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Maddie Meyer/Getty Images(PYEONGCHANG, South Korea) -- It has been four years in the making for the Shibutani siblings.

Alex and Maia Shibutani didn't medal in their Olympic debut in Sochi in 2014. But they talked about how they grew.

"It feels like everything about our approach has changed since 2014, we have completely transformed ourselves as a team and we had some challenges along the way but it’s really about how we have chosen to overcome that ’s allowed to have these four Olympic performances," Maia, 23, said.

The American skaters won their second bronze medal in the ice dance event in Pyeongchang.

"Part of it is time and part of is maturity and natural development. We have also kinda changed the way we approach our training both on and off the ice and I think that we are so strong now because we have overcome the obstacles we have faced earlier in our career we are just really proud to be here right now," Alex, 26, said.

The first bronze medal Maia and Alex earned in Pyeongchang was the team event.

"We had an amazing experience in Sochi. We placed 9th and we changed so much since that time," Alex told ABC News. "We worked really hard so we came into [these] Games hoping to win two medals. So our first opportunity was with our team in the team event and we were very proud to anchor that effort."

"Our event was the last event to seal the placement for the bronze medal. For our team to feel that pressure, you want to skate your very best for your teammates and they had all worked really hard and we wanted to do our part. So it’s just a combination of pride and relief felt really good to get that first one," Maia said.

After that finish, they rode that wave into the free dance performance that earned them their medal.

"We have been building so much momentum where we skated really well three times. So for that fourth one for the free dance, we just knew we wanted to really leave it all out there," Maia told ABC News.

The Shibutani’s danced to a contemporary artist.

"The reason we picked [Coldplay's] Paradise was because of the lyrics and the way we connected to the song: 'When she was just a girl, she expected the world. But it flew away from her reach, so she ran away in her sleep, and moved to paradise,'" Maia said.

"We thought the song was really symbolic of us flying from the city where there’s a lot of congestion and people are doing things the same way, in the daily grind," she added. "We had to leave that."

Alex and Maia talked about what it’s like to skate as siblings.

"For Alex and me as family sharing this journey together has been very special," Maia said. "Obviously, there’s that bond, there’s that trust but really, it’s been the communication for us."

"Skating was initially my dream. I thought I would be out there skating by myself but thank goodness I’m not," she added. "Yes, he’s the older brother but we have so much respect for each other."

"A lot of people say:" 'Oh, they’re siblings so it’s easier,' or, 'Oh, they’re siblings so it's much harder,’" Alex added. "We’re family. We’ve always known that whether we have an argument on the ice or disagree, it doesn’t matter because if there’s something we love more than skating, it’s each other."

"If it wasn’t for how strong our relationship is, we wouldn’t have come away with two Olympic medals because there is so much stress and pressure," Maia added.

What’s next for the Shibutanis? They told ABC News they look forward to indulging in foods that they don’t normally eat, such as chicken and pizza, and catch up on sleep.

"There will be a little more indulging in some of those foods that we don’t normally get to eat," Alex said.

But in the meantime, they look forward to enjoying the rest of the Olympics.

"For the rest of the time, we are really going to soak up the Olympic experience," Maia said. "Now that we don’t have to worry so much about sleep and rest, we can really enjoy it."

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iStock/Thinkstock(PYEONGCHANG, South Korea) -- Russian curler Aleksandr Krushelnitckii, and his playing partner wife, will not be going home with a medal from Pyeongchang after all.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) officially ruled Krushelnitckii, who won a bronze medal in curling's mixed pairs, guilty of doping on Thursday.

Krushelnitckii and his wife, who is his curling partner, were disqualified from the mixed doubles curling event and will be stripped of their medal. She did not test positive. Norway, which finished fourth, is expected to be given the bronze medal.

According to the CAS statement, Krushelnitckii admitted to the anti-doping violation. No information was provided on whether the athlete from Russia -- officially competing as a member of the team of Olympic Athletes from Russia due to the suspension of the Russian Olympic Committee -- had purposefully taken meldonium, a potential performance-enhancing drug that has been prohibited for athlete use since 2016.

In a statement to the Russian news agency TASS, Krushelnitckii wrote “having weighed up the pros and cons, I decided to withdraw my case from CAS. I believe that a hearing would be useless under the current rules," the Russian curler said. But with the evidence he admits "it would be stupid to deny it after two tests proved positive."

"The samples tested had been collected during the Olympic Games and I am ready to face the verdict that is usually announced in such cases,” he added.

The CAS announced that Krushelnitckii has accepted a provisional suspension beyond the games while the investigation continues. But the Russian athlete reserved the right to challenge the suspension should the investigation conclude “no fault or negligence.”

