2014 Winter Olympics

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

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

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

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)

Canada beats US 1-0 to reach gold-medal game

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Jamie Benn scored in the second period, Carey Price made 31 saves, and Canada beat the United States 1-0 Friday night in the semifinals of the Olympic men’s hockey tournament. Canada […]

02/21/2014

Adelina Sotnikova of Russia, centre, Yuna Kim of South Korea, left, and Carolina Kostner of Italy attend a news conference following the women's free skate figure skating finals at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. Sotnikova placed first, followed by Kim and Kostner. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Judging talk overshadows figure skating again

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Leave it to figure skating and judging, where winning can be obscured by whining. Any sport without a finish line or clock or some definitive standard is subject to skepticism about […]

02/21/2014

United States' Mikaela Shiffrin leaves after finishing the first run of the women's slalom at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.(AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

US teen Mikaela Shiffrin wins Olympic slalom gold

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — Mikaela Shiffrin made Alpine skiing history Friday as the youngest ever winner of an Olympic slalom gold medal after making an astonishing recovery midway through her second run. The 18-year-old […]

02/21/2014

United States' Mikaela Shiffrin skis past a gate during the women's slalom at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)

US teen Shiffrin leads 1st run of Olympic slalom

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — American teenager Mikaela Shiffrin took the lead in the first leg of the Olympic slalom on Friday while fighting the effects of a cold. Shiffrin handled the mix of soft […]

02/21/2014

Yuna Kim of South Korea wipes her face as she attends a news conference following the women's free skate figure skating finals at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

South Koreans feel Kim is still golden at Olympics

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Koreans still love Yuna Kim. The judges, however, are another matter. Kim, known as the “Queen” in South Korea, finished with the figure skating silver medal at the Sochi […]

02/21/2014

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