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.

Epilogue: SimpsonsWorld

Epilogue: SimpsonsWorld

FXX begins a marathon of the animated sitcom, and Rihanna, Coldplay and Katy Perry sign up to perform at the 2015 Super Bowl halftime show.

Ex-New York Giants running back David Wilson sets sights on winning Olympic gold in the triple jump

Ex-New York Giants running back David Wilson sets sights on winning Olympic gold in the triple jump

The 23-year-old, whose neck injury ended his football career, is ready to reinvigorate his track and field dreams.

Paul George doesn’t blame Team USA for leg

Paul George doesn’t blame Team USA for leg

The Indiana Pacers star didn’t know when he’ll be back on the court, but he revealed he already has plans to play for USA Basketball in the 2016 Olympics.

Olympic swimmer Van Dyken-Rouen released

Olympic swimmer Van Dyken-Rouen released

Two months after a serious accident that left her paralyzed, the former world record holder is staying positive.

Lochte bests Phelps at U.S. swimming national championships

Lochte bests Phelps at U.S. swimming national championships

“I’d rather lose all the national championships that I swim in as long as I’m ready for the big races,” Phelps said afterward.

Prince William County news in brief

VDOT will hold public meeting on I-66 bridge closing; still time to register for NOVA Senior Olympics; more news.

Team USA tells Paul George he has a spot on the 2016 Olympic team no matter what

Team USA tells Paul George he has a spot on the 2016 Olympic team no matter what

Despite uncertainties with George’s recovery, USA Basketball is offering the 2016 Olympic spot unconditionally.

2016 PGA Championship moved to July because of Rio Olympics

2016 PGA Championship moved to July because of Rio Olympics

It’ll be the first time the event won’t be held in August since 1971.

Ledecky claims another title

Ledecky claims another title

Katie Ledecky, a rising senior at Stone Ridge, wins the 800-meter freestyle at the U.S. Swimming Nationals in Irvine, Calif.

Photos

The day in photos

The day in photos

Deadly earthquake hits China, ceremonies mark 100th anniversary of World War I, brawl at the Turkish parliament and more.

Usain Bolt says he’ll retire after 2016 Olympics in Rio

Usain Bolt says he’ll retire after 2016 Olympics in Rio

World’s fastest man clears up any confusion, says he’ll hang it up after going for the “triple-triple.“

Parties You Missed: Katy Perry at the White House and Inter Milan taking selfies

These were the soirées to be at last week.

Video

Star-studded nights in D.C.

Star-studded nights in D.C.

From Katy Perry at the White House to Inter Milan’s Georgetown party, celebs are flocking to the District.

Obama: Katy Perry is ‘one of my favorite people’

Obama: Katy Perry is ‘one of my favorite people’

Perry, who once said she “won Wisconsin” for Obama in 2012, performed at the White House for the Special Olympics Thursday.

President Obama ‘loves’ Katy Perry ... and these four other singers, too

The Obamas have proven to be quite the music enthusiasts.

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Obama 'loves' Katy Perry ... and these 4 other musicians

Obama 'loves' Katy Perry ... and these 4 other musicians

Pop star Katy Perry got a warm introduction to the White House on Thursday night by President Obama, who called her a "wonderful person" before she took the stage to perform at the 46th anniversary of the Special Olympics. Perry isn't the first musician the president has deemed one of his favorites. Here are four others who join the "Roar" singer on Obama's playlist.

Canadian Olympic curlers get tattoos of their gold medals on their chests

Canadian Olympic curlers get tattoos of their gold medals on their chests

The inked art is as understated and tasteful as it sounds.

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.

Epilogue: SimpsonsWorld

Epilogue: SimpsonsWorld

FXX begins a marathon of the animated sitcom, and Rihanna, Coldplay and Katy Perry sign up to perform at the 2015 Super Bowl halftime show.

Ex-New York Giants running back David Wilson sets sights on winning Olympic gold in the triple jump

Ex-New York Giants running back David Wilson sets sights on winning Olympic gold in the triple jump

The 23-year-old, whose neck injury ended his football career, is ready to reinvigorate his track and field dreams.

Paul George doesn’t blame Team USA for leg

Paul George doesn’t blame Team USA for leg

The Indiana Pacers star didn’t know when he’ll be back on the court, but he revealed he already has plans to play for USA Basketball in the 2016 Olympics.

Olympic swimmer Van Dyken-Rouen released

Olympic swimmer Van Dyken-Rouen released

Two months after a serious accident that left her paralyzed, the former world record holder is staying positive.

Lochte bests Phelps at U.S. swimming national championships

Lochte bests Phelps at U.S. swimming national championships

“I’d rather lose all the national championships that I swim in as long as I’m ready for the big races,” Phelps said afterward.

Prince William County news in brief

VDOT will hold public meeting on I-66 bridge closing; still time to register for NOVA Senior Olympics; more news.

Team USA tells Paul George he has a spot on the 2016 Olympic team no matter what

Team USA tells Paul George he has a spot on the 2016 Olympic team no matter what

Despite uncertainties with George’s recovery, USA Basketball is offering the 2016 Olympic spot unconditionally.

2016 PGA Championship moved to July because of Rio Olympics

2016 PGA Championship moved to July because of Rio Olympics

It’ll be the first time the event won’t be held in August since 1971.

Ledecky claims another title

Ledecky claims another title

Katie Ledecky, a rising senior at Stone Ridge, wins the 800-meter freestyle at the U.S. Swimming Nationals in Irvine, Calif.

Photos

The day in photos

The day in photos

Deadly earthquake hits China, ceremonies mark 100th anniversary of World War I, brawl at the Turkish parliament and more.

Usain Bolt says he’ll retire after 2016 Olympics in Rio

Usain Bolt says he’ll retire after 2016 Olympics in Rio

World’s fastest man clears up any confusion, says he’ll hang it up after going for the “triple-triple.“

Parties You Missed: Katy Perry at the White House and Inter Milan taking selfies

These were the soirées to be at last week.

Video

Star-studded nights in D.C.

Star-studded nights in D.C.

From Katy Perry at the White House to Inter Milan’s Georgetown party, celebs are flocking to the District.

Obama: Katy Perry is ‘one of my favorite people’

Obama: Katy Perry is ‘one of my favorite people’

Perry, who once said she “won Wisconsin” for Obama in 2012, performed at the White House for the Special Olympics Thursday.

President Obama ‘loves’ Katy Perry ... and these four other singers, too

The Obamas have proven to be quite the music enthusiasts.

Video

Obama 'loves' Katy Perry ... and these 4 other musicians

Obama 'loves' Katy Perry ... and these 4 other musicians

Pop star Katy Perry got a warm introduction to the White House on Thursday night by President Obama, who called her a "wonderful person" before she took the stage to perform at the 46th anniversary of the Special Olympics. Perry isn't the first musician the president has deemed one of his favorites. Here are four others who join the "Roar" singer on Obama's playlist.

Canadian Olympic curlers get tattoos of their gold medals on their chests

Canadian Olympic curlers get tattoos of their gold medals on their chests

The inked art is as understated and tasteful as it sounds.

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.