Latest news from Sochi Russia.
Sochi Russia AFP - Sidney Crosby scored on a breakaway in the second period as Canada retained their Olympic title, rolling over Sweden 3-0 to claim a record ninth gold and the first on European soil in 62 years. Jonathan Toews and Chris Kunitz also scored and goaltender Carey Price posted the shutout for Canada who became the first country to win back-to-back Winter Olympic Games titles since the Soviet Union in 1988. It was the second-straight gold medal game where Canadian captain Crosby rose to the occasion. Crosby, who clinched gold for Canada with an overtime winner in Vancouver in 2010, had been contributing on defence but wasn't being rewarded for his efforts on the scoresheet in the Sochi Games.
February 23, 2014 - 15:25 GMT
Sochi Russia AFP - Sochi's $50 billion Olympics, plagued by a chorus of fears over terrorism and civil rights in the build-up, close Sunday with Russia hailing a Games wrapped up in the image of President Vladimir Putin. Just three more golds are left to be decided on the final day with Canada's bid to defend their men's ice hockey title the highlight of the programme. Austrian cross-country skier Johannes Duerr, who had been due to take part in the men's 50km later Sunday, tested positive for blood booster EPO in a pre-competition test in Austria on February 16, organisers said. Duerr is the fifth athlete to be excluded over a positive doping test from the Sochi Games, where the International Olympic Committee is carrying out more tests than ever with a new emphasis on pre-competition tests.
February 23, 2014 - 08:30 GMT
Sochi Russia AFP - Dominant Canada won their third successive Olympic men's curling gold medal on Friday with a convincing 9-3 victory over Britain in the final. After Canada's women's triumph 24 hours earlier, it was the first time that one country had swept both titles at the same Games. Canada had already beaten Britain 7-5 in the round-robin stage in Sochi, when British skip David Murdoch missed an opportunity to win the match on the last stone. Victory on Friday also maintained Canada's record of making the men's final at every Winter Olympics since curling returned to the Games at Nagano in 1998.
February 21, 2014 - 16:42 GMT
Sochi Russia AFP - Britain secured women's curling bronze in Sochi on Thursday to ensure the country's most successful Winter Olympic Games since Chamonix, France, in 1924. Eve Muirhead's curlers beat Switzerland 6-5 in the third-place play-off to add to Lizzy Yarnold's gold in skeleton and Jenny Jones's snowboard bronze. With Britain into the men's curling final on Friday, the country is already assured of at least four medals. Britain's women's curlers are also the youngest medallists in the sport, with an average age of just 23 years and 255 days.
February 20, 2014 - 14:50 GMT
Sochi Russia AFP - Russian police on Tuesday detained the two most famous Pussy Riot members in Sochi, host of the Winter Olympics, questioning the pair for several hours in a theft case. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, who were only released from penal colonies under an amnesty late last year, were arrested along with several others in the morning and then set free after four hours in police custody. Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina walked out of the police station with their faces concealed by the colourful balaclavas that have been their trademark since their first performances in 2011. They were picked up in central Sochi, some 30 kilometres north of the main Olympic venues.
February 18, 2014 - 15:18 GMT
Sochi Russia AFP - British short track star Elise Christie has deleted her Twitter account after reportedly suffering abuse following a pile-up during the women's 500m final at the Sochi Olympics. Christie revealed she had been the target of unpleasant abuse on social media after the 500m race, leading to a decision to delete her Twitter account on Friday, according to Britain's Guardian newspaper.
February 16, 2014 - 14:22 GMT
Sochi Russia AFP - Two-time Olympic silver medallist Brian Orser has finally got his two figure skating gold medals at the Winter Games. In Vancouver four years ago he led South Korean figure skating sensation Kim Yu-Na to Olympic women's gold with world record scores across the board. In Sochi he repeated the feat with Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu, 19. National champion Hanyu has been the star of the men's event in Sochi, beating Russian star Yevgeny Plushenko in the team short programme.
February 14, 2014 - 22:01 GMT
Sochi Russia AFP - Canada and Sweden remained undefeated, the Czechs rebounded from a loss and Olympic veteran Teemu Selanne made history on the third day of the men's hockey tournament at the Sochi Games on Friday. Jeff Carter made the most of his limited ice time in the second period by scoring a hat-trick as Canada routed Austria 6-0 in front of a crowd of 8,267 at the Bolshoi Ice Dome arena. Carter scored twice in just 90 seconds off a pair of turnovers and then bagged the hat-trick goal during a scramble in front of the Austrian net. You got to make the most of your opportunities, said Carter.
