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  • 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 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...
  • Dosvedanie to All That{US ambassador to Russia on freedom, security, Putin wanted Obama in Sochi}

    02/14/2014 7:35:14 PM PST · by cunning_fish · 2 replies
    The New Republic ^ | February 14, 2014 | Julia Ioffe
    Before he headed to Moscow in January 2012 as Barack Obama’s new ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul was itching to get out of government. He had dreams of moving back to Palo Alto. The weather’s nice, his family missed the place. But Obama had come to rely on McFaul, a longtime Russia scholar and the National Security Council’s point man on the country. So he offered him a posting he couldn’t decline. McFaul’s academic specialty is revolution—a detail that Vladimir Putin, hounded by a bubbling uprising, immediately seized on. State television vilified McFaul as the man Washington had sent to...
  • Does NBC Show Medal Ceremonies?

    02/21/2014 11:05:28 AM PST · by originalbuckeye · 25 replies
    2/21/14 | Originalbuckeye
    I watched the young American win the Ladies Ski Halfpipe last night. I saw her celebrate with hugs from friends/competitors. I didn't see the Gold being awarded to her.
  • United States vs. Canada Noon ET (Semi final Live thread)

    02/21/2014 9:16:51 AM PST · by Eurotwit · 44 replies
    Hockey's Future ^ | Feb 21, 2014 | hfboards
    Rematch of the epic gold medal game from Vancouver. Winner will face Sweden in the gold medal game. Let's hope the USA can get its revenge.
  • Crashes After 1.5 Million People Sign Petition To Overturn Olympic Figure Skating Result

    02/21/2014 8:09:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 02/21/2014 | Tony Manfred, a website that hosts public petitions, crashed Friday morning after a flood of users signed a petition to investigate a controversial Olympic figure skating result. Russia's Adelina Sotnikova won the gold medal in an upset over South Korea's Yuna Kim. After the event, a petition called "Open Investigation into Judging Decisions of Women's Figure Skating and Demand Rejudgement at the Sochi Olympics" was started by a user named "Justice Seeker." It went viral in a way the website had never seen before. "The petition gained 700,000-plus signatures in just six hours and is sending traffic to our site...
  • Jimmy Fallon’s second night as ‘Tonight Show’ host draws more viewers than rivals combined

    02/19/2014 4:45:39 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 02/19/2014 | BY DAVID HINCKLEY
    Jimmy Fallon proved Tuesday he wasn't a one-night wonder. The new "Tonight Show" host — oops, star — drew 7.4 million viewers for his second night, more than the combined total for his rivals, David Letterman on CBS and Jimmy Kimmel on ABC. Fallon still had, and will have all this week, the benefit of a lead-in from NBC's popular Olympics coverage.
  • NBC Depicts Married 23-Year-Old Olympian as Living an ‘Alternative Lifestyle’

    02/19/2014 4:56:30 PM PST · by Coleus · 47 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 02.19.14
    Just read this and weep for our future. David Wise is at the top of his sport. He’s always smiling among his friends and competitors, however, he’s not like the rest of the field. He is mature. Not to say the rest of the freestyle skiers of halfpipe are not mature, but Wise is mature far beyond his years. At only twenty-three years old, he has a wife, Alexander, who was waiting patiently in the crowd, and together they have a two-year-old daughter waiting for them to return to their home in Reno, Nevada.At such a young age, Wise has...
  • Pussy Riot members attacked by Cossacks while staging protest in Sochi

    02/19/2014 11:00:43 AM PST · by The KG9 Kid · 55 replies
    Yahoo! Sports ^ | 02/19/2014 | Jay Busbee
    The Russian punk-protest group Pussy Riot had pledged for months to seek to disrupt the Sochi Olympics, and has begun carrying through on that promise. But the group's latest attempt at a protest was dismantled almost before it began. One day after members of the loosely-connected group were questioned in connection with some suspected thefts at a Sochi hotel, Pussy Riot gathered at a restaurant in downtown Sochi, about 20 miles from the Olympic village. The band attempted to begin performing, but was set upon by whip-wielding Cossack militiamen.
  • U.S. Naval ship assigned to Sochi runs aground while refueling and is out of commission

