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Russia lightens up with softer image at closing ceremony

(Photo by Al Tielemans /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images)  (Reuters) – An emotional closing ceremony at Russia’s first Winter Olympics painted the hosts in soft colors, in contrast to the muscular, assertive spectacle that kicked off the Games, and there was even room for a joke at the home nation’s expense. The show at the Fisht Stadium on the Black […]

Russia tops medals table as Games end amid doping scandals

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/PHIL NOBLE (Reuters) – The Winter Olympics ended on Sunday with host nation Russia on top of the medals table and Canada winning the men’s ice hockey final, but news that two more athletes tested positive for banned substances dimmed the golden glow. Canada claimed the last, most coveted title of the Games by sweeping aside Sweden […]

Canada edges United States to reach final

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/JIM YOUNG (Reuters) – Canada squeezed past arch-rivals the United States 1-0 on Friday to reach the final of the Sochi Winter Games men’s ice hockey competition as they bid to successfully defend their 2010 Olympic crown. Sweden, 2-1 winners over Finland in the other semi-final, will face off against Canada on Sunday to […]

Shiffrin wins women’s slalom gold

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/LEONHARD FOEGER (Reuters) – Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States won the women’s Alpine skiing Olympic slalom gold medal on Friday, according to provisional results. Austria’s Marlies Schild and Kathrin Zettel took silver and bronze respectively. (Editing by Ossian Shine)

German former champ, Italian athlete test positive for drugs in Sochi

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/MICHAEL DALDER/FILES (Reuters) – Germany’s two-time Olympic cross-country skiing champion Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle and Italian four-man bobsleigh member William Frullani were thrown out of the Sochi Olympics on Friday after testing positive for drugs. Sachenbacher-Stehle, who was competing in the biathlon in Sochi but did not win a medal, tested positive for the stimulant methylhexanamin with the second sample […]

Thrills on Russian ice, Ukraine athlete leaves in protest

PHOTO CREDIT: CREDIT: REUTERS/ISSEI KATO (Reuters) – The women’s figure skaters provided a thrilling climax to Thursday’s Winter Olympics action when Russian Adelina Sotnikova claimed gold, but a skier’s decision to pull out of the Games in protest was a reminder of the crisis in neighboring Ukraine. Seventeen-year-old Sotnikova was second going into the free skating program, and […]

Davis and White end U.S. quest for ice dance glory

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/ALEXANDER DEMIANCHUK (Reuters) – A sultry performance that lasted four spellbinding minutes, but was 17 years in the making, propelled Meryl Davis and Charlie White to become the first Americans to win the Olympic ice dance title at the Sochi Games on Monday. In a showdown with rivals and Canadian training partners Tessa […]

Wanted: America’s next winter sports superstar

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/JOSHUA LOTT (Reuters) – The absence of injured skier Lindsey Vonn and the shock dethroning of snowboarder Shaun White have created a gaping hole for a new American sporting superstar to fill and grab sponsors’ gold from Sochi. The Olympics give huge exposure to athletes from beyond America’s staple sports of basketball, football and baseball, but […]

Pikus-Pace says silver makes the pain worth it

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/MURAD SEZER (Reuters) – An elated Noelle Pikus-Pace called her Olympicskeleton silver “as good as gold” on Friday and announced her retirement for the second time after bouncing back from injury, family trauma and the disappointment of just missing a medal four years ago. The 31-year-old American missed the 2006 Olympics when she broke her right leg […]

Injured skater Plushenko retires from Games, overshadows men’s hockey

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/LUCY NICHOLSON (Reuters) – Russia’s flamboyant figure skater Yevgeny Plushenko pulled out of the Winter Olympics through injury on Thursday in a shock twist that immediately deflated home fans pumped up by an opening victory for their beloved men’s ice hockey team. At the Iceberg Skating Palace, there was disbelief when the announcement came over the […]

‘America, we did it!’ Christensen leads US sweep

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/DYLAN MARTINEZ (Reuters) – Joss Christensen led a United States podium sweep in spectacular fashion to win the first Olympic gold medal in men’s slopestyle skiing at the Sochi Games on Thursday. Another bumper crowd at Extreme Park were treated to a thrilling display of acrobatics as the freestyle skiers pushed their routines to the limits […]

