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Sochi exceeding all expectations, IPC chief says

The world Paralympics chief praised Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday for staging a "fantastic" Winter Paralympic Games and said the competition in Sochi was on track to become the mo...

Putin says Sochi Games wrongfoot critics of Russia

The Sochi Olympics "opened Russia's soul" to the world and wrongfooted critics of the host country, President Vladimir Putin said in remarks broadcast on Tuesday.

'Excellent' Sochi Games proved critics wrong, says IOC's Bach

The Sochi Winter Games set records in competitor numbers, medals awarded and quality of venues, keeping athletes happy and proving critics wrong, said International Olympic Committee President ...

IOC boss to break with tradition in Games closing ceremony

There will be no single snappy phrase to describe the Sochi Olympics at the closing ceremony on Sunday, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said, breaking with the organizatio...

TopFinds: Inside the Ukraine crisis, Pussy Riot's arrest in Sochi

Read about how the Ukraine crisis is affecting the presidency. Learn how Pussy Riot members faced another arrest in Russia. Another SeaWorld-owned orca killed a trainer. Welcome to this week's TopFinds.

Sochi broke ice of skepticism over Russia: Deputy PM

The Sochi Olympics were successful in "breaking the ice of skepticism" surrounding hosts Russia, the country's Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak said on Saturday, a day ahead of the Winter Gam...

Canada triumphs over the U.S. in men's Olympic hockey semifinals

The Canadian men's hockey team will try to win gold in two consecutive Olympics after it triumphed over its American rivals with a 1-0 victory Friday.

Stray dogs a problem for Sochi F1

Stray dogs roaming the streets of Sochi are just one of the problems facing Russian Formula One Grand Prix organizers as they prepare for a debut race in October.

Pussy Riot post new anti-Putin Olympics video from Sochi

Sochi - Russian punk group Pussy Riot on Thursday posted a new video filmed in the centre of Olympics host Sochi, savaging President Vladimir Putin over the hosting of the Winter Games and the rights climate in Russia.

Sochi Games global broadcast output dwarfs Vancouver

The global broadcast output for the Sochi Winter Olympics is almost double that of Vancouver four years ago in terms of hours and channels, International Olympic Committee officials said on Wed...

Pussy Riot freed again

Two members of the punk band Pussy Riot have been released by Russian police in Sochi. Two days ago they were arrested, along with a group of activists and journalists.

U.S. pair eye dance gold, Stoch targets golden sweep

Sochi - Meryl Davis and Charlie White can add the Olympic figure skating ice dance gold to their two world titles in Sochi on Monday while Polish ski jumper Kamil Stoch targets a rare golden sweep. American pair Davis and White set a new world record score.

Speed skaters perform better at higher elevation

Why have no world speed skating records been broken at Sochi? Speed skaters move so fast that air resistance is a major factor in each race. At the low, near-sea-level elevation of Sochi, air resistance is simply too high, according to a new study.

Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer opens in Toronto February 14th

Toronto - There are some things that spread through the internet like wildfire, and two years ago this month the world heard about Russia's punk band Pussy Riot, as news anchors could say their controversial name on mainstream media outlets without reprisal.

F1 offers Sochi a fast future post-Games

Formula One's newest venue is a fenced-off building site, lines of skips and diggers parked along what will be the main straight, on the rubble-strewn fringes of an otherwise glittering Sochi Olymp...

Report: Nationalist partiality among figuring skating judges

With the Sochi Winter Olympics in full flow, a new study suggests that the judges of figure skating lack a degree of impartiality, shown via an economic model.

Grumbles drowned out as Sochi party gets under way

After putting up for years with dust, noise and traffic jams while their drab Russian resort was transformed into a modern sports hub, the people of Sochi can finally judge for themselves wheth

Sochi's dogs find a saviour in Russian billionaire

In the aftermath of worldwide media reports and a followup Facebook campaign, the culling of stray dogs and cats in Sochi, believed to number close to 2,000, may have a happy ending. A Russian billionaire has become the hero of the Olympic Games.

Ski star Bode Miller blasts Olympic danger course

Sochi - Outspoken ski star Bode Miller blasted the Olympic downhill course as "treacherous" Saturday after seeing a teammate narrowly avoid serious injury as U.S. snowboarder Sage Kotsenburg claimed the first gold of the Games.

Turkish authorities foil Sochi hijack bid by Ukrainian national

Istanbul - Turkish authorities foiled a hijack attempt by a Ukrainian national who wanted to divert an Istanbul-bound plane to Sochi, the site of winter Olympics.

Sochi Winter Olympics opening ceremony: Live Report

Sochi - 19:03 GMT - Closing - As spectators leave the stadium, WE ARE NOW CLOSING this Live Report after a lavish opening ceremony for the Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia.

Russia's Putin says Sochi is cleaner because of Olympic work

Russian President Vladimir Putin countered accusations on Tuesday that construction had polluted the 2014 Winter Olympic host city of Sochi, saying that preparations for the Games had boosted environmental quality in the area

German prince to display Mexican style at Russian olympics

Sochi - Prince Hubertus of Hohenlohe-Langenburg will again be representing Mexico at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. This will be the sixth time that the now 55-year-old has represented his country of birth at the Olympics.

Op-Ed: Three Russian men get light sentences for gay murder on Sochi eve

Sochi - Three Russian men convicted of the premeditated murder of a gay man have received relatively light sentences on the eve of Sochi Winter Olympics.