    02/18/2014 11:20:52 PM PST · by cunning_fish · 58 replies
    Yahoo Sports ^ | Graham Watson
    One of the Naval warships assigned to the Black Sea for U.S. protection during the Sochi Winter Olympics ran aground last Wednesday in a Turkish port as it was attempting to refuel. The port was 240 miles from Sochi.
  • Why Sochi is Not Lake Placid

    02/18/2014 4:42:41 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 38 replies ^ | Februry 18, 2014 | Craig Shirley
    Try as they might, some commentators during the U.S.-Russian hockey game could not muster much credible moral argument for making a comparison between Sochi of 2014 and Lake Placid of 1980. Of course, we all wanted the US team to win this time, just like in 1980. But as part of a larger world morality play, it pales to near nothingness in comparison. President Obama immediately moved to seize a political advantage, sending out a tweet claiming to “never stop believing in miracles.” The president’s grasp of history is self-evidently weak and self-serving. Back then, the joy of the American...
  • Extreme Park Crashes Taking Outsize Toll on Women

    02/18/2014 1:32:57 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 22 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 18, 2014 | JOHN BRANCH
    ... Through Monday night, a review of the events at the Extreme Park counted at least 22 accidents that either forced athletes out of the competition or, if on their final run, required medical attention. Of those, 16 involved women. The injury rate is higher when considering that the men’s fields are generally larger. The question, a difficult one, is why. The Winter Games have always had dangerous events. But the Extreme Park, as the name suggests, is built on the ageless allure of danger. All of the events there have been added to the Olympic docket since 1992, each...
  • USS Taylor being inspected after running aground off Turkey

    02/18/2014 1:12:28 PM PST · by gandalftb · 54 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | February 18, 2014 | staff
    The guided-missile frigate USS Taylor, one of two ships on deployment in the Black Sea, is being inspected for damage after running aground last week as it was preparing to moor in Samsun, Turkey, a spokesman for the U.S. 6th Fleet said Tuesday. The Taylor was able to moor without further incident, and there were no injuries, said 6th Fleet spokesman Lt. Shawn Eklund. The incident, which occurred on Feb. 12, is under further investigation, Eklund said. The Taylor and the USS Mount Whitney, an amphibious command ship and the 6th Fleet flagship, entered the Black Sea on Feb. 4...
  • The Wall Street Journal Wages War on Sochi, Russia

    02/18/2014 6:45:54 AM PST · by cunning_fish · 44 replies
    The New Republic ^ | 17 February 2014 | Ryan Kearney
    Last week, a day before the Winter Olympics began, The New Republic’s Julia Ioffe took Western journalists to task for gleefully tweeting about the state of Sochi’s hotel—the broken elevators, the urine-colored tap water, the knob-less doors—writing that “a lot of this complaining does smack of some pretty fantastic schadenfreude.” She has since amended her assessment, criticizing the Russians for their "paranoid projection." But I can hardly blame them if they've been reading the Wall Street Journal, whose prolific off-the-slopes coverage makes no effort to conceal the marching orders given by the paper’s assignment editors: Mock the hosts. Even before...
  • When Sportsmanship Trumps Cereal Boxes

    02/18/2014 3:53:27 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | February 18, 2014 | Chuck Norris
    There are those who are champions on courses of competition. Then there are those who are victors in their caliber of character, too. In our often wayward world, the latter ought to be given not just a gold medal but a golden crown. Being dead last is never fun. I would imagine that it is particularly painful if you've trained like a world champion, traveled halfway around the world and are competing at the Winter Olympics. Roberto Carcelen of Peru was racing in a 15-kilometer cross-country skiing event. One unique hurdle he had, however, was that he was competing with...
  • Discrimination Olympics: Meddling with Muslims in Sochi

