April 18, 2014

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Olympic speedskater, Lorain native Kelly Gunther honored in hometown

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LORAIN — U.S. Olympic speedskater and Lorain native Kelly Gunther returned home Saturday night to thank the people who helped make her dream a reality. Gunther greeted friends, family members and supporters at a dinner at the Italian American Veterans Home. “I wanted to thank all of the people in Lorain who have been so Read More…

Sochi Olympics deemed ‘success’ during closing ceremony

A man takes a photograph of fireworks during the closing ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

SOCHI, Russia — Flushed with pride after its athletes’ spectacular showing at the costliest Olympics ever, Russia celebrated Sunday night with a visually stunning finale that handed off a smooth but politically charged Winter Games to their next host, Pyeongchang in South Korea. Russian President Vladimir Putin, these Olympics’ political architect and booster-in-chief, watched and Read More…

Olympics: U.S. men fall to more talented Canadian hockey team

Canada forward Patrice Bergeron and USA forward Ryan Kesler collide against the boards during the third period of the men's semifinal ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics Friday in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Sometimes, workmanlike is good enough. Four years after they played for the gold medal in what might have been the best hockey game ever, Canada and the United States wound up separated by a single goal again at the Olympics. But make no mistake, this 1-0 semifinal win Friday night by Read More…

US tops Czechs, moves to Olympic hockey semis

USA forward David Backes (42) and USA forward Ryan Callahan (24) try to gain control of the puck in front of the the Czech Republic goal as Czech Republic defenseman Radko Gudas (3), Czech Republic defenseman Michal Rozsival (32) and Czech Republic goaltender Alexander Salak defend during the second period of men's quarterfinal hockey game in Shayba Arena at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

SOCHI, Russia — Dustin Brown banged in a go-ahead goal late in the first period and the United States went on to dominate the Czech Republic 5-2 Wednesday, earning a spot in the Olympic hockey semifinals for the second straight time. The U.S. will play Canada on Friday for a spot in the gold-medal game. Read More…

Russia knocked out of Olympic hockey by Finns, 3-1

Russia defenseman Anton Belov reacts after Russia lost 3-1 to Finland in a men's quarterfinal ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

  SOCHI, Russia — Finland eliminated Russia from the Olympic men’s hockey tournament with a 3-1 victory Wednesday, putting a stunning end to the Russians’ enormous expectations at home. Teemu Selanne scored an early goal and Tuukka Rask made 37 saves as Finland crushed the Russians’ dreams of winning hockey gold in front of their Read More…

US women coast past Sweden 6-1 in Olympic hockey

U.S. Women's hockey team members Brianna Decker, Kendall Coyne and Amanda Kessel celebrate a goal by Decker against Sweden during the third period of the 2014 Winter Olympics women's semifinal ice hockey game.(AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

SOCHI, Russia — 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 Read More…

Elyria Catholic grad Brianne McLaughlin, other goalies on U.S. women’s hockey team put egos aside, focus on winning

US goalie Brianne McLaughlin, an Elyria Catholic grad, catches a puck during a practice session ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

SOCHI, Russia — Everyone is happy in Goalie World. U.S. goaltender Jesse Vetter helped the United States earn a spot in the Olympic women’s hockey semifinals with two wins in the round-robin. Backup Molly Schaus pitched in by shutting out Switzerland, but will be back on the bench for today’s semifinal against Switzerland. And No. Read More…

Commentary: Bode Miller no longer invincible, just human

Joint bronze medal winner Bode Miller of the United States passes a gate in the men's super-G at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on Sunday in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

SOCHI, Russia — As Bode Miller grows more vulnerable he becomes more lovable.
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RESULTS: Lorain’s Kelly Gunther competes in Olympics speedskating event

Kelly Gunther of the U.S. competes in the women's 1,000-meter speedskating race at the Adler Arena Skating Center during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Thursday. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

  SOCHI, Russia — Zhang Hong pulled off a stunning victory in the women’s 1,000 meters Thursday and gave China its first gold ever in Olympic speedskating. Zhang, who had not done much on the World Cup circuit this season, skated in the seventh of 18 pairs based on her middling results. But she posted Read More…

Winter Olympics: Lorain’s Kelly Gunther in action today

Lorain’s Kelly Gunther competes in the women’s 1,000 meters Sunday during the Olympic Speedskating Trials in Kearns, Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Kelly Gunther’s Olympic dreams come true today. The former Lorain resident makes her Olympics debut in the women’s 1,000-meter speedskating event at 9 this morning  in Sochi, Russia. Gunther, 26, took fourth at the U.S. Trials on Dec. 29 in Kearns, Utah, turning in a personal-record time of 1:16.43. She edged three-time Olympian Elli Ochowicz Read More…