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Ramsey: As these Sochi Games end, a reminder of why we need them

SOCHI, Russia - In the late days of the 19th century, a wonderful idea turned into a wonderful reality. Athletes across the globe gathered every four years for a true world...

Hosts' real Olympic challenge: after the games

Sports: Olympics Videos Updated: Mon, Feb 24, 2014

LONDON — 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 the expensive stadiums after the party's over?

Ramsey: The almosts, not so big deal, and stray dogs of Sochi

Sports: Olympics Athletes Updated: Mon, Feb 24, 2014

SOCHI, Russia - Winter never arrived for this Winter Olympics. The skies were clear. The temperatures soared to ridiculous, and wonderful, heights. The mountains glowed in the sunlight and intense moonlight.

President's delegation is a no go, but Paralympic Games are a go

Sports: Olympics Athletes Updated: Tue, Mar 4, 2014

The announcement that the U.S. presidential delegation will not attend the 2014 Sochi...

Canada's Olympic hockey win could be NHL farewell

Sports: Olympics Videos Updated: Mon, Feb 24, 2014

SOCHI, Russia — Steve Yzerman was stuck in an elevator while the maple leaf flag was raised to the Bolshoy Ice Dome rafters Sunday.

What’s the big deal with the Olympics?

Sports: Olympics Videos Updated: Mon, Feb 24, 2014

It goes by different names. The Czechs say Olympijské hry. The French Jeux olympiques. Russians Олимпийские игры, pronounced Olimpiyskiye igry, but universally, it’s all the same.

Olympic bobsled medalist Curtis Tomasevicz wanted to be an Air Force Falcon

Sports: Olympics Athletes Updated: Sun, Feb 23, 2014

SOCHI, Russia - Curtis Tomasevicz, Olympic bronze and gold medalist in the bobsled, came extremely close to becoming an Air Force football player. He wanted to play for Fisher DeBerry, and there was no doubt DeBerry wanted Tomasevicz to wear an Air Force uniform. It was all set. Then...

Mikaela Shiffrin, 18, takes on expectations - and meets them

Sports: Olympics Athletes Updated: Fri, Feb 21, 2014

SOCHI, Russia - Mikaela Shiffrin was riding on a chair lift through the Russian mountains on her way to her second slalom run. She's only 18, but she's spent hours envisioning this moment. That's her thing. She dwells in the future.

How the Olympic Games are affecting Sochi and its people

Sports: Olympics Athletes Updated: Fri, Feb 21, 2014

For a spectator, traveling to the Olympic Games takes about 24 hours of constant travel, but once you see Sochi and all it has to offer, the inconvenience and jet lag drift away.

American fans lacking in number at Sochi Games

Sports: Olympics Videos Updated: Mon, Feb 24, 2014

In building his collection of 100,000 Olympic trading pins, Daniel Presburger has learned a few things.

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  • Olympic great Michael Phelps ending retirement

    Michael Phelps is coming out of retirement, the first step toward possibly swimming at the 2016 Rio Olympics. The 22-time Olympic medalist will compete for the first time since the 2012 London Games at a meet in Mesa, Ariz., on April 24-26. Bob Bowman, the swimmer's longtime coach, told The Associated Press on Monday that Phelps is entered...

  • Lance Armstrong: Coach Chris Carmichael knew about doping

    Colorado Springs cycling coach Chris Carmichael knew Lance Armstrong was doping long before Armstrong went to the 1996 Olympics or won a record seven Tour de France titles, according to newly public documents. In the documents filed Wednesday by the U.S. District Court, and first reported by USA Today, Armstrong for the first time named those...

  • Olympians say selfies were stopped at White House

    A handshake? Sure. A selfie? No way. Some of America's Olympic athletes say they were asked to keep their cellphones in their pockets last week when they visited the White House and met with President Barack Obama. The White House said that's longstanding practice because taking individual photos with hundreds of people wouldn't be...

  • Colorado Springs should be a sister city of Ancient Olympia by Tuesday

    ByTuesday, Ancient Olympia and Colorado Springs could be sister cities. Two Greek delegates are in the area through Thursday intending to make the first step in a relationship that could benefit the area's colleges, the U.S. Olympic movement and tourism. A vote on a resolution is on Tuesday's agenda for the City Council. The delegates are...

  • Injuries can’t keep Paralympian Alana Nichols from competing in Sochi

    Alana Nichols is intelligent. A few minutes talking to her makes that clear. But it also becomes evident she doesn't understand the meaning of quit. If she did, she probably wouldn't be in her fourth Paralympics trying to match her four skiing medals from Vancouver. Three torn shoulder ligaments and surgery last summer did not stop her...

