Vizer stands by criticism of IOC

| May 9, 2015

Vizer stands by criticism of IOC

by Ed Odeven

Two weeks after his shocking speech in Sochi, Marius Vizer gave a passionate, yet defiant defense of his fiery rhetoric, which drew the scorn of the IOC and other global sports governing bodies. The SportAccord chief, who also heads the International Judo Federation, insists ...

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 ...