Lindsey Vonn was “ecstatic” to make her first competitive ski run since February in a World Cup downhill in Canada, two weeks after re-injuring her surgically repaired right knee during a Colorado training run.
Gay rights activists plan to defy Russian President Vladimir Putin and pressure Olympic sponsors including Coca-Cola Co. during the Sochi Games by encouraging athletes to protest a national ban on homosexual “propaganda.”
In August, Russian President Vladimir Putin flew to the Black Sea resort of Sochi, where his country is spending a record $48 billion on the 2014 Winter Olympics. A regular visitor, with an official residence in town, Putin watched mixed-martial-arts contests at Oblaka nightclub with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev.
One hundred days before the start of the most expensive Winter Olympics, President Vladimir Putin’s $48 billion vision of a newly empowered Russia rests in the hands and shovels of laborers working around the clock.