  • Sled hockey cements bond of Colorado duo who lost legs in same accident

    Colorado natives Tyler Carron and Nikko Landeros were coming home from a high school dance in January 2007 when a flat tire forced them to pull off to the side of a narrow rural road. Another teenage driver came around the bend, didn't see them and collided with their SUV, pinning the wrestlers between the vehicles. The Berthoud High School...

  • U.S. Olympic Museum names director

    The U.S. Olympic museum has its first employee. Kristen Downs, a community activist who planned the 2013 Winterfest events and downtown ice skating rink, has been named the museum's executive administrative coordinator. She'll be the person to move the project forward, said Dick Celeste, president of the museum's board of directors. "We...

  • Olympic gold medalists Meryl Davis, Charlie White out of world skating

    Olympic gold medalist ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White will not compete at the world championships later this month. The Americans announced Monday that they would not defend their world title in Saitama, Japan, on March 24-30. As far as their competitive future beyond worlds, White said in a news release that "we will leave our...

  • Russia awards Mercedes-Benz to each of its Olympic medalists

    MOSCOW — Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has given a Mercedes-Benz to each Olympic medalist from the host country of the 2014 Sochi Games. Medvedev reportedly gave away dozens of white Mercedes-Benz cars, decorated with the Russian Olympic team logo. While some of Russia's star athletes, like 15-year-old figure skater Julia...

  • Challenge for host cities comes after Olympic Games

    LONDON - 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 the expensive stadiums after the party's over? What happens to the athletes' villages? What is the legacy of the games? Here's a look at what some past Summer and...

  • VIDEO: A look back at the Sochi games

    Thanks to The Gazette's Mark Reis, we have a treasure trove of amazing photos with which to remember the 2014 Sochi winter games. Here are just a few. Thanks to The Gazette's Mark Reis, we have a treasure trove of amazing photos with which to remember the 2014 Sochi winter games. Here are just a few. Read more at...

  • 15-year-old Brody Roybal headed for Sochi Paralympics in sled hockey

    NORTHLAKE, Ill. - Brody Roybal was born with no legs. But that didn't stop him from trying any number of sports at an early age. His mom, Michelle Roybal, remembers thinking he looked like the Peanuts character Pigpen when he'd hit a baseball and kick up dust when using his arms to swing and scoot his upper torso down the baseline. But...

  • Olympic sponsor Volkswagen Group has built a showcase visible from the entrance of Olympic Park

    SOCHI, Russia - After going through a security checkpoint and stepping out of the entrance building in Olympic Park, visitors are immersed in a spectacle of sights and sounds. Volunteer workers, who are shouting welcome and other chants in Russian through megaphones, immediately greet visitors. To the right, a massive grandstand meant for...

  • Talking about race at the Olympics

    I was on a train to Olympic Park when it first happened. The approach was subtle. A quick tap on the shoulder followed by a “take picture?” motion with her hands. She didn’t attempt to talk, knowing the language barrier would pose a problem. She and her friends relied on gestures and smiles to convey the message. “Photo us?” I...

  • Costly, political, successful: Sochi Olympics end

    SOCHI, Russia — 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 Games to their next host, Pyeongchang in South Korea. Russian President Vladimir Putin, these Olympics' political...

  • Sweden's Nicklas Backstrom fails doping test in Sochi, banned from gold-medal game

    SOCHI, Russia — Sweden center Nicklas Backstrom failed a doping test for a substance found in an allergy medication and was withdrawn from Sunday's hockey final at the Sochi Olympics. "I got the message 2 hours before the game that something was wrong," Sweden coach Par Marts after his team lost 3-0 to Canada in the gold-medal game....

  • Canada beats Sweden for Olympic hockey gold

    SOCHI, Russia — Jonathan Toews scored in the first period, captain Sidney Crosby scored his first goal of the tournament and Canada defended its Olympic men's hockey title Sunday with a 3-0 victory over Sweden in the gold-medal game. Chris Kunitz also scored and Carey Price made 24 saves for the Canadians, who confirmed their worldwide...

  • Shiffrin, Miller make Sochi skiing one for the ages

    KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — From Mikaela Shiffrin to Bode Miller, from Mario Matt to Henrik Kristoffersen, Alpine skiing at the Sochi Olympics was one for the ages. The 18-year-old Shiffrin already was pegged as the sport's face of the future, and she established herself as a star of the present by becoming the youngest slalom champion in...

