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2014 Sochi Olympics

Carrying Hopes Of A Nation, Russia Makes Unexpected Hockey Exit

By William Douglas, McClatchy Foreign Staff SOCHI, Russia — A hockey team loses. A nation mourns, curses and cries. Russia’s men’s hockey team suffered a 3-1 loss to Finland on Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the 2014 Winter Olympics tournament, eliminating the host country from medal contention. For some Russians, these Winter Games were about […]

February 19, 2014

U.S. Prepares For Gold-Medal Game With Rout Of Swedes

By Chip Scoggins, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) SOCHI, Russia – The U.S. women’s hockey team held a marathon video session and a couple of intense practices after losing to Canada in the preliminary round of the Olympic hockey tournament. The Americans felt like they played hard and physical in a 3-2 loss to their rivals, but […]

February 17, 2014

Gay Rights Activist Hauled Away Twice In 2 Days

William Douglas, McClatchy Foreign Staff SOCHI, Russia — Adorned in rainbow colors from head to toe, Vladimir Luxuria was out and about — at least temporarily — in Olympic Park Monday night. “It’s okay to be gay in Russia!” she said repeatedly in English and Russian in a voice as loud as her wardrobe as […]

February 17, 2014

Ex-Track Athletes Give U.S. Sleds A Push Toward The Podium

By Stacy St. Clair, Chicago Tribune SOCHI, Russia — In their first training run together here, U.S. bobsled pilot Elana Meyers and brakeman Lauryn Williams crashed into a wall at the end of the track and severely damaged their sled. Williams — a former sprinting star who only joined the sport seven months ago — […]

February 17, 2014

For Veteran Olympic Pin Trader, Games Are A Marathon Of Hunting, Haggling

By Bill Douglas, McClatchy Foreign Staff SOCHI, Russia — Dan Bakker figures he’s set a record by attending 17 Olympic games — winter and summer — without seeing a single sporting event. The Branson, Mo., resident says he’s too busy collecting and trading pins during the games to watch the games. For Bakker and others […]

February 13, 2014