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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 … 0

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 … 1

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 … 0

Ted Ligety wins giant slalom for second career Olympic gold

Thursday, February 20, 2014

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia – This was the race Ted Ligety knew he should win. So did everybody else. And that, Ligety explained yesterday after becoming the first American man in Olympic history with two Alpine skiing gold medals, … 0

Olympic day of politics and power on the slopes

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

SOCHI, Russia – The politics got a little hotter. The slopes got a lot slushier. On a day when the mountain courses seemed better suited for the crawl or butterfly, the Sochi Olympics took a more overt political … 0

Shiffrin finishes fifth in Olympic debut, behind giant slalom gold medalist Maze

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia – When she stood in the starting gate for the second run of the giant slalom yesterday afternoon, Mikaela Shiffrin was nearly a second behind the leader, faced a slushy slope engulfed at times by … 0

Wise wins on halfpipe for another American gold

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia – David Wise considers himself a dad and husband first, a freestyle skier second. That might be why he also became an Olympic champion. Soaring through sloppy snow and sleet, Wise won the first gold … 0

Andover’s Nick Fairall talks ski jumping and Olympic life

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Nick Fairall sat on the start bar atop the large hill at the RusSki Gorki Jumping Center, some 5,000 miles away from where he got his ski jumping start. He stared down the K125 hill, nearly the length … 0

Costas returns to Olympic coverage after eye infection

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Bob Costas returned as host for NBC’s prime-time Olympic coverage last night, if still not exactly clear-eyed, at least with a sharpened sense of respect for the colleagues and crew who covered for him during a six-day absence. … 0

White, Davis win United States’s first ice dancing gold

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

SOCHI, Russia – Through 17 years of grueling practices, of defeats and victories, Meryl Davis and Charlie White insist they’ve never considered parting ways. A perfect pairing, they were nearly flawless at the Sochi Olympics, and yesterday they … 0

U.S. women’s hockey crushes Sweden to make final vs. Canada

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

SOCHI, Russia – The work began before the U.S. women’s hockey team reached the medal round, before it arrived in Sochi, before the roster was even selected. Four years ago, the Americans left the Olympics with a silver … 0

2 medals, strong emotions for Miller, Weibrecht

Monday, February 17, 2014

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia – This medal mattered to Bode Miller. Not so much because, at 36, his bronze in yesterday’s super G — behind winner Kjetil Jansrud and surprise runner-up Andrew Weibrecht – makes Miller the oldest Alpine … 0

Olympics roundup: Another Dutch sweep in speedskating

Monday, February 17, 2014

SOCHI, Russia – Russia is having a tough time winning on the Olympic ice, and the Netherlands can’t seem to lose. The Russians were forced into a second straight shootout yesterday and now must play an extra game … 0

Oshie shoots U.S. past Russia in men’s hockey thriller

Saturday, February 15, 2014

T.J. Oshie scored four times in the shootout and got the winner in the eighth round, leading the United States past Russia, 3-2, yesterday in the thrilling revival of a classic Olympic hockey rivalry. Cam Fowler and Joe … 0

Seven things you may not know about T.J. Oshie

Saturday, February 15, 2014

If you’ve never heard the name T.J. Oshie, you just missed the most exciting sporting event of the year. But, if you hadn’t heard of him before he scored four shootout goals yesterday in the United States’s incredible … 0