The Sochi Winter Games

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Medal game is often a mental one at the Olympics

SOCHI, Russia — Twelve hours wasn't nearly long enough to ease their pain.<p>The morning after losing in overtime to rival Canada, the U.S. women's hockey players talked about the anguish of walking away from the<p>Sochi Olympicswith silver medals around their necks.<p>"We didn't train as hard as we did for …

Closing Ceremony Draws Russia's Big Moment to a Close

World<p>SOCHI, Russia — Safely atop the medal stand, Russia put on a cultural pageant for the world, bid farewell to 2,800 athletes and drew the curtain Sunday on an expensive, controversial — and safe — Winter Olympics.<p>Following tradition, the Olympic flag was lowered inside Fisht Stadium and handed …

Did Russia Really Win the Sochi Medal Count?

How small countries like Belarus, Norway, and Slovenia dominated the Winter Olympics host.<p>Counting by total medals, the Sochi Winter Olympics have been a big win for the host country, Russia, whose 33 medals top the overall tally. The United States is second with 28, Norway is third with 26, Canada …

Russia Made A Brilliant Olympic Ring Malfunction Joke At The Closing Ceremony

The organizers of the Sochi Olympics have a pretty good sense of humor.<p>At the Closing Ceremony on Sunday, the finale of the opening dance routine featured dancers forming the Olympic rings. The top right ring remained unopened in a self-deprecating homage to the infamous malfunction during the …

Photo Gallery: Day 16

After Sochi, what's next for Winter Olympics?

Russia clinches overall medals title

SOCHI, Russia -- Alexander Legkov's victory in the men's 50-kilometer cross-country race Sunday clinched the overall medals title for the host nation …

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Russia, With Home-Field Advantage, Wins Sochi Medal Race

Just two medals remain to be awarded at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, as Canada and Sweden face off on the hockey ice. If the Canadian men take gold, Canada will have swept all four traditional team sports. Canadian teams have already won gold in men's and women's curling and women's ice</b> …

Canada captures hockey gold with shutout over Sweden

After the gold medals had all been awarded, after the players had posed for the obligatory centre-ice photograph, Jonathan Toews accepted a Canadian flag from one of their supporters in the Bolshoy arena and circled the ice - briefly - waving it back and forth.<p>It was about as wild as the on-ice …

Ice Hockey

Norwegian women, Dutch speedskaters strike gold

Russia's Zubkov Takes Slim Lead in Olympic 4-Man

Former Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino intentionally failed to notify university officials that a former...<p>Urban Meyer's legacy at a …

Winners in Sochi: Snowboarding, Skiing and More

The Winter Olympics' penultimate day of medal action in Sochi saw Team USA miss out on the men's hockey bronze medal, while host country Russia …

USA vs. Finland final score, Olympic hockey 2014: Selanne, Finland claim bronze

On the strength of a pair of goals from Teemu Selanne, Finland captured the bronze medal in men's hockey with a win over the United States.<p>Entering the 2014 Olympics, Patrick Kane claimed, "It's gold or bust," when asked about the United States' goals for the Sochi tournament.<p>In a span of under 24 …

Power Ranking the Best Winter Olympic Sports

The Winter Olympics are, without question, a little less flashy and a lot less sexy than the Summer Olympics. The winter games have well under half the number of events and the snow and ice focus makes what they <i>do</i> feel a little repetitive.<p>That being said, the Winter Olympics are still pretty solid. …

Summer Olympics

Report: Alleged drug lord helped secure Olympics for Sochi

An alleged Russian heroin kingpin reportedly helped Sochi earn enough votes to stage the upcoming Olympics, ABC News reported.<p>Russia was granted the …

The Inside Story of How Olympic Photographers Get Such Stunning Images

Every single moment of the Sochi Olympics is documented in minute detail. Here's how the AP and Getty Images, two of the biggest photo agencies on …

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Canada Defeats U.S. in Olympic Men's Hockey Semi-Finals

Jamie Benn scored in the second period, Carey Price made 31 saves, and Canada beat the United States 1-0 Friday night in the semifinals of the …

'Was It Good For You, Too?' Surviving an 85 MPH Olympic-style Bobsled Ride

Sitting on a couch watching the Sochi Olympics on TV, it’s hard to appreciate how amazingly difficult these winter events really are—and how …

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So happy I got to take part in the closing ceremonies! #sochi2014 #olympics #canada

What a dream come true..No words can describe how amazing the Olympic experience was and how proud I am to be Canadian! Home sweet home #sochi2014 #Gold

We're home! Off to bed, but stay tuned. @AlexShibutani and I still have so much to share from #Sochi2014! #ClosingCeremony #TeamUSA

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Sochi Performances That Deserve a Mention, if Not a Medal

SOCHI, Russia — The first Winter Olympics by the Black Sea ended Sunday after 98 events, abundant sunshine, occasional fog and one more gold medalist than expected because of a tie in the women’s downhill between Tina Maze and Dominique Gisin.<p>There are, at least for now, no more medals available, …

The 33 Most Awe-Inspiring Photos From The Sochi Winter Olympics

Sometime things are even more beautiful when you freeze them.

