February 6, 2014 |
Vladimir Putin has been on his best behavior as the Sochi Olympic Games approach. He has granted amnesty to prisoners and political opponents, downplayed Russia's anti-gay law, lifted a blanket prohibition on demonstrations at Sochi and acted the welcoming host. The Olympics are a showcase for Russia and for him personally. He wants nothing to spoil the Games. The Sochi Olympics will come and go, and the less kind, less gentle Putin will be back. He is likely to turn attention to Russia's neighbors that drew closer to the European Union last year - to punish them and to try to drag them back into Moscow's fold.
February 6, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia - Half a mile away, thousands of people waved flags, held balloons and cheered Thursday as the Olympic torch passed by. Nina Toromonyan stood in the gray rubble that remains of her home and cried. She recalled her elation in 2007 when her city was selected to host this year's Olympic Winter Games. She imagined that wonderful things were coming. She didn't think that riot police would throw 13 family members out of their three-story home to make way for a new highway two miles away.
January 1, 2014 |
Some of the names read on Wednesday when the U.S. women's Olympic hockey roster was announced should sound familiar: Forward Alex Carpenter is the daughter of former NHL standout Bobby Carpenter, and forward Amanda Kessel is the sister of Toronto Maple Leafs winger Phil Kessel. Many other names will became more familiar in February, when the Americans pursue their fifth consecutive Olympic hockey medal but first gold since the inaugural women's Olympic tournament in 1998. The 21-player roster, announced during the second intermission of the NHL's Winter Classic game between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs at Michigan Stadium, includes 11 players who have played in previous Olympics and 21 who have played in women's world championship tournaments.
December 16, 2013 |
It was 2007 when i met Kate Hansen , a 15-year-old from La Canada who lived in Southern California but dreamed of making the Olympic Games in the luge. Last week, her dream became a reality when she qualifed for the U.S. luge team at the Sochi Games. Hansen is now a student at Brigham Young. Eric.firstname.lastname@example.org
August 27, 2013 |
No stranger to the art of campaigning, Washington has thrown its hat into the ring as a candidate for the 2024 Olympics. The announcement came Tuesday as District of Columbia officials said they have formed a nonprofit group that will seek to bring the Summer Games back to the United States for the first time since 1996 in Atlanta. "We are the only major capital city in the world not to have hosted the Games yet," said Bob Sweeney, president of DC 2024. Washington joins Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Tulsa, Okla., as places where officials have openly discussed their interest in hosting the Olympics.
August 22, 2013
Russia has embarked on a series of shameful steps against homosexuals. A recently passed law lays out heavy penalties for anyone who disseminates positive information to minors about "nontraditional" relationships, a vague law that could be construed to mean that a gay couple holding hands in public would be in trouble if children were present. Another law bans adoptions not just by homosexuals but by anyone living in a country that confers marriage rights on gay and lesbian couples.