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  • The Latest: Russian official rules out terrorism in crash

    12/25/2016 1:10:20 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | December 25, 2016
    MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on the crash of a Russian aircraft with 92 people on board en route to Russia's air base in Syria: A Russian official says the crash of a Russian military passenger plane into the Black Sea could have been caused by a technical malfunction or a crew error, but he believes it could not have been terrorism because the plane was operated by the military. Viktor Ozerov, head of the defense affairs committee at the upper house of Russian parliament, says in remarks carried by the state news agency RIA Novosti that he "totally excludes"...
  • Russian plane 'disappears from radar' near Sochi

    12/24/2016 9:17:32 PM PST · by PghBaldy · 81 replies
    BBC ^ | December 25 | Staff
    A Russian plane has disappeared from radar just minutes after take-off from the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russian media say. They are quoting a source at the emergency ministry as saying the missing aircraft is a Tu-154. Between 70 and 100 people are reported to be on board the plane. Unconfirmed reports say the aircraft belongs to the defence ministry, flying to Syria's Latakia province. Russian officials have so far made no comment.
  • Russia doping in Sochi was state-dictated with secret service backing, WADA report finds

    07/19/2016 12:40:26 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    ABC ^ | 07/18/2016
    The Moscow laboratory operated a scheme for the false reporting of positive samples which Richard McClaren called the Disappearing Positive Methodology The Ministry of Sport, the Russian anti-doping agency (RUSADA) and the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), the main heir to the Soviet-era KGB, were all involved Russia's Deputy Minister of Sport Yuri Nagornykh was advised of every positive test from 2011 onwards and decided "who would benefit from a cover-up and who would not be protected" Mr Nagornykh used the code word "save" when he wanted an athlete who had tested positive to be protected and "quarantine" for the...
  • Sochi Olympics postscript: The whole thing was a fake

    05/12/2016 7:09:38 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 23 replies
    Yahoo Sports ^ | 5/12/16 | Dan Wetzel
    In Putin, IOC aristocrats such as Bach thought they had found their kindred spirit, willing to pay and do anything for Olympic glory. Construct lavish and ridiculous facilities that play to the IOC's over-inflated sense of worth? Check. Suck up to IOC leadership like they are all-powerful? Check. Toss a little something extra on the side to assure the voting on host city goes smooth? Cough. Cough. The New York Times on Thursday reported the latest, and most damning, proof yet that Russia did more than just host the 2014 Winter Olympics: they conspired to fix it. Grigory Rodchenkov, the...
  • The most expensive Olympics ever is now a major headache for Putin

    02/05/2015 7:03:29 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 10 replies
    AP ^ | 5 Feb 15 | NATALIYA VASILYEVA
    The ski jump sits shrouded in mist, its coat of snow undisturbed by any athletes hurtling down to take off into the air. A year ago, the jump bustled with activity at the Sochi Olympics. But it made unwanted history as well, becoming a symbol of how some of the plans for President Vladimir Putin's $51 billion Winter Games went terribly wrong. The cost of the facility soared from $40 million to nearly $300 million — an overrun that caused the businessman involved to flee a corruption investigation. Russia had vowed to pay for what became the most expensive Olympics...
  • Putin to Western elites: Play-time is over

    10/30/2014 1:57:57 PM PDT · by drypowder · 104 replies
    ClubOrlov ^ | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
    Most people in the English-speaking parts of the world missed Putin's speech at the Valdai conference in Sochi a few days ago, and, chances are, those of you who have heard of the speech didn't get a chance to read it, and missed its importance. (For your convenience, I am pasting in the full transcript of his speech below.) Western media did their best to ignore it or to twist its meaning. Regardless of what you think or don't think of Putin (like the sun and the moon, he does not exist for you to cultivate an opinion) this is...
  • Putin uses Olympics cash to start Soviet-style fitness program

    03/27/2014 1:27:06 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Mar 24, 2014 5:22pm EDT | Alexei Anishchuk
    President Vladimir Putin launched a program to improve the physical fitness of Russians on Monday, using funds from the Winter Olympics to revive a Soviet-era plan. Speaking at a meeting with officials in the Kremlin, Putin said that reinstating the plan, first introduced in the 1930s under Joseph Stalin and known in Russia by the acronym GTO, would “pay homage to our national historical traditions”. […] Putin frequently harks back to the Soviet era to appeal to nostalgic Russians. …
  • Photos Of Sochi Looking Like A Ghost City One Month After The Olympics