Drama in Russian mountains as Winter Games get first downhill tie

  PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/KAI PFAFFENBACH (Reuters) – In a finish a Hollywood scriptwriter would struggle to match, the women’s downhill at Russia’s Winter Olympicsproduced a tie for gold for the first time on Wednesday, in a thrilling start to the fifth full day of competition. Despite clear skies and mild temperatures, complaints about slushy snow conditions in […]

In hindsight, I should have had eye surgery, says Miller

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/LEONHARD FOEGER (Reuters) – Bode Miller can see clearly, now that the pain has gone, where he went wrong in Sunday’s Olympic downhill: He could not see clearly enough. The most medaled U.S. Olympic Alpine skier of all time, racing in his fifth Games at the age of 36, told reporters on Tuesday that he needed laser eye surgery […]

Insider knowledge gives me an edge, says Ligety

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/RUBEN SPRICH (Reuters) – Triple world champion Ted Ligety was late joining the Sochi Olympic party but armed with a little local knowledge and some Russian goodwill he looks set to make up for lost time. The U.S. ski team have struck an unlikely relationship with their Russian counterparts, so Ligety, despite only venturing to […]

Slopestyle success whets IOC appetite for new sports

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/MIKE BLAKE (Reuters) – Long before American Sage Kotsenburg grabbed the inaugural slopestyle snowboarding gold medal at the Sochi Olympics on Saturday it was clear the new event would be an instant hit. With legions of young followers around the world, the gravity-defying event took the Olympic world by storm, leaving the International Olympic Committee wanting more […]

Canada, Germany strike winter gold, Russia basks in skating glory

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/MARKO DJURICA (Reuters) – Canada and Germany added to their gold medal hauls at the Winter Olympics on Monday, while Russia basked in the afterglow of its first title of the Games after the team figure skating victory captivated the host nation. The inaugural team event, decided at a packed Iceberg Skating Palace in Sochi on […]

Bad news for Putin as Sochi satire floods Internet

(Reuters) – Vladimir Putin’s dreams of glory at the Sochi Winter Olympics are drowning in a sea of online satire poking fun at everything from the toilets to threats of a bomb attack. The Twitter account @SochiProblems, with comments on issues ranging from supposed spray-painting of the grass to signs banning fishing in the toilets […]

Winter Games open, Putin keen to prove doubters wrong

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/DAVID GRAY (Reuters) – Russia’s Winter Olympics officially got underway on the Black Sea coast on Friday with a burst of fireworks and a dazzling opening ceremony that President Vladimir Putin hoped would dispel fears of militant attacks and a row over gay rights. Putin has staked his reputation on hosting a safe […]

White out of slopestyle as Sochi opening nears

  PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/MIKE BLAKE (Reuters) – The Sochi Olympics were dealt a blow two days before the opening ceremony when American snowboarding star Shaun White pulled out of the slopestyle event due to safety concerns, highlighting the real dangers athletes face in extreme winter sports. The news came as organizers scramble to deal with teething problems […]

Virtue & Moir ready to gamble

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/DAVID GRAY (Reuters) – Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir belong to an exclusive Olympic club, having won gold on home ice in Vancouver in 2010, but it has not stopped the Canadians rolling the dice again at this month’s Sochi Games. Only one pair has previously captured two Olympic ice dance titles – Russians […]

Miller ready to win ‘every race’ in Sochi

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/CHRISTIAN HARTMANN “I’m ready. My skiing in general is pretty solid. It was the idea to keep getting stronger and come to the Olympics ready to win in every race,” said the 36-year-old World Cup veteran, who will be competing at his fifth Winter Games in Russia. Miller, who missed the entire 2012-13 season to treat lingering knee […]

Kearney feels secure and in the zone

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/MIKE BLAKE (Reuters) – Olympic moguls champion Hannah Kearney has plenty on her mind as she prepares to defend her title in Sochi but security is not one of the U.S. freestyle skier’s bigger concerns. “I truly feel just as safe and secure here as I have at the previous two Olympics,” she told […]

2014 Alpine Skiing World Cup: Kranjska Gora: Shiffrin 7th

Women’s Slalom, in the last race before the Olympics in Sochi, American World Champ Mikaela Shiffrin gets her second worst finish of the season, dropping from first after run one. (Call your TV provider to watch full events on TV and online.)

2014 Alpine Skiing World Cup: St. Moritz: Hirscher 2nd

Men’s Giant Slalom, Marcel Hirscher (AUT) comes up short against Ted Ligety (USA) today by 1.51 seconds, although he still ranks first in GS, as the Olympics are next.