Krushelnitckii statement leaves open the question of how the substance could have gotten into his body.

"We won a bronze medal by hard work and constant training,” his statement read.

Russia’s Curling Federation had earlier asked the Russian Investigative Committee to look into the possibility of Krushelnitckii’s food or drink being spiked. They also asked South Korea and Japan, where Russian curlers trained before going to the Olympics, to provide data from CCTV cameras. They hope that their athlete will be cleared of doping violations after the subsequent investigation.

The Russian athletic community has been rocked by doping scandals which led to the suspension of the Russian Olympic Committee. Clean athletes were allowed to participate at the Pyeongchang games under the Olympic flag. The International Olympic Committee was expected to rule on whether the suspension would be lifted in time for the Russian athletes to enter the closing ceremonies under the Russian flag. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) meets this weekend although it is unclear whether a decision will be issued.

A total of three athletes have tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in Pyeongchang: Kreshelnitckii, Japanese speed skater Kei Saito and Slovenian hockey player Ziga Jeglic. All three athletes have left the games.

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iStock/Thinkstock(PYEONGCHANG, South Korea) -- North Korea said it plans to send a high-level delegation to the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games on Sunday, according to the South's Unification Ministry.

The eight-member delegation, led by hardline military general and Party Central Committee Vice Chairman Kim Yong Chol, is expected to arrive by land on the Gyeongui Line at the Korean Demilitarized Zone, the South's Unification Ministry said. Peaceful Reunification Committee Chairman Ri Son Gwon, who led talks between the neighboring nations last month, will also be a part of the delegation.

"We expect the high-level delegation’s participation in the closing ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics to help advance the process of settling peace on the Korean Peninsula including the improvement of inter-Korean relations and denuclearization," South Korea's Unification Ministry said.

Kim Yong Chol has been blacklisted under South Korea’s unilateral sanctions, but Seoul has exempted him for the special occasion. Kim is the former head of North Korea’s reconnaissance bureau, which the South says orchestrated two deadly attacks on them in 2010: the sinking of the Cheonan navy vessel in March and the shelling of Yeonpyeong Island in November.

The ministry said it plans to release more details through a document exchange on the Panmunjeom communications channel between the North and South.

Ivanka Trump, the first daughter and senior adviser to President Donald Trump, will lead the U.S. delegation to the closing ceremonies on Sunday, the administration announced Wednesday.

The White House did not say if Ivanka Trump planned to meet with the North’s delegation as a part of her visit.

“This opportunity of direct contact was something that North Korea has desperately wanted for a very long time,” Yang Moo-jin, a professor at the University of North Korean Studies in Seoul, told ABC News in an interview. “North Korea is a master when it comes to diplomatic strategy. They would not have wanted to miss the chance.

“In that sense, I think chances are higher this time for North Korea and the U.S. to meet in some form.”

The North scrapped plans to meet with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence at the Olympics earlier this month, citing new sanctions the U.S. announced before Pence's arrival in South Korea, according to an official in Pence's office.

Pence was slated to meet with Kim Yo Jong, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, and Kim Yong Nam, North Korea's nominal head of state, on Feb. 10. The North pulled out at the last minute, the official said.

Pence would most likely have used the opportunity to reiterate the country’s tough stance against North Korea and its ballistic missile program, analysts said.

But the North appears to be much more prepared for a potential U.S. encounter this time, according to Yang, who called Kim Yo Jong “no match” for Pence.

“Kim Yong Chol has a firm political and military grip within North Korea. He is a seasoned politician who has been in charge of policy towards the South for decades,” Yang said. “By sending Kim, North Korea is clearly signaling that they will not step back [or shy away] if the U.S. would want to meet.

“There's much on the table for North and South to talk about, especially the prospect of President Moon accepting an invite from Kim Jong Un. But much would heavily rely on how the U.S. and North Korea react to each other this Sunday."

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Nick Caito/ESPN Images(PYEONGCHANG, South Korea) -- In her last race in Pyeongchang, Mikaela Shiffrin rallied from sixth place after the downhill in the women’s combined to take the silver medal after a strong slalom run. Meanwhile, Lindsey Vonn, who led after the downhill, missed a gate just seconds in -- ending her chance for a final medal in what is most likely her last Olympic Games.

Michelle Gisin of Switzerland was able to put together two solid times to win the gold.

The combined event is a favorite race of Shiffrin's. She knew what she had to do standing at the top of the slalom course. The 22-year-old from Colorado is considered the best slalom skier in the world this year, but it was a tough ask to make up two seconds difference. No American has ever taken the gold in the event.

