National Sports

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
Ryan Stassel of Anchorage will make his Olympic debut Wednesday night, more than a day before the opening ceremonies in Sochi, Russia.Beth Bragg
Girdwood snowboarder Callan Chythlook-Sifsof's bid to return to the Winter Olympics came up short.Beth Bragg
Anchorage's Ryan Stassel wasn't on the Olympic snowboard slopestyle team named Sunday by the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, but he could earn a spot later this week.Beth Bragg
Anchorage snowboarder Ryan Stassel was on the podium for the second time in three events in the U.S. Grand Prix, a series of qualifying competitions that will determineBeth Bragg