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2014 Sochi Olympics

Gold, Silver, Bronze... Does it Really Matter?

Linda Goepper | Posted 04.16.2014 | Parents
Linda Goepper

When we woke up on competition day, my husband and I were nervous. Very, nervous! As a mom, it's hard to be the voice of reason when all you want is for your child to achieve his dream, but I had to stay positive for him and my other children.

This Is The Perfect Way To Watch The Winter Olympics

The Huffington Post | Isaac Saul | Posted 02.14.2014 | Comedy

Turn your heat off, find an old Russian woman with a babushka and boil some potatoes. These are just a few tips on how to be a perfect winter sports v...

Symbolism in the Olympic Ring Failure

Seth Adam Smith | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
Seth Adam Smith

Don't misinterpret what I'm trying to say. I fully believe that the fifth ring failure was mere a technical glitch and not some subliminal message. But I also believe that this incident can serve as a potent symbol of the current state of affairs between Russia and America.

5 Places You Need to Visit in Slovenia That Have Nothing to Do With Skiing

Inga Batur | Posted 04.16.2014 | Travel
Inga Batur

We might be small and it's easy to get around, but you should really take your time to enjoy us, meet the people and have a perfect glass of wine.

Putin, Ventriloquism and Free Speech

Eliot Borenstein | Posted 04.16.2014 | Impact
Eliot Borenstein

The Russian government has gotten back into the story business.

Olympian Will Root Against His Wife On Valentine's Day

Posted 02.14.2014 | Sports

It's going to be quite the unconventional Valentine's Day at the Olympics for one curling couple in Sochi. While South Korean curler Kim Ji-Sun lea...

Defending Principle 6, Sport as a Human Right

Ciarán ó Lionáird | Posted 04.16.2014 | Impact
Ciarán ó Lionáird

Why, in this apparent sea of nirvana, are we as athletes choosing to speak out in support of the oppressed LGBT community in Russia?

I Found Love at the Sochi Olympics

Caitlin Cahow | Posted 04.16.2014 | Impact
Caitlin Cahow

Having been at the Vancouver Winter Olympics in 2010, I was vaguely aware of the buzz about Olympic Village romances...

Is Vladimir Putin a Bond Villain?

Benari Poulten | Posted 04.16.2014 | Comedy
Benari Poulten

Is Vladimir Putin using the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi to become the next great James Bond villain? Let's look at some facts.

Is This The Secret To Olympic Gold?

Posted 02.14.2014 | Healthy Living

Instead of going to Disney World after winning gold in the women's snowboarding slopestyle event, Jamie Anderson said she'll be headed to Wanderlust -...

'Green News Report' - February 13, 2014

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 04.15.2014 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Fossil fuels booming in the US -- literally -- with more new explosions t...

An Olympian's Call for Climate Action

Andy Newell | Posted 04.15.2014 | Impact
Andy Newell

As a result of this heightened awareness of climate change, many of us who spend our lives in the snow are more aware of its effects and have changed our lifestyles to be respectful of the health of the environment.

U.S. Figure Skater Leaves Olympic Village To Get Some Sleep

Posted 02.16.2014 | Healthy Living

Before we even began to hear about #SochiProblems, Jeremy Abbott was thinking a couple of steps ahead. The U.S. figure skater, citing the difficulty h...

What Parents and Others Can Learn from Sochi Olympians

Robin Gorman Newman | Posted 04.15.2014 | Parents
Robin Gorman Newman

As parents, we all want our kids to succeed. Not everyone gets to stand on a podium and have a medal draped around their neck. But our kids are heroes in our eyes.

What Would Vladimir Putin Do?

Sarah M. Hoffman | Posted 04.15.2014 | Impact
Sarah M. Hoffman

It's the perfect time to ask, what would Brian Boitano do? He'd fight the evil robot king and save the human race again.

Kate Hansen's Dancing Is A Blessing

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 02.13.2014 | Sports

U.S. luger Kate Hansen's dancing is a blessing -- at least that's what fellow Olympian Erin Hamlin seems to think. On Tuesday, Feb. 11, Hamlin too...

OUCH! U.S. Champion Falls Hard But Gets Back Up

Posted 02.13.2014 | Sports

American figure skater Jeremy Abbott fell hard and slid into the boards during the Sochi Olympics men's short program on Thursday, but that didn't sto...

Time to Stop the 'Cold' War at Winter Games

Mike Smith | Posted 04.15.2014 | Politics
Mike Smith

Is it time to crawl under my desk yet? Like the ice and snow in Sochi, can't we have a thawing of our relationship with Russia? The continued undermining of the Sochi Games and trying to miscast Putin's Olympics as a $50 billion ego trip really needs to stop.

PHOTOS: Speedskating Crash Leads To 4th Straight Gold For China

Posted 02.13.2014 | Sports

Short track speedskater Li Jianrou of China said she felt "very lucky" after winning the gold medal in women's 500 meters on Thursday. That's because ...

#RingFail -- Why a Broken Ring Matters at the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony

Andy Miah | Posted 04.15.2014 | Sports
Andy Miah

It would be unfair for the world to judge the artistic merit of the ceremony on the basis of this one technical fault, as the rest of the staging was flawless. Art may deserve a bit more flexibility in terms of how we evaluate success, compared to sport, where only perfection matters.

As a Lesbian Athlete, I Am More Than a Stereotype

Nora Cothren | Posted 04.15.2014 | Impact
Nora Cothren

You never know who is listening, and you never know how a casual use of a slur will impact a teammate.

Russian Pop Culture in the West?

Tinatin Japaridze | Posted 04.15.2014 | Entertainment
Tinatin Japaridze

Since buying, owning and enjoying foreign records in Russia is no longer a political issue, why hasn't the vast nation, in turn, managed to capture western hearts with their take on pop music?

Seriously Sochi? What's With the Trophy Snow Ladies?

Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 04.30.2014 | Women
Macrina Cooper-White

Who are these bizarre, futuristic snowflake ladies escorting each country? They sported bizarre headdresses and two hoops around their chest with the country's name written in English and Russian.

Bill Maher's New Rule For Sochi's Anti-Gay Mayor

Posted 02.13.2014 | Comedy

Bill Maher has a great question for Sochi's Mayor, who says there are no gay people living there. Hear it in the exclusive "New Rule" above. "Real ...

Writers and Olympians: Cut From The Same Crazy Cloth

Karin Tanabe | Posted 04.15.2014 | Books
Karin Tanabe

How many rejection letters can one person take? They are our version of the torn Achilles before the big game, the participation medals and last place finishes. But still, like that flying tomato boy, we go on.