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July 5, 2007 | Philip Hersh, Special to The Times
Would the International Olympic Committee choose a 2014 Winter Olympics host -- Salzburg, Austria -- that pledged to serve sport and the IOC? Or would it choose one of the two, Sochi, Russia, and Pyeongchang, South Korea, that want the Winter Olympics to serve themselves as engines for economic or geopolitical change? The answer? Sochi.
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February 24, 2002 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The president of the U.S. Olympic Committee accused Russia's top Olympic official Saturday of waging an "anti-American" campaign in a string of protests over results at the Winter Games. Vitaly Smirnov, an International Olympic Committee executive board member, was upset by a poorer-than-expected medals showing by Russia's athletes and turned his displeasure to the host country, USOC President Sandy Baldwin said from Salt Lake City.
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February 23, 2002 | ROBYN DIXON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Russian president called the Winter Olympics "a flop." The head of Russia's church called it unfair. And a leading politician complained that Russia's athletes have been robbed "in broad daylight, arrogantly, boorishly, insolently and cynically." As the ice wars played out, Russians stayed up late and fumed in front of their television sets.
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September 22, 2000 | MAURA REYNOLDS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Russian gold medal winners mount the Olympic podium this week and beam as their national anthem blares, they'll be at a loss for words. Even if they want to sing along, they can't. The song has no lyrics. Nine years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia is still officially anthem-less. It is also flag-less and emblem-less. The world's largest country is getting by with only temporary symbols of nationhood.
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August 25, 2003 | Helene Elliott, Times Staff Writer
Quicker than Daiane Dos Santos tumbled across the mat to win the floor exercise gold medal for Brazil, more decisively than Li Xiao-Peng hit the vaulting table and traversed the parallel bars Sunday to win China's fourth and fifth gold medals of the World Gymnastics Championships, the balance of power in the sport shifted away from some traditional European strongholds and toward the U.S.
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February 22, 2002 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Using inflammatory rhetoric reminiscent of the Cold War and the boycotts that plagued the Olympic movement in the 1970s and 1980s, Russian sports and political leaders threatened Thursday to withdraw from the Salt Lake Games and said they might not take part in the Athens Summer Games in 2004.
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