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  • US champion Abbott falls hard in short program Feb 13, 2014 11:14 AM
    SOCHI, Russia — U.S. champion Jeremy Abbott fell hard on an attempted quadruple toe loop Thursday in the men’s short program at the Olympics, yet finished the routine. Abbott crashed to the ice on his first jump and slid into the padded end boards, staying down for an extended period, clutching his right hip. He looked like he wouldn’t get up, and his coaches moved toward the entry door to the ice. But Abbott, 28, struggled to his feet and, to the surprise of many and the applause of the crowd, resumed skating. And he performed quite well, hitting the rest of his elements. When his music stopped, the four-time champion drew a huge ovation from the fans. He hit himself lightly in the head while shaking it, as if to say he couldn’t believe what had just happened.

     
  • Finland beats Austria 8-4 in Olympic hockey Feb 13, 2014 6:54 AM
    SOCHI, Russia — Finland had more than enough offensive talent to overcome its slow start against Austria, even with Teemu Selanne back in the dressing room. Jarkko Immonen and Mikael Granlund scored two goals apiece as Finland opened preliminary-round Olympic play with an 8-4 victory over Austria on Thursday. Jussi Jokinen and Petri Kontiola each had a goal and an assist for the Finns, who put 52 shots on beleaguered Austria goalie Bernhard Starkbaum despite playing the final two periods without Selanne, their captain and the leading scorer in Olympic history. The 43-year-old ‘Finnish Flash’ had an assist in the first period of his record-equaling sixth Olympics before sitting out with an upper-body injury. Selanne should be fine for the Finns’ next game, team spokesman Janne Lahti said. “He’s an old man, so he needs some rest, more than the other guys,” Kontiola said. Sami Lepisto and Olli Maatta also scored for Finland, which has never lost to Austria at the Olympics. Granlund had a three-point game and defenseman Sami Vatanen had three assists in their Olympic debuts. Selanne got just eight shifts before apparently having problems with his neck or shoulders. Finland’s trainers massaged Selanne on the bench late in the first period, and he didn’t return from the first break. “Maybe he got the bad pillow!” said Sami Vatanen, Selanne’s teammate with the Anaheim Ducks. Even with Selanne ailing, Finland took control with two goals in 8 seconds during the final minute of the first before taking a four-goal lead in the second. “It’s tough to see him get injured, but he’ll be OK,” Olli Jokinen said of Selanne. “He’s a big part of this team, and he’s our leader. It’s never easy when you lose a guy like him.” The Finns also survived a shaky Olympic debut from Tuukka Rask, the vaunted Boston Bruins goalie who yielded four goals on just 20 shots. “The first goal, everybody was caught sleeping there,” Rask said. “After that second goal, everybody kind of woke up and got back to playing again.” Michael Grabner had three goals in his Olympic debut for Austria. The New York Islanders forward scored 36 seconds into the first period, and Austria had two early leads before Finland took control. “In case we didn’t know what we were up against, we got a reality check,” Austrian forward Thomas Vanek said. “You’ve got to play a certain way, and I think we didn’t do it. Our goalie needs to be our best player, and we need to help him more.” Finland is the most consistently successful Olympic nation of the NHL era while winning medals in four of the last five Olympics overall. The Finns have a solid shot at medals again despite placement in Canada’s preliminary-round group, and an eight-goal performance in their opener will help their cause. Austria, which qualified for its first Olympics since 2002, surprised the Finns in the opening minute when Grabner converted a cross-ice pass from Michael Raffl. Granlund got Finland’s first goal on a play set up by Selanne, who took Vatanen’s outlet pass and fed Granlund while screening Starkbaum. Austria went back ahead when Thomas Hundertpfund’s shot from behind the net went off Maatta’s skate in front and beat Rask, but Lepisto equalized 2:04 later. Maatta put the Finns ahead with a vicious slap shot from the blue line with 35 seconds left in the first period — and Immonen scored 8 seconds later. Six Austrians are back from their Salt Lake City team along with the Olympic debuts of Grabner and Vanek, his Islanders teammate. Grabner added two goals in the third period for his hat trick. “I like the big ice, and I just tried to get into open space for my teammates,” Grabner said. “Against a good team like Finland, it’s tough to come back.”

     
  • Volosozhar and Trankov of Russia win pairs gold; U.S. ninth Feb 13, 2014 12:01 AM
    Maxim Trankov hopes young figure skaters all over Russia will take inspiration from what he and Tatiana Volosozhar accomplished at the Olympics. The two restored the country to the pinnacle of pairs Wednesday, and their teammates made it almost total domination. Volosozhar and Trankov won gold, while Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov took silver. “I think tonight all of the country will celebrate this beautiful victory,” Trankov said.

     
  • U.S. takes home gold, bronze in women’s halfpipe Feb 12, 2014 9:04 PM
    Kaitlyn Farrington, the 24-year-old from Idaho whose parents sold off their cattle to bankroll her career, sparked the second upset on the halfpipe in two nights. She smoothed out a near-flawless run Wednesday to edge Aussie Torah Bright and take down the American favorite, Kelly Clark.

     
  • Rising temps force Sochi athletes to adapt Feb 11, 2014 6:45 PM
    Rising temperatures are turning the Winter Olympics into the Warm Olympics, forcing athletes to adapt. In sports contested in the mountains — skiing, snowboarding, sliding, jumping — that means switching equipment or techniques, waiting out delays or being forced to skip practice. At the Laura Cross-Country Ski and Biathlon Center, three racers crashed in soft snow during the men's freestyle sprint Tuesday.