    02/17/2014 7:20:20 PM PST · by cunning_fish · 23 replies
    Aljazeera via Yahoo! ^ | Khaled A Beydoun
    Sochi's more than 20,000 Muslims helped build the infrastructure and stages for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia, where Muslim athletes from a range of participating nations will compete within these multi-million-dollar stadia, slopes, and structures, vying for gold and the glory that comes with Olympic victory. However, for Muslims in Sochi, the rampant Islamophobia has cast a shadow of concern and danger during these Olympic Games. Coverage of the Sochi games mentions Islam and Muslims exclusively in the form of terrorist threat , head-scarved " black widows ", and, the familiar conflation of religious observance with national security concerns....
  • Italian gay activist briefly detained in Sochi (former Italian Communist lawmaker)

    02/17/2014 7:25:47 PM PST · by cunning_fish · 22 replies
    SOCHI, Russia (AP) — An Italian gay-rights activist says she was detained by police in the Olympic host city after being stopped while carrying a rainbow flag saying "Gay is OK" in Russian. Vladimir Luxuria, a former Communist lawmaker in the Italian parliament who has become a prominent transgender rights crusader, said on her website and Twitter feed that she was held for several hours Sunday before being released. It was not known if she was charged with any offense. Her website published a photograph of her after her release. Before her arrest, she tweeted: "I'm in Sochi. Greetings in...
  • Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics wipeouts: In pictures

    02/17/2014 11:39:29 AM PST · by bunkerhill7 · 14 replies
    The teelegraph ^ | FEb., 17, 2014 | The Telegraph
    They've spent four years training for the chance to win Winter Olympics gold, so spare a thought for these athletes who have come a cropper on the snow and ice in Sochi. Britain's Rowan Cheshire has posted a pictured of her injuries on Twitter after becoming the latest freestyle skier to be injured at the Sochi Olympics. Cheshire was knocked unconscious after falling heavily on her face during a training session at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park. The 18 year-old, who is due to compete in the ski halfpipe, is understood to have remained unconscious for several minutes after crashing...
  • Diminished American Prestige at Sochi has Far Too Much of the Failed Obama Era in It for Me...

    02/17/2014 10:04:23 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 50 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 17 February 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    While that hockey win over the Russians might have given us a nice morale lift the numbers don't lie- the Americans have unfortunately slipped to 7th place in overall medals at the 2014 Winter Games, this after a record-breaking dominance at Vancouver last go-round. We're all but mathematically eliminated from any kind of top finish already. You knew we were in trouble from the minute they rolled-out those collegiate-grunge opening ceremony outfits that Ralph Lauren came up with... and what's up with Pee Wee Herman in the announcers' booth? This Olympics so far has far too much of the dreadful...
  • WATCH: Sochi answers: Why do curlers scream?

    02/17/2014 9:55:32 AM PST · by Nachum · 47 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 2/17/14 | Danielle Paquette
    Is that a bar fight? A Nascar race? An unusually aggressive pep rally? No — It’s Olympic curling! And there is screaming. So much screaming. Why? Well, it’s simply how teammates communicate with each other as they guide the stones, sweep by sweep, to the bulls-eye. But, for some, that's not immediately apparent: How do people understand curling? Like actually... What is it? Why are they screaming? Are those swiffers? Aren't they cold in tshirts? — Jennie McGowan (@jenniemac44) February 16, 2014 To understand the method behind the mayhem, one must first know the rules of curling. For starters, players...
  • Allegations of Fixing in Olympics Ice Dancing (Really???)

