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Host 2022 Olympics? Cities Say No Thanks

Costs make gig increasingly unappealing

(Newser) - The race is on for the 2022 Winter Olympics—the race to get out of hosting, that is. Four cities that were considering hosting, including two finalists for the job, have dropped out of the running. Four finalists remain, but only two of those bids look robust. Cities just don'... More »

Team USA Getting Its Butt Kicked in Sochi

And things aren't likely to pick up, writes Bill Plaschke

(Newser) - Sure, Americans just swept the podium in men's slopestyle skiing, but overall it's been a pretty dreary Olympics for US athletes. In fact, "the US team is getting the hind parts of its snow pants kicked," writes Bill Plaschke for the Los Angeles Times . Despite stellar... More »

US Grabs Gold, Silver, Bronze—in Single Event

Americans rule slopestyle skiing's Olympic debut

(Newser) - For just the third time in Winter Olympics history, the United States has swept the podium, taking all three medals in the debut sport of men's slopestyle skiing, the AP reports. But while most expected an American to come out on top, not many thought it would be underdog... More »

Alpine Skiing Ends in Historic Gold-Medal Tie

Two downhill skiers tie for gold at the Sochi Olympics

(Newser) - Slovenia's Tina Maze and Switzerland's Dominique Gisin tied for gold at the Sochi Olympics today—a first in Olympic alpine skiing history, NBC reports. Maze and Gisin finished today's downhill skiing event with identical times; Switzerland's Lara Gut won the bronze. "It’s a great... More »

Spilling the Secrets of Today's Opening Ceremony

A lot has been kept under wraps, but we know a lot, too

(Newser) - The Olympics opening ceremony starts at precisely 11:14am Eastern time today—that's 20:14 in Sochi, meant to "symbolize the year of the first-ever Russian Winter Games," the official press release explains. (NBC won't air the ceremony until 7:30pm Eastern, Time notes.) What... More »

Here Are Your Olympic Medal Predictions

Norway, US predicted to come out on top in Sochi

(Newser) - Though the opening ceremonies aren't until tomorrow, the 2014 Olympics officially kick off today in Sochi—and the Wall Street Journal is ready with its extremely complex medal prediction system, which proved to be accurate to within just a few medals at the last two Olympics. So who's... More »

Norway's Curling Team Is Wearing This to Olympics

The crazy pants are back, and crazier

(Newser) - This may be the best ( or at least second-best ) Olympic photo so far: Norway's men's curling team, decked out in their fantastic new outfits. The team was a sensation at the Vancouver Olympics when members competed wearing boldly-colored, crazily-patterned golf pants instead of the standard black... More »

Internet Heaps $187K on Broke Jamaican Bobsledders

Team is crowdfunding its Sochi trip

(Newser) - If you're a fan of Cool Runnings, consider this: You can help send this year's Jamaican bobsled team to the Olympics. The team qualified for the games for the first time since 2002 , but needs to raise tens of thousands of dollars to actually travel to Sochi. Fortunately,... More »

IOC: Take 'We the People' Off US Goalie Mask

Constitution quote is 'propaganda,' Olympic bosses say

(Newser) - The goalie for the American women's hockey team has been told to remove a quote from the US Constitution from her helmet because it counts as "propaganda." The illustration of the document including the line "We the People" has been scrubbed from Jessie Vetter's helmet... More »

Athlete Gives Up Olympic Spot—to Twin Sister

Tracy Barnes says Lanny would have beat her if she wasn't sick

(Newser) - Tracy Barnes won a spot on the US Olympic biathlon team Sunday, but she's not taking it. She gave up her place so her twin sister, Lanny, could go instead. Lanny had been too sick to compete in all the selection races, but Tracy believes her sister had a... More »

6 Found Shot Dead in Cars in Southern Russia

Attacks investigated in counter-terror operation

(Newser) - A series of unexplained killings in southern Russia involving booby-trapped bombs has further heightened security fears ahead of next month's Winter Olympics in Sochi. Investigators were scrambling today to determine who had killed six men whose bodies were found yesterday in four cars abandoned in an area just north... More »

US Olympic 'Go USA' Mittens Made In China

USOC says it wanted affordable option

(Newser) - Looks like there are some short memories on the US Olympic Committee: Not much more than a year after news that Team USA uniforms were made in China had lawmakers like Harry Reid suggesting they be torched in a bonfire , the USOC is raising money by selling mittens that say... More »

Torch Bearer Carries Olympic Flame, Then Dies

Vadim Gorbenko has heart attack

(Newser) - A Russian wrestling coach carried the Olympic flame 500 feet, had his photo taken, said he didn't feel well ... and ended up dead of a heart attack, an official said today. Vadim Gorbenko, 73, who had trained top wrestlers and also acted as a sports school director, was taking... More »

Olympic Torch Blasts Off for Space Station

Cosmonauts aren't planning on lighting it

(Newser) - The Russians are taking the Olympic torch relay to a new height—the International Space Station. The 2014 Sochi torch, which will not be lit during its five days in space, blasted off on a Soyuz rocket this morning accompanied by Russia's Mikhail Tyurin, American Rick Mastracchio, and Koici... More »

New Idea: Boycott Russian Olympics Over Snowden

Lindsey Graham offers punishment idea should Moscow offer leaker asylum

(Newser) - Because nothing will show those Russians who's boss like allowing them to win more medals by taking some of the most successful Olympic competitors out of the running, Sen. Lindsey Graham is proposing the US boycott Russia's 2014 Winter Olympics if the country agrees to give Edward Snowden... More »

Vonn: I'll Be Back in Time for Olympics

But injury has her out for the rest of this season

(Newser) - Despite the fact that Lindsey Vonn was airlifted out of a race yesterday after suffering a major knee injury, the US Ski and Snowboard Association expects her to recover in time for the 2014 Winter Olympics. Over at the Los Angeles Times, Chris Dufresne is skeptical, speculating that the skier... More »

Lolo Jones Makes US Bobsled Team

Olympic hurdler could head to winter games

(Newser) - From hurdles to ... bobsledding? Yes, Olympian and famous virgin Lolo Jones showed up in Lake Placid three weeks ago, unsure where her first foray into bobsledding could lead. The answer might be another Olympics—only this time, the winter one. Jones, a two-time Olympic hurdler, was one of 24 athletes... More »

Olympic Medal Winner Nabbed for 'Drunken Vandalism'

Shaun White gets a shiner in Nashville

(Newser) - What's left for an Olympic-gold-medal winner to do but raise hell by getting smashed, break a hotel phone, pull a fire alarm, and fight off the guy who tries to stop him from fleeing? Snowboarder Shaun White allegedly did all this in Nashville early this morning and got himself... More »

Olympic Eye Now on Sochi ... and Its Potential Woes

Russia preps for 2014 amid concerns about snow, terrorist attacks

(Newser) - The London Olympics are over, which means it's time to start looking toward the next Games: Winter 2014 in Russia. Preparations are ongoing in Sochi, a resort city on the Black Sea complete with palm trees. Yep, palm trees. Whether it will get cold enough to produce a sufficient... More »

Romney's Olympic Role Challenged

Some in Utah think Romney overstates 'lifesaver' image

(Newser) - Mitt Romney's role in saving the 2002 Winter Olympics in Utah and making them one of the most successful Winter Games ever had been a central part of his political biography for years. But now in Utah, many citizens are rebelling against that characterization, saying Romney overstates the crisis... More »

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