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- Sochi has opened a $57,000 contract to locate and destroy over 2,000 stray cats and dogs in an effort to beautify the city for the Olympic Games. Sochi normally poisons the animals, but is now concerned about the poison being tracked into homes, killing squirrels and birds, and running off to pollute both shorelines and drinking water.Squads will work between 5 and 8 a.m. through the end of the year to exterminate all visible members of the offending species.[Published 13-10-2013. UPDATED 02-02-2014]Related story: Moscow man rescues Sochi straysShare this Story×Google+posted by: johnmoroneyInfo
- Well the Russians didn't get the medal that everyone wanted. No, that one went to Canada about five minutes ago.But Russian athletes certainly performed extremely well at these Games under massive amounts of pressure and ended up winning the most overall medals (33) as well as the most gold (13).The mighty Norwegians were second with 26 medals (11 gold), and the Canadians placed third with 25 medals (10 gold).U.S. athletes took home 28 medals with 9 gold — good for fourth place. (The ranks are based on overall gold medals).Share this Story×Google+posted by: Evan_DugganInfo
- Sometimes we forget the Olympics are supposed to be about the athletes and the events.We were reminded what the true Olympic spirit is when a moment of sportsmanship occurred during the cross-country skiing men's individual sprint qualifications.
Russian skier Anton Gafarov broke a ski early in the race after crashing, but wanted to keep going. It seemed evident Gafarov wouldn't finish the race after repeated falls, but Canadian coach Justin Wadsworth stepped in and affixed a new ski to Gafarov's boot, which allowed him to finish the race.Share this Story×Google+View all best Olympic moments storiesposted by: Evan_DugganInfo
- If you didn't know who Kristers Gudlevskis was before he put up one of the best Olympic goaltending shows of all time, then you're not alone.Even though his Latvians lost 2-1 to Canada, they surely gave many Canadians a funny feeling in their tummies and hearts in the quarter-finals.Gudlevskis is a six-foot-three, 189-pound stopper for the AHL's Syracuse Crunch. He's seen time in the ECHL, AHL, KHL and NHL and was drafted in 2013 in the fifth round (124th overall) by — now here's an interesting fact — Team Canada/Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman.Share this Story×Google+View all best Olympic moments storiesposted by: Evan_DugganInfo
- Winning back-to-back Olympic gold medals is an honor not too many Olympians can say they achieved, and while Swiss cross-country skier Dario Cologna did just that in the men's 15km cross-country classic, it's what happened after that became one of these Games best moments.
Peruvian skier Roberto Carcelen broke a rib during training but raced anyway. It was no surprise he finished dead last, but what was surprising was that the champion Cologna waited 30 minutes after winning the event so that he could congratulate Carcelen with a hug.Share this Story×Google+View all best Olympic moments storiesposted by: Evan_DugganInfo
- Expect the closing ceremonies to be “low key” and “art house”.Those were the words used by ceremonies creative director Konstantin Ernst to describe what he’s planned to close the 22nd Olympiad.Ernst said the festivities will "objectively portray" Russian culture and be a low-key art house production.“Low key” makes sense given that the party in Sochi has felt kind of over since the men’s Russian hockey team was eliminated. At least the Russian hosts were gracious enough not to make all of their new friends go home early.Share this Story×Google+posted by: Evan_DugganInfo
- There's only two events left to go and this Olympics is a wrap: run 4 of bobsled and the gold medal hockey game between the two most frozen-yet-civilized countries on the planet.As the Games draw to a close, what sports are you most looking forward to?Nice. If you’re not predicting, you’re not living.March MadnessGetting back to the regular NHL seasonDodgers and D-Backs, Opening DayIn the commentsShare this Story×Google+posted by: John_MoroneyOpinion
- Captain of the U.S. hockey team Julie Chu has been awarded the honor of bearing Old Glory in the closing ceremony.Chu lead the American women all the way to the gold medal game before suffering a heartbreaking loss when Canada came back from a 2-0 deficit in the last four minutes of the game and won gold in overtime.At 31, Sochi will probably be the last of Chu's Olympic career. As the face of women's hockey for more than a decade, Chu has made four appearances at the Games.Share this Story×Google+posted by: John_MoroneyInfo
- Two-time Olympic gold medalists Kaillie Humphries an Heather Moyse have been named Canada's flagbearers for the closing ceremony.Humphries and Moyse became the the first female bobsledders with back-to back gold on Wednesday, coming from behind on the last run to beat top-ranked Elena Meyers of the U.S. Their first gold was at Vancouver 2010."This has been such a great Games for Canada and leading the team into the closing ceremony is the cherry on top of a fantastic couple of weeks. I am so honoured," said Humphries.Share this Story×Google+posted by: John_MoroneyInfo
- Austrian cross-country skier Johannes Duerr finished eighth in the men's 30km skiathlon and is scheduled to compete in the men's 50km mass start event.