    03/26/2014 10:47:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/26/2014 | Tony Manfred
    The future of the Sochi Olympic venues is unclear. Alexander Valov, a Russian reporter for BlogSochi, visited Sochi's "coastal cluster" — a site that includes six venues, the Olympic Village, and the Olympic Park, all built from scratch on an undeveloped plot of land — and he took some eerie photos this week. He called the area around the Olympic Village "Dead City." The photos are a reminder that much of what was built for the Olympics has no long-term use. While a few arenas and other buildings have plans going forward — the media center is being turned into...
  • 2014 Winter Paralympics Hockey - Live Thread

    03/08/2014 9:22:44 AM PST · by airborne · 2 replies
    Paralympic.org website ^ | 3/8/14 | vanity
    The 2014 Winter Paralympics began on March 7 and runs until March 16, in Sochi, Russia. For anyone interested, the Opening Ceremonies will be broadcast today on NBC, and many events, including hockey, will be broadcast on NBCSN or other channels that showed the Olympics in February.I am posting this specifically for the 'Hockey Ping List' members, and also because as a wheelchair athlete myself, I am personally interested.If you want to see the main Paralympics site, click here - 2014 Winter Paralympics
  • US to boycott G8 Summit in Sochi unless Russia reverses course on Ukraine

    03/04/2014 5:39:21 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 63 replies
    FOX News and AP ^ | March 4, 2014
    The United States took another punitive measure against Russia Tuesday, announcing it would not participate in a G8 Summit scheduled for Sochi in June unless Moscow reversed course on Ukraine, Reuters reported. The move followed an hour-long phone conversation between President Obama and West German Chancellor Angela Merkel that senior administration officials told Fox News focused on trying to construct a diplomatic off-ramp to get Russian President Vladimir Putin to de-escalate the situation in Ukraine. The White House released a statement saying the two leaders “agreed on the importance of de-escalating the situation, including through the deployment international observers and...
  • U.S. To Boycott Sochi Paralympics In Protest Over Ukraine Incursion: Sanctions are "likely"

    03/03/2014 1:18:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Time Magazine's Swampland ^ | March 3, 2014 | Sam Frizell
    The United States announced Monday it would boycott the upcoming Paralympic Games in Sochi to protest Russia’s incursion into Ukraine, as a State Department spokesperson said it was “likely” that the U.S. would impose sanctions on Russia. The boycott effectively means a presidential delegation will not be attending the games, an announcement that comes as President Obama and Congress scramble to respond to Russia’s aggression on Ukrainian territory in Crimea. “In addition to other measures we are taking in response to the situation in Ukraine, the United States will no longer send a Presidential Delegation to the upcoming Winter Paralympic...
  • Jonathan Quick rips Team USA's effort in loss to Finland

    02/22/2014 11:19:09 AM PST · by rickmichaels · 25 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | Feb. 22, 2014 | QMI Agency
    Jonathan Quick will leave Sochi empty handed, but not quietly. Humiliated after a 5-0 loss to Finland in the Olympic bronze-medal hockey game Saturday, the U.S. goaltender harshly criticized his team’s effort a day after losing to Canada in the semifinals. “It shouldn’t be too hard,” he told NBC. “We do that all year long. We’re professionals. We play back-to-backs all year long. “There’s no reason we show up and not piss a drop.” Quick also took responsibility for his own play. “My job is to stop the puck, and I didn’t do that very well,” the Los Angeles Kings...
  • Russian units transferred from securing the Sochi games to the Ukraine border

    02/24/2014 2:10:58 PM PST · by tired&retired · 28 replies
    DEBKA ^ | Feb. 24, 2014 | DEBKA
    Units of the Russian forces which formed a steel ring around the Olympic Winter Games that ended in Sochi Sunday were flown and shipped Monday, Feb. 24 to Russian bases at the Ukrainian Crimean port of Sevastopol, as Moscow refused to recognize the legitimacy of the new authorities in Kiev. Giant Russian Air Force transports and rapid deployment forces were placed on alert at the Rostov on-Don base east of the predominantly Russian-speaking southeastern Ukrainian town of Donetsk. Russian military movements were also sighted near Belgorod, a Russian town 40 kilometers from the Ukraine border and north of its second...
  • Sochi's Long Term Economic Impact: Good Or Bad?

