Oppressive power, resilient spirits

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Covering Sochi Games revealed both the cold ugliness of Russia and the warm beauty of Russians.

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Undefeated, and undisputed

In winning its second straight hockey gold, Canada tops Sweden, 3-0, gives up three goals in entire Olympics .

Backstrom fails IOC doping test

Nicklas Backstrom misses gold-medal game due to banned substance in allergy medication.

U.S. wins four-man bobsled bronze

Pilot Steve Holcomb wins second medal in Sochi; brakeman Chris Fogt prepares for active duty.

Olympics close with tribute to Russian artists

Closing Ceremonies celebrate the nation’s long cultural heritage, along with a slice of Americana.

Could 3-D court projections make halftime shows cool again?

Could 3-D court projections make halftime shows cool again?

Yes, especially judging from the sneak peeks the Philadelphia 76ers and Sacramento Kings are giving spectators before games.

Germany announces plan to bid on 2024 Olympics

Germany announces plan to bid on 2024 Olympics

The executive board of Germany’s Olympic committee plans to put forth Berlin and Hamburg as possible cities.

Figure skating tries to save itself with pop music

Figure skating tries to save itself with pop music

For the first time ever, figure skaters can perform to music with lyrics. Can it save the sport?

Peter Daland, college and Olympic swim coach, dies at 93

Peter Daland, college and Olympic swim coach, dies at 93

Mr. Daland coached the 1972 U.S. Olympic men’s swim team to nine gold medals.

Lolo Jones sympathizes with Oscar Pistorius after revealing her dad was imprisoned for murder

Lolo Jones sympathizes with Oscar Pistorius after revealing her dad was imprisoned for murder

The 32-year-old Olympian also said she would be praying for the Steenkamp family.

Olympic committee paves the way for Kosovo to compete as independent country in Rio

Olympic committee paves the way for Kosovo to compete as independent country in Rio

Although not yet recognized by the United Nations as an independent state, the IOC thinks Kosovo athletes deserve to compete under their own flag.

How to make the DC 2024 Olympics Unity hand symbol, and how not to make it

How to make the DC 2024 Olympics Unity hand symbol, and how not to make it

There seems to be some confusion about how exactly to make the DC 2024 Unity symbol.

Family of Reeva Steenkamp won’t bring civil lawsuit against Oscar Pistorius

Family of Reeva Steenkamp won’t bring civil lawsuit against Oscar Pistorius

Double-amputee sprinter is awaiting sentencing.

Family rejected Oscar Pistorius offer of $34,000 as ‘blood money,’ prosecutor says

Family rejected Oscar Pistorius offer of $34,000 as ‘blood money,’ prosecutor says

Sentencing hearing continues for Olympic blade runner.

Australian kayaker could be stripped of London Olympics gold medal because of doping inquiry

Australian kayaker could be stripped of London Olympics gold medal because of doping inquiry

Tate Smith was part of the gold-medal-winning K4 team in 2012.

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The Olympics in D.C.

The 2024 Summer Games can help revitalize neighborhoods.

Don’t host the Olympics here

Don’t host the Olympics here

The lessons from previous Games aren’t pretty; they shouldn’t come to Washington.

Watch a bee sabotage U.S. gymnast Simone Biles’ gold-medal ceremony

Watch a bee sabotage U.S. gymnast Simone Biles’ gold-medal ceremony

Bronze medalist Kyla Ross, also an American, ran too, but Romanian silver medalist Larisa Iordache kept her cool.

Bode Miller to ditch skiing to race horses with help of trainer Bob Baffert

Bode Miller to ditch skiing to race horses with help of trainer Bob Baffert

While not completely writing off a run at the 2018 Olympics, the five-time Olympian seems ready to trade in his skis for a stable.

FIFA VP says racism in Russia poses ‘huge challenges’ in run-up to 2018 World Cup

FIFA VP says racism in Russia poses ‘huge challenges’ in run-up to 2018 World Cup

The world’s governing soccer body now has to figure out how to overcome those challenges in less than four years.

Michael Phelps suspends comeback, seeks help after DUI

Michael Phelps suspends comeback, seeks help after DUI

Olympic gold medalist will attend an Arizona treatment facility

Oslo drops 2022 Winter Olympics bid, leaving IOC with two bad choices

Oslo drops 2022 Winter Olympics bid, leaving IOC with two bad choices

Beijing and Almaty, Kazakhstan, are the two remaining finalists.

Michael Phelps breathalyzer test measured .14

Michael Phelps breathalyzer test measured .14

The arresting officer also noted “his speech was mush mouth.“

Michael Phelps tweets that he is ‘deeply sorry’ for his DUI

Between his arrest and apology, only 14 hours passed.

