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Sochi Olympic curling schedule released

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Be ready to adjust your sleep schedule to watch U.S. curling at the Sochi Olympics.

Organizers released the complete Olympic schedule Monday. The U.S. has qualified a women’s team but not (yet) a men’s team. The specific team(s) will be determined at the U.S. Olympic Trials from Nov. 10-17 in Fargo, N.D.

The men’s winner from trials will compete at the Olympic Qualification Event from Dec. 10-15 in Germany, where two of eight nations will grab the final two Olympic berths.

Here’s when and who the U.S. women will be playing in round robin action in Sochi:

Monday, Feb. 10 — U.S. vs. Switzerland, (2 p.m. Sochi/5 a.m. New York)
Tuesday, Feb. 11 — U.S. vs. Russia (9 a.m. Sochi/12 a.m. New York)
Tuesday, Feb. 11 — U.S. vs. Great Britain (2013 world champion) (7 p.m. Sochi/10 a.m. New York)
Wednesday, Feb. 12 — U.S. vs. TBD Qualifier (2 p.m. Sochi/5 a.m. New York)
Thursday, Feb. 13 — U.S. vs. TBD Qualifier (7 p.m. Sochi/10 a.m. New York)
Friday, Feb. 14 — U.S. vs. Denmark (2 p.m. Sochi/5 a.m. New York)
Saturday, Feb. 15 — U.S. vs. Sweden (2010 Olympic champion) (7 p.m. Sochi/10 a.m. New York)
Sunday, Feb. 16 — U.S. vs. Canada (2 p.m. Sochi/5 a.m. New York)
Monday, Feb. 17 — U.S. vs. South Korea (9 a.m. Sochi/12 a.m. New York)

The men’s and women’s semifinals and finals:

Wednesday, Feb. 19 — Women’s semifinals (2 p.m. Sochi/5 a.m. New York)
Wednesday, Feb. 19 — Men’s semifinals (7 p.m. Sochi/10 a.m. New York)
Thursday, Feb. 20 — Women’s bronze-medal game (12:30 p.m. Sochi/3:30 a.m. New York); gold-medal game (5:30 p.m. Sochi/8:30 a.m. New York)
Friday, Feb. 21 — Men’s bronze-medal game (12:30 p.m. Sochi/3:30 a.m. New York); gold-medal game (5:30 p.m. Sochi/8:30 a.m. New York)

The U.S. women were 10th out 10 teams at the 2010 Olympics after placing eighth in 2006, while the U.S. men won bronze in 2006. The 2013 U.S. champion women’s rink was skipped by Erika Brown, 40, who was on the 1988 U.S. curling team at the Calgary Olympics as a 15-year-old, when curling was a demonstration sport.

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Ted Ligety recovers for fifth place in return from torn ACL

SOELDEN, AUSTRIA - OCTOBER 23: Ted Ligety of USA in action during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Men's Giant Slalom on October 23, 2016 in Soelden, Austria (Photo by Alain Grosclaude/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
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Ted Ligety was in unfamiliar position after the opening run of his first race in nine months — in 14th place in Soelden, Austria, where he has been the most successful skier in history.

Ligety, who has won the season-opening giant slalom a record four times and never finished outside the top 10, was 1.49 seconds behind on the Rettenbach glacier going into the second and final run.

Concern would be warranted. Ligety may have won the last three world titles and the 2014 Olympic title in giant slalom, but he is now 32 years old and coming off a torn right ACL suffered in January training.

Before that, Ligety failed to finish six straight races and missed the podium in 11 straight while also dealing with three herniated disks in his back and a torn hip labrum.

So when Ligety entered the start house for his second run Saturday afternoon, he had something to prove.

The American would salvage his start to the season with the third-fastest second run, .16 behind French winner Alexis Pinturault, to finish fifth overall, 1.65 second back.

Austrian Marcel Hirscher, the five-time reigning World Cup overall champion, was runner-up, seven tenths shy of Pinturault. German Felix Neureuther was third. Full results are here.

The Alpine skiing World Cup moves to Levi, Finland, for men’s and women’s slaloms in three weeks.

The next key races for Ligety are in Beaver Creek, Colo., the first weekend of December, including a giant slalom Dec. 4.


Gracie Gold details weight issues in figure skating after Skate America struggles

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Gracie Gold said she has struggled with weight issues this whole year and in recent seasons in reported comments after she finished fifth at Skate America on Saturday.

“You don’t often see — there aren’t that many — you just don’t see overweight figure skaters for a reason,” Gold said, according to USA Today. “It’s just something I’ve struggled with this whole year and in previous seasons. It’s just difficult when you’re trying to do the difficult triple jumps. It’s something that I am addressing, but it’s obviously not where it should be for this caliber of competition.

“It’s just not what’s required for this sport. It’s a lean body sport, and it’s just not what I have currently.”

Gold fell once in her Skate America short program and twice in her free skate en route to her lowest Grand Prix finish (excluding Grand Prix Finals) since her debut at 2012 Skate Canada.

Gold also finished sixth out of six skaters in her first competition this season, the free-skate-only Japan Open on Oct. 1.

Gold was fourth at the world championships in April, falling from first after the short program. The U.S. champion was still dealing with that “worlds depression” in the summer, even considering skipping the fall Grand Prix season.

Her next scheduled competition is in three weeks at Trophée de France in Paris, which she won last season.

“We just need to adjust my physical shape and mental shape and see if the program can be salvaged for the rest of the year,” Gold said, according to

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