News and commentary about Alaskans and the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.
Just about everyone involved with the U.S. Ski Team has a story about physiotherapist Zuzana Rogers fixing some weird corner of their body.
The Alaska skier’s efforts in Beijing deserve recognition in their own right. But they’re also important because of the circuitous route she followed to achieve them — and the path she paved for other skiers to follow in her footsteps.
Norwegian great Therese Johaug won the race to earn her third gold medal of the Beijing Olympics.
An American man has only placed that high at an Olympic cross-country race once, when Bill Koch won a silver medal in 1976.
Race organizers are facing harsh criticism from some competitors, coaches and fans of the sport, who denounced the decision, made just one hour before the start.
Messing, who competes for Canada, is among the elite skaters invited to participate in the Olympic figure skating gala, an exhibition that traditionally marks the end of the Winter Games.
The 28-year-old defenseman from Anchorage was on the ice for one of the U.S. goals and was a constant, steady presence in the game.
Hall’s trick on his first run where he stopped his rotation midair and turned in the other direction before softly landing paved the way for a gold medal finish.
Cooper, who played for Dimond High, has contributed one assist and lots of ice time in three preliminary games for the undefeated Americans.
Athletes like Schumacher go to the Olympics looking for peak performances on the biggest stage in sports. But those lofty goals, and the intense attention that comes with the Games, make coming up short that much more excruciating.
Colin Hufman, an alternate for the men’s curling team who grew up in Fairbanks but now lives in Minnesota, got his first chance on the ice in a game against medal favorite Canada.
The article said “in a sport that has so many women with massive shoulders and thighs,” Diggins — who took bronze in the 1.5-kilometer freestyle sprint — looked like a “sprite.” Some said the comments were objectifying and particularly insensitive given how pervasive body image issues are among female athletes.
Meet America’s ski service team, charged with the complicated, high-stakes work of choosing the right skis and wax for snow conditions at the Winter Olympics.
Hailey Swirbul of Anchorage lost contact with the race leaders in the first 5-kilometer leg, and the three other women on the U.S. team — Rosie Brennan, Novie McCabe and Jessie Diggins — couldn’t reel the Americans back in.
Callan Chythlook-Sifsof, 32, who was on the U.S. Snowboard Team from 2005 to 2014, made the allegations against a top coach and another snowboarder who is currently competing at the Beijing Olympics.
Analysis: Alexander Bolshunov has never tested positive. But the shadow of Sochi still hangs over his Olympic win.
OLYMPIC JOURNAL: Participants at the Games are confined to the hotels, restaurants and competition venues that are part of what organizers call a “closed loop” system that’s completely sealed off from the rest of China.
After enduring surgery, recovery and lingering doubt about his level of performance, Patterson said he’s “ready to throw down.”
Messing, the Anchorage athlete who skates for Canada, finished with a strong free skate, displaying the showmanship he has become known for during a two-decade career.
Brennan was right behind Jessie Diggins of Minnesota, who captured a bronze medal in Tuesday’s sprint final, becoming the first U.S. woman ever to medal in an individual cross-country skiing event.
Hannah Halvorsen made her appearance at the Olympics just two years after sustaining life-threatening injuries when a car hit her in an Anchorage crosswalk.
Messing, a lifelong Alaskan who skates for Canada, nailed all three of his jumps to place ninth.
American and Swedish cross-country skiers are pushing the sport’s leaders to increase women’s distances. But some star women remain unconvinced.
Vicky Persinger of Fairbanks and Chris Plys of Duluth, Minnesota, wrapped up the mixed doubles competition with three wins and six losses.
Several tough-luck losses in the round-robin mean Alaskan Vicky Persinger’s journey in Beijing is over.