  • Finland gets hockey bronze with rout of U.S.

    SOCHI, Russia — Teemu Selanne scored two goals and Tuukka Rask had a 26-save shutout, helping Finland rout the United States 5-0 Saturday to win hockey bronze at the Sochi Games. Selanne, a 43-year-old, six-time Olympian, and Jussi Jokinen scored 11 seconds apart early in the second period. The Finns scored three goals in the third period...

  • USOC leaders say they're OK with reduced medal count

    SOCHI, Russia - The United States claimed 37 medals at the 2010 Vancouver Games. The U.S. will not claim 37 medals at the Sochi Games. Leaders of the U. S. Olympic Committee, based in Colorado Springs, say they are at peace with the lowered medal count. As of Saturday night, the U.S. had won 27 medals with nine golds. Russia leads the medal...

  • Washington native wins second gold for Russia in Winter Games

    KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Facing a nearly impossible deficit against a four-time world champion he'd never outraced, all the unorthodox choices snowboarder Vic Wild made to keep his career alive converged over 30 glorious seconds of perfection. His banged-up body patched together by the best doctors his adopted country can provide,...

  • 2 more athletes test positive at Sochi Olympics

    SOCHI, Russia — A Latvian hockey player and a Ukrainian cross-country skier failed drug tests at the Sochi Olympics, bringing to four the number of doping cases at the games. The International Olympic Committee said early Sunday that Vitalijs Pavlovs and Marina Lisogor were both expelled from the games. Pavlovs tested positive for the...

  • SOCHI SCENE: Mikaela Shiffrin's No. 1 fan

    SOCHI, Russia — Mikaela Shiffrin isn't the only star in her family these days. As the 18-year-old from Eagle-Vail, Colo., has skyrocketed to fame during the Sochi Games, Shiffrin's grandmother has become a bit of a celebrity herself. Pauline Condron is very close to her granddaughter, which has made the 92-year-old a popular interview...

  • Ligety doesn't finish 2nd run of Olympic slalom

    KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — After failing to finish the Olympic slalom's second leg, giant slalom gold medalist Ted Ligety called the course set Saturday night "borderline unsportsmanlike." Ligety was sixth-fastest in the opening run of the slalom, the last Alpine race of the Sochi Games. But he slid on his side and dropped out of the...

  • Judging talk overshadows Olympic figure skating again

    SOCHI, Russia — 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 the results. It has happened at the Olympics before, and now it's happened at Sochi after Adelina Sotnikova skated away with the gold medal, the...

  • Ahead of NBC show, Nancy Kerrigan looks back 20 years after Tonya Harding pushed her into world spotlight

    SOCHI, Russia — Nancy Kerriganstood in front of a group of reporters, voice quivering and hands fidgeting as she described her emotions after watching a one-hour retrospective on the figure skating scandal that shook the Olympic earth 20 years ago. There were only a handful of media members in the room with her Friday as opposed to the...

  • Colorado teen Mikaela Shiffrin wins Olympic slalom gold, makes history

    KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Mikaela Shiffrin made Alpine skiing history Friday as the youngest ever winner of an Olympic slalom gold medal. The 18-year-old American protected her lead from an impressive first run to win in 1 minute, 54 seconds. She finished 0.53 seconds faster than veteran Marlies Schild of Austria, one of Shiffrin's...

  • D'oh, Canada! More hockey heartbreak as US men go down in Olympic semifinals

    SOCHI, Russia — For the rematch, Canada skipped the overtime and shelved the theatrics. One slick goal and 60 minutes of stifling defensive hockey kept the Canadians firmly on top of the U.S. and moved them to the brink of gold again. Jamie Benn scored in the second period, Carey Price made 31 saves, and Canada beat the United States 1-0...

  • Ramsey: Olympic chokes? No. Overcome by demons? Maybe

    SOCHI, Russia — We wanted the gold too much. Kelli Stack said those words with tears in her eyes. On Thursday night on the edge of the Black Sea, the United States women's hockey team was a minute away from an historic victory over Canada. They couldn't hold on. Stack said the American skaters were so caught up in the big picture...

  • Olympics: 1.5 million sign petition calling for inquiry into figure skating gold

    More than 1.5 million people sign petition demanding inquiry into Adelina Sotnikova's victory over Yuna Kim in women's figure skating in Sochi. As of Friday, more than 1.5 million of them had signed an online petition demanding an inquiry into Kim's shock defeat. The petition could end up breaking change.org records – previous most-signed...