Sochi Winter Olympics
The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia have already entered the history books as the most expensive games ever staged, costing the Russian government and private sponsors more than $51 billion. Set to begin on Feb. 7, the quadrennial sports contest has been plagued by concerns over security and criticism of Russia's anti- "gay propaganda" law. But once the opening flame is lit, what matters is the athletics.
The Sochi Winter Games pushed the extremes, introducing new sports and new names -- such as teenagers Mikaela Shiffrin and Adelina Sotnikova -- as older athletes made room for soaring and tumbling youngsters.
The hosts finished their first home Winter Games with five medals more than the U.S., their closest competitor, and a lead in the gold-medal standings as well. Yet about half of them were garnered by naturalized athletes, helped by foreign coaches.
Canada beat Sweden 3-0 at the Sochi Winter Games to become the first nation to retain the Olympic men’s ice hockey title in 22 years as the Russians got four medals on the final day to finish atop the standings.
Canadians around the world crowded into bars yesterday, many before the crack of dawn, as Sidney Crosby and the men’s ice hockey team defeated Sweden 3-0 and became the first team in 22 years to defend their Olympic title.
Amanda Bird, a spokeswoman for the American bobsled and skeleton team at the Sochi Winter Games, will be bringing home a stray puppy from a dog shelter in the Russian city after the adoption was approved.
In the run-up to the Sochi Olympics, political risk experts predicted any threat to athletes and spectators would come from the restive Caucasus immediately to the east. As it turns out, violence to the west -- in Ukraine -- has instead seized global headlines.
Ted Ligety berated himself about his half-second margin of victory when he crossed the finish line in the giant slalom to win the first Alpine skiing gold medal of the Sochi Games for the U.S. and a place in Olympic history.
Defending Olympic champion Canada got past Latvia to advance to the semifinals of the men’s ice hockey tournament in Sochi, where host Russia was ousted by Finland in the quarterfinals and failed to medal for the third straight Winter Games.
Russia’s Ekho Moskvy radio station, which gives a platform to critics of the government, said it faces a threat to editorial independence as its state-controlled majority owner moved to replace the company’s chief executive.
Jorrit Bergsma set an Olympic record as the Dutch swept the men’s 10000-meter speedskating event at the Sochi Winter Games and moved to the top of the medals standings. Slovenia’s Tina Maze won her second Alpine gold medal.
Jorien ter Mors broke the Olympic record by a half-second while leading a Dutch sweep of the women’s 1500-meter speedskating race, continuing the Netherlands’ dominance of that sport and putting the nation atop the medals standings at the Sochi Games.
Phil Kessel scored three goals to propel the U.S. men’s hockey team into the quarterfinals of the Sochi Winter Games with a 5-1 defeat of Slovenia as the host Russians defeated Slovakia 1-0 in a shootout.
Sochi, suffering with sun and slushy snow at this month’s Olympics, is going to get warmer, according to a study that says the Russian resort will be among six Winter Games hosts that will be too hot by 2050 to host again.
Russian figure skater Evgeni Plushenko withdrew with back pain to deprive the host nation of one of its most anticipated moments at the Sochi Olympics as Joss Christensen led a U.S. sweep of men’s ski slopestyle.
Swiss men raced to skiing victories in the Alpine super combined and the 15-kilometer classic cross-country event today, moving the country into second place on the Sochi Olympics gold-medal list with five.
Amanda Bird, the American bobsled and skeleton spokeswoman, may be unable to adopt a puppy from a dog shelter in Sochi because of difficulties in getting the animal back to the U.S. from the Winter Olympics host city.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Sochi will have to come up with its own funds to attract tourists after the Winter Olympics, urging locals to opt for a family friendly resort rather than a gambling hub.
After singing the Olympic Anthem to an audience of millions at the opening ceremony of the Winter Games, Russian diva Anna Netrebko urged visitors to look past slapdash accommodations and focus on the spirit of the event.
Airlines flying to Winter Olympics host Russia are being warned to watch for toothpaste tubes containing materials that could used by terrorists to make a bomb, according to a U.S. law enforcement official.