    02/16/2014 11:45:40 PM PST · by hoagy62 · 16 replies ^ | 2/16/14 | Malcolm Kelly
    Sometime after 9 p.m. local time on Monday night in the Sochi suburb of Adler, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir will step on the ice for what will be their final Olympic skate of a memorable career. What the two spoke about the day before, after a near perfect rendering of their short program, will come back into play at this moment – their moment. “We sat in the kiss and cry and looked at each other and said, 'It doesn’t matter,' because that [short program skate] was the moment we wanted to have,” said Moir. It doesn’t matter. It...
  • Cat on a Sochi tin roof? Feline collapses Olympic arena ceiling

    02/16/2014 7:02:05 PM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 29 replies
    Fox Sports ^ | February 16 2014 | Fox Sports
    Does Putin know about this? The Adler Arena at Sochi, venue for Olympic speedskating, was hit by a feline attack.
  • Outrageous: Russian TV Anchor Mocks Iwo Jima Memorial As Homoerotic In War-Statue Spat With CNN

    02/16/2014 6:49:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | February 16, 2014 | Tim Graham
    The London Daily Mail reported this week that “CNN caused a firestorm when it included a war monument in Brest, a city in the former Soviet republic of Belarus, in an article on the 'world's ugliest monuments' published last month.” This isn’t Ted Turner’s CNN, where a reporter would be disciplined for saying the word “foreign” in a sentence. The online article from a travel-piece contributor was intended as humor. A Russian news commentator responded by suggesting the Marine Corps War Memorial – the Iwo Jima sculpture just north of Arlington National Cemetery – is “easy to mock” for its...
  • 'If you don’t think what I do is not hard, you’re a damn idiot'

    02/16/2014 12:47:39 PM PST · by plain talk · 61 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Feb 15, 2014 | Daily Mail reporter
    US figure-skating champion Jeremy Abbott lashed out at his critics in a foul-mouthed rant after his and teammate Jason Brown's spectacular slump at the Sochi Olympics. Olympic champion Evan Lysacek did not defend his title and Abbott and pony-tailed teen Brown failed to sparkle in the Iceberg Skating Palace, to leave the United States off the men's podium for the first time since the 1998 Nagano Games.
  • From Russia with Love! Putin makes a surprise visit to American Sochi base wearing a TEAM USA....

    02/15/2014 11:52:28 PM PST · by cunning_fish · 31 replies
    AP via Dailymail ^ | February 14, 2014
    In a surprise visit Russian President Vladimir Putin dropped in on U.S. Olympic headquarters Friday to chat about the Winter Games and the upcoming Russia-U.S. hockey showdown. He even wore a red 'Happy Valentine's Day from Team USA' pin on his lapel. Putin spent about half an hour at USA House in Sochi's Olympic Park, sitting on a couch talking with U.S. Olympic Committee chairman Larry Probst and CEO Scott Blackmun. From there, he made a stop at Canada House next door.
  • Did Russia try to hide its loss to USA?

    02/15/2014 6:03:12 PM PST · by cunning_fish · 9 replies
    Yahoo Sports ^ | Eric Adelson
    SOCHI, Russia ― The Russian fans were quite gracious in the aftermath of the Americans' epic shootout victory over their men’s hockey team on Saturday. The tech wizards at the Bolshoy Ice Dome? Nyet. The Olympic hockey palace has been putting the final scores of games on its roof at night, complete with dazzling lights and colored flags. Here is how it looked following Canada's 6-0 win over Austria:
  • Meet the most dysfunctional team in Sochi (American)

    02/15/2014 5:23:28 PM PST · by cunning_fish · 52 replies
    Yahoo Sports ^ | February 16, 2014 | Martin Rogers
    SOCHI, Russia. Shani Davis was bristling with frustration and trying to keep it in check, talking about how this Winter Olympics will haunt him for the rest of his life. Brian Hansen's coach was starting to weep as she spoke of the catastrophic turmoil that turned a bunch of predicted gold medals into a collective and embarrassing failure. Joey Mantia tried to find a polite way of saying that his colleagues have yet to grasp that there is no "I" in the word "team," and coach Ryan Shimabukuro was dismissing the avalanche of criticism as nothing but the talk of...
  • As medals slip away, Americans are getting steamed at Sochi Games

