Olympics a test for ambitious developing countries

Feb 18, 2014

Olympics a test for ambitious developing countries

by Joe Mcdonald

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

by Angela Charlton

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

by Jack Gallagher

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 ...

Tokyo 2020 Olympic chief Mori faces media scrutiny

Feb 9, 2014

Tokyo 2020 Olympic chief Mori faces media scrutiny

by Jack Gallagher

Yoshiro Mori, the new Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Organizing Committee president and former Prime Minister, faced some tough questions from the international media at a news conference on Sunday morning at the Main Media Center for the Sochi Games. One reporter wanted to know ...

Feb 7, 2014

Jumper Morgenstern battles injury, pain

Austrian three-time Olympic ski jumping champion Thomas Morgenstern described his battle to make the Sochi Winter Games following a horror fall as his biggest victory of the year. “I still haven’t recovered completely,” the 27-year-old said. “I feel pain in my neck and feel ...

Suicide bombers called biggest Sochi Olympics risk

Feb 3, 2014

Suicide bombers called biggest Sochi Olympics risk

by Nataliya Vasilyeva

While Sochi’s Olympic venues are now among the most tightly guarded facilities in the world, the rest of the sprawling Black Sea resort looks more vulnerable. With about 100,000 police, security agents and army troops flooding Sochi, Russia has pledged to ensure “the safest ...