     
  • White falls to the I-Pod in Olympic stunner Feb 11, 2014 7:05 PM
    In an Olympic stunner, Shaun White failed in his quest for three straight halfpipe gold medals Tuesday, falling to Switzerland’s Iouri Podladtchikov. In fact, White didn’t even win a medal.

     
  • White cruises through halfpipe qualifying Feb 11, 2014 9:43 AM
    Shaun White had no problem with the Olympic halfpipe and took the first step toward his third straight gold medal Tuesday, scoring a 95.75 on his first run to lead all qualifiers and advance to the final. A number of riders said the halfpipe was running slow due to warm temperatures, but that some of the problems they faced with the shape of the pipe in training had been improved.

     
  • U.S. men’s hockey good enough for gold Feb 11, 2014 10:09 PM
    Nobody is picking the U.S. to win the gold medal at Sochi, but the way the Americans see it they have some unfinished business. They remember their overtime loss to Canada in 2010 at Vancouver on Sidney Crosby's golden goal and are on a mission to make amends. "After what we did last time the expectations now are gold or bust," said U.S. winger Patrick Kane of the Blackhawks.

     
  • Images: Monday at the Sochi Olympics Feb 11, 2014 9:03 AM
    Images of Monday at the Sochi Winter Olympic Games, including Team USA vs. Switzerland in women's hockey, the women's supercombined, men's curling, speedskating, and much more.

     
  • Skating Algonquin brothers train with Sochi's elite Feb 10, 2014 4:51 AM
    Rockne and Collin Brubaker of Algonquin train with an elite group of ice skaters now competing in the Sochi Olympics. So if anyone can talk ice dancing and pairs skating with authority, it's the Brubaker brothers, who recently competed at the U.S. Nationals and have been on the circuit for years.

     
  • White says he’s antsy; thanks his fans Feb 10, 2014 10:29 PM
    Shaun White says he’s antsy about his upcoming chance to make history on the halfpipe and, in a shoutout to his fans, thanks them for supporting his decisions. The halfpipe contest is Tuesday, and White could become the seventh athlete to win three straight golds in an individual Winter Olympics sport.

     
  • Images: Winter Olympics, Sunday, February 9th Feb 9, 2014 9:15 PM
    Images from the Sochi Winter Olympics on Sunday, February 9th. Jamie Anderson won the gold medal in the women's snowboard slopestyle event and the United States won the bronze medal in the team figure skating event.

     
  • Are the suburbs an Olympic ice skating hub? Feb 9, 2014 11:26 AM
    The Northbrook Speed Skating Club doesn’t have one or two Olympians among its alumni. It has 19. And the suburbs have ties to nearly a dozen other Olympians competing in ice sports in Sochi this week, including three suburban curlers, two bobsledders, a hockey official, a handful of skating coaches, and three local figure skaters (not including 2010 gold medalist Evan Lysacek, of Naperville, who bowed out a few weeks ago due to injury).

     
  • Kildeer speedskater talks of his ‘personal Olympics,’ predicts American success Feb 8, 2014 8:00 AM
    The long track speedskating events are scheduled to begin today at the Sochi Olympics, and a Kildeer man predicts at least a few medals will be coming home. Kildeer resident Bruce Conner, a 57-year-old skating veteran, was on the U.S. national team as a teen, and then 29 years later. The 2013 Olympic time trials were his "personal Olympics," he said.

     
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  • Netherlands’ Kramer defends gold in the men’s 5000m Feb 8, 2014 5:31 PM
    Sven Kramer of the Netherlands set an Olympic record and defended his title in the men’s 5,000 meters Saturday, winning gold with a time of 6 minutes, 10.76 seconds. With the king, queen and prime minister of his country cheering him on, the 27-year-old Dutchman flew around the big oval with amazingly consistent laps, all falling within a range of eight-tenths of a second. He easily beat the Olympic mark of 6:14.60 he set while winning gold at Vancouver four years ago.

     
  • Images: Winter Olympics, Friday, February 7th Feb 7, 2014 3:33 PM
    Images from the Sochi Olympic Games on Friday. Included are highlights from the opening ceremonies.

     
  • Illinois can cheer on some local Olympians Feb 7, 2014 5:30 AM
    Minus the 10 Blackhawks players on Olympic rosters, here’s a look at the other Olympians on Team USA with Illinois connections.

     
  • Sochi's opening show: Let Putin's games begin Feb 7, 2014 8:36 AM
    They're designed to celebrate a millennium of Russian might and this country's modern rebound, and kick off two weeks of extraordinary human endeavors and planetary sportsmanship. But the ceremony opening the Sochi Olympics on Friday, more than anything, will be about one man: Vladimir Putin.

     
  • Highland Park couple to see son skate in Sochi Feb 6, 2014 5:06 AM
    Steve and Marla Brown are excited to watch their figure-skating son Jason compete in the Winter Olympics. But they weren't content to watch the Sochi Games at home. The Highland Park residents — and 16 relatives — are making an estimated 15-hour journey to Russia to watch him compete live. “We're still just so in shock,” Marla Brown said. “It's hard to believe we're really going to the Olympics to watch our son compete and represent our country.”

     
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