women's halfpipe Thursday night? Twenty-year-old Maddie Bowman of South Lake Tahoe, Calif., didn't hesitate when asked that question on the night she won the gold medal in the first women's free ski halfpipe event at the Olympics. "I would absolutely say that. Sarah's inspired us on snow and off snow,” Bowman said. “I think she would have been very proud of how all the girls rode tonight. "I sure hope I and everyone else made her proud because we would not be here without her. " Burke, of Canada, was one of the leaders in the push to get the freestyle skiing events into the Olympics.
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February 20, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
SOCHI, Russia - Halfpipe history was coming down to Maddie Bowman of the U.S. or Marie Martinod of France, and the space right behind the interview area was a curious mosh pit of fun, frolicking and fretting. Bowman, of South Lake Tahoe, had bettered her first effort, scoring 89.00 on her second run, sending a group of French fans and Bowman supporters into a frenzy of singing and chanting. It all came down to one final run for Martinod, the final skier on this Thursday night.
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February 20, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
SOCHI, Russia - The fab threesome of U.S. freeskiers Joss Christensen, Gus Kenworthy and Nick Goepper landed on the cover of a limited edition of Kellogg's Corn Flakes cereal box after sweeping the slopestyle podium. Now that the French trio of ski cross racers -- gold-medalist Jean Frederic Chapuis, silver-medalist Arnaud Bovolenta and bronze-medalist Jonathan Midol swept the Olympic podium -- what does that mean for their commercial futures in France? Will it be adverts for Nutella, the popular chocolate hazelnut spread?
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February 17, 2014 | Chris Dufresne
SOCHI, Russia - Tiger Woods at age 20 used his first pro tournament, the Greater Milwaukee Open, to say, "Hello, world. " Eighteen years later, a month shy of her 19th birthday, U.S. ski team star Mikaela Shiffrin sat down at the Gorki Media Center and announced similar intentions. She had been in Sochi for 18 hours but acted as though she had been raised around the corner. FRAMEWORK: Best images from Sochi Her Olympic debut, the women's giant slalom, was three days away.
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February 15, 2014 | Chris Dufresne
SOCHI, Russia -- The U.S. men are still on the alpine clock in Sochi and haven't made very good time. The second Olympic weekend is almost put to bed and the Americans have yet to hang anything resembling a medal around their necks. They are on pace to match the Austrian men, who shockingly failed to win a medal four years ago in Vancouver, Canada. If Bode Miller and his boys are going to get their skis turned around in Sunday's super-giant slalom at Rosa Khutor, though, they'll probably have to go through Norway.
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February 15, 2014 | By Jared S. Hopkins and John Cherwa
SOCHI, Russia - Short-track speedskater Emily Scott was knocked down in the women's 1,500-meter final Saturday as U.S. skaters again fell short of the podium. Scott, 24, took an early lead, but about halfway through the race Korea's Kim Alang wiped out and sent the Springfield, Mo., native into the pads at Iceberg Skating Palace. Scott finished in fifth. "I saw her out of the corner of my eye going down so there was nothing I could do at that point," Scott said. Scott had advanced to the final after Korea's Cho Ha-Ri was penalized in the semifinal.
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February 13, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
SOCHI, Russia -- The cool kids were throwing down tricks on the snow -- one-upping one another -- enjoying the sun and treating Thursday in Russia like a spring day in Utah or Colorado. "United States of Awesome," came a voice from the gallery just behind the finish area. That may best describe the day for U.S. slopestyle skiing. The United States swept the event: Twenty-two-year-old Joss Christensen of Park City, Utah won the gold, longtime friend Gus Kenworthy, also 22, took the silver and favorite Nick Goepper, 19, got the bronze.
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