    02/15/2014 10:54:36 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 67 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 02/15/2013 | By Sally Jenkins
    The snow in the Caucasus Mountains is dissolving, the white patches shrinking, and many athletes on Team USA seem to be melting down with them. Some Americans are drained, and others are dragging. When they ski or they skate, they think they went fast, but then they look up at the clock and are stunned to find they were a second slow, and finish eighth. Team USA’s self-esteem is leaking away, and it’s triggering anxious super-secret coaching meetings and conspiracy theories. What’s in the Russian water table — and why are those Swiss timers so suspiciously slow? It must be...
  • WH: Don't tax Olympians on medals

    02/15/2014 6:49:57 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/13/2014 | Justin Sink
    The White House said Thursday that President Obama still believes American Olympians shouldn’t have to pay income taxes on the medals they win. But a bill by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) never moved in the Senate. Three Republican lawmakers — Reps. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas), Walter Jones (R-N.C.) and Pete Sessions (R-Texas) — proposed a bill similar to Rubio's before this year's games, but it has also failed to gain traction.
  • In Case Anyone Cares: Team USA over Russia 3-2 in Men's Olympic Hockey

    02/15/2014 8:02:03 AM PST · by hoagy62 · 48 replies
    2/15/14 | Hoagy62
    Team USA won against Russia in Olmpics Men's Ice Hockey this morning after regular time had run out, as well as a 5-minute overtime period. A shootout finally determined who won, with T.J. Oshie of the St. Louis Blues (hometown: Everett, WA) scoring the winning goal.
  • U.S. men’s hockey team takes down Russians 3-2 in epic shootout

    02/15/2014 8:00:33 AM PST · by george76 · 8 replies
    Washington Times ^ | February 15, 2014
    SOCHI, Russia — T.J. Oshie scored four times in the shootout and got the winner in the eighth round, leading the United States past Russia 3-2 Saturday in the thrilling revival of an Olympic hockey rivalry. Cam Fowler and Joe Pavelski scored in regulation for the Americans in the marquee game of the preliminary round. Jonathan Quick made 29 saves and stopped five attempts in the shootout.
  • From Russia with Euphemisms

    02/14/2014 2:51:49 PM PST · by cornelis · 15 replies
    NRO ^ | Feb 13, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    Hannah Arendt coined the term “the banality of evil” to describe the galling normalcy of Nazi mass-murderer Adolf Eichmann. Covering his trial in Jerusalem, she described Eichmann as less a cartoonish villain than a dull, remorseless, paper-pushing functionary just “doing his job.” The phrase “banality of evil” was instantly controversial, largely because it was misunderstood. Arendt was not trying to minimize Nazism’s evil but to capture its enormity. The staggering moral horror of the Holocaust was that it made complicity “normal.” Liquidating the Jews was not just the stuff of mobs and demagogues but of bureaucracies and bureaucrats. Now consider...
  • Sochi yogurt going to NY’s needy… but they don’t want it

    02/13/2014 6:01:31 PM PST · by SMGFan · 43 replies
    New York Post ^ | February 13, 2014
    The 5,000-plus cups of the Greek yogurt that were supposed to be sent to the Sochi Olympics but were denied by Russian customs will instead be donated to New York City food pantries — but they are a tough sell, workers said on Thursday.
  • The Anti-Russian Human Rights Watch Video is a Hoax

    02/13/2014 8:08:42 PM PST · by fwdude · 12 replies
    Scott Lively Ministries ^ | February 10, 2014 | Scott Lively
    I have just two words in response the Human Rights Watch video of supposed homosexual harassment in Russia: Matthew Shepard. To this day, despite the fact that a major federal law is named after him and untold thousands of pubic school children have been (and are still being) brainwashed in “gay” propaganda through a play about his life, the majority of Americans still do not know that the Matthew Shepard hate crime story was a hoax. That’s because (with rare exceptions) homosexual political activists and their “progressive” allies sitting in most of the seats of power in the mainstream media...