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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 …

U.S. Alpine team’s struggles continue

Saturday, February 15, 2014

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia – It is perhaps an unfair measure, but it is also the U.S. Ski Team’s most recent standard for itself: Four years ago in Whistler, B.C., led by a trio of stars skiing their best …

USA shootout win over Russia an instant classic

Saturday, February 15, 2014

SOCHI, Russia – It was almost supper time on one side of the globe, mid-morning on the other. But there were no dinners being made in Russian kitchens Saturday evening, and those breakfast dishes in the United States …

Granite Staters at the Sochi Olympics

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Ski jumping – Andover’s Nick Fairall was the top American in a windy large hill event, finishing 35th overall with a jump of 120 meters and just missing the cutoff of top-30 for the final round. Lebanon’s Nick …

U.S. Speedskating gambles on new suit, loses big

Saturday, February 15, 2014

SOCHI, Russia – When U.S. Speedskating hooked up with Under Armour to develop a new high-tech skinsuit that would revolutionize the sport at the Winter Olympics, the vision was gold, silver and bronze. The result was a total …

Ray Duckler: Gold, silver, bronze? Sometimes medals don’t tell the whole story

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Sometimes, Olympians don’t need a space on the medal podium to win. Sometimes, they can crash-land and slide into a padded wall, tiny ice particles sprinkling overhead, then lie there still, causing us to wonder about their minds …

Andover’s Fairall, Lebanon’s Alexander advance to large hill ski jumping final

Saturday, February 15, 2014

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia – Normal hill champion Kamil Stoch put himself in a strong position to add the large hill to his Sochi Olympic medal collection after posting the longest jump yesterday. That came in a trial jump …

Hanyu wins men’s Olympic figure skating gold

Saturday, February 15, 2014

SOCHI, Russia – Sometimes an Olympic gold medalist is more survivor than anything else. Yuzuru Hanyu knows the feeling. Not only did Hanyu make it difficult on himself, he thought he lost all chance at the title last …

Pikus-Pace wins silver medal; Uhlaender misses bronze by .04 seconds

Saturday, February 15, 2014

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia – At the base of an icy mountainside track last night, Noelle Pikus-Pace covered her face in disbelief, then bounded onto a stand and leapt up and down as she received flowers following her silver-medal …

Plushenko retires after injury at Sochi Olympics

Thursday, February 13, 2014

SOCHI, Russia – From wild cheers to stunned silence, the Sochi Olympics said goodbye yesterday to one of figure skating’s all-time greats. Evgeni Plushenko, the first figure skater in the modern era to win medals in four Olympics, …

Christensen leads U.S. sweep in slopestyle skiing

Thursday, February 13, 2014

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia – A newly minted American medalist was sharing his thoughts – something about making history – when a certain song ringing out from fans in the stands stopped him midstream. “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Yes, they …

U.S. crushes Slovakia, 7-1, in men’s Olympic hockey

Thursday, February 13, 2014

SOCHI, Russia – With just one game to prepare for its Olympic showdown with Russia, the United States men’s hockey team decided to cram an entire tournament’s worth of hard work and highlights into one spectacular opener. Paul …

Farrington edges Bright for women’s halfpipe gold

Thursday, February 13, 2014

It was one of those Olympic-style pauses. Two minutes. Three minutes. To the four women sitting on the bench at the bottom of the halfpipe, it felt even longer. In the end, the cowgirl won the gold. Kaitlyn …