Of all the ways of failing to medal in a grueling 30-kilometer cross-country race, Austrian Olympian Teresa Stadlober certainly discovered the most excruciatingly regrettable: She got lost. She took a wrong friggin’ turn and got lost. Per the Associated Press:
I get to trot this grainy photo out every four years, my own personal Olympic medal. There I am in the bottom right wearing team-issued Jackson Pollock spandex, flanked by advertisements for Red Lobster and a local brewery, my mouth open as though I’m screaming in sheer agony.
Jessie Diggins started the final lap in third place in the women’s cross country team sprint event—and finished it .19 seconds ahead of the second-place Swedish skier. The gold medal she and teammate Kikkan Randall won was America’s first ever podium finish in women’s cross country skiing.
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea—One hundred and nineteen skiers took off at 30-second intervals in the 15km cross-country ski race at the 2018 Olympics today. Three didn’t finish or were disqualified. Of the 116 athletes who successfully skied the course, 115 of them were faster than German Madrazo, the 43-year-old lone…
Tongan athlete Pita Taufatofua jazzed up the 2016 Olympics opening ceremony when he walked into the arena shirtless and slathered in oil. He competed in taekwondo in the summer games, and now he’s trying to qualify for this year’s Winter Olympics as a cross-country skier.
An excited dog got loose and bounded into a World Cup cross-country skiing race on Sunday in Quebec City, and it was exactly as cute as you’d think.
After the opening ceremony, the Olympics were one long ungroomed trail for Gary di Silvestri and Angelica Morrone, the most-publicized husband-and-wife carpetbagging oldies act in cross-country-skiing history.
Your feel-good Olympic story of the day features Roberto Carcelen, cross country skier and Peru's first-ever Winter Olympian. Carcelen broke a rib in training but elected to compete in today's 15K Classic anyway; he struggled through the course and finished dead last.
There's plenty about the Winter Olympics to make a guy root for global warming: the so-called "Olympic tourists," for example. That's a tag applied to folks who have enough money and leisure time to make up for whatever talent deficiency kept them from competing for their real home country in the Games, and end up…
[A shirtless spectator watches Sweden's Charlotte Kalla compete during the women's 10K classical-style cross-country race at the 2014 Winter Olympics. AP Photo/Jae C. Hong.]
A nice display of sportsmanship in today's cross-country skiing men's sprint semifinal, after Russian Anton Gafarov crashed early in the race and broke one ski. He awkwardly soldiered on, falling repeatedly, and it appeared as if he wouldn't be able to make it to the finish line in front of the home fans. Canada to…
One of Sochi's many adorable strays found itself in the middle of the cross-country skiers' training runs, and courseworkers seemed oddly unwilling to chase it away.
A simple question posed to Norweigan skiier Odd-Bjørn Hjelmeset about his silver medal in the men's 4x10 relay somehow led to a spectacular response, covering porn, Tiger woods, and brutal honesty.
Boy meets girl online. Boy falls for girl. Boy moves from Peru to Seattle. Boy marries girl. Girl teaches boy to ski, at 34 years old. Boy makes Olympic team. It's the oldest story in the book. [Seattle Times]
When you're talking major terrorist targets in our vast world of sport, you need to remember to remain constantly vigilant and to trust no one. And, if you're in danger, just bushwalk your way through the snow on out of there.