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If anything happens to one of the U.S. Olympic ice dance teams in Pyeongchang, South Korea, phones in Western New York may start ringing. Kaitlin Hawayek, a 21-year-old East Aurora native, is an alternate to the Olympic figure skating team. She and partner Jean-Luc Baker of Seattle are staying in peak condition during the Games in case they are needed. “It’s tedious,…

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Derek Roy, a Sabres first-round draft pick in 2001, had three assists as Canada opened play at the Winter Olympics with a 5-1 victory against Switzerland in Group A preliminary round play. The Canadians jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the first period and led 4-0 after two periods. Roy saw a total of 17:30 of ice time, which was third on the team. Canada next plays…

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Tricia Mangan's hopes in the giant slalom at the Winter Olympics were over before they barely began. The Derby skier fell during the first run Thursday at Yongpyong Alpine Center, meaning she is out of the competition. The top 30 among the 79 racers advanced to the second run. Mangan was among 11 skiers who did not finish the first run. Mangan, a 20-year-old Dartm…

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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea – The U.S. men’s hockey team did just about everything right for the first 40 minutes of its Olympic opener Wednesday night. Team USA skated fast, forechecked aggressively, got rock-solid goaltending and scored twice. Coach Tony Granato couldn’t have asked for more from his team after having only five days of practice together as a group. The…

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Washington Post PYEONGCHANG, South Korea - As Shaun White celebrated his third Olympic halfpipe title, much of the vast, unwieldy social media universe celebrated. They remembered the 31-year-old as a younger man, winning gold in at the 2006 Olympics and again in 2010, and they remembered his disappointing fourth-place finish four years ago at the Sochi Olympics. Man…

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Cousins Rachel Polanski and Aubrey Neal are at the Winter Olympics in South Korea and brought their Bills flag with them to show their #BillsMafia spirit. Aubrey has been posting photos of the duo with their flag at Olympic venues. Polanski and Neal were both born and raised in Buffalo, although Neal spent about 10 years living in New York City. She remains a "die-hard"…

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Derby skier Tricia Mangan will make her Olympics debut on Wednesday night (Buffalo time) in the giant slalom, which was postponed Sunday by high winds. The first run is Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. and the second run begins at 11:15 p.m. The top 30 from the first run qualify for the second run. Mangan – a Nardin Academy graduate and Dartmouth student – was a late addition …

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Listen to Buffalo News Sports columnists Bucky Gleason and Jerry Sullivan on their weekly radio show from 4 to 6 p.m. today on 1270 The Fan. City Honors School graduate and three-time Olympian bobsledder Steve Mesler will join Bucky & Sully at 4:50 p.m. After winning a gold medal in Vancouver in 2010, Mesler co-founded Classroom Champions, which connects athletes wi…

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By Des Bieler Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said Sunday that the U.S. manufactured doping allegations against his country, leading to a ban from the Olympics, because the Americans "can't beat us fairly." There is no official Russian contingent at the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, although 168 athletes from that country are competing as a team called "Olympic At…

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By Des Bieler Mirai Nagasu's performance Monday during the Olympics had many viewers exclaiming, "Wow, I can't believe she hit a triple axel!" The American figure skater also had some wondering, "Wait, is that a giant 'USA' tattoo on her inner thigh?" Eventually, the mystery was solved: Nagasu was using some Team USA-branded kinesiology tape under her tights. KT Tape…

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Todd Marchant was preparing to sell his house in Western New York last year when he stumbled upon boxes of items from a hockey career that started in Buffalo and took him around the world. One piece of his past was his Team USA jacket from the 1994 Olympics in Lillehammer. Marchant played 17 NHL seasons and won a Stanley Cup with the Anaheim Ducks. Many remember him wit…

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You can find Bills fans everywhere, and sometimes the Bills fans come to you. A duo of young Bills fans have brought that spirit to Pyeongchang and the Winter Olympics. An Instagram account belonging to @aubreymegan has been posting photos of two women with their Bills flag at various venues around the Games, even attracting the attention of photographers. Who are…

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Derby skier Tricia Mangan's Olympic debut will have to wait. The women's giant slalom scheduled for Sunday night (Buffalo time) has been postponed because of high winds, Olympic officials announced about two hours before the event was scheduled to begin. The race has been rescheduled for Feb. 14 (Buffalo time). The first run is set for 7:30 p.m. ET and the second run…

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While Tricia Mangan ended up reaching the Winter Olympics as a last-minute replacement due to an injury to Jackie Wiles, the fact that the Derby resident earned Olympian status wasn't a surprise to Rebecca Reeder. Reeder is senior vice president for academics at Nardin Academy. The longtime educator got to know Mangan during her time at the school. Mangan, a 2015 Nar…