Gracie Gold, Mao Asada

Gracie Gold apologizes for Mao Asada tweet

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U.S. figure skater Gracie Gold apologized on Twitter after a tweet mentioning Japanese figure skater Mao Asada with language that could be considered offensive was posted and deleted Sunday.

Gold tweeted, “Onry one more sandwrich!” #mao #asada followed by an Instagram link on Sunday. Gold was tweeting after finishing fourth at the NHK Trophy in Tokyo, an event won by the 2010 Olympic silver medalist Asada.

The tweet was deleted, and, four minutes later, this tweet was posted:

Gold removed the first tweet “after realizing it could be misinterpreted,” according to the Chicago Tribune, citing Gold’s agent.

Gold’s account posted apology tweets after returning to Los Angeles from Japan on Monday evening.

The playful video mentioned is “THE ICE 2013 – ONE MORE SANDWICH” from the YouTube account of U.S. ice dancers Alex and Maia Shibutani where Asada says, “Hey guys, only one more sandwich.”

Gold, 18, is the reigning U.S. silver medalist and a favorite for one of three women’s singles spots on the U.S. Olympic Team to be chosen after the U.S. Championships in Boston in January.

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American Krupp, Canadian Macek fully committed to Germany

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GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Bjorn Krupp’s journey started at the Duluth IceForum in suburban Atlanta.

Brooks Macek piled up the points in Bantam hockey in Winnipeg, Manitoba, for the Notre Dame Hounds.

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Now they’re in the Olympic gold-medal game for Germany, having advanced further than the teams from their home countries. The U.S.-born Krupp and Canadian-born Macek have German fathers and now call Germany home with no apologies for beating or scoring against the countries of their birth.

When Macek scored a go-ahead power-play goal in what turned out to be a remarkable upset semifinal win against Canada, he pumped his fist and never felt conflicted about beating a team with the Maple Leafs on its jerseys.

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Continuity carries Germany, Russians into Olympic final

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GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — They forged bonds from Riga to Cologne and in Moscow and St. Petersburg.

It’s all led Germany and the Russians to a David versus Goliath Olympic gold-medal game Sunday. Even though the Russians were favorites all along and expected to win gold in a tournament without NHL stars and Germany was a longshot to even reach the semifinals after not qualifying in Sochi, these two teams are more similar than they are different.

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Their familiarity and continuity is the biggest reason they’re facing off in the final.

Germany’s core group has been together through the Olympic qualification tournament and world championships and has played the same system for the past three years under coach Marco Sturm. The Russians’ 25-man roster is made up of 15 players from SKA St. Petersburg and eight from CSKA Moscow, the two best teams in the Kontinental Hockey League.

“That’s a big key to our success,” Germany defenseman Christian Ehrhoff said Saturday. “We were very familiar with each other. … (The Russians also) should be really familiar because almost everybody plays on the same teams in Russia.”

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