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Late surge puts host Russia atop final Sochi medal standings

Feb 24, 2014

Late surge puts host Russia atop final Sochi medal standings

Russia’s post-Soviet athletic decline hit bottom at the Vancouver Olympics, where the once dominant winter sporting nation left with only three gold medals and the daunting task of rebuilding its team in time to host the Sochi Games. Four years later, the Russians are ...

Feb 24, 2014

Kasai eyes World Cup ski jump title

Noriaki Kasai, who won a pair of medals at the Sochi Olympics, said Monday he will strive to win the overall World Cup title. Speaking at Narita airport before departing for Europe and the next competition on the World Cup circuit, Kasai admitted he ...

Canada closes Sochi Olympics with hockey gold

Feb 24, 2014

Canada closes Sochi Olympics with hockey gold

Sidney Crosby skated in alone on Henrik Lundqvist, faking Sweden’s goalie to the ice with a textbook-quality deke and sliding a perfect backhand into the net. Canada did everything by the book at the Sochi Olympics, winning all six games with a ferocious commitment ...

Russia closes curtain on Sochi Olympics in grand fashion

Feb 24, 2014

Russia closes curtain on Sochi Olympics in grand fashion

Flushed with pride after a spectacular showing at the costliest Olympics ever, Russia celebrated 17 days of sport-driven global unity on Sunday night with a farewell show that handed off the Winter Games to their next host, Pyeongchang, South Korea. “Russia delivered all what ...

Japanese medalists from the 2014 Winter Olympics

Feb 24, 2014

Japanese medalists from the 2014 Winter Olympics

February 21 Women’s ski halfpipe, bronze medal Ayana Onozuka Ayana Onozuka | AFP-JIJI Kyodo “All the work I put in has come to fruition. If it weren’t for all the support of those around me, I absolutely wouldn’t be here now…I feel I’m still ...

Japan's eight-medal haul delivered several Olympic success stories

Feb 23, 2014

Japan's eight-medal haul delivered several Olympic success stories

Despite a number of disappointments, Japan still made history at the Sochi Olympics, which concluded on Sunday. Although solid medal favorites such as women’s ski jumper Sara Takanashi and women’s figure skater Mao Asada failed to medal, Japan still managed eight medals, a Japan ...

Japanese speedskaters miss medal as Dutch beat all comers

Feb 23, 2014

Japanese speedskaters miss medal as Dutch beat all comers

Japan missed out on a medal in women’s speedskating team pursuit on Saturday at the Sochi Olympics. Japan, which won the silver medal four years ago at the Vancouver Games, was defeated by host Russia in the bronze-medal race, while the Netherlands won gold, ...

Matt captures gold in slalom

Feb 23, 2014

Matt captures gold in slalom

An Austrian was the heavy favorite to capture the men’s slalom on Saturday. Just not this Austrian. Mario Matt was a surprise winner as he became the oldest Alpine champion in Olympic history, edging pre-race favorite and teammate Marcel Hirscher. Leading after the first ...

Dutch close Olympic speedskating with 2 more golds

Feb 23, 2014

Dutch close Olympic speedskating with 2 more golds

The final day of speedskating at the Sochi Olympics was nothing more than a victory lap for the mighty Dutch. The Netherlands capped its dominant performance with two more gold medals Saturday in team pursuit, bringing the nation’s haul to a staggering eight golds ...