Race Room: Diann Roffe

Universal Sports’ Doug Lewis talks to 1994 Super G Olympic champ Diann Roffe (USA) about the Olympics and Mikaela Shiffrin (USA).

2014 Alpine Skiing World Cup: St. Moritz: Ligety wins

Men’s Giant Slalom, in the last race before the Olympics, GS World Champ Ted Ligety (USA) gets his fourth win of the season, currently ranking 3rd in the Giant Slalom.

2014 Cross-Country Skiing World Cup: Toblach: Ola Vigen Hattestad interview

Men’s sprint winner Ola Vigen Hattestad (NOR) talks about his victory today and his plans moving forward to prepare for the Sochi Olympics.

2014 Cross-Country Skiing World Cup: Toblach: Hattestad wins sprint

Ola Vigen Hattestad (NOR) lead the men’s sprint from start to finish as he won with a time of 2:44.89. Both the men and women’s of Norway seem to be in good shape heading into the Olympics, as they have won 3 out of the 4 WC events this weekend.

2014 FIS Alpine World Cup: Kranjska Gora, Slovenia: Women’s Slalom (Mobile)

The anniversary 50th edition of the women’s Golden Fox Alpine Skiing World Cup meet has been moved from its traditional Pohorje slope in Maribor to Kranjska Gora. These will be the last women’s World Cup races before the February Olympics in Sochi.

2014 FIS Alpine World Cup: Kranjska Gora, Slovenia: Women’s Slalom

The anniversary 50th edition of the women’s Golden Fox Alpine Skiing World Cup meet has been moved from its traditional Pohorje slope in Maribor to Kranjska Gora. These will be the last women’s World Cup races before the February Olympics in Sochi.

2014 FIS Alpine World Cup: Kranjska Gora, Slovenia: Women’s Giant Slalom (Mobile)

The anniversary 50th edition of the women’s Golden Fox Alpine Skiing World Cup meet has been moved from its traditional Pohorje slope in Maribor to Kranjska Gora. These will be the last women’s World Cup races before the February Olympics in Sochi.

2014 FIS Alpine World Cup: Kranjska Gora, Slovenia: Women’s Giant Slalom

The anniversary 50th edition of the women’s Golden Fox Alpine Skiing World Cup meet has been moved from its traditional Pohorje slope in Maribor to Kranjska Gora. These will be the last women’s World Cup races before the February Olympics in Sochi.

Factbox: Bobsleigh at the Sochi Winter Games

(Reuters) – Here are the main facts about bobsleigh at the Sochi Winter Olympics. The competition: There are three gold medals up for grabs in the men’s four-man, two-man and two-woman events. The competition consists of four runs held over a two-day period. Medals are awarded based on the total time over the four runs, […]

Countdown To Sochi: Winter 101: Alpine Paralympics

The Paralympics will start two weeks after the Olympics finish. In this week’s Winter 101 we explain the finer details of Paralympic alpine skiing.

2014 World Cup Ski Jumping: Sapporo: Prevc wins

With many of the top names getting ready for the Olympics in a few weeks, Peter Prevc (SLO) gets the win on day one and claims the World Cup lead over Kamil Stoch (POL) by 11 points.

Countdown To Sochi: Reliving The Glory with Andrea Mead Lawrence

Andrea Mead Lawrence was the first American skier, male or female to bring home two golds in one Olympics. Covering TImes magazine and making Olympic history at the age of only 15. We tell you her story in this week’s Reliving the Glory.

2014 Alpine Skiing World Cup: Cortina d’Ampezzo: Mancuso 7th

Women’s Super G, 2013 Super G World Cup silver medalist, Julia Mancuso (USA) scores her first top ten finish this season, just .64 seconds off the podium, with the Olympics just weeks away.

Hoax threats before games play on Sochi security fears

CREDIT: REUTERS/ALEXANDER DEMIANCHUK (Reuters) – At least five European countries’ Olympic committees and the United States received letters in Russian on Wednesday making a “terrorist threat” before the Sochi Games, but Olympic chiefs said they posed no danger. Despite the assurances, the letters to committees in Italy, Hungary, Germany, Slovenia and Slovakia briefly caused alarm and underlined nervousness […]

White opts out of X Games due to Sochi

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS (Reuters) – Olympic snowboarding champion Shaun White has decided not to compete at this week’s X Games in Aspen in order to focus on his preparations for the Sochi Winter Games, ESPN reported on Wednesday. The 27-year-old Californian, who won gold in the men’s halfpipe at each of the past two Winter Olympics, will represent […]

2014 Figure Skating European Championship: Lipnitskaia interview

15 year old Julia Lipnitskaia (RUS) talks about European title win and the upcoming Olympics in Sochi.

