February 24, 2014 |
MOSCOW - Stanford political science professor Michael McFaul's two-year stint as U.S. ambassador to Russia coincided with a diplomatic chill seemingly worthy of the Cold War era. U.S. Agency for International Development advisors were expelled. American democracy-building emissaries were demonized as foreign agents. American adoptions of Russian orphans were banned in a game of political point-scoring. National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden was granted political asylum, and bitter disputes over how to stem the bloodshed in Syria and restore civic peace in Ukraine put the U.S. and Russia on opposite sides of an increasingly strident ideological battle front.
February 23, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia - Down near the bottom of the track, shooting out of Turn 15, Steve Holcomb glanced at a time clock just off to the side. Bobsled pilots are not supposed to let their focus wander - not at 80-plus mph - but Holcomb could not help himself. And the green numbers meant that his time was good. Oh God, don't mess up, he recalled thinking. Don't mess this up in the last two corners. FRAMEWORK: Best images from Sochi The final stretch went according to plan, just fast enough for Holcomb and USA 1 to capture bronze in the four-man bobsled on the final afternoon of the Sochi Olympics.
February 22, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia - The numbers do not add up to a pretty picture for United States figure skating. The U.S. skaters left Sochi with the ice dance gold by Meryl Davis and Charlie White as their only medal in the sport's four traditional disciplines, matching Team USA's lowest Olympic total since the 1994 Winter Games. The women now have failed to win a medal at either the Olympics or World Championships since Kimmie Meissner's world title in 2006 - the longest such U.S. drought since figure skating became an Olympic sport in 1924.
February 19, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia -- Before the Olympic hockey tournament began, Russian superstar Alexander Ovechkin joked that if his country were to prevail at the sport it once dominated internationally, “it means gold only costs $50 billion,” the price tag for the Sochi Games. Apparently, $50 billion doesn't buy what it used to. Despite assembling a powerfully talented lineup with immense scoring potential, Team Russia was eliminated from the hockey tournament Wednesday when it fell to Finland, 3-1, in a quarterfinal game at the Bolshoy Ice Dome.
February 19, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia - There was the latest Russian gold medalist atop the podium after his stirring victory in the men's parallel giant slalom, a win that thrilled the jubilant, flag-waving home crowd at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on Wednesday afternoon. Meet Vic Wild. Not Viktor. Wild reversed the immigration pattern, first finding love, a new life in Moscow and then gold. He was born and raised in White Salmon, Wash., married Russian snowboarder Alena Zavarzina (who won a bronze in the women's parallel giant slalom a few minutes before his race)
February 16, 2014 |
Hello, everyone! What a great start to the tournament so far. Going back a couple of days to our first game ... I had a few butterflies against Slovakia. We had a big second period with five goals, and I was able to settle in after that. We ended up winning, 7-1, a good start. The NHLPA has put together a lounge for all players and family to gather after games. So after our game I was able to go there and share my experience and everything with my family. Everyone was excited about our win. Seeing my teammates with their family and friends really makes the experience great.
February 15, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia - They had spent nearly three hours pouring their hearts across the sticky floor of the smoky basement bar. They had cheered, groaned, cursed, crushed empty cigarette packs in frustration, danced past empty vodka bottles with glee, and chanted in baritone for their beloved Russia. Then they lost. When American T.J. Oshie scored in the eighth round of a shootout to give the U.S. a 3-2 victory over Russia in a first-round Olympic hockey game Saturday night, it was a devastating ending for the several dozen fans crowding into the So Leone sports bar in downtown Sochi.