WINTER OLYMPICS

  • 37 homes collapse, dozens injured in Japan earthquake November 23, 2014

    Tokyo: Helicopter surveys on Sunday showed more extensive damage than earlier thought from an overnight earthquake in the mountainous central Japan area that hosted the 1998 Winter Olympics. At least 37 homes were destroyed in two villages, and 39 people were injured across the region, including seven seriously, mostly with broken...
  • Russia pokes fun at itself by deliberately doing a repeat of the Olympic ring fail in closing ceremony February 24, 2014

    Russia proved to the world it had a sense of humour by deliberately doing a repeat of the Olympic ring fail in the closing ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics this year. In the closing ceremony, dancers mimicked the expanding rings of the Olympic logo. However, similar to what the...
  • Closing ceremony paints hosts Russia in softer colours February 23, 2014

    Sochi: Sunday's closing ceremony at Russia's first Winter Olympics will aim to paint the host nation in softer colours than the muscular spectacle that kicked off the Games, organisers said. The show at the gleaming Fisht Stadium on the Black Sea coast will take viewers on a poetic journey through...
  • Is a big bad wolf stalking the corridors of Sochi hotels where Olympians are staying? Or is that a Jimmy Kimmel prank? February 21, 2014

    Jimmy Kimmel does it again. Apparently the wolf in the 'wolf in my hall' video isn't a wolf at all. It is a dog. A frightened US luger Kate Hansen posted the video with the title 'Epic #SochiFail: Wolf in my hall' two days ago. In the 17second video, you...
  • Sochi Winter Olympics: Husband and wife win medals within moments of each other February 20, 2014

    This couple truly defines the phrase 'made for each other'. See the husband and wife celebrate after they win medals within moments of each other at the Sochi Winter Olympics. The picture has gone viral with more than six million views so far. ...
  • Indian skier ready for flag to fly at closing ceremony February 19, 2014

    Rosa Khutor, Russia: India's only Olympic Alpine skier Himanshu Thakur finished last in the men's giant slalom on Wednesday and cannot wait for the Sochi Games to end. Not because he is homesick or fedup with his performance he just wants to walk with his country's flag at the closing...
  • India's Himanshu 72nd in giant slalom event in Winter Olympics February 19, 2014

    Sochi: India's campaign in the Sochi Winter Olympic Games came to a disappointing end with Himanshu Thakur finishing 72nd in the men's giant slalom event, on Wednesday. 20yearold Himanshu, in his first Winter Olympics, clocked a combined timing of 3 minutes 37.55 seconds over two races to finish last among those...
  • Sochi tension: Pussy Riot members briefly detained February 19, 2014

    Sochi: Russian punk group Pussy Riot burst onto the Olympic scene Tuesday when two of its members were picked up by police in host city Sochi and then ran away defiant down a rainsoaked street a few hours later, shouting and wearing their trademark garish balaclavas. The police questioning of...
  • 2 members of punk band Pussy Riot held in Sochi February 18, 2014

    A member of the punk group Pussy Riot said she and one her bandmates on Tuesday were detained while walking in downtown Sochi, the host city of the Winter Olympics. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova wrote on Twitter that she and Maria Alekhina were stopped and accused of a crime. She said a third...
  • India completes Olympic return with Sochi flag raising February 16, 2014

    Sochi, Russia: India completed its return to the Olympic family on Sunday when its flag was hoisted at the Sochi Games, five days after the International Olympic Committee lifted its suspension on the Southeast Asian nation. India had been banned since December 2012 after elections at its Olympic association (IOA) saw...
  • Islamist group prays for earthquake in Sochi Winter Olympics February 12, 2014

    A terrorist Islamist group has urged followers to pray for an earthquake in Sochi during the Winter Olympics to avenge Muslims who died there fighting "Russian infidels". The appeal was made by a local branch of the Caucasus Emirate, a group which is waging an insurgency for an Islamist state in...
  • Athletes back to India from indy in Sochi Games February 11, 2014

    Sochi: Shiva Keshavan and two other athletes are going from indy to India at the Sochi Games. They entered the Winter Olympics without acknowledgement of their home nation, but will leave with its flag flying in the athletes' village and hopes for better sports governance at home. "You have a lot...
  • American figure skater Ashley Wagner mouths 'bulls**t' after seeing judges' score during Sochi Winter Olympics 2014 February 10, 2014

    With almost a million hits so far, Olympic figure skater Ashley Wagner's reaction to the judges' score is totally worth your while. Forget the other "bulls**t" viral videos today, and enjoy this very human reaction from the American Olympic athlete. It has the potential for being used as new reaction...
  • IOC's tolerance message cut from NBC opening ceremony US broadcast February 10, 2014

    An antidiscrimination message by International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach in his Sochi Olympics opening ceremony speech was cut from the NBC prime time broadcast in the United States on Friday, but seen by viewers in other countries. The omission follows international criticism of a law signed by Russia's President Vladimir...
  • Luger Keshavan 37th after penultimate round at Sochi 2014 February 9, 2014