Biathlon: American twin gives up Olympic spot to sister

(Reuters) – Lanny Barnes is heading to the Sochi Olympics with all the incentive in the world after her twin sister gave up her own spot in the biathlon to let her compete for the United States. Lanny narrowly missed out on a place in the American team for Sochi after she fell ill last month and […]

2014 Alpine Skiing World Cup: Flachau: Shiffrin wins

Women’s Slalom, Current World Champ, with the Olympics in her site, Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) picks up her 7th World Cup win at 18 years old, she leads the Slalom World CUp now by 144 points.

2014 Alpine Skiing World Cup: Flachau: Shiffrin interview

Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) talks about getting another win right before the Olympics.

2014 FIL Women’s Luge World Cup: Oberhof: American Hamlin 10th

The 2009 world champ Erin Hamlin (USA) finished with a time of 1:24.954 to finish 10th in the event. Hamlin will be representing the USA in the Sochi Olympics next month.

2014 FIL Doubles Luge World Cup: Oberhof: Niccum and Terdiman 7th

Americans Christian Niccum and Jayson Terdiman finished with a total time of 1:24.183, missing the podium by .304 seconds. Niccum and Terdiman will be competing in the Sochi Olympics next month.

2014 Cross-Country Skiing World Cup: Nove Mesto: Team Russia interview

Men’s Team Sprint winners Maxim Vylegzhanin and Nikita Kriukov (RUS) discuss how they were able to get the win today and preparing for the Sochi Olympics.

2014 Alpine Skiing World Cup: Altenmarkt: Mancuso 13th

Women’s Downhill, Julia Mancuso (USA) slowly builds to the Olympics, getting her second best finish of the season, still looking for the podium, she is now 32nd in the World Cup.

Olympic champion Morgenstern badly injured

  CREDIT: REUTERS/KAI PFAFFENBACH (Reuters) – Three-times Austrian Olympic ski jump champion Thomas Morgenstern is in hospital with a serious head injury and a damaged lung after a fall in training, the International Ski Federation (FIS) said on Friday. An Austrian Ski Federation statement said Morgenstern’s injuries were not life-threatening. The 27-year-old lost his balance […]

Countdown Conversation: Tanith Belbin

This week in our Countdown Conversation Craig Hummer sits down with Olympic medalist ice dancer Tanith Belbin. Belbin and her partner, Ben Agosto, took silver at the Torino Olympics in 2006 and now she provides expert insight of which figure skating athletes to watch for in Sochi.

Podium 360 Update: Lindsey Vonn out

American Alpine Skiing star Lindsey Vonn has announced that she will not be competiting in the Sochi Winter Olympics next month.

Devastated Vonn out of Sochi Games with injury

CREDIT: REUTERS/ROBERT PRATTA (Reuters) – Olympic downhill champion Lindsey Vonn, one of the biggest attractions in winter sport, will miss next month’s Sochi Games because she requires surgery on her injured knee. The 29-year-old American broke the news on her Facebook page on Tuesday. “I am devastated to announce I will not be able to compete in […]

Sponsor P&G sets more modest target for Winter Games

(Reuters) – With the Winter Olympics only a month away, Procter & Gamble – one of the event’s leading sponsors – launched its main advertising campaign on Monday, seeking a more modest return than from the summer games in London 18 months ago. The household goods company, best known for brands such as Duracell batteries and Gillette razors, estimated London 2012 […]

2013 Cross-Country Skiing World Cup: Tour de Ski: Diggins top American

Jessica Diggins (USA) finished 5th in the women’s 3km stage 1 race with a final time of 643.6. Fellow American Kikkan Randell chose not to compete in the Tour de Ski so the she can focus on the Olympics.

Universal Sports Update: Putin Vows Equal Conditions

Russian president Putin vows equal conditions for all athletes at 2014 SOchi Olympics

2013 Alpine Skiing World Cup: Val d’Isere: Vonn interview

Lindsey Vonn (USA) talks about her ill fated run today as she tries to get back in shape with the Olympics coming soon.

 
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