Sochi Olympics are nearly flawless but devoid of joy

Sochi Olympics are nearly flawless but devoid of joy

SOCHI, Russia — The young arena worker approached with a raised hand, so I stopped and sighed. I had been in Russia for two weeks. I knew the...

Host city warmed to the task, and quickly, for Sochi Olympics

Against expectations, Sochi pulled off resoundingly successful Games. Worries about security, weather and politics proved unfounded.

Relief and a bit of revelry at Sochi Olympics' end

Sochi's closing ceremony was less like the usual block party and more like a history lesson, until Mishka the bear cried and the pop music started.

Young no-names save the Sochi Olympics for the U.S.

SOCHI, Russia — It makes sense that a little-known snowboarder from Utah set the tone for the U.S. team at the start of the Sochi...


OLYMPICS NOW

Ducks' Teemu Selanne of Finland named Olympic hockey MVP

Olympics closing ceremony live: Tchaikovsky and fireworks

2014 Winter Olympics closing ceremony

Sochi Olympics: Canada is golden again with win over Sweden in hockey

Sochi Olympics: Russia wins gold, U.S. bronze in four-man bobsled

Arbitration panel dismisses appeals on legality of French skiers suits

Russians sweep men's cross-country 50-kilometer mass start race

Johannes Duerr becomes fifth athlete to fail doping test at Sochi Olympics

Television schedule for the 2014 Sochi Olympics

Teemu Selanne exits with Olympic bronze as Finland routs U.S., 5-0

FIGURE SKATING

Sochi Olympics: Yuna Kim's flawless performance cuts no ice in a Russian arena

Sochi Olympics: Yuna Kim's flawless performance cuts no ice in a Russian arena

Defending champion does what's necessary to retain her crown, but crowd favorite Adelina Sotnikova skates away with the gold.

ACTION SPORTS

Future looks bright for U.S. action athletes at Winter Olympics

Future looks bright for U.S. action athletes at Winter Olympics

U.S. snowboarders and freestyle skiers, ranging in age from 20 to 24, won five of a possible eight gold medals in new extreme sports events at Sochi.

MORE OLYMPIC NEWS

U.S. Speedskating tries to track what went wrong at Sochi Olympics

U.S. Speedskating tries to track what went wrong at Sochi Olympics

SOCHI, Russia -- The failure of U.S. skaters to win a medal in long-track speedskating in Russia came on the heels of one of the country's...

Sliding history writ in silver and bronze at Sochi Olympics

Sliding history writ in silver and bronze at Sochi Olympics

SOCHI, Russia -- The United States didn't strike gold at the Sanki Sliding Center, but it made a lot of history.

Canada's on the ball, beats Sweden in Sochi Olympics hockey final

Canada's on the ball, beats Sweden in Sochi Olympics hockey final

SOCHI, Russia — Team Canada's journey to its second straight Olympic hockey title began six months ago not with intense strategizing,...

Russia works on its stray-dog problem at Sochi Olympics

Russia works on its stray-dog problem at Sochi Olympics

BARANOVKA, Russia — Nestled into a hill overlooking the Black Sea, the PovoDog shelter provides sanctuary to more than 120 strays...

USA 1 overcomes tough sledding to win bobsled bronze at Winter Games

USA 1 overcomes tough sledding to win bobsled bronze at Winter Games

SOCHI, Russia — Down near the bottom of the track, shooting out of Turn 15, Steve Holcomb glanced at a time clock just off to the...

On Sochi Olympics' final day, Russia earns cross-country redemption

On Sochi Olympics' final day, Russia earns cross-country redemption

SOCHI, Russia — One of the few places the Russians were disappointed at these Games was in cross-country. The host nation had won only...

Finland finishes off U.S. medal hopes in Olympic hockey, 5-0

Finland finishes off U.S. medal hopes in Olympic hockey, 5-0

SOCHI, Russia — While Teemu Selanne pumped his fists in joy, members of the U.S. men's hockey team hung their heads in embarrassment.

Sochi Olympics: Steven Holcomb hanging tough in four-man bobsled

Sochi Olympics: Steven Holcomb hanging tough in four-man bobsled

SOCHI, Russia — U.S. bobsled pilot Steven Holcomb planned to sleep well Saturday night, but he wouldn't say the same for his German...

