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Olympic officials say athletes are free to speak out

SOCHI, Russia — Olympic officials reiterated Sunday that athletes will be free to voice their opinions at news conferences during the 2014 Sochi Games.<p>Freedom of speech has become yet another hot-button issue at this 17-day global competition because of Russia's controversial anti-gay law.<p>Earlier, …

International Olympic Committee

Olympics lack parity for female athletes: Column

Despite progress, some events are still considered too dangerous for women.<p>The upcoming Winter Olympics in Russia will include women's ski jumping for the first time. Not only is this an important milestone for women ski jumpers, it is a measure of progress for elite female athletes in all winter …

Dogs

Winter Olympics: A blizzard of U.S. medals, or more of a trickle?

Wearing both 'optimist' and 'pessimist' hats, Olympic reporter Philip Hersh predicts best- and worst-case scenarios for U.S. athletes at Sochi.<p>February 01, 2014|By Philip Hersh<p>U.S. teenager Mikaela Shiffrin is a World Cup slalom champion capable of… (Marco Trovati / Associated…)<p>SOCHI, Russia — Last …

Mikaela Shiffrin

Training to live with pain: What we can learn from Olympic athletes

<i>The second in a four-part series</i> <i>on physiological extremes</i> <i>encountered by Olympic athletes.</i><p>The gold medal, we like to think, goes to whoever is willing to suffer a bit more than everyone else.<p>So it's odd that, when physiologists at the University of Wisconsin used spinal injections of a powerful …

Sochi Has Been Poisoning Stray Dogs Before The Olympics

Sochi has a sizeable stray dog population.<p>Alexei Sorokin, the owner of the company hired to cull the population, defended the practice in an interview with ABC. He said the dogs are incubators for disease and could potentially disrupt the games by attacking tourists and even interfering with …

Russia