Human rights pledge urged for future Olympic hosts

World 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 — including ...

Pussy Riot puts out Sochi punk protest video

World 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. They ...

Olympics a test for ambitious developing countries

World 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. But ...

Science, not muscle, aids many Sochi wins

World 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 ...