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February 7, 2014
Re "Modeling a better way in Sochi," Opinion, Feb. 5 Greg Louganis' writing and reasoning regarding LGBT Olympic athletes are as elegant as was his diving. I didn't know he was gay when he was representing the U.S. in multiple Summer Olympic Games; it wouldn't have mattered. I saw only a beautiful man and athlete. Louganis deserves to be proud. Susan Rosen Van Nuys ALSO: Letters: Give cyclists a break Letters: Religion and the government Letters: Mostly applause for CVS' move
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NATIONAL
April 25, 2014 | By David Horsey
Besides sending a chill up the spine of the international community, Vladimir Putin has accomplished one other thing by seizing Crimea and threatening the rest of Ukraine: Putin has brought back the bear.  Like Uncle Sam, the Republican elephant and the Democratic donkey, the Russian bear was a stock character in decades of political cartoons drawn by pretty much every caricaturist in the business, including me. The dissertation I wrote for my...
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NEWS
December 2, 2013 | By Chris Erskine
The annual snow-sports expo known as Ski Dazzle, opening Thursday, marks its 50 th year with free lift tickets, hundreds of info booths and a thrill ride down a Sochi downhill course. Expo attendees this year can step onto an Olympic team training machine that creates a detailed virtual Sochi race course. The SkyTech Sport machine is not just a video game, organizers say, but rather a high-tech training tool used by amateur and professional athletes. The $20 expo admission also includes ski lessons on a 60-foot ramp; a new snowboard learning center for children 2 to 8 and a 50-foot-long ice rink.
NEWS
April 24, 2014 | By Olga Grigoryants, guest blogger
After pro-Russia forces entered Crimea this year, many of my American friends were aghast and worried that the situation might escalate. But in Russia, where I grew up, it's an alternate universe.  My friends and family are outraged at those who oppose the intrusion. Instead of being appalled by the violence threatening Ukraine's sovereignty, they are irate about Western critiques of President Vladimir Putin and his policies. Every time I post something supporting Ukraine on Facebook, such as a recent article about members of pro-Russia forces attacking opposition leaders in Crimea, my Russian friends lash out, calling me brainwashed.
SPORTS
November 15, 2013 | By David Wharton
With less than three months to go before the 2014 Sochi Olympics, the principal drug-testing laboratory in Russia could lose its international accreditation. The World Anti-Doping Agency is investigating the Moscow facility -- which handled testing for the recent world track and field championships -- to be sure it is compliant with agency standards. Arne Ljungqvist, the medical commission chairman for the International Olympic Committee, told the Associated Press that he expects to receive the investigation's findings soon.
SPORTS
September 26, 2013 | By David Wharton
With the Olympic torch relay set to begin this weekend, the International Olympic Committee has given a final vote of approval to Sochi, the host of the upcoming Winter Games. IOC officials made their last inspection of the Black Sea resort this week, visiting the coastal facilities and the venues in the mountains. “We often say that there is no time to waste as the clock ticks down to the opening ceremony, and this still stands true,” said Jean-Claude Killy, the former skier who now serves as IOC coordination commission chairman.
SPORTS
October 9, 2013 | By David Wharton
Olympic officials have doused a social media campaign by the maker of Zippo lighters, the American company playing off a miscue in the torch relay. The trouble began earlier this week as the relay for the 2014 Sochi Games traveled through the streets of Moscow. The torch flickered out and a man in the crowd helped reignite it with a silver cigarette lighter . Zippo quickly published a photograph of the incident on Facebook and began a Twitter campaign with the hashtag: #ZippoSavesOlympics.
SPORTS
January 9, 2014 | By David Wharton
The 2012 London Olympics had the Queen's Guard at Buckingham Palace, resplendent in their red coats and tall bearskin hats. Now the 2014 Sochi Olympics will have the Cossacks. More than 400 of the soldiers reported to Sochi on Thursday to help with security. As part of foot patrols, they will don traditional tunics, fur hats and swords. "They've already arrived at the resort and will take part in maintaining security all the way to the end of the Paralympic Games," a spokesman for the Kuban Cossack Brigade told R-Sport.
SPORTS
January 10, 2014 | By David Wharton
Less than a month before the 2014 Sochi Olympics, Russian officials say that a new power grid for the Black Sea resort has yet to be completed. Workers have built generators and other facilities but do not expect the grid to come online until later this month, about two weeks before the Games begin. “We're planning to finish all the work by Jan. 20 and to get permission to move the grid into use by Jan. 25,” Energy Minister Alexander Novak was quoted as saying by the RIA Novosti news agency . Russian President Vladimir Putin has toured Sochi to check on progress several times.
SPORTS
December 26, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
It was a scary day if you were living in Sochi, Russia, on Wednesday. During the early morning hours, a gas pipeline that feeds a local power station exploded, then in an unrelated incident later in the morning , a magnitude 5.3 earthquake rocked the city. Sochi is to be host of the 2014 Winter Olympics, scheduled for Feb. 7-23. There were no reported injuries from either incident. Russia President Vladimir Putin ordered authorities to inspect Olympic sites, particularly those under construction, to ensure that there was no damage.
