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Sports of The Times: U.S. Skaters Stumble Again. Is Their System Broken?

“It’s kind of funny, but kind of sad,” Chen said. “I wish we all nailed it.” Their performance was the worst ever for the United States women’s team in the Olympic short program, which started in 1976. Nagasu finished ninth, Chen 10th and Tennell 11th. Nagasu is nearly 16 points — a canyon of a…

Russian Fans at the Olympics Are Loud, Proud and Angry

“They tell us nothing,” Andrey Savinov, a 53-year-old Muscovite, said while waiting for the start of the biathlon, a sport in which Russia had doping problems long before 2014. “They have explained nothing.” Savinov and his compatriots have come to support a team officially known as Olympic Athletes From Russia, in a Games where both…

German Olympians Drink a Lot of (Nonalcoholic) Beer, and Win a Lot of Gold Medals

Scherr conducted a double-blind study which he gave runners in the 2009 Munich Marathon nonalcoholic beer every day for three weeks before and two weeks after the race. These runners suffered significantly less inflammation and fewer upper respiratory infections after the race than runners who had been given a placebo. “This was pretty surprising to…