US, Canada women vie for gold

<p>Associated Press</p> <p>American Cayla Barnes celebrates after scoring a goal against Finland during a women's semifinal hockey game at the Winter Olympics on Monday. The U.S. will play Canada for the gold medal.</p>

BEIJING – Hilary Knight had a goal and assist, Alex Cavallini stopped 25 shots, and the defending Olympic champion United States defeated Finland 4-1 in the women’s hockey semifinals at the Beijing Games on Monday to set up the sixth gold-medal showdown between the Americans and Canada.

The cross-border rivals will play Thursday after Canada erupted for five first-period goals during an Olympic record span of 3:24 in a 10-3 win over Switzerland earlier in the day.

The two world powers have played for the championship in every Olympic tournament but the 2006 Turin Games, when Canada defeated Sweden after the Swedes eliminated the Americans in the semifinals.

This time, the U.S. is attempting to defend its title following a 3-2 shootout win at the 2018 Pyeongchang Games, which ended Canada’s Olympic run of four championships.

Ice dancers retire with bronze

After skating to a bronze medal, American ice dancers Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue bent down and kissed the ice where the Olympic rings were painted.

“It was just a moment, I think, for both of us to say goodbye to Olympic ice,” Hubbell said, “and thank this journey that’s created, you know, the people that we are today.”

The longtime American standard-bearers in ice dancing embraced Monday after their free dance to Anne Sila’s “Drowning” to wrap up their competition. It marked their last Olympic skate, and the sweetest end to a decade-long career together that produced two world championship silver medals and the title at the Grand Prix Final.

American women 1-2 in monobob

Kaillie Humphries crossed the finish line, jumped from her sled and hoisted an American flag that someone had just handed her into the frosty air.

“U-S-A! U-S-A!” she chanted.

Four years ago, nobody would have seen that coming. The former Canadian bobsled heroine is an Olympic gold medalist for the third time – and for the first time, as a U.S. citizen.

Humphries is monobob’s first Olympic champion, finishing off a surprisingly easy win at the Beijing Games on Monday. She completed four runs in 4 minutes, 19.27 seconds to lead a gold-silver finish for the U.S. women’s program, with teammate Elana Meyers Taylor placing second.

Shiffrin to race downhill

Mikaela Shiffrin confirmed that she will, indeed, race a downhill at the Winter Olympics for the first time Tuesday. And she says she is changing how she thinks about what is at stake as she prepares for her fourth event in Beijing.

“It’ll be really nice to race tomorrow. But you don’t really come to the Olympics to feel nice,” Shiffrin said after finishing Monday’s second training session on the course with the 15th-fastest time among the women who didn’t miss a gate. “It’s going to be intense and a little bit of nerves, for sure.”

Norwegian athlete collapses

A Norwegian biathlete who collapsed after crossing the finish line in the women’s 10-kilometer pursuit race will be heading home instead of competing again at the Beijing Olympics.

Ingrid Landmakr Tandrevold, who said Monday she has had heart issues in the past, was in position to win a medal at the end of Sunday’s race but stalled as she approached the line and then fell to the ground after crossing it. She ended up finishing 14th.