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February 7, 2014 | By Shan Li
At the opening ceremony for the Sochi Olympics, U.S. athletes will walk out in bold patchwork sweaters that were knit, sewn and embroidered right here in Southern California. Ball of Cotton, based in the City of Commerce, has been busy at work since retailer Ralph Lauren asked them to produce both the opening and closing ceremony sweaters for the American team, said Elizabeth Park, co-owner of the knitwear company with husband Eddy. “One sweater takes more than 12 hours,” said Park, 56. “Lots of hand whip-stitching, and it goes through many hands.” The husband-and-wife duo said they were first approached by Ralph Lauren in 2012.
February 7, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
SOCHI, Russia - Noora Raty has heard the many predictions that the women's Sochi Olympic hockey tournament will be a two-team contest between the U.S. and Canada because no other teams have the skill and depth to challenge them. Raty politely disagrees. And Finland's stellar goaltender has proved she has the ability to tilt the balance of power away from the two teams that have monopolized the gold medals at all four previous women's Olympic tournaments. Raty, who won two NCAA championships at the University of Minnesota and played alongside several current members of Team USA, made 58 saves in a 3-1 upset of the Americans in the Four Nations Cup at Lake Placid, N.Y., in November.
February 6, 2014 | By David Wharton
SOCHI, Russia --- The debate over Russia's anti-gay law continued at the 2014 Sochi Olympics on Thursday, with American and Russian officials facing questions on the issue. The discussion followed news that three sponsors of the U.S. Olympic Committee -- AT&T, DeVry University and yogurt maker Chobani -- had taken public stands against the law. A USOC official insisted the controversy had not hurt her organization. "We have not lost any revenue," Lisa Baird, USOC chief marketing officer said.
February 6, 2014 | By Philip Hersh
SOCHI, Russia - Evgeny Plushenko's saga seems to come from an epic Russian novel. It might run as long as "War and Peace" and its 1,000-plus pages. Triumph. Controversy. Injury. Carping. Mystery. All that in the 31 years since Plushenko was born in Russia's far east, where he lived in a clutch of houses along the Baikal-Amur Mainline railroad. Most expected the competitive figure skating part of his life story to have been consigned to history by now. But Plushenko is back, the most celebrated Russian athlete in an individual sport at Russia's first Winter Olympics.
February 6, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
SOCHI, Russia - From the gently rolling Black Sea to the jagged Caucasus Mountains, from gleaming modern stadiums to colorfully ancient Matryoshka dolls, the Sochi Olympics open Friday with every conceivable natural wonder except one. There is a visible lack of joy. The strong-armed dream of Russian President Vladimir Putin has thus far succeeded not in embellishing the Olympic motto, but altering it, from "swifter, higher, stronger" to, "unfinished,...
February 4, 2014 | By Liesl Bradner, This post has been updated as indicated below
The official Team USA opening and closing ceremony parade uniforms designed by Ralph Lauren may have been unveiled recently, but an unofficial Winter Games collection designed by American artists will be launched during fashion week in New York City. The "Purple and Gold" collection track suits were individually designed by 15 American artists, including Los Angeles-based Lucas Michael, Ginger Brooks Takahashi and David Benjamin Sherry, in response to Russia's anti-gay legislation.
February 4, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
SOCHI, Russia - It wasn't an official game, just a spirited and quick-paced scrimmage Tuesday for the U.S. women's hockey team against Germany on the Olympic practice rink. But it was as close as Amanda Kessel has come to playing a meaningful match since last spring, when she left the ice to rehabilitate a hip injury that had required surgery in 2012. After missing Team USA's entire pre-Olympic tour, the dynamic forward clearly enjoyed returning to something more like normal. “It feels great to get a game under our belts here,” she said.
January 31, 2014 | By Helene Elliott and Lisa Dillman
Zach Parise of the Minnesota Wild was appointed captain of the U.S. men's hockey team for the upcoming Sochi Olympics, with Kings captain Dustin Brown and Minnesota defenseman Ryan Suter appointed the alternate captains. Parise was an alternate captain of the 2010 U.S. team that won a silver medal at the Vancouver Olympics and was the captain of the New Jersey Devils before he left as a free agent to sign with the Wild. Team USA General Manager David Poile said the coaching staff had identified Parise as its choice for the captaincy through conversations during and after the brief orientation camp last summer.
January 23, 2014 | by Broderick Turner
Clippers All-Stars Blake Griffin and Chris Paul were selected to the USA Basketball 2014-16 roster when the team was announced Thursday. Griffin and Paul are among 28 NBA players chosen to compete for 12 roster spots for both the World Cup in Spain, which starts in late August, and the 2016 Olympics in Brazil. Griffin had been originally named to try out for the 2012 US Olympic team but suffered an injury and wasn't able to compete. But Griffin, who leads the Clippers in scoring (22.6 points)
January 18, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Juergen Klinsmann is nothing if not flexible. So when most of the players in the U.S. national team pool ignored his suggestion to play in Europe to prep for this summer's World Cup, Klinsmann turned the slight into a compliment for Major League Soccer. At least that's how it sounded. "It's exciting," Klinsmann said last week in an interview with the Associated Press in Brazil, where the national team is holding part of its winter training camp. "The players who are in Europe, many of them big players, are now back in MLS. "MLS is getting better every year.
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