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With Justin Reiter in her ear, Steamboat-trained Czech Ledecká soars to unthinkable second Olympic gold medal

February 24, 2018 — PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Justin Reiter had dreamed about something like this, of course, about glory at the Olympics. Not until recently did he actually dream of this, though. He stood off to the side of the parallel giant slalom course at Phoenix Snow Park

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US Nordic combined team struggles in final event of 2018 Winter Olympics

February 23, 2018 — PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — The end came with a dedicated effort, a sharp sprint but still a frustrating result Thursday as the U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team wrapped up its 2018 Winter Olympics events with the four-man team relay at the Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre

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For Colorado couple, years of Olympic work come to a speedy end

February 23, 2018 — JEONGSEONG, South Korea — The Olympic competitions ended here Thursday with two Vail Valley women, Lindsey Vonn and Mikaela Shiffrin, charging down the course in the alpine combined. For Geoff "Salty" and Allison Kohn Marriner, of Eagle, it was a 27-month journey to get to

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Aspen’s Ferreira takes Olympic silver

February 22, 2018 — Alex Ferreira didn't make the 2014 Olympic team and it haunted him for years. But Thursday in South Korea, the Aspen freeskier was able to banish those demons forever. "It just crushed him. And he knew what he needed to do to get here. It

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ALS will take Tim Fletcher’s life, but he won’t let it take one more chance to cheer on his Steamboat Springs Olympic sons

February 21, 2018 — PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — When Tim Fletcher of Steamboat Springs would tell a good story about the best of days to his young boys, he'd use to the phrase "like you read about" as if it were an exclamation point. There were 15 fresh inches

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Looking south on the border from North Korea

February 21, 2018 — KOREAN DEMILITARIZED ZONE — Even on the South Korean side of the border — the sane side, right? — actual facts can sometimes be difficult to come by. On a tour of the Korean Demilitarized Zone, the facts tend to differ from tour guide to

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Bryan Fletcher 17th in final individual Olympic event

February 21, 2018 — PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — It's not that Bryan Fletcher doesn't love racing in the Olympics, as the Steamboat Springs Nordic combined athlete did for the fifth time and in his second Olympics on Tuesday night at the 2018 Pyeongchang Games in South Korea. It's that

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Steamboat’s Olympic snowboard success years in the making

February 21, 2018 — PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Jon Casson no longer coaches snowboarders. He coaches coaches, he said, but he couldn't help but feel invested, perhaps overly so, as riders advanced again and again Thursday in men's snowboard cross at the 2018 Winter Olympics. Soon, wishes he remembered

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Chris Del Bosco crashes hard in Olympic ski cross event

February 21, 2018 — BONGPYEONG, South Korea — Skiers weighed in ahead of Wednesday's ski cross men's event at Phoenix Snow Park at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, asking that the course be toned down just a bit. Skiers can get going a little faster than

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Vail’s Elana Chase helps Aspen skiers tackle Olympic halfpipe

February 20, 2018 — BONGPYEONG, South Korea — Elana Chase met both Torin Yater-Wallace and Alex Ferreira when they were about 8 years old, when she was a coach as Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club. Ferreira was a impeccably polite boy who walked up and introduced himself. The

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Inside the hard work and thrilling moments of calling the 2018 Winter Olympics

February 19, 2018 — PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — It's 7:45 p.m. at the Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and the NBC crew that's preparing to broadcast the night's big event, one of the biggest events of the Olympics, has a problem. They've prepared a segment about

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Classmates at Steamboat Springs High School, now pack of Sailors are U.S. Olympic teammates

February 16, 2018 — PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — It used to be a joke among the class. "What if they all make the Olympics some day?" "Some day" in an official sense became Feb. 9 and while they didn't gather for a mini reunion, they didn't sit down and

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Love at the Olympics no easy trick to land for Nordic combined’s Fletcher and freestyle skiing’s McKinnon

February 16, 2018 — PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Nordic combined is difficult, Taylor Fletcher insists. The mental battles of timing a jump just right and of squeezing every last drop of energy out of the body during a cross-country ski race are intense. He wasn't working out at all

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Olympic journal: The day of my dreams

February 15, 2018 — PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Wow. That is all I can say. It was a whirlwind of emotions competing in the Olympics as a part of Team USA for my first time. I distinctly remember standing in the start gate overwhelmed with immense pride. I was

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Disappointment for U.S. as Nordic combined begins at 2018 Olympics

February 15, 2018 — PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — The opportunity was there, Bryan Fletcher said. The race wasn't. After jumping to 18th position in Wednesday's Nordic combined normal hill competition, the first Nordic combined event of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Fletcher probably wasn't poised for

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Dierdorff charges to gold-medal final but just short of podium at 2018 Winter Olympics

February 15, 2018 — PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Mick Dierdorff took his dream of an Olympic gold medal from the base of Howelsen Hill, where he began learning to ski and snowboard before he was 2 years old, to the snowboard cross World Cup where he endured years of

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Cut from U.S. team five years ago, McJames perseveres to make 3rd Olympics

February 15, 2018 — PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Just making it to the start gate of the Olympics was something to be proud of for Park City skier Megan McJames. McJames, 30, skis independently, meaning she doesn't have the support of the U.S. Ski Team. The team cut her

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Bryce Bennett finishes 16th in men’s Olympic downhill

February 14, 2018 — Local alpine skier Bryce Bennett competed in men's downhill at the Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea on Wednesday, Feb. 14, and finished in 16th place. Bennett didn't have a great start to the race, which featured 55 competitors, and by the end of his run

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After powder days in Japan, U.S. halfpipe skiers get down to business in South Korea

February 14, 2018 — PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — They just finished a rigorous two-month Olympic qualification process. They face one of the biggest competitions of their lives in days. What did the U.S. ski halfpipe team do as soon as they landed in South Korea? They skipped over to

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Era ends with smiles for U.S. women’s ski jumpers

February 14, 2018 — PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Sarah Hendrickson isn't a "happy just to be here" kind if person. You can't be and still build the kind of sports resume she has in his career ski jumping, winning a World Championship and competing in two Winter Olympics Games.

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