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  • Constable: Push to keep ‘special’ in these Olympics Jan 18, 2015 7:30 AM
    The Special Olympics provide plenty of wonderful moments for young athletes with developmental and intelectual disabilities. While figure skaters such as Abby Stanton of Lake in the Hills worry about the future of their sport after glitches following a change in venue, Dave Breen, president of Special Olympics Illinois, promises the organization is dedicated to solving the problems and seeing skating thrive.

  • Constable: South Elgin High School junior makes Deaflympics team Dec 7, 2014 9:19 AM
    Hearing impaired since birth, Derek Struwing starting playing hockey at age 3. The South Elgin High School junior made the U.S. Hockey Team and will compete at the 2015 Deaflympics in March in Russia.

  • Meet U.S. Olympian Bozek at Special Olympics fundraiser Apr 2, 2014 7:27 PM
    U.S. Olympian Megan Bozek will meet and pose for pictures with fans Friday at a fundraiser in Buffalo Grove to benefit Special Olympics. The event takes place at 6 p.m. at the Continental Restaurant, 788 Buffalo Grove Road in Buffalo Grove.

  • Olympian Megan Bozek returns to Stevenson High Mar 12, 2014 2:52 PM
    Olympic hockey player and Stevenson High School alumna Megan Bozek returned to her alma mater Wednesday for the first time since winning a silver medal in Sochi. Bozek, of Buffalo Grove, received a standing ovation from more than 100 students, teachers, coaches and administrators when she took the stage in an auditorium.

  • Images: Winter Olympics, Sunday, February 23 Feb 23, 2014 5:28 PM
    The 2014 Olymics in Sochi, Russia held closing ceremonies after the final day of events that included the men's hockey, bobsledding and cross-country skiing. Canada defeated Sweden 3-0 for the gold medal in hockey and USA-1 won the bronze in four-man bobsledding.

  • Highland Park medalist Jason Brown still smiling as Olympics wind down Feb 22, 2014 8:00 AM
    Still celebating his bronze-medal win in team figure skating, Highland Park's Jason Brown talks candidly about his Olympic victory and his love of the sport in this exclusive Q&A. "The outpouring of support from my community has been more than I could have ever imagined."

  • 2 more Olympians test positive for drugs Feb 22, 2014 4:45 PM
    A Latvian hockey player and a Ukrainian cross-country skier failed drug tests at the Sochi Olympics, bringing to four the number of doping cases at the games. The International Olympic Committee said early Sunday that Vitalijs Pavlovs and Marina Lisogor were both expelled from the games.

  • Images: Winter Olympics, Saturday, February 22nd Feb 22, 2014 4:27 PM
    Images from Saturday at the 2014 Winter Olympic games in Sochi.

  • It’s Canada vs. Sweden for men’s hockey gold Feb 21, 2014 4:52 PM
    Before the Olympics started, the only thing holding Team Canada back from being the overwhelming favorite in men’s hockey was its goaltending. On Friday in the semifinals against Team USA, goalie Carey Price was brilliant with 31 saves in Canada’s 1-0 win that sent the Canadians into Sunday’s gold medal game against Sweden. Six Blackhawks will play for the gold (Duncan Keith, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp for Canada, and Niklas Hjalmarsson, Marcus Kruger and Johnny Oduya for Sweden).

  • Stevenson students watch Bozek in gold medal game Feb 21, 2014 4:34 AM
    Stevenson High School students had special incentive to watch Thursday's Olympic women's hockey match between the U.S. and Canada — they were hoping to see alum Megan Bozek win a gold medal. TVs in the hallways were tuned to the rivalry game during lunch periods throughout the Lincolnshire school, but the outcome would be silver, not golden.

  • Gracie Gold 4th in skating short program Feb 19, 2014 3:21 PM
    SOCHI, Russia — Defending champion Yuna Kim of South Korea won the short program at the Sochi Olympics, and Russia’s 15-year-old sensation Julia Lipnitskaia fell. American champion Gracie Gold was fourth, with countrywomen Ashley Wagner sixth and Polina Edmunds seventh. Japan’s Mao Asada had four major mistakes and plummeted to 16th.

  • U.S. women coast past Sweden 6-1 in Olympic hockey Feb 17, 2014 11:12 AM
    The work began before the U.S. women’s hockey team reached the medal round, before it arrived in Sochi, before the roster was even selected. Four years ago, the Americans left the Olympics with a silver medal. And Julie Chu was determined to be back. “When that buzzer goes off and it erupted in the arena and we fell short of our goal of being the best in the world, that hurts,” the four-time Olympian said after the United States beat Sweden 6-1 on Monday to reach the gold medal game in Sochi.

  • Olympic figure skater Jason Brown honored with 10-foot ice sculpture Feb 13, 2014 5:17 AM
    Highland Park residents and fans chanted “Go Jason! Go!” Wednesday before officials unveiled a 10-foot-tall ice sculpture of U.S. Olympic skater Jason Brown in Port Clinton Square.

  • Highland Park parents celebrate son’s Olympic medal Feb 11, 2014 1:35 PM
    The parents of Olympic figure skater Jason Brown celebrated his bronze medal win in the team event in Sochi. “I can’t begin to express how proud we are of the entire U.S. team,” Steve Brown said. “These guys pulled together and will forever be linked by this experience.”

  • Jason Brown hopes to skate in 2 more Olympics Feb 11, 2014 9:38 AM
    Highland Park teen Jason Brown wants to skate in two more Olympics. The fan favorite qualified for the Sochi Games a few weeks after his 19th birthday. He hopes to repeat the accomplishments of fellow Illinoisan Evan Lysacek, who gained valuable experience in finishing fourth in 2006 at age 20.

  • Suburbs, state full of future women’s hockey stars Feb 11, 2014 11:30 AM
    With the spotlight set to shine on the U.S.-Canada women’s hockey game Wednesday morning at the Olympics, two players from Illinois will be on the ice knowing thousands of young girls here are cheering them on. Buffalo Grove native Megan Bozek and Palos Heights native Kendall Coyne are playing on the U.S. hockey squad; many more from the suburbs could be playing in future Olympics.

  • Suburban rinks, coaches polished Gracie Gold Feb 10, 2014 4:47 AM
    Gracie Gold, chasing an Olympic medal in figure skating to match her name, made her mark at suburban rinks for her jumps, her smiles and her dog, Yoshi. The 18-year-old U.S. national champion skated at area rinks for about five years. And while the music, glittery costumes and crowds make elite ice skating one of the most glamorous sports, getting to this level means spending a lot of time at the same rinks where three-year-olds stagger across the ice.

  • 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.

  • Brown, Gold help U.S. earn bronze in team figure skating Feb 9, 2014 4:15 PM
    Russia won its first gold medal of the Sochi Olympics on Sunday, taking the new team figure skating event even before the ice dancers finished up. Russia had 67 points with the ice dance yet to come, and Canada was next with 56 points. The United States stood third with 50, while Japan and Italy had 45 each.

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