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Sochi Olympics

No Reason For Shame In Olympic Performance Of Team USA Men’s Hockey

By Gene Collier, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Just a week ago, he was the toast of the hockey world, Dan Bylsma, commanding Team USA through four consecutive victories at the Sochi Olympics by a combined score of 20-6, escaping from the medal-mad Russians on their home stage, sitting for an appreciative profile by veteran Sports Illustrated hockey […]

February 28, 2014

U.S. Teen Star Mikaela Shiffrin Soaks In First Olympic Experience, Skis To Fifth In Giant Slalom

By Michelle Kaufman, The Miami Herald KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia – The sleet and hail were getting heavier, rain-drenched fans scurried for cover at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center Tuesday afternoon, but Jeff Shiffrin, peeking out from his sopping wet jacket, didn’t seem in any hurry to leave. His daughter, 18-year-old Mikaela, had just placed fifth […]

February 18, 2014

Pussy Riot Band Members Detained In Sochi Suburb

By William Douglas, McClatchy Washington Bureau SOCHI, Russia — Two members of the controversial Russian punk band Pussy Riot were detained for three hours Tuesday and questioned by Russian police about an alleged theft near the 2014 Winter Olympics. Band members Nadezha Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, and at least seven activists and journalists, were picked […]

February 18, 2014

Photo Of The Day — February 15

Austria defenseman Andre Lakos (64) and Canada forward Jonathan Toews (16) crash into the glass while battling for the puck during the second period in a men’s hockey game at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, February 14, 2014. Canada defeated Austria 6-0. (Harry E. Walker/MCT)

February 15, 2014

U.S. Vs. Russia: A New Cold War

By J. Brady McCollough, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette SOCHI, Russia — Before his debut as Team USA’s head coach, Dan Bylsma slammed four cups of coffee. And, by the looks of him as he took his spot behind an Olympic bench for the first time, the caffeine binge was achieving its desired effect. He stood there locked […]

February 14, 2014

Keep Grief Symbols Out Of Games, Athletes Told

Sochi (Russia) (AFP) – The International Olympic Committee on Monday warned against wearing black armbands and other symbols of mourning during competitions at the Sochi 2014 Games, in a controversy that has raised strong emotions among athletes. The question of whether the IOC’s charter allows athletes to make public displays of grief has turned into […]

February 10, 2014

Amid Theater Of Opening Ceremony, Politics Creeps In

SOCHI, Russia — Athletes and politics were on parade Friday at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics. The ceremony at Fisht Olympic Stadium featured fireworks, a colorful theatrical presentation of Russian history and an impressive collection of political star power on hand to bear witness to the start of the sports festival that […]

February 7, 2014

Russia Not Sharing Sochi Threat Information, U.S. Says

Washington (AFP) – Russia has balked at sharing specific information on terror threats made against the Sochi Olympics with Washington, a U.S. official said amid mounting fears over security at the Games. The Obama administration meanwhile publicly stopped short of expressing full confidence in a massive Russian security operation ahead of the sporting spectacular opening […]

January 23, 2014