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Holding 2020 Games in August dangerous

Jun 19, 2014

Holding 2020 Games in August dangerous

by Robert Whiting

I was reading the official document submitted last fall by the Tokyo Governor’s office which represented Tokyo’s winning bid for the 2020 Olympics, the other day, and wondered what the penalty, if any, was for false advertising. The Tokyo submission, under former governor Naoki ...

USOC chief calls for changes in bid voting

| Jun 14, 2014

USOC chief calls for changes in bid voting

by Ed Odeven

Larry Probst, the United States Olympic Committee chairman, won’t win a popularity contest within the IOC anytime soon. Not after speaking his mind about the voting process to award Olympic cities. In an exclusive interview with Sports Business Journal late last month, Probst revealed ...

Mar 15, 2014

Backstrom will get Olympic silver

Swedish hockey star Nicklas Backstrom will receive an Olympic silver medal even though he was suspended from the final in Sochi after a positive drug test. The IOC ruled Friday that Backstrom had not intended to enhance his performance, laying the blame for his ...

Olympic stars return to Japan from Sochi

Feb 25, 2014

Olympic stars return to Japan from Sochi

by Hiroshi Ikezawa

Men’s figure skating gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu has already put his triumph at the Sochi Olympics behind him and while he’s already looking ahead to the upcoming world championships, he isn’t looking far enough into the future to consider the possibility of adding a ...

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 ...