February 14, 2014 - 21:46 GMT
Sochi Russia AFP - Japanese teenager Sara Takanashi was hoping to become the first Olympic Games women's ski jumping champion on Tuesday as Sochi's besieged snowboard and freestyle courses came under renewed fire. The 17-year-old Takanashi, the reigning World Cup champion, is favourite to crown the sport's 10-year fight to have the discipline feature on the Olympic programme. I have already decided everything tactically and I'm going to stick to it, said Takanashi. But in training so far at the RusSki Gorki Jumping Centre, the youngster has been pushed all the way by veteran Daniela Iraschko-Stolz, the openly gay Austrian who has been making headlines as much for her private life as for her prowess on the ski jump hill.
February 11, 2014 - 16:05 GMT
Sochi Russia AFP - Canada shrugged off jetlag and held its first practice at the Sochi Olympics on Monday with coach Mike Babcock saying while his team is still progressing he feels good about their medal chances. Defending champion Canada won the men's hockey tournament four years ago in Vancouver. But this time they are seeking to win their first Olympic gold outside of North America since 1952 in Oslo, Norway. Their blueprint for success in Sochi is to go with big forwards who have plenty of scoring touch, backed by a mobile defence.
February 10, 2014 - 21:15 GMT
Sochi Russia AFP - Hilary Knight scored after just 53 seconds and had an assist as the United States beat Finland 3-1 in the opening game of the Sochi Olympic women's hockey tournament on Saturday. Kelli Stack and Alex Carpenter scored second period goals for the Americans, who out-shot the Fins 43-15 in front of a crowd of 4,135 at the Shayba Arena. US goaltender Jessie Vetter was little troubled in the one-sided contest, which came just three months after Finland defeated the Americans by the same score at the Four Nations Cup. The United States are favoured to win the gold medal in Sochi, having beaten three-time defending champions Canada four straight times in a pre-Olympic exhibition series.
February 10, 2014 - 02:40 GMT
Sochi Russia AFP - Bode Miller attempts to master a course he has already condemned as treacherous in pursuit of the Olympic Games downhill title on Sunday while hosts Russia look to open their medal account. On the busiest day of the Sochi Games when eight gold medals will be won, most eyes will be on 36-year-old American Miller in the blue riband event of the skiing competition. Miller may have not won a World Cup race for more than two years, but he was fastest in training on Saturday and will be the man to beat as he chases a sixth Olympic medal. Likely competition will come from Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal, the world champion and current leader of the World Cup downhill standings, who was second fastest on Saturday.
February 09, 2014 - 04:18 GMT
Sochi Russia AFP - UN chief Ban Ki-moon Thursday called for an end to attacks and discrimination against gays on the eve of official opening of the Sochi Olympics, as the United States warned of toothpaste bombs on flights to Russia. The build-up to the 22nd Winter Olympics has been overshadowed by fears over security and human rights -- with a law passed last year banning the dissemination of gay propaganda to minors criticised by activists as vehemently homophobic. Speaking as sporting action got under way at the Games on Thursday, Ban told a session of the International Olympic Committee in Sochi that everyone should join together to battle against discrimination.
February 06, 2014 - 08:11 GMT
Sochi Russia AFP - Three-time world champion Patrick Chan will bid to become the first Canadian man to stand on top of the men's figure skating podium in Sochi. But the son of Chinese emigrants who settled in Canada, Chan who grew up in Toronto speaking French, Cantonese and English admits that he is a skater whose iron will has been forged by his Asian heritage. His mother, Karen, emigrated from Hong Kong to Canada at the age of 21 to study.
February 03, 2014 - 02:26 GMT
Sochi Russia AFP - Nepal's 44-year-old cross country skier Dachhiri Sherpa predicts he will finish last at the Olympics, but he's used to such under-achievement. The 44-year-old finished 92nd and 94th in the 15km events at the 2006 Turin Games and 2010 Vancouver Olympics and isn't expecting anything better next month in Sochi. But the placing is not important if I can teach young people in Nepal about the Olympic spirit.
February 02, 2014 - 06:26 GMT
Sochi Russia AFP - Russia launches the largest security operation in Olympic history on Tuesday with one month to go before Vladimir Putin kicks off the Winter Games in Sochi amid renewed fears of suicide bombings. Railway station and trolleybus blasts that killed 34 in Volgograd last month meanwhile revived fears that Islamists from the nearby Caucasus will seek to wreak havoc on the globally watched event. Putin responded to mounting diplomatic pressure over the weekend by easing the terms of a tough decree banning all forms of political protest in Sochi. And Russia's answer to the threat of terror will be unveiled Tuesday when the feared Federal Security Service FSB takes charge of a security clampdown even fiercer than that seen at the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing.
January 07, 2014 - 02:22 GMT