WORLD
April 6, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
MOSCOW - It can take Moscow residents two hours in dense traffic to drive the first 10 miles on the highway to St. Petersburg, in the direction of their country cottages surrounded by lakes and birch groves. Then the road's real limitations become apparent. The potholed two-lane route connecting Russia's two largest cities has never been upgraded into a proper highway. Anyone who cares to drive its entire 440-mile length - mostly truckers - will need at least 12 hours. But 5,600 miles away, the government spent more than $1 billion on less than a mile of bridge connecting Vladivostok with Russky Island, previously inhabited only by a military garrison so isolated that four soldiers starved to death in 1992.
SPORTS
March 28, 2014 | By David Wharton
Alpine skiing legend Jean-Claude Killy has resigned as a member of the International Olympic Committee just weeks after finishing his work as the chief coordinator for the Sochi Games. In a statement released by the IOC on Friday, officials the 70-year-old Killy had informed them of his plans some months ago. "Jean-Claude was a great ambassador of the Olympic ideals and I thank him for his many years of excellent service to the Olympic Movement,” IOC President Thomas Bach said.
NATIONAL
March 28, 2014 | By David Horsey
Vladimir Putin has been kicked out of an exclusive club, but he may not even care. This week, meeting in The Hague, leaders from seven of the world's biggest economic powers agreed to blackball Putin's Russia, reducing the G-8 to the G-7. They ratified the decision to move the group's upcoming annual world economic summit to Brussels, taking away from Putin the chance to host the event in Sochi, site of his recent successful Winter Olympic Games....
SPORTS
March 28, 2014 | By David Wharton
Just weeks after the conclusion of the Sochi Winter Olympics and Paralympics, a Russian blogger claims that the Olympic Park and its surrounding hotels have become a ghost town. Alexander Valov posted photographs of the area on Blog Sochi under the headline "Dead City. " The photos show what Valov said are daily scenes of empty streets and deserted residential complexes, along with untended trash and weeds growing in adjacent fields. He asserted that much of the Olympic-related construction in the area remains unfinished.  Russia spent a reported $51 billion-plus to build sports venues, hotels, roads and railways for the Sochi Games.
WORLD
March 24, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey and Christi Parsons
THE HAGUE - Leaders of seven of the world's largest economies on Monday agreed to freeze Russia out of the Group of Eight nations and threatened sanctions against key sectors of its economy if Moscow further invades or seeks to destabilize Ukraine. The moves, approved by the heads of the United States, Britain, France, Italy, Germany, Japan and Canada, represented a growing alignment behind a strategy to prevent any escalation of the crisis involving Russia's incursion into Ukraine.
SPORTS
March 17, 2014 | By David Wharton
Russian President Vladimir Putin -- who has a lot on his mind these days -- took a few minutes Monday to thank his country's athletes for their dominant performance in the Sochi Paralympics. The Russian team won 30 golds and a total of 80 medals during the two-week competition. The next closest team, Ukraine, had five golds and 25 total. "Thank you very much for the inspiration that you have given millions of people, who are ready to do as you do and not just engage in sport and fitness, but set the highest goals in life," the president was quoted as saying on the Kremlin's website.
SPORTS
December 19, 2013 | By David Wharton
Big fans of the Winter Olympics won't have much trouble getting their fill of the action from Sochi. NBCUniversal announced on Thursday that it will present more than 1,539 hours of coverage from Russia in February. That's an average of 85 hours a day on various platforms -- a record for the Winter Games and more coverage than the last two combined. Roughly a third of the action will air on television, divided among NBC, NBCSN, CNBC, MSNBC and the USA Network. NBCOlympics.com will offer more than 1,000 hours of live streaming coverage, along with event rewinds and video highlights.
SPORTS
December 12, 2013 | By David Wharton
President Obama has never tried to hide the fact he is a big sports fan, throwing Super Bowl parties at the White House and filling out his NCAA Tournament bracket each March, but it seems he is not as enthusiastic about the Olympics. Obama has yet to attend the Games during his tenure in office and probably will skip the upcoming 2014 Sochi Olympics. Michael McFaul, the U.S. ambassador to Russia, says he expects a "presidential delegation" to make the trip on Obama's behalf.
SPORTS
March 14, 2014 | By David Wharton
One man's glitch is another man's gold. Immediately after the producers of the opening ceremony at the Sochi Games suffered their famous malfunction -- four electric snowflakes blossoming into Olympic rings while a fifth remained closed -- a Russian businessman began using the image in advertisements. Now the RBC Daily in Russia reports that Dmitry Medvedev, who is no relation to his country's prime minister, wants to trademark the unintended logo. Medvedev called the four rings "great public relations" and has applied to a Russian patent office because he worries about being sued by Olympics officials.
SPORTS
March 14, 2014 | By David Wharton
Swedish hockey player Nicklas Backstrom, hit with a doping charge during the Sochi Olympics, did not get to play in the gold-medal game against Canada. Now, at least he will get a silver medal. Backstrom was taking Zyrtec-D for his allergies during the Winter Games. A team doctor had assured him the medication conformed to Olympic rules, and Backstrom listed it on an official doping control form during the tournament. But the pseudoephedrine in those pills is banned at certain levels, and when testers detected an excess in his urine sample, the International Olympic Committee issued a provisional suspension shortly before the men's hockey final.
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