    Sochi: Out of contention for a medal, India's Shiva Keshavan remained at a disappointing 37th spot after third and penultimate round of men's singles luge competitions in the Sochi Winter Olympic Games here on Sunday. The 32yearold Indian, who is on his fifth Winter Olympics, clocked a combined 2:44.604 after three...
  • Luger Shiva Keshavan virtually out of contention at Sochi 2014 February 9, 2014

    Sochi: India's Shiva Keshavan brought up the rear after two rounds of men's singles luge competitions, standing 37th out of 39 athletes in the Sochi Winter Games, here on Saturday. The 32yearold Indian, who represented India in four Olympic Games, is virtually out of medal contention as he clocked 1:49.108 (53.905...
  • Olympian Sushil Kumar unhappy with treatment meted out to Indian athletes at Sochi February 8, 2014

    New Delhi: When sportspersons from across the world marched into the opening ceremony of the 22nd Winter Olympics at Sochi on Friday, it was a moment of shame for India. Indian Olympians have always complained of stepmotherly treatment from officials but say they have the support and backing of their...
  • Sochi Winter Olympics: One technical glitch spoils an otherwise epic Olympic opening ceremony February 8, 2014

    The Sochi Winter Olympics 2014 has been plagued with all sorts of controversies. Be it terror a threat, reports of corruption or unfinished hotels or even gay rights, the Russian city of Sochi has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. Probably Russian President Vladimir Putin was hoping...
  • Google quotes the Olympic Charter, doodles against Russian antigay law February 8, 2014

    San Francisco: With the Winter Games underway in Sochi, Google quietly but vibrantly added its voice Thursday to the chorus of US companies speaking out against Russia's law restricting gayrights activities by updating its iconic search page logo to depict illustrations of athletes skiing, sledding, curling and skating against a...
  • I know what the importance of the flag is, says Sushil Kumar February 7, 2014

    The Indian wrestler, who has won two individual summer olympic medals, said that he find it very strange that an Indian athlete has to participate under the IOC's flag. ...
  • No Tricolour at Sochi Winter Olympics February 7, 2014

    Indian sport will sink to a record low later tonight as India's sportspersons march under the Olympic flag at the opening ceremony of the Sochi Olympics. ...
  • India face shame in opening ceremony of Sochi Games February 7, 2014

    Sochi: India will face the ignominy of witnessing three of its athletes march without the national flag during the opening ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics here on Friday. With the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) suspended by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) due to ethical and administrative reasons, Luger Shiva Keshavan,...
  • No Tricolour in Sochi Winter Olympics February 7, 2014

    Three athletes are representing India at the Winter Olympics, Sochi under the IOC flag. ...
  • Winter Olympics: The history of the Games February 7, 2014

    The US has issued terror alerts to airlines flying to Sochi for the Winter Olympics 2014. While India may say 'no big deal' when it comes to the Games, the event attracts global attention, its popularity lying just a few notches below the Summer Olympics. ...
  • Sochi Olympics: Security tightened amidst militant threat February 3, 2014

    CNN's Ivan Watson takes us on a drive through a security checkpoint only five minutes away from the Olympic park. ...
  • Sochi Olympic torch reaches Dagestan in Russia January 28, 2014

    The Olympic torch has wound its way amid heightened security through more than 100 cities in the relay leading up to next month's Winter Games in Sochi. ...
  • Sports Ministry sanctions grant for Winter Games participants January 27, 2014

    New Delhi: The Sports Ministry has sanctioned a grant of Rs 10,52,000 for purchase of sports equipments and other essential items for the participants of Winter Olympics Games at Sochi, Russia. "The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports have sanctioned a grant of Rs 10,52,000.00 (Rupees Ten Lacs fifty two thousand...
  • Dear Aamir and Salman, here's a viral photo of twin toilets in Sochi you might be interested in January 27, 2014

    Bollywood actor Aamir Khan who spares no opportunity to call Salman Khan his good friend, these days, took the Internet by storm with his recent controversial Twitter photo. The photo, which the 'Dhoom 3' actor describes as his "favourite" shows him peeing in the bushes along with Salman Khan. Aamir...
  • Sochi Winter Olympics: US to evacuate citizens from Russia in case of threat January 25, 2014

    The United States has arranged for its citizens to be evacuated from Russia in case of any security threats during the Winter Olympics in Sochi next month, Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said. "If we need to extract our citizens, we will have appropriate arrangements with the Russians to do that," Hagel...
  • US ready to support Russia for Sochi Olympics security January 21, 2014

    The US said its military stands ready to offer full support to Russia in its security preparations for the upcoming Sochi Winter Olympics. "The US has offered its full support to the Russian government as it conducts security preparations for the Winter Olympics," Xinhua quoted Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby as saying...