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2014 Sochi Olympics: Ashley Wagner finds redemption in team skating

9 February 2014 | 9:22 am Ashley Wagner of the United States competes in the women's team short program figure skating competition at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.

Kotsenburg wins first US gold at Sochi Olympics – Gold medalists could pay $10G in taxes- SOCHI OLYMPICS COVERAGE

9 February 2014 | 1:56 am Feb. 8, 2014: United States' Sage Kotsenburg celebrates after winning the men's snowboard slopestyle final at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, at the 2014 Winter Olympics, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.

As Olympics gear up, it's the athletes' turn in the sun

9 February 2014 | 12:06 am Canada's Justine Dufour-Lapointe, center, celebrates her gold medal in the women's moguls final, with her sister and silver medalist Chloe Dufour-Lapointe, left, and bronze medalist United States' Hannah Kearney, at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.

How to Live Stream the 2014 Sochi Olympics –

8 February 2014 | 9:46 pm The 2014 Winter Olympics from Sochi, Russia officially begin tonight, Friday, February 7th. And while NBC will be The only problem is that it's blocked for anyone who lives in the United States. [photo via NBC Sports]. .

Winter Olympics 2014 medal count: Norway leading after Saturday …

8 February 2014 | 7:33 pm While Canada, Germany and the United States dominated the medal table during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Norway has stormed out of the gates in the Sochi games to take an early lead in the medal count.

Winter Olympics 2014 hockey results: United States, Canada get …

8 February 2014 | 3:34 pm Women's hockey began Saturday at the 2014 Winter Olympics, with the USA and Canada both in action. Here's what happened.

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9 Responses to The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics United States

  • Will The United States Boycott The 2014 Sochi, Russia Winter Olympics? Ok! I’m a big sports and Olympics games fan, but I was really looking forward to the 2014 Russian Winter Olympics. The USA are amazing Olympic Athletes. We got the most Metals at London 2012! I wanna see are new effort at this years Olympics. I’ll be be very pissed off if the American council declares a boycott this year! 🙁

    • Curator says:

      Relax. The US will attend the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. We attended the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing despite their awful human rights record and assurances (later broken) of allowing foreign-press visible protests.

      When medal-contention athletes who have sacrificed for years announce they refuse to attend the Olympic, there’s something going on. So far, nothing close to that has happened.

  • Leslie Goudy says:

    Why Does Yahoo Have To Make Such Obviously Liberal Statements In Their Articles? President Barack Obama waded into the debate over a potential boycott of the 2014 Winter Olympics on Friday, and made exactly the right call.

    While Obama admitted he is “offended” by Russia’s much-criticized stance on homosexual rights, he was adamant that a conscientious withdrawal from the Games in Sochi next February would be a significant mistake.

    The furor over a new regulation implemented by the Russian government that appears to severely impinge gay rights and could lead to homosexuals being targeted for arrest, has led to calls for the United States and other nations to pull out of the event in protest.

    However, Obama was correct in his assertion that the best way to show the folly of the controversial regulations is by turning up in defiance rather than staying away in disgust.

    “I do not think it is appropriate to boycott the Olympics,” Obama said at a White House news conference. “We have got a bunch of Americans who are training hard, who are doing everything they can to succeed.

    “One of the things I am looking forward to is maybe some gay or lesbian athletes bringing home the gold, silver or bronze. If Russia doesn’t have gay or lesbian athletes, it will probably make their team weaker.”

    As strong a statement as pulling the U.S. team out would be, a far more compelling one can be made by attending. Jesse Owens caused more embarrassment to Adolf Hitler in 1936 by being a superstar on the track rather than an objector sitting at home.

    “The Games bring people together,” United States Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackman said in a statement. “They unite the world and break down barriers. They demonstrate how people with disparate views can come together and celebrate what they have in common, most notably the will to be the best you can be.”

    Any glory attained by openly gay athletes from the U.S. or elsewhere, such as figure skater Johnny Weir or New Zealand speedskater Blake Skjellerup, who will wear a rainbow pin in Sochi, can only serve to highlight the unfairness and stupidity of laws that some legal experts believe potentially criminalize acts like holding hands and kissing in public.

    Yahoo! Sports has spent time in Russia as part of preparations for the Olympics and a straw poll among the local homosexual community, both in Sochi itself and capital city Moscow, unearthed no support for a boycott.