Speed Skating

Sochi 2014: 20 best photographs from the Winter Olympics – in pictures

Winter Olympics,Winter Olympics 2014,Sport,Photography,Winter Olympics 2014: alpine skiing,Winter Olympics 2014: cross country,Winter Olympics 2014: figure skating,Winter Olympics 2014: ice hockey,Winter Olympics 2014: luge,Olympics<p>Huge crashes, memorable celebrations and stunning performances on …

The Coolest, Wildest, And Most WTF Moments You Need To See From The Sochi Closing Ceremony

And yes, that creepy bear made another appearance.

Gymnastics

Sebastian Coe: Success of Winter Games can only be judged over next decade

These Games were unique, the venues jaw-dropping but direct flights from Europe’s cities hold key to the future<p>The plane home from the Winter Olympics arcs out over the coast of Sochi, framed by snow-covered mountains on a cloudless, 15-degree day, I guess those characteristics alone meant these …

Photo Gallery: Day 15

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U.K. Men's Curling Team Gets Royal Support

World<p>Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, tweeted his support for Great Britain's curling team, as the men faced Canada in the gold medal game at the Sochi Games Friday.<p>Great Britain has not won an Olympic men's curling medal since taking gold at the first Winter Games in 1924 before curling was taken …

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The 15 Best (and Worst) Sochi Figure Skating Costumes

A gold medal in skating does not guarantee a gold medal in style.<p><b>15.</b> It was two swings and two misses for Adelina Sotnikova. Her red short program cami dress looks like it got mauled by a cat and then bedazzled, and her long program outfit is just so sad and gray — very District-12-at-the-Olympics. …

JR Celski Wins Silver Medal in Men's 5000-Meter Relay at Sochi 2014 Olympics

J.R. Celski and Team USA finally found the podium on Friday.<p>Four years after Celski, Apolo Ohno and co. took bronze in the 5,000-meter relay in Vancouver, the 23-year-old—often regarded as Ohno's heir apparent—led this year's group to another medal, landing in second place in the finals on …

Crushing Olympic Hockey Defeats Made Worse: Obama Owes Canada Two Cases Of Beer

Both hockey teams representing the United States in the Olympics lost in major match-ups with Canada this week, and now President Barack Obama has to pay up.<p>Obama made a bet with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper before the games this week, with the loser promising cases of beer to the …

Why Ashley Wagner Is Wrong About Figure Skating

It's OK to question your sport's judging system; it's not OK to pander to mass media at the expense of good sportsmanship.<p>The American skater who ended up in seventh place yesterday is all over the news this morning saying she feels cheated — actually, "gypped" is the word she unfortunately used. …

Figure Skating

Sochi in Pictures: Highlights From Day Six

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Photo Gallery: Day 13

Duhatschek: Team Canada sets sights on gold after thrilling victory over U.S.

So everybody finally got the game they wanted, in all of its open-ice glory - Canada and the United States, in the men's Olympic hockey semi-finals, and it lived up to all the hope and the hype. The pace was supercharged, the skill on display breathtaking. More than anything, it was a fearless …

Ice Hockey

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17-Year-Old Gold Medalist Vows To Dominate The Figure Skating World

At her day-after press conference she delivered this fantastic quote (via the Associated Press):<p>"I want all the gold that there is out there — everything that exists in figure skating. In all events, in all competitions."<p>That is a Kobe Bryant-level quote.<p>Adelina Sotnikova is coming to take all of …

The Lesson of Sochi 2014: Figure Skating Takes Grit, Not Just Grace

Skaters like Adelina Sotnikova, Mao Asada, Ashley Wagner, and Jeremy Abbott reminded fans that sometimes the best Olympic stories are about athletes with something to prove.<p>“Redemption” is a word that gets tossed around a lot in figure skating—sports reporters have used it more times in this …

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