"I made a bit too big a mistake in the downhill to come back from that in the slalom, but I can be really proud of a lot of the turns I made today," Shiffrin told reporters after her race. "It's really, really incredible to walk away from here with a medal."

Vonn, stronger in downhill events than slalom, was hoping to end her Olympic career with one gold in Pyeongchang and she felt confident after the first leg of the competition.

"I just attacked like I always do and I'm proud of this last downhill run in the Olympics, going out on top," Vonn said. "Maybe it wasn't like the downhill individual race, but it sure feels good."

Vonn had to settle for a bronze in the individual downhill on Wednesday.

After that race she tweeted, "Turns out my skis got burnt out in the race yesterday."

Her skis were fast Thursday on the downhill. She finished 0.74 seconds ahead of Ragnhild Mowinckel, the Norwegian skier who had edged ahead of Vonn for the silver medal in the individual downhill event.

Shiffrin decided to skip the individual downhill to concentrate on the combined after weather conditions had forced race organizers to tighten the calendar. Shiffrin had already won the gold medal in the women’s giant slalom, but finished fourth in the regular slalom.

"It was definitely helpful just to have a day where I wasn't mentally stressing about running this track or doing everything right," Shiffrin said about skipping the downhill.

Both Vonn and Shiffrin have also decided to skip the last race, the team event.

"I came into these Olympics knowing I could be a medal threat in multiple disciplines. I didn’t even know how many I would ski," Shiffrin told reporters after the combined. "After the gold in the giant slalom, I was really hopeful and positive. Then I had a tougher day in the slalom, but it still feels good though."

If Vonn had won a medal in the combined she would have tied the record for the most-decorated American female alpine skier at the Olympics, currently held by Julia Mancuso with four.

Vonn was the first U.S. female alpine skier to win in all five World Cup disciplines, reach 50 World Cup victories and the first U.S. skier, male or female, to win four overall World Cup titles. She had hoped to surpass Swedish skier Ingamar Stenmark’s record of 86 World Cup victories to add to her impressive list of accomplishments. She currently stands at 81 victories.

Her immediate future is undecided, but she says Beijing 2022 may just be too far. She will be 37 years old at the next Winter Olympics.

Vonn had dedicated these Olympics races to her grandfather, Don Kildow, who passed away in November.

"I want so badly to do well for him," a tearful Vonn said just before the Olympics began. "I miss him so much. He's been such a big part of my life, and I really hoped that he would be alive to see me. But I know he's watching, and I know that he's going to help me, and I'm going to win for him."

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Harry How/Getty Images(PYEONGCHANG, South Korea) -- The Canadian women's hockey team had won the gold medal in the last four Olympics, three of the four coming over the United States, including a 3-2 overtime victory in Sochi in 2014. The two met again in the finals this year, but this time it was the United States who won the gold for the first time since 1998 in Nagano, when they beat Canada.

The United States had three power plays in the first period with nothing to show for it, but in the waning minutes of the first Hilary Knight's deflection with the woman advantage gave the United States a 1-0 lead heading into the first intermission.

Canada game out firing in the second, scoring two goals to take a 2-1 lead. In the third, the United States struggled to get anything done offensively, until Monique Lamorueux-Morando find open ice and converted on a breakaway to to the game at two all.

Both teams were unable to find the back of the net in overtime, so the game went to a shootout. The U.S. opened the shootout with a goal by Gigi Marvin, but that was answered in the second round by Meghan Agosta to even the score at one. In the fourth round, Melodie Daoust scored for Canada to give them the lead, but Amanda Kessel answered right back for the United States.

After five rounds it was a 2-2 tie, and teams were allowed to use previous shooters for the first time. The United States went with Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson, who put Canadian goalie Shannon Szabados on her stomach with a tremendous deke to give the United States the lead. Canada went with Agosta again, but 20-year-old American Maddie Rooney shut the door to win the game for the United States.

The victory snapped a two-loss losing streak for the Americans at the Olympics against their northern rivals, and comes 38 years to the day that the 1980 U.S. men's hockey team shocked the world to defeat the Soviet Union to advance to the gold medal game at the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York. No miracle here, but Olympic gold for the United States.

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Phil Ellsworth/ESPN Images(PYEONGCHANG, South Korea) -- David Wise waited until his last chance, but the American pulled out a gold medal repeat in the men’s ski halfpipe event at the Pyeongchang Olympics on Thursday morning.

The 27-year-old from Nevada had two unsuccessful runs before he earned his winning score of 97.20 on his third and final run.