    Again, as I stated in a question last night, who the hell cares about this anyway? Is it any of our business to tell Russia how to handle their affairs with Gay people right wrong or indifferent. No. As usual, Obama thinks he is President or King of the World and it makes the USA look too big for their cotton picking britches no pun intended–obama-makes-right-call-not-to-boycott-2014-olympics-225134570.html

    • Curator says:

      Winter Olympics
      1924 Chamonix, France
      1928 St. Moritz, Switzerland
      1932 Lake Placid, United States
      1936 Garmisch-Partenkirchen,
      1940 St. Moritz, Switzerland (cancelled
      due to WWII)
      1944 Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy
      (cancelled due to WWII)
      1948 St. Moritz, Switzerland
      1952 Oslo, Norway
      1956 Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy
      1960 Squaw Valley, United States
      1964 Innsbruck, Austria
      1968 Grenoble, France
      1972 Sapporo, Japan
      1976 Innsbruck, Austria
      1980 Lake Placid, United States
      1984 Sarajevo, Yugoslavia (until 1988)
      1988 Calgary, Canada
      1992 Albertville, France
      1994 Lillehammer, Norway
      1998 Nagano, Japan
      2002 Salt Lake City, United States
      2006 Torino, Italy
      2010 Vancouver, Canada
      2014 Sochi, Russia

  • Horsegirl20 says:

    Please! Please! Please! Help Me!? Which of the following is a factual statement?
    A.The 2014 Winter Olympics will be held in Sochi, Russia.
    B.The United States always seems to win the most gold medals at the Olympics.
    C.Snowboarding is the most exciting sport at the winter games.
    D.It is worth paying attention to the new generation of American snowboarders.

    • Curator says:

      The small Black Sea republic of Abkhazia, already free of Georgia’s control since the war of 1992-93, emerged more secure from the Georgia-Russia war of August 2008. But if the “dreadful” years of its modern history have ended, the young state is now living through “difficult” times.

      The events of August 2008 changed the course of history in the Transcaucasus. Two weeks after a ceasefire in the “five-day war” of 8-12 August, President Dmitry Medvedev of Russia declared his country’s recognition of both South Ossetia and Abkhazia – de facto free of Georgia’s rule since the end of the wars of 1991-92 and 1992-93 respectively – as independent states. The approaching second anniversary of this announcement, made on 26 August 2008 at 3 pm (Moscow time), is an opportunity to assess Abkhazia’s condition and prospects.

      The war had been launched late on 7 August with the hugely misguided decision by President Mikheil Saakashvili of Georgia to order a missile-attack on Tskhinval (Tskhinvali), the South Ossetian capital. His calculation, mistaken on either count, was that South Ossetia was too insignificant a region for Russia to bother defending (despite deaths among its peacekeeping troops there) or that – if indeed Russia did respond militarily – United States and/or other western forces would rally to his aid.

      There have been impressive ceremonial displays of statehood, such as the visit of Dmitry Medvedev to Sukhum on 8 August 2010 for a meeting with Ardzinba’s successor as Abkhazia’s president, Sergei Bagapsh (a year after that of Russia’s prime minister Vladimir Putin); and the joint visit of Bagapsh and his South Ossetian counterpart Eduard Kokoity to Nicaragua and Venezuela in July. The International Court of Justice’s opinion on Kosovo’s declaration of independence in 2008, delivered on 22 July 2010, has also raised hopes that the consequences for the young Transcaucasian states will be beneficial (see Engjellushe Morina, “Kosovo, law and politics”, 27 July 2010).

      There is no longer any fear of Georgian military aggression, of the kind that arose in summer 2006 when Mikheil Saakashvili suddenly introduced troops into the Kodor valley. This internal security is in principle favourable to tourism, which remains the best prospect for the Abkhazian economy. But after what approached a bumper-season in 2009 following the war, 2010 seems not to be continuing the trend. There is much talk that the relative freedom of Russians to travel to areas with lower prices and better service is responsible.

      Any renovation of railway links and of the airport at Babushera (near Dranda) would be of enormous benefit (Babushera is still the largest airport in the entire Caucasus – even after the new extension to the runway just across the Russian border at Adler, near Sochi, in anticipation of the winter Olympics of 2014). A reopened airport, even if planes can only fly to and from Russia – until such a time as other international routes can be established – would enable tourists to fly direct to the heart of Abkhazia.

      The work of upgrading the railway and the airport is – following contractual agreements – being undertaken by Russia, which also has taken a lease on them. Abkhazia itself simply does not have the wherewithal to carry out these essential renovations on its own. Yet the decision to grant such permission has been queried, and there is some dissatisfaction in Abkhazia too over the various inter-state agreements signed with the Kremlin, including a military accord allowing Russian troops to be stationed and – most controversially – to control the frontiers with Georgia. Many Abkhazians feel that they should be securing their own borders; they also ask why it is felt necessary to give these troops the right to buy (potentially extremely valuable) property in the republic.

      Abkhazia’s overall position would greatly benefit from western investment and influence (see Neal Ascherson, “Abkhazia and the Caucasus: the west’s choice”, 6 August 2010). This is true across the board, but especially in the war-ravaged (by the conflict of 1992-93) and still largely neglected regions of Ochamchira and Tqwarchal.

      Two years after the five-day war and the beginnings of recognition of independent statehood, the “difficult” phase predicted by Vladislav Ardzinba in August 2008 continues. After the “dreadful” and “difficult” periods of Abkhazia’s last two decades, a combination of “democracy” and “development” may best describe the challenge for the next.

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