Canada is motivated heading into gold-medal game at Sochi Olympics

Canada is motivated heading into gold-medal game at Sochi Olympics

SOCHI, Russia — Rugged defenseman Niklas Kronwall, captain of undefeated gold-medal finalist Sweden, plays in the NHL for the...

Austrian men finish Alpine skiing with vengeance and more gold

Austrian men finish Alpine skiing with vengeance and more gold

SOCHI, Russia — The last night of Alpine racing at the Sochi Olympics could have been billed "Austria's revenge."

Despite poor Olympic showing, U.S. figure skating has hope

Despite poor Olympic showing, U.S. figure skating has hope

SOCHI, Russia — The numbers do not add up to a pretty picture for United States figure skating.

Sochi Olympics: Best Bets for Sunday

Sochi Olympics: Best Bets for Sunday

A look at the top events on the final day of the Sochi Olympics:

 Medal game is often a mental one at the Olympics

Medal game is often a mental one at the Olympics

SOCHI, Russia — Twelve hours wasn't nearly long enough to ease their pain.

Ukrainian biathletes are a unifying force of hope at Sochi Olympics

Ukrainian biathletes are a unifying force of hope at Sochi Olympics

SOCHI, Russia -- They had stood crammed together against metal barriers for nearly two hours in the gusting cold, strangers squeezed into...

Sochi Olympics roundup: Dutch finish domination of long-track speedskating

Sochi Olympics roundup: Dutch finish domination of long-track speedskating

SOCHI, Russia — As the Dutch closed a record-setting Olympics in speedskating, the U.S. team could take solace in that they could lose...

Vic Wild wins second snowboard gold at Sochi Olympics

Vic Wild wins second snowboard gold at Sochi Olympics

SOCHI, Russia — Congratulatory messages started coming from time zones near and far. One, however, was particularly startling to the...

Sochi Olympics: In ski cross, Canada's Thompson creates space on the podium

Sochi Olympics: In ski cross, Canada's Thompson creates space on the podium

SOCHI, Russia — Marielle Thompson heard a voice, someone calling "inside," up high on the course in the women's ski-cross final at the...

Sochi Olympics: Amid reports of violence back home, Ukraine wins gold in biathlon

Sochi Olympics: Amid reports of violence back home, Ukraine wins gold in biathlon

SOCHI, Russia — This has been a tough week for the Ukrainian athletes at the Sochi Olympics.

Sochi Olympics: Mikaela Shiffrin overcomes near crash to win gold

Sochi Olympics: Mikaela Shiffrin overcomes near crash to win gold

SOCHI, Russia — Mikaela Shiffrin said she played the Olympics out in her head a thousand times before she arrived here.

Sochi Olympics: U.S. speedskaters avoid shutout with silver in men's 5,000-meter relay

Sochi Olympics: U.S. speedskaters avoid shutout with silver in men's 5,000-meter relay

SOCHI, Russia — U.S. long-track speedskaters began the Olympics with expectations of several podium trips.

Sochi Olympics: Sweden beats Finland, 2-1, in men's hockey semifinal

Sochi Olympics: Sweden beats Finland, 2-1, in men's hockey semifinal

SOCHI, Russia — Sweden wasn't about to allow the loss of several top players to keep it from its quest for the gold medal.

Sochi Olympics: Hobbled Steven Holcomb is best U.S. hope in bobsled

Sochi Olympics: Hobbled Steven Holcomb is best U.S. hope in bobsled

SOCHI, Russia — It's all going to come down to Steven Holcomb's left calf.

Sochi Olympics: U.S. slalom struggles expected to continue

Sochi Olympics: U.S. slalom struggles expected to continue

SOCHI, Russia — Ted Ligety is going home with his giant slalom gold so, all in all, things worked out well in Sochi for the men's U.S....

Olympics: Spotlight will be on Mikaela Shiffrin in women's slalom

Olympics: Spotlight will be on Mikaela Shiffrin in women's slalom

SOCHI, Russia — The thought was Mikaela Shiffrin would get her Olympic feet wet in Tuesday's giant slalom and then be ready for...

Sochi Olympics men's hockey: When U.S. faces Canada, emotions rule

Sochi Olympics men's hockey: When U.S. faces Canada, emotions rule

SOCHI, Russia — When these are the rivalries — Canada facing the U.S. in one semifinal of the Olympic hockey tournament after...

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