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  • Canada beats Sweden 3-0 for Olympic hockey gold

    February 23, 2014

    Sidney Crosby skated in alone on Henrik Lundqvist, faking Sweden's goalie to the ice with a textbook-quality deke and sliding a perfect backhand into the net. Canada did everything by the book at the Sochi Olympics, winning all six games with a ferocious commitment to defense and discipline. When Canada's captain finally got his first goal of the games Sunday, it had none of the dramatics of Crosby's last Olympic goal four years ago in Vancouver. But it was every bit as golden.

  • Athletes march into the arena during the closing ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.

    Costly, political, successful: Sochi Olympics end

    February 23, 2014

    Flushed with pride after its athletes' spectacular showing at the costliest Olympics ever, Russia celebrated Sunday night with a visually stunning finale that handed off a smooth but politically charged Winter Games to their next host, Pyeongchang in South Korea.

  • Teemu Selanne of Finland (8) celebrates his goal against Team USA during the third period of the men's bronze medal ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.

    Massacre on ice: Finland routs U.S. 5-0 for bronze

    February 22, 2014

    Teemu Selanne led his team around the ice, with a bronze medal draped around his neck, after he finished off his sixth Olympics with a sweet victory.

  • 2 more athletes test positive at Sochi Olympics

    February 22, 2014

    A Latvian hockey player and a Ukrainian cross-country skier failed drug tests at the Sochi Olympics, bringing to four the number of doping cases at the games.

  • Norway's gold medal winner Marit Bjoergen, left, congratulates Norway's bronze medal winner Kristin Stoermer Steira and Norway's silver medal winner Therese Johaug, right, after the women's 30K cross-country race at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.

    Olympic roundup: Norwegian women, Dutch speedskaters strike gold

    February 22, 2014

    The Norwegian women revived their cross country skiing dominance at the Sochi Olympics on Saturday and the Dutch added two more speedskating gold medals to their record haul.

  • "Wax cabins" near the practice course for Nordic combined at the RusSki Gorki Jumping Center in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia, Feb. 16, 2014. Like any world, the Olympics has its own secret language, a shorthand that can seem mystifying to the uninitiated.

    Behind these Olympic doors is anyone’s guess

    February 21, 2014

    Every four years, wildly disparate winter sports come together to form an instant civilization that lasts for a few weeks and then dissolves peacefully back into its constituent parts. Like any world, it has its own secret language, a shorthand that can mystify the uninitiated.

  • An Italian bobsled brakeman has his head down as he slides down the track at the Sanki Sliding Center during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia, Feb. 13, 2014.

    In the back of the bobsled, the not-so-scenic route

    February 21, 2014

    Judith Vis is a member of the Dutch women’s bobsled team and, by all accounts, a dutiful and conscientious athlete. Yet this month — only minutes after she completed a practice run at the Sanki Sliding Center — she struggled with a relatively basic question.

  • Victor An of Russia, center, reacts as he crosses the finish line ahead of Wu Dajing of China, left, and Charle Cournoyer of Canada in the men's 500m short track speedskating final at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.

    Hail the Viktor: Ahn wins two short track golds

    February 21, 2014

    Viktor Ahn was already a Russian citizen. At the Sochi Olympics, he was embraced as a national hero by his adopted country. Ahn clapped as he crossed the finish line after leading Russia to Olympic gold in the 5,000-meter relay. His countrymen applauded right back.

  • USA goaltender Jonathan Quick dives for the puck during the second period of the men's semifinal ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. Canada defeated the United States, 1-0, to advance to the gold-medal game Sunday. The United States will play Saturday for the bronze medal.

    Canada beats U.S. men 1-0 to reach gold-medal hockey game

    February 21, 2014

    For the rematch, Canada skipped the overtime and shelved the theatrics. One slick goal and 60 minutes of stifling defensive hockey kept the Canadians firmly on top of the U.S. and moved them to the brink of gold again.

  • In this Feb. 9, 2014, file photo, Germany's Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle prepares to shoot during the women's biathlon 7.5k sprint, at the 2014 Winter Olympics, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.

    German biathlete, Italian bobsledder test positive for banned substances

    February 21, 2014

    A top German biathlete and an Italian bobsledder were kicked out of the Sochi Olympics on Friday in the first doping cases of the Winter Games.

  • From left, Ukraine's relay team Vita Semerenko, Juliya Dzhyma, Olena Pidhrushna and Valj Semerenko pose with an Ukraine's flag, after winning the gold medal in the women's biathlon 4x6k relay at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.

    Olympics Roundup: Good news for Ukraine; More bad news for US hockey

    February 21, 2014

    Four Ukrainian women teamed up to win their country's first gold medal of the Sochi Olympics on Friday, giving the politically divided nation some good news after days of bloody anti-government protests back home.

  • Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States skis past a gate during the women's slalom at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. Shiffrin won gold in the event.

    U.S. teen Mikaela Shiffrin wins Olympic slalom gold

    February 21, 2014

    Invoking the sort of recovery skills that Bode Miller made famous, American teenager Mikaela Shiffrin made Alpine skiing history Friday as the youngest ever winner of an Olympic slalom gold medal.

  • Yuna Kim of South Korea and Adelina Sotnikova of Russia skate on the ice after the flower ceremony for the women's free skate figure skating finals at Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.

    A Russian’s dramatic figure skating win also bewilders

    February 20, 2014

    Many expected a Russian to win a gold medal in women’s figure skating at the Sochi Games, but hardly anyone expected that it would be Adelina Sotnikova.

  • Swedish women's curler Margaretha Sigfridsson in the semifinal against the Swiss team, at the Ice Cube Curling Center in Sochi, Russia, Feb. 19, 2014. Sigfridsson and other curlers often communicate with teammates by hand signals.

    In curling, hands often speak louder than words

    February 20, 2014

    The Olympic curling competition in Sochi — a relentless 10-team round robin staged over 11 days — may set a record for loudness in a sport in which athletes are used to hearing only the hum of their stones gliding over the ice.

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