How Alexandra Burghardt Made it to Two Olympics in Six Months

Within weeks of competing in Tokyo, Burghardt was considered an Olympic favorite in a winter sport she had never tried.

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Bobsleds Come Down Fast. This Is How They Go Back Up.

After they rocket down the track, it takes a crew and some patience to get them back to the top.

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Kaillie Humphries Takes Gold in Monobob’s Olympic Debut

Humphries accused her coach in Canada of mental abuse and became a U.S. citizen last year.

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Nathan Crumpton Became an Olympic Sensation, Without a Shirt and Without Competing

A flag-bearer for American Samoa lit up the internet when he appeared at the opening ceremony in Beijing wearing very little clothing in subfreezing weather.

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The Slippery Science of Skeleton

Researchers are still figuring out how to enable athletes in the face-first Olympic sled race to go even faster.

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In Luge and Skeleton the Goal Is to Go Fast. Just Not Too Fast.

Technology and safety are colliding in sliding sports, where sleds made for speed are finding tracks built to slow them down.

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Bobsledder Elana Meyers Taylor Tests Positive Amid U.S. Team Outbreak

Meyers Taylor and her U.S. teammate Josh Williamson joined a growing list of Olympians with the coronavirus. The schedule may allow them enough time to recover and compete.

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Two Wyoming Bobsledders. Two Horrific Brain Injuries. One Survivor.

Travis Bell and Joe Sisson were close friends and rising stars in bobsled before crashes derailed their careers. Two decades later, one of them wonders why he thrived and his friend is gone.

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William Person, a Bobsledder, Sues U.S.A. Skelton Over Brain Injuries

William Person, who competed from 1999 to 2007, wants to lead a class of plaintiffs seeking compensation for health problems he says were caused by years of sledding.

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Olympic Bobsledder Who Killed Himself Likely Had C.T.E.

Pavle Jovanovic, who represented the United States at the 2006 Olympics, is believed to be the first athlete in a sliding sport to be found with a disease caused by repeated brain traumas.

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Sledding Athletes Are Taking Their Lives. Did Brain-Rattling Rides and High-Speed Crashes Damage Their Brains?

Not long ago, Pavle Jovanovic was among the world’s top bobsledders. In retirement, he battled mental illness and substance abuse. Were brain injuries the cause of his demise and that of others in his sport?

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