    02/24/2014 12:54:05 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Forbes ^ | 02/24/2014 | Andrew Bender
    As soon as the Winter Olympics draw to a close tonight in Sochi, another sport will begin: debate over whether the city will actually benefit from hosting the games. “If costs are the benchmark for ‘successful’ Games,” says Janice Forsyth, Director of the International Center for Olympic Studies at the University of Western Ontario, in London, Ontario, Canada, “Sochi is the most unsuccessful games in history, bar none.” The Sochi organizing committee spent an estimated US$51 billion on the Games, surpassing the next most expensive Olympics (Beijing Summer Games, 2008) by about $8 billion. The problem is that “rarely, if...
  • Thanks for the medals...but who are you?

    02/24/2014 6:06:48 AM PST · by Uncle Chip
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | February 24, 2014 | Daily Mail Reporter
    The unknown stars we need to thank for Team USA's Sochi success after famous faces crashed out of the 'No-Name Games'For Team USA, the Sochi Winter Olympics will be forever known as the 'No-Name Games' after a string of previously unknowns compensated for the failure of big names including Shaun White, Shani Davis and the men's hockey team to bring home the gold. U.S. Olympic officials have been forced to defend its ‘disappointing’ medal haul at Sochi, which has fallen short of the record 37 medal haul in Vancouver four years ago. America placed fourth in the gold medal...
  • Finland wins bronze over U.S. in men's hockey

    02/22/2014 10:33:33 AM PST · by rickmichaels · 93 replies
    CBC Sports ^ | Feb. 22, 2014 | Mike Brophy
    It was over in a flash. A Finnish Flash. For Team USA, however, it was more like a flash finish. Team Finland scored two goals in 11 seconds early in the second period to snap a 0-0 tie en route to a 5-0 victory in the bronze medal game Saturday. Veteran Teemu Selanne, playing in his 35th Olympic hockey game, scored two goals including the game-winner to lead Finland. It was a wonderful conclusion to what has been a splendid Olympic hockey career for a classy gentleman. Selanne scored on a nifty backhand shot at 1:27 of the second period...
  • Canada beats Sweden to win hockey gold

    02/23/2014 6:34:04 AM PST · by rickmichaels · 31 replies
    CBC Sports ^ | Feb. 23, 2014 | Brandon Hicks
    The Canadian men’s hockey team took gold on the final day of the 2014 Olympics, defeating Sweden 3-0 in the gold medal game at the Bolshoy Ice Dome on Sunday.
  • Sochi games gives chance to 'witness to Christ'

    02/22/2014 4:02:09 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    OSV ^ | February 19, 2014 | Jonathan Luxmoore
    When the 22nd Winter Olympic Games opened at Russia’s Black Sea resort of Sochi with a spectacular Feb. 6 ceremony, it might have been assumed little would be heard over the following fortnight about Christian churches. As the games neared their end on Feb. 23, however, the churches’ presence had been well established — led by Russia’s predominant Orthodox church, but with clergy from Russia’s million-strong minority Catholic Church playing a role, too.“These Olympics have been hugely important here,” Msgr. Igor Kovalevsky, secretary-general of Russia’s Catholic bishops’ conference, told Our Sunday Visitor. “Of course, the games are a secular...
  • IOC President Thomas Bach singles out Ukrainian win as standout moment

    02/22/2014 2:20:50 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 1 replies
    NBC Olympicis ^ | 2-22-14 | AP story
    SOCHI, Russia — Ukraine's victory in the women's biathlon relay was the standout moment of the Sochi Olympics, a powerful symbol of unity during the country's bloody political crisis, IOC President Thomas Bach said Saturday. In an interview with The Associated Press, Bach praised Ukraine's athletes for staying in Sochi to compete for their country despite the violence and turmoil that has left scores dead back home. "In this moment, mourning on the one hand, but knowing what really is going on in your country, seeing your capital burning, and feeling this responsibility, and then winning the gold medal, this...
  • Communist Party head shows banner at Sochi games

    02/22/2014 11:42:18 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 22, 2014 1:21 PM EST | Oskar Garcia
    The head of Russia’s Communist Party held up a hammer-and-sickle Soviet banner during a flower ceremony at the Winter Olympics, leading to a confrontation with staff over violating Olympic rules that bar political statements at the games. A series of photographs taken Friday night shows Gennady Zyuganov in a group of five men in the stands displaying the historic Soviet Banner of Victory toward the podium while medals were being awarded in three short track speedskating events at the Iceberg Skating Palace. The banner was a replica of the flag raised by Soviet soldiers in Berlin in 1945, in victory...