"I really wanted to land a run. I walked out of a ski twice. For both runs I walked out of a ski. Not really a mistake I made, but it was just unfortunate, so I had to put it all down on the third run, and I pulled it off," Wise said. "I'm honestly just in disbelief right now. Winning, losing, whatever, just the fact that I landed that run in the moment when it needed to happen, on that third run, just felt so good."

The ski halfpipe event debuted at the Sochi 2014 Olympics when Wise earned a gold medal in his Olympic debut.

“I'm a spiritual person and I believe that everything happens for a reason," he said. "I said, 'OK, if God wants me to do well in this event, then I'm going to be able to land this run. If he doesn't, it's all good, I'm moving on.' So I dropped in and did the run that I knew how to do."

Wise had the support of his daughter, 6, and son, 3, who came to Pyeongchang to support him.

"Nayeli didn't get to go to Russia, so she was watching from home. Here she is now, she's 6 years old," Wise said. "My 3-year-old is around here somewhere. It's such an honor to be out here competing, doing what I love, and having them here to support me. It's amazing."

Wise’s teammate, Alex Ferreira from Colorado, also earned a medal in the halfpipe event. Ferreira won the silver medal with a score of 96.40 while New Zealand’s Nico Porteous got third place with 94.80. This is the 23-year-old Ferreira’s first Olympics.

"I just woke up feeling good today," Ferreira said. "[My] main rule: Never give up. Never leave anything on the table, never let anything down. Always rise to potential, always rise to the occasion."

Ferreira also talked about the hard work he put in preparing for the Olympics.

"Five days a week in the gym, five days a week in the steam room, five days a week on the trampoline, two times a week in the sports psychologist, three times a week for PT [physical therapy] -- every single day of my life," he said. "I couldn't do it without my team."

Ferreira was also able to share his experience with family and friends.

"I'm fired up, baby. I'm so stoked, I'm so happy for my family to come out and all my best friends, for something so magical," he said. "I'll never forget it. I'm unbelievably pumped, I'm elated."

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Eddie Perlas/ESPN Images(PYEONGCHANG, South Korea) -- American Jamie Anderson finished second in the big-air event to become the first woman to medal twice in snowboarding at a single Olympics.

Two men, Zan Kosir and Vic Wild, each accomplished the feat in 2014.

Anderson, who earlier won gold in slopestyle, an event she also won in 2014, joined Kelly Clark and Shaun White as the only U.S. competitors to each win three snowboarding medals.

In big-air, snowboarders are judged on posture, tricks performed in mid-air, the difficulty of tricks and landings. Only the best two of three attempts are counted.

Anderson, 27, started out strong, leading by 6 points after her first run, but she had to settle for the silver medal after not landing a cab-1080 in third run. Her final score of 177.25 trailed Austrian Anna Gasser's 185. Zoi Sadowski-Synnott of New Zealand took bronze with 157.5.

"I chose to kind of play it a little bit safe and put two down and then hope to land it on my third run, which, unfortunately, didn't work out." Anderson said. "But I'm so proud of myself for just sending it and trying it."

Anderson said it was the best big-air event she'd ever been a part of, "with it being the Olympics and everyone wanting to do their best, and really showcase what the babes are all about."

The big-air finals were moved up to Thursday from Friday partly to help ensure good weather and course conditions, which allowed Anderson and her peers "to do what we're capable of."

"It feels better," Anderson added, "because we have great conditions and everyone was able to ride their best. So it feels rewarding. It just feels good."

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the latest scores from yesterday's sports events:
Chicago 3, Ottawa 2; SO
Anaheim 2, Dallas 0
Vegas 7, Calgary 3

(1) Virginia 65, Georgia Tech 54
(3) Villanova 93, DePaul 62
(4) Xavier 89, Georgetown 77
(5) Duke 82, Louisville 56
Oklahoma St. 79, (7) Texas Tech 71
(10) North Carolina 78, Syracuse 74
(12) Auburn 90, Alabama 71
(13) Wichita St. 93, Tulane 86
Virginia Tech 65, (15) Clemson 58
(17) Michigan 72, Penn St. 63
(19) Tennessee 62, Florida 57
(20) Nevada 80, San Jose St. 67

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Harry How/Getty Images(PYEONGCHANG, South Korea) --  The U.S. women's hockey team has made no secret of their goal in Pyeongchang. They've been training for four years for just one game: a gold medal matchup with Canada.

“Good Morning America” anchor Amy Robach sat down with team members -- and sisters -- Monique and Jocelyne Lamoureux before their highly anticipated women’s hockey game overnight Thursday.

Monique Lamoureux told Robach the USA is ready for redemption after losing in the final game four years ago.

