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February 21, 2014 | Chris Kuc
The puck spun and wobbled as it slid slowly toward the vacated Canadian goal. As it crossed between the circles, it angled ever-so-slightly to the left, struck the post and bounced back. That was how close the United States came to sealing the gold medal of the women's hockey tournament at the Winter Olympics on Thursday at the Bolshoy Ice Dome. Thirty seconds after the near-miss, that same puck was in the Americans' net and what looked like a dream ending for the U.S. was turning into a nightmare.
February 21, 2014 | John Cherwa
Given the dominance of the Canadian women curlers, it's hard to believe Thursday was their first Olympic gold in the sport. In beating Sweden, 6-3, they erased the sting of losing to the Swedes in the gold-medal final in Vancouver four years ago. Canada also became the first team to go through the competition unbeaten, winning all 11 games. Skip Jennifer Jones is considered one of the best curlers in the world but she had never won an Olympic gold medal. Britain beat Switzerland, 6-5, in the bronze-medal game.
February 21, 2014 | By Stacy St. Clair
SOCHI, Russia - It's all going to come down to Steven Holcomb's left calf. The United States hopes to make history in the four-man bobsled this weekend, but it needs Holcomb to fully recover from the calf strain he suffered during the two-man event Sunday for that to happen. If he's hobbled, the chances diminish greatly for him to become the first American driver to win successive Olympic titles in 82 years. "There are a lot of treatment options I can do, but they're all illegal," said Holcomb, who won gold in Vancouver four years ago. "I'm sticking to acupuncture, massage and laser stuff to help increase blood flow....
February 21, 2014 | Helene Elliott
SOCHI, Russia - The team that bulldozed its way through the Sochi Olympic hockey tournament while averaging five goals a game exited the semifinals meekly, unable to score once. Team USA's speed was neutralized and its in-your-face attitude pushed right back in its own face by Canada, which had been pushed to the brink by Latvia - Latvia? - in the quarterfinals and has been subjected to daily roastings from armchair critics back home. In a dramatic turnaround, Canada raised its game to an art Friday.
February 21, 2014 | By David Wharton
SOCHI, Russia - This has been a tough week for the Ukrainian athletes at the Sochi Olympics. Sports have seemed far less important amid reports of bloody clashes between the government and opposition demonstrators back home. So Valj Semerenko could be forgiven for crying on the podium as she and her teammates received gold medals for their upset victory in the 4x6K biathlon relay Friday night. "I tried to calm down and was trying to hide it behind my skis," she said. "They were tears of happiness, not only mine, but of the whole country, our team.
February 21, 2014 | By Chris Lee
Walking slowly, with the aid of a retractable cane, Philomena Lee, the 80-year-old Irishwoman who inspired the Oscar-nominated drama "Philomena," appeared under the towering marble rotunda of Los Angeles' City Hall this month to receive the latest of her growing list of honors: a certificate of recognition signed by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. A week earlier, the retired psychiatric nurse had been at the Vatican's St. Peter's Square, where she was blessed by the pope. She's met with Democratic senators on Capitol Hill, navigated the red carpet beside movie stars at multiple awards shows and stood onstage at the Golden Globes in front of a televised audience of more than 20 million people.
February 21, 2014 | Chris Dufresne
SOCHI, Russia - Mikaela Shiffrin said she played the Olympics out in her head a thousand times before she arrived here. In reality, it was a thousand times more intense. She wrote down all the questions she thought reporters would ask and believed she had every course angle covered. FRAMEWORK: Best images from Sochi But two days before Friday's race, the world's top slalom racer got a head cold. Her legs burned so intensely over the last pitch on Friday's first run she wondered if she could make the finish line.
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