However, Duerr might not get that chance as rumors circulate he failed a doping test, having tested positive for EPO. Norwegian media was the the first to report the story and they say Duerr can appeal to have his case heard ahead of the event's start time if he's pulled from the race.
If the positive drug test is confirmed, Duerr will be the fifth Olympian to fail a doping test at the Sochi Olympics.Share this Story×Google+posted by: salvatoreInfo
- Not everybody can sit in front of a TV/computer/mobile device and watch all the Olympic action. Don't worry because that's what we're here for.
Here's what you missed today:
Finland won the bronze medal in men's hockey. The gold medal game is tomorrow.
Canada 3 sled crashed during the four-man bobsled event.
The Dutch won more speed skating medals.
Austria went 1-2 in men's slalom.
Biathlon gold for Russia.
Another Olympian failed a drug test.
Tomorrow is the last day of the Olympics. Join Sportable for live coverage of the men's ice hockey game.Share this Story×Google+posted by: salvatoreInfo
- German biathlete Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle and Italian bobsledder William Frullani were booted out of the Sochi Games after they failed doping tests.
Ukrainian cross-country skier Marina Lisogor is now the third Olympian to fail a drug test. She tested positive for the "specified stimulant" trimetazidine, which was added to the World Anti-Doping Agency's banned substances list January 1, 2014.
The Ukrainian Olympic Committee said Lisogor, who finished far off the podium in her two Olympic events, didn't take the banned substance knowingly.Share this Story×Google+posted by: salvatoreInfo
- There is no doubt in anyone's mind that without a personal push to win the Games for post-Soviet Russia from President Vladimir Putin, they would never have happened.While Big Daddy Vladdy isn't an Olympic moment per se, the Western focus on Russia that Putin's Games have given us have made him a favorite nonetheless.Share this Story×Google+View all best Olympic moments storiesposted by: John_MoroneyInfo
- The Olympic spirit of competition runs deep in American blood, and one state has decided it's time for the U.S. to take home the gold in an event Russia has recently been dominating.The event? Anti-gay legislation.The Arizona legislature has passed a bill that allows business owners with strongly held religious beliefs to refuse service to gays. Republican Gov. Jan Brewer will decide whether or not to sign the legislation into law next week.The bill allows any business, church or person to cite the law as a defense in any discrimination lawsuit.Share this Story×Google+posted by: John_MoroneyInfo
- The ashes of Canadian free skier Sarah Burke have been spread in the halfpipe and around the Sochi Olympic sites. Burke was one of the driving forces that brought ski halfpipe and slopestyle to the Games.Burke died after an accident on a training run in 2012.Freeski coach Trennon Paynter spread the ashes after training but prior to the competition.Friends, fans and fellow skiers were not allowed to wear the stickers they normally wear commemorating Burke because of IOC rules. Many athletes taped over the stickers for the duration of the Games.Share this Story×Google+posted by: John_MoroneyInfo
- A coalition of human rights groups including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International has sent a letter to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) calling for new human rights pledges to be written into future Olympic deals with host cities, AP reports.Activists have been protesting against Russia’s recently-enacted anti-gay laws — a matter which the IOC has been reticent to get involved in.“The contracts should include clear sanctions for failing to respect these commitments, up to and including a relocation of the Games,” the letter said.Share this Story×Google+posted by: Evan_DugganInfo