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At the Adler Arena, speed-skating fans get a medley of Russian folk songs and classic rock from the Nizhny Novgorod Provincial Orchestra.
Sochi 2014 has a few things in common with London 2012: Pop music blares at venues to keep energy at night-club levels, and the opening ceremony took an inventive ramble through history. Then there’s that curious red sculpture.
Great Britain is known for many things, but not for snow-capped mountains. That makes what Jenny Jones did so amazing: She won bronze in women’s snowboard slopestyle, the first Winter Olympics medal on snow for her nation.
The story of the bobsled bathroom breakout took the Internet by storm Saturday, as readers celebrated the triumph of American muscle over the lingering problems with faulty facilities at the Sochi Olympics.
Step out of the main train station in downtown Sochi and most of the people you’ll see are volunteers handing out maps. Cross the street and you might also come across three middle-aged Americans handing out religious literature and speaking out against homosexuality.
At every Olympic Games, there’s a competition that extends well beyond the stadium or ice rink: pin trading.
The defining image of the Olympic Games in Sochi so far is that of the behind-the-scenes Sochi Problems.
When cash was short for the first Olympics in 1896, host Greece sold commemorative stamps to help pay the bills. The Winter Olympics in Sochi needed no such funding, but its stamps are still a sought-after souvenir.
With a bevy of reported problems, the mood on the eve of the Winter Games in Sochi was decidedly unsure. It wasn’t supposed to be this way, not with a bill north of $50 billion making these the most expensive Olympics.
To get to Sochi, snowboarder Justin Reiter's mother Brenda took several planes and a 25-hour train. Outside the opening ceremony on Friday night, Reiter was brimming with excitement despite their long journey here.
Follow along with Wall Street Journal reporters at Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi for a live blog of the Olympic Opening Ceremony.
As top executive of the Bowl Championship Series, Bill Hancock was used to taking critics’ fire. But even in Sochi, where he is volunteering for the U.S. Olympic Committee, Hancock hasn’t entirely escaped sports followers’ ire.
The Sochi organizers have provided a “Relaxation Room."
The Winter Olympics aren’t a likely venue for Maria Sharapova, but the tennis star is in her former hometown this month as a cultural ambassador for NBC during the Games.
Much has been made of Sochi's last-minute scramble to get ready for its Olympic close-up. Visitors need not go far to happen upon a stack of drywall or the seams of freshly unfurled sod.
Amid complaints of a lack of readiness in Sochi, IOC President Thomas Bach said Friday "the athletes will have the best conditions possible for achievements in Sochi." Bach spoke at a news conference ahead of the opening ceremony, as the IOC president traditionally does. Show More Summary
Google posted a rainbow-colored "doodle" featuring winter sports on its homepage Friday, marking the opening of the 2014 Winter Olympics with an expression of support for gay rights.
An open letter to journalists upset about the comfort level in Sochi from a correspondent who has worked from war zones and the old Soviet Union.
A Sports Retort podcaster checks in from Sochi with a full report on the Olympic buildup: some good, some bad and lots of very, very strange.
Olympic figure skating’s inaugural team competition kicked off on Thursday night, giving viewers a pre-opening ceremony taste of what’s to come. After the short programs in the men's and pairs categories, Russia finished in first place, poised to win gold as early as Sunday.