Once again, US will meet Canada for women’s hockey gold medal

By David Brandt Ap Sports Writer

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — The United States will play for a gold medal in women's hockey for the third straight Olympics. Four-time defending champion Canada will be waiting for them.

The Americans had a 5-0 victory over Finland in the semifinals, a score that Canada matched against the Russians later Monday to set up the gold medal showdown between the two premier women's hockey powers.

In the two-man bobsled, the Canadians had to share a gold medal with Germany in a rare dead heat. The two other golds awarded on Day 10 at the Pyeongchang Games went to Norway, which won the men's large hill team ski jumping and 500-meter speedskating race to lift its tally to 11 golds.

Earlier, Canada's Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir broke their own record in the ice dancing short program with 83.67 points. Americans Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue are in third, two-hundredths of a point ahead of their compatriots, Maia and Alex Shibutani. The free dance is Tuesday.

In women's hockey, the United States will be trying to win its first gold medal since 1998. Canada has won the last four gold medals. Dani Cameranesi scored two goals and added an assist to push the Americans to their win over Finland.

ICE DANCE

Virtue and Moir had a dazzling performance to music by the Rolling Stones, Eagles and Santana. The veteran pair won Olympic gold at the 2010 Vancouver Games and then silver four years later in Sochi.

The crowd roared as the three-time world champions skated off to await their scores and roared again when the record numbers were read.

The Americans had a strong showing with three pairs in the top seven, including Madison Chock and Evan Bates, who are in seventh place and still in medal contention despite an injury Chock aggravated during warmups.

CURLING CONTROVERSY

A doping charge against curling bronze medalist Alexander Krushelnitsky could keep Russia from being reinstated before the end of the Winter Olympics.

The IOC’s Mark Adams confirmed the positive test and said it could have "consequences" in evaluating behavior of the Russian team.

Russian athletes are participating as "Olympic Athletes from Russia." The IOC suspended the Russian Olympic Committee last year in connection with a massive doping scheme at the 2014 Sochi Olympics but allowed 168 athletes to compete under neutral uniforms and without the national flag.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport said in a statement Monday that it has "initiated a procedure involving" Krushelnitsky, who finished third in mixed doubles with his wife, Anastasia Bryzgalova.

BIG AIR DEBUTS

The high-flying world of big air snowboarding made its Olympics debut to rave reviews.

"Everyone showed their absolute best," said Anna Gasser of Austria, who won the qualifying round and will jump last of the 12 riders in Friday's finals.

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