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.

How to raise a kid who grows up to be an Olympian

How to raise a kid who grows up to be an Olympian

Six tips for sporting success.

Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics preparations aren’t going well and South Korean officials are investigating why

Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics preparations aren’t going well and South Korean officials are investigating why

The Asian country joins a long list of other countries who are currently or have been under investigation for other large sporting events.

LeBron James tops America’s favorite male athlete Harris Poll for the first time

LeBron James tops America’s favorite male athlete Harris Poll for the first time

Tennis star Serena Williams, meanwhile, topped the poll as America’s favorite female athlete.

Prince William County news in brief

Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus; Mustangs Track Club heads to Junior Olympics; more news

Carrying his weight, and more

Carrying his weight, and more

America’s next great weightlifter is 14 years old, weighs 136 pounds and wears braces. Meet C.J. Cummings.

After successful World Cup, Brazil scrambles for Olympics

After successful World Cup, Brazil scrambles for Olympics

Construction for the 2016 Games is behind schedule, and concerns about traffic and economic fairness arise.

Not your usual jug wine

Not your usual jug wine

Defending Open champion Phil Mickelson returns claret jug after putting only ‘good stuff in it’ the past year.

Olympic swimmer Ian Thorpe reveals he is gay

Olympic swimmer Ian Thorpe reveals he is gay

Australian champion says of young athletes now: ‘You can grow up, you can be comfortable and you can be gay.’

Olympian Urbas looks for chance with Caps

One of three Capitals prospects born in the 1980s, Urbas is looking to break into NHL circles

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The fiscal folly of big events

The fiscal folly of big events

Cities find buyers’ remorse for winning major sporting events.

Rio’s Olympic golf course features helipad, very little grass

Rio’s Olympic golf course features helipad, very little grass

They might want to get a sprinkler or two.

IOC says Brazil’s successful World Cup will lead to successful 2016 Olympics

IOC says Brazil’s successful World Cup will lead to successful 2016 Olympics

“My view is we will make it and the Brazilians will deliver excellent games,” IOC executive director says.

Oslo, Almaty and Beijing are three finalists for 2022 Winter Olympics

Oslo, Almaty and Beijing are three finalists for 2022 Winter Olympics

IOC didn’t have much of a choice after the other contenders dropped out of the running.

Ledecky’s ripple effect

Ledecky’s ripple effect

Olympian and world-record holder returns to her summer swim league to sign autographs — and set records.

Louis Zamperini, who survived WWII ordeals, dies at 97

Louis Zamperini, who survived WWII ordeals, dies at 97

Mr. Zamperini, an Olympic runner who spent two years as a POW, was the subject of a best-selling book.

Louis Zamperini, war hero, Olympian and subject of best-seller, dies at 97

Louis Zamperini, war hero, Olympian and subject of best-seller, dies at 97

Life of runner who met Hitler and was war prisoner is told in “Unbroken.“

Oscar Pistorius trial resumes after psychiatric tests

Oscar Pistorius trial resumes after psychiatric tests

Proceedings have taken almost four months.

Hope Solo breaks silence after domestic violence arrest, apologizes for ‘unfortunate incident’

Hope Solo breaks silence after domestic violence arrest, apologizes for ‘unfortunate incident’

Goalie adds: “I understand that as a public figure, I am held to a higher standard of conduct.“

Prince William County news in brief

Free cab rides offered on Independence Day; new Yorkshire ambulance, more news

How to raise a kid who grows up to be an Olympian

How to raise a kid who grows up to be an Olympian

Six tips for sporting success.

Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics preparations aren’t going well and South Korean officials are investigating why

Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics preparations aren’t going well and South Korean officials are investigating why

The Asian country joins a long list of other countries who are currently or have been under investigation for other large sporting events.

LeBron James tops America’s favorite male athlete Harris Poll for the first time

LeBron James tops America’s favorite male athlete Harris Poll for the first time

Tennis star Serena Williams, meanwhile, topped the poll as America’s favorite female athlete.

Prince William County news in brief

Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus; Mustangs Track Club heads to Junior Olympics; more news

Carrying his weight, and more

Carrying his weight, and more

America’s next great weightlifter is 14 years old, weighs 136 pounds and wears braces. Meet C.J. Cummings.

After successful World Cup, Brazil scrambles for Olympics

After successful World Cup, Brazil scrambles for Olympics

Construction for the 2016 Games is behind schedule, and concerns about traffic and economic fairness arise.

Not your usual jug wine

Not your usual jug wine

Defending Open champion Phil Mickelson returns claret jug after putting only ‘good stuff in it’ the past year.

Olympic swimmer Ian Thorpe reveals he is gay

Olympic swimmer Ian Thorpe reveals he is gay

Australian champion says of young athletes now: ‘You can grow up, you can be comfortable and you can be gay.’

Olympian Urbas looks for chance with Caps

One of three Capitals prospects born in the 1980s, Urbas is looking to break into NHL circles

Column

The fiscal folly of big events

The fiscal folly of big events

Cities find buyers’ remorse for winning major sporting events.

Rio’s Olympic golf course features helipad, very little grass

Rio’s Olympic golf course features helipad, very little grass

They might want to get a sprinkler or two.

IOC says Brazil’s successful World Cup will lead to successful 2016 Olympics

IOC says Brazil’s successful World Cup will lead to successful 2016 Olympics

“My view is we will make it and the Brazilians will deliver excellent games,” IOC executive director says.

Oslo, Almaty and Beijing are three finalists for 2022 Winter Olympics

Oslo, Almaty and Beijing are three finalists for 2022 Winter Olympics

IOC didn’t have much of a choice after the other contenders dropped out of the running.

Ledecky’s ripple effect

Ledecky’s ripple effect

Olympian and world-record holder returns to her summer swim league to sign autographs — and set records.

Louis Zamperini, who survived WWII ordeals, dies at 97

Louis Zamperini, who survived WWII ordeals, dies at 97

Mr. Zamperini, an Olympic runner who spent two years as a POW, was the subject of a best-selling book.

Louis Zamperini, war hero, Olympian and subject of best-seller, dies at 97

Louis Zamperini, war hero, Olympian and subject of best-seller, dies at 97

Life of runner who met Hitler and was war prisoner is told in “Unbroken.“

Oscar Pistorius trial resumes after psychiatric tests

Oscar Pistorius trial resumes after psychiatric tests

Proceedings have taken almost four months.

Hope Solo breaks silence after domestic violence arrest, apologizes for ‘unfortunate incident’

Hope Solo breaks silence after domestic violence arrest, apologizes for ‘unfortunate incident’

Goalie adds: “I understand that as a public figure, I am held to a higher standard of conduct.“

Prince William County news in brief

Free cab rides offered on Independence Day; new Yorkshire ambulance, more news