2014 Sochi Olympics

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Russia Doped Its Athletes on 'Unprecedented Scale': Investigator

1K athletes in 30 sports in recent years

(Newser) - The Russian doping scandal just keeps getting bigger: A new report implicates 1,000 athletes in 30 sports over recent years, along with officials at various levels of government. The upshot is sure to be increased pressure to penalize Russia ahead of the 2018 Winter Games. In the report—which... More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

2 Pussy Rioters Briefly Detained Over Sochi Theft

Police say the women were released 3 hours later

(Newser) - Not long after their release from prison, two members of the Russian band Pussy Riot have again been detained, NBC News reports. This time, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina were accused of theft, tweeted Tolokonnikova: "On the 16th we were detained for 7 hours, on 17th we spent 10... More »

USA Wins Ice Dancing for First Time

Meryl Davis and Charlie White take the gold

(Newser) - US speedskaters aren't doing so hot , but other Americans strapping on skates at Sochi are making up for it. Today, Meryl Davis and Charlie White won the first-ever gold for USA in ice dancing, reports CBS News . They beat the last gold-medal winners, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of... More »

Reporter Pilloried for Making Bode Miller Cry

NBC's Christin Cooper kept asking about skier's late brother

(Newser) - Bode Miller yesterday became both the oldest Alpine skier to win an Olympic medal and the US skier with the most Olympic medals , when he won bronze in the super-G—but what most people are talking about after the win is the uncomfortable interview that followed. Miller, interviewed by NBC'... More »

Activist: Russia Busted Me for 'Gay Is OK' Banner

Italian says she carried rainbow flag at Olympic Park

(Newser) - A gay-rights arrest in Sochi? Prominent Italian activist Vladimir Luxuria says she was detained by Russian authorities for several hours after carrying a rainbow flag saying "Gay Is OK" at Olympic Park yesterday, the Guardian reports. Luxuria—who became Europe's first transgender parliamentarian in 2006—sent a text... More »

Jamaican Bobsled Team Gets Cool Theme Song

Called, what else? 'The Bobsled Song'

(Newser) - Jamaica's incredible bobsledding run to the Winter Olympics now has a theme song to go with it—named, appropriately, "The Bobsled Song," the AP reports. The upbeat tune by Sidney Mills and Jon Notard plays perfectly in sync with the team's 4,921-foot run in Sochi... More »

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