Op-Ed: Beyond the Games — Activism and terrorism at the Sochi Olympics

In just one week the games begin and tension is in the air. Across the world, the international community is waiting to tune in for reasons beyond athletics; for updates on activism and radicalism in and around Sochi.

Op-Ed: Top 5 reasons to get excited by Sochi 2014

Sochi - Let’s face it, the Summer Olympics are kind of boring — we can all run, jump, and throw things — but the Winter Olympics are a different story altogether.

Climate change could put paid to future Winter Olympics venues

Waterloo - Sochi's Winter Olympics start Friday next week. Security at and around Sochi is tight to counter any terror threat. But the security of future Winter Olympics may be threatened, not by terrorists but by climate change, according to new research.

Sochi's mayor says homosexuality not accepted in his region

The mayor of Sochi, the Russian city hosting the Winter Olympics next month, said homosexuality was not accepted in his Caucasus region, but that gay visitors would be welcome at the Games if they respected Russian laws.

Smile! Russians learn hospitality before Sochi Games

Sochi - To some throughout the world and in Russia, smiling may come naturally, but as the Winter Olympics approach, Sochi hotel managers are receiving crash courses in how to accomplish the simple task.

Russia's 'Ring of Steel' breached by suicide bomber?

Sochi - Black widows, female suicide bombers, are just as lethal as their arachnid counterparts, and perhaps more so because they can kill more than one victim at a time. Black widows are terrorists, but don't fit the typical stereotype of a militant terrorist.
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Skier Lindsey Vonn watches her boyfriend, Tiger Woods of the U.S., during a practice round ahead of the British Open golf championship at Muirfield in Scotland
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Laura Biathlon & Ski Complex - Biathlon Stadium, Krasnaya Polyana, Sochi, Russia.
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Fireworks explode over the Fisht Olympic Stadium at the begining of the Opening Ceremony of the Soch...
Fireworks explode over the Fisht Olympic Stadium at the begining of the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 7, 2014 in Sochi
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Lindsey Vonn of the U.S. competes in the women s Super G race at the World Alpine Skiing Championshi...
Lindsey Vonn of the U.S. competes in the women's Super G race at the World Alpine Skiing Championships in Schladming in this file photo taken February 5, 2013
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Sochi 2014: Ski resort of Krasnaya Polyana is one of the Olympics venues
Sochi 2014: Ski resort of Krasnaya Polyana is one of the Olympics venues
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Sochi 2014: Poland s Kamil Stoch soars to second ski jump gold at the RusSki Gorki Ski Jumping Cente...
Sochi 2014: Poland's Kamil Stoch soars to second ski jump gold at the RusSki Gorki Ski Jumping Center in Rosa Khutor, February 13, 2014
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Scene in Volgograd following bus attack
Scene in Volgograd following bus attack
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Russian police are on high alert after discovery of six men dead from gunshots.
Russian police are on high alert after discovery of six men dead from gunshots.
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Poland s Kamil Stoch soars through the air during the final round of the men s ski jumping large hil...
Poland's Kamil Stoch soars through the air during the final round of the men's ski jumping large hill individual final of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games, at the RusSki Gorki Ski Jumping Center in Rosa Khutor, February 15, 2014
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People take pictures of the Olympic cauldron at the Olympic Park in Sochi
People take pictures of the Olympic cauldron at the Olympic Park in Sochi
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Russian President Vladimir Putin watches from the stands during the Team Ladies Free Skating Program...
Russian President Vladimir Putin watches from the stands during the Team Ladies Free Skating Program at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, February 9, 2014
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Radisson Lazurnaya Hotel, Sochi
Radisson Lazurnaya Hotel, Sochi
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Construction for the 2014 Winter Olympics is faced with formidable natural hurdles as attempts are b...
Construction for the 2014 Winter Olympics is faced with formidable natural hurdles as attempts are being made to meet deadlines.
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Winner Poland s Kamil Stoch (C)  celebrates with team members Jan Ziobro (R) and Maciej Kot after hi...
Winner Poland's Kamil Stoch (C), celebrates with team members Jan Ziobro (R) and Maciej Kot after his victory in the men's ski jumping large hill individual final of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games, at the RusSki Gorki Ski Jumping Center in Rosa Khutor, February 15, 2014
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A view from Cambie Street bridge in Vancouver
A view from Cambie Street bridge in Vancouver
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Eva Samkova of the Czech Republic competes during the women s snowboard cross qualification round at...
Eva Samkova of the Czech Republic competes during the women's snowboard cross qualification round at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor February 16, 2014
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Sochi residents celebrate the IOC s decision to hold the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Sochi residents celebrate the IOC's decision to hold the 2014 Winter Olympics.
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A map of Canada is projected onto the stadium floor as athletes march in during the opening ceremony...
A map of Canada is projected onto the stadium floor as athletes march in during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 7, 2014
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Russian President Vladimir Putin plays badminton with his pet dog for a teammate.
Russian President Vladimir Putin plays badminton with his pet dog for a teammate.
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Lindsey Vonn of the U.S. skis on her way to win the bronze medal in the women s Alpine Skiing Super-...
Lindsey Vonn of the U.S. skis on her way to win the bronze medal in the women's Alpine Skiing Super-G race at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics in Whistler, British Columbia, February 20, 2010
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