"It's tough to put into words -- we've literally been training four years for this one game," Monique said. "We have done everything we can as a team to be successful and hopefully we get the result that we we’ve been working for four years."

Canada has dominated Team USA in women’s hockey, beating them three times in the final and winning the last four gold medals at the Olympics. The U.S. last won gold 20 years ago in Nagano, Japan.

It was a painful loss for the USA vs. Canada four years ago in Sochi.

"A lot of people have asked, 'If we won a gold medal in Pyeongchang, will it take away the sting in Sochi?'" Monique said. "I don't think any amount of win would ever take away that loss -- and a win certainly would not take away what happened in Sochi -- but it would definitely be a bittersweet ending to what we've been building for the last four years and for some of us this is our third crack at it, so it will be pretty special for us."

Jocelyne Lamoureux, who scored two goals six seconds apart during the USA win over Russia in the group stage, told Robach how the USA women’s hockey team has prepared for Canada.

"We have played this game thousands of times in our heads and prepared for it, months of preparation: physically, mentally," Jocelyne said. "We are confident in the group we have ... to end the streak."

Monique and Jocelyne are mirror-image twins from North Dakota. This is their third Olympics and they already have silver medals from Sochi and Vancouver. Monique is left-handed and Jocelyne is right-handed, but they are both right-handed on the ice.

"We definitely take advance of being familiar around the ice with each other and where we are and we are able to make quick plays without necessarily having to look. We communicate really well on the ice," Jocelyne said.

"It's been a lot of fun playing with Jocelyne; we always have that familiarity and that chemistry when we are on the ice together so to be able to bring that to showcase it at the Olympics has been pretty special,” Monique said.

Despite a convenient excuse with the outbreak of the norovirus at the Pyeongchang Olympics, the twins said there was no doubt they would still shake hands with the Canadians.

"I think we owed them that respect and I think it's mutual," Jocelyn said.

What will the Lamoureux twins do after they get home?

"This next game is the last time the group of 23 women are gonna get to play together ... so a lot of us will cherish the few days we have together, hopefully be celebrating and after that be going back to our respective homes and enjoying some time with family as we all have been away for the past six months," Monique said. "Some of us have dogs to get back to that we miss dearly, husbands and families, so we are really excited to what's to come after the Olympics."

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Nils Petter Nilsson/Getty Images(PYEONGCHANG, South Korea) -- Americans Jessica Diggins and Kikkan Randall, the only mom athlete on Team USA, made history on Wednesday by winning gold in the women’s team sprint cross-country event at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

It’s the first-ever Olympic cross-county gold medal for the United States and the first-ever Olympic medal in the sport for U.S. women.

Diggins, 26, had an incredibly strong push in the last lap and came from behind to win. "In the final stretch, I was just thinking, 'Go, go, go. I'm giving it everything I had, and I've got someone who I really love and care about waiting for me at the finishing line, and I just want to make her proud.’’

Randall, who was on edge watching the final lap, said, "I felt like Charlotte Kalla [of Sweden] and I had a screaming match. Her teammate was coming down and she went, 'Come on.' And I went, 'Diggins,' and I had so much adrenaline as she was coming down.”

“But if there's anybody I'd have 100 percent faith in coming down that finishing stretch as fast as possible, it's Jessie. So that was just a wonderful feeling to take it all in and watch it happen," Randall, 35, added.

Bill Koch won the United States’ first Olympic cross-country medal 42 years ago at the 1976 Olympics, taking home a silver medal in the 30-kilometer (18 miles) event. Cross-country, or Nordic, skiing has been an Olympic event since the games in 1924 in Chamonix, France, but the women’s event wasn’t added until 1952.

Randall, of Alaska, is ending on a career high, earning the gold medal in her fifth and final Olympics. She missed the 2014 Sochi Games because of a strain in her lower back. She also gave birth to her son, Breck, in April 2016.

“It still doesn't feel real,” she said. “It's what I've been working on for 20 years and with this team for the last five years and -- wow."

Diggins, of Minnesota, made her Olympic debut in Sochi four years ago, placing eight in the individual skiathon. But she redeemed herself Wednesday with a strong finish, surpassing her Norwegian competitors at the very end to clench the gold medal.

ABC News contributor Steven Nyman, who competed in three Olympics for the United States and is friends with Randall and Diggins, became emotional watching the event.

“History was truly made tonight -- the first Olympic medal for any American woman in cross-country," Nyman said. "It has been a long time in the making, and no better two to make it happen. Kikkan Randall inspired a whole movement or youth skiers, and for her to win this medal alongside the future of the team and Jessie Diggins was incredible.”

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