Winter Olympics

Russians celebrate as costliest Olympics ever comes to a close

Giant mascots wave goodbye. Photo: Xinhua

Flushed with pride after a spectacular showing at the costliest Olympics ever, Russia celebrated 17 days of sport-driven global unity on Sunday night with a farewell show that hands off the Winter Games to their next host, Pyeongchang in South Korea.

Monday, 24 February, 2014, 10:19am 1 comment

Snub fired me to gold, says Russia's new Olympic figure skating champion Adelina Sotnikova

Adelina Sotnikova in action. Photo: Xinhua

Newly-crowned Olympic champion Adelina Sotnikova admitted that her fury at being overlooked in favour of fellow teen Julia Lipnitskaia to compete for Russia in the new team event in Sochi had motivated her desire for victory.

21 Feb 2014 - 9:51am 1 comment

Tuesday's highlights at the Winter Olympics

Tina Maze won the Giant Slalom. Photo: Reuters


19 Feb 2014 - 12:05pm

Monday's highlights at the Winter Olympics

Charlie White and Meryl Davis won the US's first gold in ice dancing. Photo: AFP

LOST IN A FOG Soup was the special on the Olympic menu. Thick, soupy fog in the mountains rolled in to Krasnaya Polyana on Sunday night, stuck around on Monday and knocked out a bunch of events. A men’s biathlon race and a snowboard event were both postponed until Tuesday. “Mother Nature doesn’t always cooperate,” American snowboardcross rider Nate Holland said.

18 Feb 2014 - 11:27am

China, world's dominant aerials force, beaten by Belarus

China's Jia Zongyang crashes in the Men's Freestyle Skiing Aerials finals. Photo: AFP

China came to the Sochi Games with the top-ranked men’s and women’s aerials team in the world.

It left without an Olympic gold medal. Again.

18 Feb 2014 - 11:20am

Skater Barton Lui had no need for doctor, says Hong Kong Olympics chief

Barton Lui had complained that a lack of medical attention for previous injuries had left him below peak. Photo: AFP

Hong Kong’s sole Winter Olympian, Barton Lui Pan-to, had been passed fit by a doctor before he left to take part in the Winter Games in Sochi, said senior Hong Kong Olympic Committee official Pang Chung.

13 Feb 2014 - 5:15am 8 comments

52 Olympians urge Russia to repeal gay laws

Two men sit inside a set of Olympic rings on display at the Olympic Park as preparations continue for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Photo: REUTERS

Current and former Olympians criticise Games officials and sponsors for lack of action over anti-gay measures On the eve of the Sochi Winter Games, more than 50 current and former Olympians have called on the Russian authorities to repeal recently introduced anti-gay laws and criticised the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and multinational sponsors for not doing more to force them to do s

31 Jan 2014 - 5:22pm

Team USA's Olympics gear made entirely in America, Ralph Lauren says

US Olympics team members show off their outfits for next year's Winter Games on the Today Show. Photo: AFP

Ralph Lauren Corp unveiled its Team USA designs for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics on Tuesday, emphasising that – “from yarn to dye” – they were made in America.

30 Oct 2013 - 2:31pm

The force behind Russia's 'Oligarch Olympics'

Then Russian president Dmitry Medvedev with German Gref (left), Sberbank chief, at a ski facility under construction in 2011. Photo: AP

The mountains of Sochi are now home to Potanin's slope, Gazprom's gondola lift and Sberbank's ski jump. The nicknames used by locals and an army of construction workers leave no doubt about who is paying for the 2014 Winter Games: Russia's business powerhouses.

26 May 2013 - 5:54am

Russia have reality check before Sochi Winter Olympics

One of Russia's top hopes: Alexander Legkov. Photo: AFP

Any dreams Russia had of dominating their home Winter Olympic Games in Sochi next year have been dealt a harsh reality check by the mediocre performances of the country's athletes this season.

31 Mar 2013 - 4:56am

APPEALING alternative

The attractiveness of Canada has often been overshadowed by more glamorous countries, until now. With the United States and Europe facing uncertainties, a lot of global funds are turning to the Canadian dollar - as well as the Swiss franc and yen - as a safe haven.

19 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Three jeers for 'Asian' Games

Getting pretty warm around here, isn't it? Yeah, the mercury is going through the roof in Asia - 35 degrees Celsius here in Hong Kong and much of the same in Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Manila and Ho Chi Minh City. But it's time to wipe that sweat from your brow, folks, because your good friends in South Korea are pleased to announce they are officially bringing winter to Asia.

10 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Warm reception by children as Games mascots skate on thin ice


Don't tell Dawn Roberts' niece or nephew, but she has their Christmas presents picked out.

She's giving them stuffed animals that don't exist in real life, but instead roam the cruel and unforgiving world of Olympic mascots.

3 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

How a city convention centre can resemble a 'fast ferry'


As big as four city blocks, built over both land and water, the expanded Vancouver convention centre is a building that reminds some of a ferry.

Not just any ferry, mind you, but the fast ferries that brought down the New Democratic Party government that dominated provincial politics in the 1990s.

16 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Games organisers win costs battle but more hurdles are on the way


At all Olympic Games, the spectre of financial ruin for a host city has always lurked in the background.

Frightening news of London's budget problems as it prepares for its 2012 Games preceded Vancouver's announcement last week of how it is handling the 2010 Winter Olympics financially.

14 May 2007 - 12:00am