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Skeleton preview: Dukurs, Bos head to Olympics with momentum

Jan. 15, 2022 14:17 PM EST

There wound up being five sliders chosen as part of the U.S. Olympic skeleton team that competed in the 2006 Turin Games. Of those, four are long retired. Chris Soule stopped sliding after those Olympics. Kevin Ellis stopped in 2009. Zach Lund and Eric Bernotas both last raced in...

Dukurs, Bos clinch World Cup skeleton overall championships

Jan. 14, 2022 10:25 AM EST

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (AP) — Martins Dukurs of Latvia has done it again. Kimberley Bos of the Netherlands has done it for the first time, and the first time in her country’s history. Dukurs and Bos cemented their status as gold-medal favorites at the Beijing Olympics by...

Luge preview: A long, winding road took US to Beijing Games

Jan. 13, 2022 12:36 PM EST

Emily Sweeney is headed to the Olympics to represent USA Luge for a second time, and her plans for the next couple weeks are largely the same as the final preparations were for her debut at the Pyeongchang Games four years ago. With one minor exception. The plan this...

Latvia, Lithuania, Poland rapped over Belarus border methods

Jan. 13, 2022 09:44 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Latvia, Lithuania and Poland continue to use questionable methods to keep out migrants trying to enter from Belarus and are denying access to aid groups trying to help people stuck in border areas, senior U.N. refugee agency and European Union officials said Thursday. ...

Egle, Ivanova each grab two more World Cup luge medals

Jan. 09, 2022 09:39 AM EST

SIGULDA, Latvia (AP) — Austria’s Madeleine Egle and Russia’s Tatyana Ivanova both picked up a pair of World Cup medals Sunday, each winning a gold and a bronze. Egle won the women’s race and then was third in the women’s sprint. Ivanova was third in the women’s race, then...

Dukurs, Bos close in on World Cup skeleton overall titles

Jan. 07, 2022 15:34 PM EST

WINTERBERG, Germany (AP) — Latvia’s Martins Dukurs got the 60th World Cup skeleton race victory of his career Friday, closing in on what would be his 11th seasonlong championship in the last 13 years. Dukurs held off Germany’s Axel Jungk by the slimmest of margins — one...

US, Germany support Lithuania in spat with China over Taiwan

Jan. 05, 2022 14:58 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and Germany on Wednesday backed Lithuania in its spat with China, saying the pressure exerted by Beijing against the tiny Baltic nation was unwarranted, Lithuania broke with diplomatic custom last year by letting the Taiwanese office in Vilnius...

Friedrich's World Cup bobsled winning streak comes to an end

Jan. 01, 2022 11:31 AM EST

SIGULDA, Latvia (AP) — Francesco Friedrich of Germany was undefeated in 2021. He won’t repeat the feat in 2022. Friedrich’s 21-race World Cup winning streak was snapped Saturday, after his worst finish in more than four years. Rostislav Gaitiukevich of Russia was the surprise...

Tomass Dukurs, Janine Flock win World Cup skeleton races

Dec. 31, 2021 15:18 PM EST

SIGULDA, Latvia (AP) — Tomass Dukurs got his first World Cup victory on his home track nearly 18 years ago, and hadn’t won another race since. Until Friday. Back on home ice, he held off his brother — 59-time World Cup race winner Martins Dukurs — for a victory...

NATO says its jets scrambled 290 times due to Russian planes

Dec. 27, 2021 18:11 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO fighter jets were scrambled hundreds of times this year to intercept aircraft, most of them Russian warplanes in northwest Europe that were flying too close to the airspace of its member countries, the military organization said Tuesday. NATO said that 290 of...