Human rights pledge urged for future Olympic hosts

Feb 22, 2014

Human rights pledge urged for future Olympic hosts

Citing widespread dismay with Russia’s anti-gay laws, a coalition of more than 30 human rights and gay rights groups is calling on the International Olympic Committee to ensure that future Olympic host countries do not have discriminatory laws on their books. The coalition — ...

Pussy Riot puts out Sochi punk protest video

Feb 21, 2014

Pussy Riot puts out Sochi punk protest video

Russian punk band Pussy Riot ended their stay in the Olympic city of Sochi on Thursday by posting a video criticizing the Winter Games and President Vladimir Putin. The band has been filming in Sochi since Sunday and has had violent run-ins with authorities. ...

Olympics a test for ambitious developing countries

Feb 18, 2014

Olympics a test for ambitious developing countries

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Playing host to the Olympics or World Cup can showcase an ambitious country’s rise and cast a harsh light on its weaknesses. In Sochi, the eye-popping cost of Russia’s Winter Games and logistical fumbles have gotten as much attention as figure skaters and snowboarders. ...

Science, not muscle, aids many Sochi wins

Feb 14, 2014

Science, not muscle, aids many Sochi wins

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Nineteen-year-old Slovakian luger Josef Petrulak competed in the Sochi Olympics in a 22-year-old sled. That is right: His sled is three years older than he is. His German rivals get a new sled every year, designed by BMW and calibrated to whoosh faster, smoother ...

Olympics: Bobsled 'breaks legs' of worker in track crash

Feb 14, 2014

Olympics: Bobsled 'breaks legs' of worker in track crash

A bobsled smashed into a course worker at the Olympic Games’ Sanki sliding center on Thursday, leaving the man reportedly with both legs broken, a reporter who witnessed the incident said. The incident occurred at the start of training for the two-man bobsled competition ...

Hanyu halfway to Olympic gold

Feb 14, 2014

Hanyu halfway to Olympic gold

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Yuzuru Hanyu grabbed the lead after the short program in men’s singles with an absolutely magnificent performance that resulted in a world-record score at the Iceberg Skating Palace on Thursday night. Hanyu skated to “Parisian Walkways” and received a total of 101.45 points, the ...

Sochi activist sent to prison for three years

Feb 13, 2014

Sochi activist sent to prison for three years

An activist who shed light on the environmental impact of Olympic construction in Sochi was ordered Wednesday to serve three years in prison for spray-painting a fence. A court in the regional capital of Krasnodar converted the suspended sentence given to Yevgeny Vitishko in ...