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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 …

USA-Canada women’s hockey: A fight to the finish, and it’s just round one

Thursday, February 13, 2014

SOCHI, Russia – After all the board-shivering deckage and the high-speed thwacking, the difference came down to a slow little trickler that may or may not have been a goal and a whistle that was either heard or …

NBC’s Costas sitting out Olympic broadcasts with eye infection

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

With Bob Costas sidelined with an infection that has reddened both his eyes and blurred his vision, Today show anchor Matt Lauer filled in yesterday on NBC’s prime-time Olympics coverage. Lauer, opening the broadcast, said Costas “looked a …

White fails to medal in halfpipe as ‘I-Pod’ takes gold

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia – Shaun White lost to a kid they call the “I-Pod,” and now, he may never hear the end of it. How big of an Olympic shocker was this? White, the best snowboarder of his …

Logan wins silver in slopestyle skiing for United States

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

KRASNAYA POLYNA, Russia – In the summer of 2012, Devin Logan was living her life, skiing in New Zealand, hurtling herself through the air in what would seem to be ill-advised ways. She is, though, a freestyle skier, …