2014 Winter Olympics

Boston Red Sox player David "Big Papi" Ortiz takes a selfie with President Barack Obama, holding a Boston Red Sox jersey presented to the president during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 1, 2014, where the president honored the 2013 World Series baseball champion Boston Red Sox. In the background are pitchers Junichi Tazawa, left, Koji Uehara, right.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Olympians say selfies were banned at White House

A handshake? Sure. A selfie? No way. Some of America’s Olympic athletes say they were asked to keep their cellphones in their pockets last week when they visited the White House and met with President […]

04/07/2014

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are presented with flags signed by the entire US Olympic team during a ceremony welcoming members of both teams from the 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, Thursday, April 3, 2014, in the East Room of White House in Washington. With the Obama’s are, Julie Chu from Fairfield, Conn., a member of the 2014 U.S. Women’s Olympic Ice Hockey team, right, and Jon Lujan, from Littleton, Colo., Paralympics Alpine Skiing, former US Marine Corps Sergeant and 2014 Winter Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony Team USA Flag Bearer. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are presented with flags signed by the entire US Olympic team during a ceremony welcoming members of both teams from the 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, Thursday, April 3, 2014, in the East Room of White House in Washington. With the Obama’s are, Julie Chu from Fairfield, Conn., a member of the 2014 U.S. Women’s Olympic Ice Hockey team, right, and Jon Lujan, from Littleton, Colo., Paralympics Alpine Skiing, former US Marine Corps Sergeant and 2014 Winter Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony Team USA Flag Bearer. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Olympic athletes get their White House moment

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama surrounded themselves with Olympians and Paralympians Thursday, saluting their success at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, praising their perseverance and marveling at […]

04/03/2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Paralympics at the Fisht Olympic stadium  in Sochi, Russia, Friday, March 7, 2014.  (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

Putin declares Sochi Winter Paralympics open

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — With a solitary Ukrainian athlete taking part in the opening ceremony, Russian President Vladimir Putin opened the Winter Paralympics in Sochi on Friday against the backdrop of his country’s military action […]

03/07/2014

The sun sets as the Bolshoy Ice Dome is reflected in a pool of water underneath the Olympic cauldron at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Hosts’ real Olympic challenge: after the games

LONDON (AP) — For athletes and spectators at Sochi, it’s time to pack up. But for the host cities, the real challenge begins with the end of the Olympics. How do they continue to use […]

02/24/2014

Performers sing on stage before the start of the closing ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

Costly, political, successful: Sochi Olympics end

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Flushed with pride after its athletes’ spectacular showing at the costliest Olympics ever, Russia celebrated Sunday night with a visually stunning finale that handed off a smooth but politically charged Winter […]

02/23/2014

Canada forward Sidney Crosby goes to join his teammates as they celebrate after the men's gold medal ice hockey game against Sweden at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. Canada won 3-0 to win the gold medal. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip )

Canada rules rink, a flame dies, an Olympics ends

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — The Olympic flame was snuffed out. No chance of that for the Canadian hockey team, champions again. The Sochi Games completed a 17-day run Sunday with Canada’s 3-0 victory over Sweden […]

02/23/2014

USA forward Patrick Kane hits the post as he shoots on Finland goaltender Tuukka Rask during the second period of the men's bronze medal ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Finland routs US 5-0 for bronze in Olympic hockey

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — The Finnish Flash finished off his sixth Olympics with a sweet victory. Teemu Selanne scored two goals and Tuukka Rask had a 27-save shutout, helping Finland rout the United States 5-0 […]

02/22/2014

Canada forward Benn Jamie, center, celebrates his goal against the USA with teammates Jay Bouwmeester, left, and Corey Perry, right, during the second period of the men's semifinal ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Friday’s Highlights at the Sochi Olympics

HOCKEY NIGHT IN RUSSIA For the second night in a row, a Canadian hockey team got the better of its American neighbors. Canada advanced to the men’s gold medal game with a 1-0 victory over […]

02/21/2014

In this Feb. 17, 2014 photo, Germany's Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle skis during the women's biathlon 12.5k mass-start, at the 2014 Winter Olympics,  in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.  (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)

German biathlete, Italian bobsledder test positive

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — A top German biathlete and an Italian bobsledder were kicked out of the Sochi Olympics on Friday in the first doping cases of the Winter Games. Former two-time Olympic gold medalist […]

02/21/2014

Adelina Sotnikova of Russia celebrates winning the women's free skate figure skating finals following the flower ceremony at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

Putin to Sotnikova: ‘Russia is proud of you’

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — President Vladimir Putin congratulated Adelina Sotnikova on Friday, hailing the 17-year-old Russian figure skater who “won and conquered.” Sotnikova became the first Russian or Soviet to win Olympic gold in women’s […]

02/21/2014

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