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Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper, right, shakes hands with President Barack Obama during the North American Leaders Summit in Toluca, Mexico, Feb. 19, 2014.
Olympic hockey outcome so far: Harper 1, Obama 0
Feb. 20, 2014
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is ready for the icy cold one President Barack Obama promised him. With their countries facing off in a pair of Olympic hockey games this week, more than just the puck is on the line.
This undated image provided by Procter & Gamble shows a photo from "€œPick Them Back Up." It'€™s a part of its popular "€œThank You Mom"€ campaign, showing moms supporting young athletes when they fall down.
Going for gold: Olympic ad winners and losers
Feb. 20, 2014
The pressure to win during the 2014 Sochi Olympics is nearly as intense for marketers as it is for the athletes themselves. Just like there are medals handed out during the Games, there are winners and losers in advertising. It's a huge stage for marketers. Companies pay as much as $100 million for exclusive rights to sponsor Olympic teams, while others shell out tens of thousands hoping to score gold by backing individual athletes. The catch? Advertisers' fates are often tied to external factors. There were a number of distractions this year due to controversy over security, gay rights laws ...
Marie-Philip Poulin of Canada (29) celebrates with teammates after scoring the tying goal against the USA during the third period of the women's gold medal ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.
Canada women beat US 3-2 in OT for Olympic hockey gold
Feb. 20, 2014
Canada trailed 2-0 before Brianne Jenner and Poulin scored in the final 3:26 of regulation, and Poulin had the game-winner with a power play goal at 8:10 of overtime.
Gracie Gold of the United States falls as she competes in the women's free skate figure skating finals at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.
US shut out of medals in women's figure skating
Feb. 20, 2014
Russia's cupboard was so bare of world-class female figure skaters that the sport's most dominant nation had to turn to the kids a few years ago. Among those youngsters was Adelina Sotnikova, who won a national championship in 2009, when she was just 12.
Marie-Philip Poulin of Canada (29) celebrates with teammates after scoring the tying goal against the USA during the third period of the women's gold medal ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.
Olympics Roundup: Canada hockey win breaks string of firsts in Sochi
Feb. 20, 2014
Canada won its fourth straight women's Olympic hockey title, breaking Thursday's pattern of first-time winners on the slopes and ice of the Sochi Games.
Maddie Bowman of the United States gets air during women's ski halfpipe qualifying at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.
Sarah Burke's night; Maddie Bowman's gold in Sochi
Feb. 20, 2014
Sarah Burke's parents looked up the hill and saw the halfpipe workers making one last trip down in the formation of a heart. They looked the other direction and saw the scoreboard: Maddie Bowman of the United States won gold, Marie Martinod of France took silver and Ayana Onozuka of Japan took bronze.
Fans waving a Russian flag cheer during the women's biathlon at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia, Feb. 9, 2014.
Cheer for everyone? The Russians are still learning
Feb. 19, 2014
From their perch in the bleachers high above the shooting range, biathlon fans generally follow two unspoken rules: Stay quiet when a biathlete is shooting at the target and do not cheer when a competitor from another country misses.
Russia's Vic Wild celebrates, after winning the gold medal in the men's snowboard parallel giant slalom final, with his wife and bronze medalist in the women's snowboard parallel giant slalom final, Russia's Alena Zavarzina, at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.
Russia's snowboard couple medals together in Sochi
Feb. 19, 2014
Vic Wild, an American native who now competes for Russia, captured the Olympic gold medal in parallel giant slalom about 15 minutes after his wife, Russia's Alena Zavarzina, won the bronze.
American bobsledder Lolo Jones takes pictures of her teammates after they won silver and bronze during the women's bobsled competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.
No medal in Sochi, but Lolo Jones is satisfied
Feb. 19, 2014
She scrambled to find her camera before the flower ceremony began. Lolo Jones wasn't going to miss any of it. She wasn't going to let her American teammates down. Not now. This moment wasn't about Jones, and that was just fine.
USA defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, goaltender Jonathan Quick and forward Blake Wheeler celebrate their 5-2 win over the Czech Republic after the men's quarterfinal hockey game in Shayba Arena at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.
U.S. advances to hockey semifinals; Canada up next in quest for gold
Feb. 19, 2014
Dustin Brown banged in a go-ahead goal late in the first period Wednesday and the United States went on to dominate the Czech Republic 5-2, earning a spot in the Olympic hockey semifinals for the second consecutive time. The U.S. will play Canada on Friday for a spot in the gold-medal game. The Canadians beat Latvia 2-1.
Russia goaltender Semyon Varlamov turns to find the puck as Finland scores a goal in the firsts period of a men's ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. Finland won 3-1.
Olympic Roundup: Russia loses shot at hockey gold
Feb. 19, 2014
A Russian hockey team with immense expectations lost its shot at an Olympic title Wednesday at a Winter Games tempered by violence both in the host city and in nearby Ukraine.
Russia defenseman Andrei Markov, left, and forward Pavel Datsyuk react after Russia lost 3-1 to Finland in a men's quarterfinal ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.
Russia knocked out of Olympic hockey by Finns, 3-1
Feb. 19, 2014
Finland eliminated Russia from the Olympic men's hockey tournament with a 3-1 victory Wednesday, putting a stunning end to the Russians' enormous expectations at home.
Men's giant slalom gold medalist Ted Ligety of the United States poses for photographers on the podium at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.
American Ted Ligety dominates for gold in Olympic giant slalom
Feb. 19, 2014
Ted Ligety has created his own, unique way of skiing. And now, he's in pretty elite company. Carving turns like nobody else, Ligety established a huge first-run lead and then comfortably held on to win the giant slalom at the Sochi Games on Wednesday, becoming the first American man to win two Olympic gold medals in Alpine skiing.
A crash during the second heat of the women's snowboard cross quarterfinals at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia, on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014.
Extreme Park crashes taking outsize toll on women
Feb. 18, 2014
Sarka Pancochova, a Czech snowboarder, led the slopestyle event after the first run. On her second trip down the course of obstacles and jumps, she flew through the air, performed a high-arcing, spinning trick, and smacked her head upon landing.
Liu Jiayu goes airborne, revealing a snowboarding brand's logo, while competing for China in the women's halfpipe at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Rosa Khutor, Russia, on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014.
Snowboarders and skiers fly in the face of logo rules
Feb. 18, 2014
The Olympic Games work extremely hard to disguise their vast corporate ties. Fans at the venues and viewers at home will not see any business logos in the background, except the ubiquitous Olympic rings and Sochi 2014 emblem. The only interruptions come from the athletes, their clothes and their equipment.

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