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2014 Sochi Olympics

Russian Anti-Gay Law Protests Focus On Sochi Olympics

AP | DAVID CRARY | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

NEW YORK (AP) — Despite seven months of international outcry, Russia's law restricting gay-rights activity remains in place. Yet the eclectic protes...

Reading the Pictures: Putin & Sochi: Let the FU's Begin

Michael Shaw | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Michael Shaw

2014-01-31-shawimagesputinolympics131.jpg With the Winter Olympics about a week away, you can see how Western magazine covers are graphically setting the mood -- as well as the table for more fomentation.

Olympians Speak Out Against Russia's 'Gay Propaganda' Laws

Agence France Presse | Robert MacPherson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

More than 50 Olympians past and present have put their names to a growing petition calling on Russia to cease its crackdown on gays ahead of the Sochi...

Covering Russia in a Time of Censorship

Shai Baitel | Posted 04.01.2014 | Media
Shai Baitel

"The move is the latest in a series of shifts in Russia's news landscape which appear to point towards a tightening of state control in the already he...

Free Speech at Sochi Olympics? Not Really..

AP | CHRIS LEHOURITES | Posted 01.30.2014 | Sports

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — A day after the head of the Sochi organizing committee appeared to contradict IOC President Thomas Bach on the rights of Olympi...

9 Women From Olympics Past Everyone Should Remember

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 01.30.2014 | Women

Olympics fever is hitting us hard. Between the first ever Olympic women's ski jumping event and the incredible figure skating routines we're anticipat...

8 Better Ways Russia Could Have Spent Its Olympic Billions

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 01.30.2014 | World

For the record, we have nothing against the Olympics. It is a noble, ancient tradition, full of camaraderie, sportsmanship and healthy competition. (A...

Russia Arrests 2 In Volgograd Bombings

Reuters | Steve Gutterman | Posted 01.30.2014 | World

MOSCOW, Jan 30 (Reuters) - Russia has identified two suicide bombers responsible for attacks that killed 34 people in the city of Volgograd last month...

For-Profit DeVry University's Deals with Sochi Olympians

David Halperin | Posted 04.01.2014 | Sports
David Halperin

This is not just about students getting an education from DeVry; it appears to also be about them being paid endorsers for the school.

The 'Most Secure Venue' On The Planet?

AP | STEPHEN WILSON | Posted 01.29.2014 | Sports

LONDON (AP) — After all the talk of terror threats, corruption, overspending and anti-gay legislation, the head of the Sochi Olympics is determined ...

Nothing About Sochi Makes Any Sense

The Huffington Post | Ross Luippold | Posted 01.29.2014 | Comedy

Lewis Black returned to "The Daily Show" to express the latest thing confusing him: The choice of Sochi, Russia as the locale for the Winter Olympics....

Hate to Downhill? I've Found a Great Alternative

Ronna Benjamin | Posted 03.31.2014 | Fifty
Ronna Benjamin

Skate skiers get to pass the slower, classic skiers, leaving them literally in their tracks, and well -- not that I'm competitive or anything -- but it's totally badass. And at fifty-something, even a little badass is a good thing.

Sochi and Justin Bieber

Mike Smith | Posted 03.31.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Smith

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The International Olympic Committee Skating on Thin Ice in Sochi

Hugh Williamson | Posted 03.31.2014 | Sports
Hugh Williamson

For the most part, Human Rights Watch's concerns were met either with rebuff, obfuscation or outright misinformation from the Russian government, and the IOC consistently accepted the Russian government's position at face value.

Olympics: Not For the Pure-Hearted

Michael Drew | Posted 03.30.2014 | Sports
Michael Drew

Competition leeches from the sport to the arena, in different senses of the term: political, cultural, propagandistic.

Speak Up With Jimmy: Michelle Kwan on Her Off-Ice Role for 2014 Winter Olympics (VIDEO)

Jimmy Nguyen | Posted 03.29.2014 | Sports
Jimmy Nguyen

Michelle talks about her off-ice role for the 2014 Winter Olympics -- working for Fox Sports as a sports analyst in Sochi, Russia.

Olympic Sponsors Were Warned About Sochi; Now McDonald's and Coca-Cola Are Having a PR Nightmare

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

LGBT activists are making it clear that American companies can no longer get away with tacitly supporting foreign regimes that are brutalizing LGBT people. The backlash against such companies is probably only just beginning and will last long after Sochi.

Putin Blames Gays for Bringing Olympic Games to Russia

Allison Hope | Posted 03.30.2014 | Comedy
Allison Hope

It was a frigid, grey day like every other in Russia. The Kremlin's spires reached up towards the murky skies as if outstretched arms asking heaven to save it from its stifling censored existence.

Tara Lipinski: 'It's Unfortunate' That Russia's Anti-LGBT Stance Has Overshadowed Olympics

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

U.S. figure skater Tara Lipinski weighed in on Russia's controversial "gay propaganda" laws during a HuffPost Live appearance this week, saying that s...

Toughest Drug-Testing Program In Winter Games History

AP | STEPHEN WILSON | Posted 01.28.2014 | Sports

LONDON (AP) — Go ahead — just try to get away with it. If you're willing to take the risk, you'll pay the price. That's the challenge laid down t...

5 Olympian Mindsets to Achieve Greatness

Steve Siebold | Posted 03.30.2014 | Sports
Steve Siebold

Most people are aware that Olympic athletes must be in impeccable physical condition, but what about the mental component of competing in the Olympics?

Michael Calderone

Inside Russia's Olympic Media Blackout | Michael Calderone | Posted 01.29.2014 | Media

NEW YORK – Corruption. Environmental damage. Forced evictions. Exploitation of migrant workers. Journalists would be expected to dive headfirst i...

J.C. Penney's Olympic Ad Remixes 'No Diggity'

The Huffington Post | Emily Thomas | Posted 01.27.2014 | Business

We’ve seen some inspiring commercials centered around the Winter Olympics. This isn't exactly one of them. J.C. Penney’s Olympic commercial, s...

Inside American Freestyle Skier's Long Road To Sochi

AP | EDDIE PELLS | Posted 01.27.2014 | Sports

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — Nick Goepper's road to the Olympics really began on the doorsteps of rural Indiana, where he rang doorbells, handed out flyers t...

LGBT Exodus From Russia: Stories of Exile

Priyanka Gupta | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Priyanka Gupta

Anatoly escaped Chelyabinsk, a major Russian city near the Ural Mountains in July; a month after the controversial gay propaganda bill was passed by the state Duma and signed into a law by Putin.