National Sports

Jessie Diggins of Minnesota and Liz Stephen of Vermont gave the United States two skiers in the top 15 of Saturday's first cross-country ski race at the Winter Olympics.
Not long after Alaskans watched the tape-delayed broadcast of the Opening Ceremonies in Sochi, Anchorage's Ryan Stassel was eliminated from the slopestyle snowboard competition.
Girdwood snowboarder Callan Chythlook-Sifsof told ESPN that she is gay, a revelation she said she wanted to make during the Winter Olympics in Russia, which passed anti-gay laws last year.Beth Bragg
I can distinctly remember the countdown ... 365 days, 100 days, 30 days. The anticipation is coming to a close.Holly Brooks
Meet Team Alaska Asterisk: It's a squad of five athletes with strong ties to Alaska.Beth Bragg
For the first time in history, you can watch everything at the Winter Olympics live, but to do so you'll need a computer and a subscription either for cable TV or another pay TV service.Beth Bragg
If there's one thing I've learned in the few years I've been reporting on ski races in strange places, it's that when things get strange and unpleasant, they make for great stories.Nathaniel Herz
See when Alaskan athletes compete in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.
Anchorage's Ryan Stassel made his Winter Olympics debut Thursday morning in Sochi, Russia, where he placed 16th in preliminary competition in slopestyle snowboarding. He will have to finish in the top four in the semifinals to stay alive.Beth Bragg
These Games are considered particularly vulnerable to terrorist attacks because of their proximity to the North Caucasus, a region where Islamic militants have waged a violent insurgency.David Wharton