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Sochi Olympics

Sochi Games offered a window into the many paradoxes of the ‘new Russia’

Monday, February 24, 2014

SOCHI, Russia – In the end, it was the right thing for the Olympics to come to Sochi, for all the wrong reasons. If the Winter Games had been staged somewhere else, then we never would have seen this still-rising emblem of the “new Russia” – so visually spectacular yet suggestive of a vast chasm between potential and reality. Here’s hoping that the promise of Sochi will be real. If …

Canada rules rink, a flame dies, an Olympics ends

Monday, February 24, 2014

SOCHI, Russia – The Olympic flame was snuffed out. No chance of that for the Canadian hockey team, champions again. The Sochi Games completed a 17-day run yesterday with Canada’s 3-0 victory over Sweden in the men’s hockey final, the last of 98 gold medal events. The end of the $51 billion extravaganza …

Sweden’s Backstrom fails doping test in Sochi

Monday, February 24, 2014

SOCHI, Russia – Sweden center Nicklas Backstrom watched from the athletes village as his teammates lost to Canada in the Olympic hockey gold medal game because he failed a doping test for a substance found in an allergy medication. “I was ready to play the biggest game of my career,” Backstrom said yesterday …

Blame Canada: Their game, their gold again

Monday, February 24, 2014

SOCHI, Russia – Blame Canada. The creators of South Park had it exactly right. Blame the Canadians for being bigger, stronger, faster, tougher, deeper, too in love with a game and maybe even too polite, to boot. They …

Andover’s Freeman, 57th in Sochi 50k, mulls his future

Monday, February 24, 2014

Kris Freeman, a four-time Olympian from Andover, entered the 50-kilometer mass start freestyle cross-country ski race as an alternate for an ill teammate and finished in 57th place in 1:59:46.7, about 13 minutes behind a Russian podium sweep. …

Norwegian women, Dutch speedskaters strike gold

Saturday, February 22, 2014

SOCHI, Russia – The Norwegian women revived their cross country skiing dominance at the Sochi Olympics yesterday. Marit Bjoergen won her sixth career gold medal by leading a Norwegian sweep in the women’s 30-kilometer cross-country race. A week …

U.S. hockey finishes with a real flop

Saturday, February 22, 2014

SOCHI, Russia – At least they didn’t break any furniture. Yet. Then again, the U.S. hockey team’s charter flight home isn’t scheduled to take off until today. Although their fourth-place finish last night was better than the sixth …

Freeman starting one last race in Sochi

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Andover’s Kris Freeman isn’t done skiing in the Sochi Olympics after all, being selected to compete in today’s 50-kilometer freestyle cross-country race. He posted this on his website, krisfreeman.net: “I have not been planning to race the 50k …

Shiffrin wins women’s slalom gold with style that suggests it’s just her first

Saturday, February 22, 2014

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia – This wasn’t supposed to happen, not with such a gaping lead, not with the Olympic gold medal right there, waiting at the bottom of the hill. Yet here was Mikaela Shiffrin, all of 18 …

Canada holds off US in Olympic hockey semifinals, 1-0

Saturday, February 22, 2014

SOCHI, Russia – The ice in front of their goals was filled with the zooming bodies of a few dozen of the fastest skaters and hardest shots in all of hockey, and their immediate air space was peppered …

U.S.’s Bowman claims gold in women’s ski halfpipe

Friday, February 21, 2014

Her braid whipping in the chilly mountain air, Maddie Bowman of the U.S. soared to the first-ever gold medal in women’s Olympic halfpipe skiing yesterday, edging Marie Martinod of France in the final on a night the sport …

Sotnikova wins figure skating gold over Kim

Friday, February 21, 2014

SOCHI, Russia – With its 15-year-old figure skating darling falling for a second time in two nights and its star-studded hockey team sent packing the previous day, Russia’s sporting pride was salvaged in epic fashion yesterday by a …

In women’s hockey gold-medal game, Canada hands U.S. a loss that will be hard to get over

Friday, February 21, 2014

SOCHI, Russia – Victory was close enough to start clock-watching, to sneak a peek at the digits ticking down and wonder why the time seemed to be passing so slowly. It was close enough to picture in your …

Kim wins short program, Lipnitskaia falls to 5th

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Nerves almost got the best of Yuna Kim. Almost. Then she showed she has just enough to remain the favorite to win another Olympic figure skating title. The defending champion from South Korea won the short program yesterday …

U.S. men’s hockey team routs Czech, sets up rematch with Canada

Thursday, February 20, 2014

The United States hockey team is getting exactly what it wanted. Another shot at Canada. Dustin Brown banged in a go-ahead goal late in the first period and the Americans went on to dominate the Czech Republic, 5-2, …