SOCHI, Russia — This has been a tough week for the Ukrainian athletes at the Sochi Olympics.
Sports have seemed far less important amid reports of bloody clashes between the government and opposition demonstrators back home.
So Valj Semerenko could be forgiven for crying on the podium as she and her teammates received gold medals for their upset victory in the 4x6K biathlon relay Friday night.
"I tried to calm down and was trying to hide it behind my skis," she said. "They were tears of happiness, not only...