2014 Sochi Olympics

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Russians Rigged Doping at Own Olympics: Report

And Moscow's anti-doping lab was assisted in scheme by Russia's Ministry of Sport

(Newser) - Speculation that Russia's athletes might be banned from the Rio Olympics has just ramped up after an independent doping investigation found the Russians cheated during their own Sochi Olympics in 2014—and in events beyond that, the AP reports. Canadian law professor Richard McLaren was picked by the World... More »

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 »

So Much for Those Sochi Terror Fears, Huh?

We need to stop succumbing to baseless panic over terrorism, Peter Bergen argues

(Newser) - Hey remember that time, lo those many weeks ago, when most Americans believed a terror attack would hit the Sochi Olympics? You could hardly blame them; there were ominous reports of approaching black widows and evacuation plans as important people predicted doom. But a funny thing happened: Nothing. "It... More »

Reveling Rob Ford Charges Groin-First Into Hydrant

Toronto's mayor was celebrating Canada's 3-0 Olympic hockey victory

(Newser) - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford doesn't just walk into TV cameras and take pratfalls trying to play football . Yesterday, he took it a step further by celebrating a Canadian Olympic hockey win so joyously that he walked groin-first into a fire hydrant, the National Post reports. Ford was celebrating the... More »

With a Wink and Bow, Sochi Shuts Off Lights

Remember that whole failed ring? Russia spoofs it

(Newser) - With a sweep of the men's bobsled for the home team and Sochi's final gold medal given out , Russia gave a wink at the little Olympic ring that couldn't in the opening ceremony and closed out its uber-expensive Olympiad today. Kicking off at 20:14 local time,... More »

O Canada! Men's Hockey Wins Sochi's Final Gold

Sweden loses gold medal game 3-0; forward benched after failing drug test

(Newser) - Jonathan Toews scored in the first period, captain Sidney Crosby scored his first goal of the tournament, and Canada defended its Olympic men's hockey title today with a 3-0 victory over Sweden in the gold-medal game. Chris Kunitz also scored and Carey Price made 24 saves for the Canadians,... More »

Russian Men Sweep Bobsled Gold

Driver Zubkov, 39, wins gold in 4-man after 2-man victory

(Newser) - Russian bobsledder Alexander Zubkov was given a daunting assignment for his home Olympics. His task: Take to Russian ice and make history, against drivers who have been beating him for years. Do svidaniya, world! Zubkov was uncatchable. He drove Russia to victory in the four-man bobsled race today, adding that... More »

Finland Takes Bronze From USA in Hockey

It was a 5-0 rout

(Newser) - They went from gold-medal hopefuls to fourth-place finishers in two days. The USA men's hockey team lost to Finland 5-0 today and will leave Sochi without a medal, reports USA Today . Unlike yesterday's 1-0 loss to Canada, this one wasn't much of a game. When Finland scored... More »

Canada Beats US in Hockey, Again

Men's team defeats USA in semifinals

(Newser) - One day after Canada's women's hockey team delivered a crushing loss to Team USA, the men's team did the same. Canada beat the US 1-0 today in the semifinals, reports AP . Jamie Benn scored early in the second period, and Carey Price stopped all 30 American shots... More »

Everybody Is Freaking Out About Figure Skating Scores

Ashley Wagner says she's 'speechless' at Sotnikova's win

(Newser) - Russia's Adelina Sotnikova pulled off a huge upset to win Olympic gold in women's figure skating yesterday, bumping defending champ and favorite Yuna Kim of South Korea to second place—and the world is not taking it well. American skater Ashley Wagner, who's definitely not afraid to... More »

Sochi Olympics Has Its First Doping Case

Unidentified German athlete fails drug test

(Newser) - An unidentified German athlete has failed a drug test in the first announced doping case of the Sochi Olympics. The German Olympic Committee said today it had been notified by the IOC late yesterday that one of its athletes had tested positive on an "A'' sample. The backup... More »

That Olympic Wolf? A Kimmel Stunt

Kate Hansen was in on viral video prank

(Newser) - It seemed like the ultimate Sochi fail, but it was actually a Jimmy Kimmel prank: American luger Kate Hansen claimed to have filmed a wolf roaming the halls of Olympic Village Wednesday, tweeting out the video link, posted to YouTube, along with this caption: "Wolf in my hall?!?... More »

Canada Stuns US in OT for Women's Hockey Gold

Team USA gives up two late goals in the third in 3-2 loss

(Newser) - The gold-medal game in women's hockey played out as advertised, with yet another thriller between USA and Canada. The Canadians prevailed with a 3-2 win in overtime for their fourth straight gold medal, reports AP . The loss is especially stinging for the US because it held a 2-0 lead... More »

Women's Figure Skating Results Are In

Spoiler alerts follow for those who plan to watch

(Newser) - Women's figure skating has wrapped up in Sochi, and for those who don't plan to watch in prime time tonight: Longshot Adelina Sotnikova has given Russia its first Olympic gold medal in the event. The 17-year-old pulled a stunning upset of defending champion Yuna Kim of South Korea,... More »

Russian Hockey Coach to Reporter: 'Eat Me Alive'

Comment comes after Russia gets bounced in quarterfinals

(Newser) - Russia's hockey team went down in spectacular fashion today, losing to Finland 3-1 in the Olympic quarterfinals, and it's fair to say that the hockey-crazed nation is a bit disappointed. (The US, meanwhile, advanced with a 5-2 win over the Czech team.) Reporters swarmed coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov... More »

This American Just Won Gold—for Russia

Vic Wild didn't get support he needed from US, he says

(Newser) - Vic Wild is an American, born and raised in Washington state—but the gold medal he won at the Sochi Olympics today was for none other than ... Russia. Why? Wild decided to compete for Russia because his event, men's snowboarding parallel giant slalom, wasn't getting much support in... More »

Whip-Wielding Russia Militia Roughs Up Pussy Riot

Members get roughed up at performance, though no one was arrested

(Newser) - Things got nasty in Sochi today when Pussy Riot tried to perform an anti-Putin protest song. Cossack militia members descended on six members of the group (this time including one man) just as they were starting to perform, reports AP . Video shows the officers using horsewhips and roughly pulling the... More »

Ligety Wins US' 1st Giant Slalom Gold

Ted Ligety becomes just the second US skier with 2 gold medals

(Newser) - After lousy finishes in both the men's super-combined and super-G skiing events, Sochi was looking like a bust for Ted Ligety—until today. Ligety became the first American ever to earn a gold medal in the men's giant slalom, according to Bleacher Report . Ligety came in as the... More »

US Takes Gold in Skiing Halfpipe

Daivd Wise soars while world's top-ranked skiier disappoints

(Newser) - David Wise won the gold medal in the Olympic debut of halfpipe skiing today, cutting through heavy snow to easily outclass the field. The 23-year-old American scored a 92 on his first run through the halfpipe clogged by wet, soggy rain and snow all night. Mike Riddle of Canada took... More »

Plushenko: Russia Made Me Skate Hurt. Er, No, It Didn't

He initially says yes, then backtracks

(Newser) - In a surprise move, Russian figure skating star and three-time Olympic medalist Evgeni Plushenko pulled out of the men's individual competition at the Sochi Olympics just before he was supposed to skate his short program last week , due to an injury, then quickly announced his retirement from the sport.... More »

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