Olympian Michael Phelps arrested
in Baltimore on DUI charges

Olympian Michael Phelps arrested <br> in Baltimore on DUI charges

Police say the swimmer was speeding and swerving in a tunnel. It is his second DUI arrest.

Could 3-D court projections make halftime shows cool again?

Could 3-D court projections make halftime shows cool again?

Yes, especially judging from the sneak peeks the Philadelphia 76ers and Sacramento Kings are giving spectators before games.

Germany announces plan to bid on 2024 Olympics

Germany announces plan to bid on 2024 Olympics

The executive board of Germany’s Olympic committee plans to put forth Berlin and Hamburg as possible cities.

Figure skating tries to save itself with pop music

Figure skating tries to save itself with pop music

For the first time ever, figure skaters can perform to music with lyrics. Can it save the sport?

Peter Daland, college and Olympic swim coach, dies at 93

Peter Daland, college and Olympic swim coach, dies at 93

Mr. Daland coached the 1972 U.S. Olympic men’s swim team to nine gold medals.

Lolo Jones sympathizes with Oscar Pistorius after revealing her dad was imprisoned for murder

Lolo Jones sympathizes with Oscar Pistorius after revealing her dad was imprisoned for murder

The 32-year-old Olympian also said she would be praying for the Steenkamp family.

Olympic committee paves the way for Kosovo to compete as independent country in Rio

Olympic committee paves the way for Kosovo to compete as independent country in Rio

Although not yet recognized by the United Nations as an independent state, the IOC thinks Kosovo athletes deserve to compete under their own flag.

How to make the DC 2024 Olympics Unity hand symbol, and how not to make it

How to make the DC 2024 Olympics Unity hand symbol, and how not to make it

There seems to be some confusion about how exactly to make the DC 2024 Unity symbol.

Family of Reeva Steenkamp won’t bring civil lawsuit against Oscar Pistorius

Family of Reeva Steenkamp won’t bring civil lawsuit against Oscar Pistorius

Double-amputee sprinter is awaiting sentencing.

Family rejected Oscar Pistorius offer of $34,000 as ‘blood money,’ prosecutor says

Family rejected Oscar Pistorius offer of $34,000 as ‘blood money,’ prosecutor says

Sentencing hearing continues for Olympic blade runner.

Australian kayaker could be stripped of London Olympics gold medal because of doping inquiry

Australian kayaker could be stripped of London Olympics gold medal because of doping inquiry

Tate Smith was part of the gold-medal-winning K4 team in 2012.

Column

The Olympics in D.C.

The 2024 Summer Games can help revitalize neighborhoods.

Don’t host the Olympics here

Don’t host the Olympics here

The lessons from previous Games aren’t pretty; they shouldn’t come to Washington.

Watch a bee sabotage U.S. gymnast Simone Biles’ gold-medal ceremony

Watch a bee sabotage U.S. gymnast Simone Biles’ gold-medal ceremony

Bronze medalist Kyla Ross, also an American, ran too, but Romanian silver medalist Larisa Iordache kept her cool.

Bode Miller to ditch skiing to race horses with help of trainer Bob Baffert

Bode Miller to ditch skiing to race horses with help of trainer Bob Baffert

While not completely writing off a run at the 2018 Olympics, the five-time Olympian seems ready to trade in his skis for a stable.

FIFA VP says racism in Russia poses ‘huge challenges’ in run-up to 2018 World Cup

FIFA VP says racism in Russia poses ‘huge challenges’ in run-up to 2018 World Cup

The world’s governing soccer body now has to figure out how to overcome those challenges in less than four years.

Michael Phelps suspends comeback, seeks help after DUI

Michael Phelps suspends comeback, seeks help after DUI

Olympic gold medalist will attend an Arizona treatment facility

Oslo drops 2022 Winter Olympics bid, leaving IOC with two bad choices

Oslo drops 2022 Winter Olympics bid, leaving IOC with two bad choices

Beijing and Almaty, Kazakhstan, are the two remaining finalists.

Michael Phelps breathalyzer test measured .14

Michael Phelps breathalyzer test measured .14

The arresting officer also noted “his speech was mush mouth.“

Michael Phelps tweets that he is ‘deeply sorry’ for his DUI

Between his arrest and apology, only 14 hours passed.

Olympian Michael Phelps arrested
in Baltimore on DUI charges

Olympian Michael Phelps arrested <br> in Baltimore on DUI charges

Police say the swimmer was speeding and swerving in a tunnel. It is his second DUI arrest.