Hanyu gets hero's welcome in parade

Apr 26, 2014

Hanyu gets hero's welcome in parade

Sochi Olympic figure skating gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu on Saturday was honored in a parade in his hometown, with some 92,000 people gathering to see the event. Hanyu, the first Japanese to win a gold medal in the men’s singles Olympic competition, waved to ...

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 ...

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 ...

Pussy Riot members released after detainment in Sochi

Feb 18, 2014

Pussy Riot members released after detainment in Sochi

Pussy Riot protest band members Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova were detained on Tuesday in connection with a theft in the Winter Olympics host city of Sochi, less than two months after their release from prison under an amnesty. The pair were held for ...

Putin's fall visit viewed as step to peace treaty

Feb 9, 2014

Putin's fall visit viewed as step to peace treaty

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Saturday that Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit Japan in the fall, as the two countries try to resolve a territorial dispute that has prevented them from signing a peace treaty following World War II. The announcement came after ...

Putin's games put Russia on display

| Feb 8, 2014

Putin's games put Russia on display

It was designed to celebrate a millennium of Russian might and the country’s modern rebound, and kick off two weeks of extraordinary human endeavors and planetary sportsmanship. But the ceremony opening the Sochi Olympics on Friday, more than anything, was about one man: Vladimir ...

Not caught on film: Broadcaster swaps out dud Olympic ring

Feb 8, 2014

Not caught on film: Broadcaster swaps out dud Olympic ring

Russian state TV aired footage Friday of five floating snowflakes turning into the Olympic rings and bursting into pyrotechnics at the Sochi Games opening ceremony. Problem is, that didn’t happen. The opening ceremony at the Winter Games hit a bump when only four of ...

Feb 8, 2014

Banned carry-on items flow through airport security

Despite a temporary Russian ban on liquids in carry-on luggage, some air travelers heading to the Sochi Olympics via Moscow brought toothpaste and other toiletries past security checkpoints without any problems. Security concerns ahead of the Sochi Games were renewed after the U.S. Homeland ...

Hope, hubris open Sochi Games

Feb 8, 2014

Hope, hubris open Sochi Games

A Russia seeking global vindication over its policies on terrorism, gay rights and despots kicked off the Sochi Olympics on Friday looking more like a Russia that parties — and that is just the way Russian President Vladimir Putin wants these Winter Games to ...