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Second placed Brittany Bowe of the U.S skates in the ladies' 1000-meter Division A event at the World Cup speed skating stage in Astana, Kazakhstan, Dec. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Alexei Filippov)

Starting from scratch at US speedskating trials

Everyone is starting from scratch at the U.S. Olympic speedskating trials. It doesn’t matter if you’re two-time gold medalist Shani Davis or an obscure long shot — you have to earn your way onto the […]

12/26/2013

Penny and Phil Sound Bite

President Obama to skip the Winter Olympics in Russia

President and Mrs. Obama, along with Vice President Joe Biden will be skipping the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. This marks the first time since the 2000 Sydney Olympics that the U.S. Olympic delegation will […]

12/18/2013

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives to deliver his state-of-the-nation address in the Kremlin in Moscow, Dec. 12, 2013.  (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Mikhail Klimentyev, Presidential Press Service)

Putin defends Russian conservative values

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin cast Russia Thursday as a defender of conservative values against the “genderless and infertile” Western tolerance that he said equates good and evil. Putin’s state-of-the nation address also contained […]

12/12/2013

Sept. 30, 2013: Olympic figure skating champion Evan Lysacek at the 2013 Team USA Media Summit, in Park City, Utah. (AP Photo/Carlo Allegri, File)

Figure skating champ Lysacek out of Sochi Games

Evan Lysacek woke up every morning praying this would be the day the excruciating pain in his left hip — “like you’re being electrocuted” — would subside. And every day when he stepped on the […]

12/10/2013

From left, Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata, U.S. astronaut Rick Mastracchio and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin, crew members of the mission to the International Space Station (ISS), pose with an Olympic torch prior to the launch of a Soyuz-FG rocket at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013. The crew will take the Olympic torch to space as part of the ongoing Olympic torch relay. The torch will be brought back along with the station's current crew. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

Olympic torch blasts into space ahead of Games

MOSCOW (AP) — A rocket carrying the Olympic flame successfully blasted off Thursday from earth ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Games. NASA Live TV showed the rocket, emblazoned with the pale blue Sochi 2014 […]

11/06/2013

Excavators move earth at a quarry near Akhshtyr village in Sochi, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

Russia breaks ‘Zero Waste’ Olympic pledge

AKHSHTYR, Russia (AP) — Trucks rumble to the edge of a gigantic pit filled with spray cans, tires and foam sheets and dump a stream of concrete slabs that send up a cloud of limestone […]

10/29/2013

In this Sept. 30, 2013, file photo, Olympic figure skating champion Evan Lysacek speaks to reporters during a news conference at the U.S. Olympic Committee's media summit, in Park City, Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Lysacek doing double, triple jumps in practice

NEW YORK (AP) — Olympic figure skating champion Evan Lysacek says he’s doing double and triple jumps in practice as he tries to come back from injury in time to defend his title in Sochi. […]

10/28/2013

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach meet at the Bocharov Ruchei residence at the Black Sea resort of Sochi, southern Russia, Monday, Oct. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, Pool)

Putin promises no discrimination against gays at Olympics

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — President Vladimir Putin promised Monday that gay athletes and guests at the Winter Olympics in Sochi will feel at ease, seeking to assuage fears fueled by a recent Russian law banning […]

10/28/2013

IOC ‘comforted’ Russia will respect IOC Charter

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge says he is “comforted” that Russia has agreed to respect the Olympic Charter’s ban on any kind of discrimination following its adoption of a law […]

08/23/2013

Gay rights protesters hold up posters during a protest in front of the Russian embassy in Madrid, Spain.  (AP Photo/Paul White)

Putin bans rallies in Sochi near the 2014 Olympics

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree banning demonstrations and rallies for two and a half months in Sochi around the 2014 Winter Olympics. The Rossiyskaya Gazeta, the official government newspaper, […]

08/23/2013

Russia's Yelena Isinbayeva poses with her gold medal in the women's pole vault as she stands on the podium during the medal ceremony at the World Athletics Championships in the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Isinbayeva says she may have been misunderstood

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva’s comments on her country’s law against gay “propaganda” seemed as unequivocal as the bar-clearing jump that won her the world championship: She supported the law and derided […]

08/16/2013

Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko speaks during a news conference at a hotel in Moscow, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

‘Calm down’ – Russia says rights will be respected at Sochi Games

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s sports minister says the rights of all athletes at the Winter Olympics in Sochi will be respected and urges international critics of the country’s new anti-gay law to “calm down.” Sports […]

08/08/2013

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