Winter Olympics http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/25880/all en Olympics-Sochi 2014 organisers unveil futuristic Olympic torch http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130114/olympics-sochi-2014-organisers-unveil-futuristic-olympic-torch <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Gennady Fyodorov</p> <p>MOSCOW, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics organisers unveiled a futuristic torch on Monday based on the contrasts of the world's largest country and combining Russian folklore, including a mythical Firebird, with space-age technology.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130114/olympics-sochi-2014-organisers-unveil-futuristic-olympic-torch" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sochi Sports Winter Olympics Thomson Reuters Mon, 14 Jan 2013 14:45:28 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5734161 at http://www.globalpost.com Figure skating-Champion Chan tries to claim underdog role for worlds http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130121/figure-skating-champion-chan-tries-claim-underdog-role-worlds <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Steve Keating</p> <p>TORONTO, Jan 21 (Reuters) - Patrick Chan tried hard to paint himself as the underdog on Monday as he assessed his chances of completing a hat-trick of world figure skating triumphs in March on home ice.</p> <p>Even the Canadian had to chuckle when asked if he really believed he would not be the favourite to capture a third successive gold medal in London, Ontario, which will host the last world championships before the 2014 Sochi Olympics.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130121/figure-skating-champion-chan-tries-claim-underdog-role-worlds" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Human Interest Patrick Chan Patrick Chan Underdog Winter Olympics Thomson Reuters Mon, 21 Jan 2013 21:45:04 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5737472 at http://www.globalpost.com Olympics-Russia to spend more than $50 billion on Sochi by 2014 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130201/olympics-russia-spend-more-50-billion-sochi-2014 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>MOSCOW, Feb 1 (Reuters) - Russia will spend more than $50 billion on preparation and staging the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak said on Friday.</p> <p>As of Jan. 1, 2013, Russia had already spent nearly 1.136 trillion roubles ($37.85 billion), Kozak told reporters following a meeting of the state commission on Sochi in the government headquarters in Moscow.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130201/olympics-russia-spend-more-50-billion-sochi-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sochi Winter Olympics Thomson Reuters Fri, 01 Feb 2013 17:01:13 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5743280 at http://www.globalpost.com Olympics: rights group slams Sochi worker abuses http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/olympics-rights-group-slams-sochi-worker-abuses-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>International monitors Human Rights Watch took Russia to task Wednesday over abuses faced by migrant workers rushing to prepare for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, but Moscow quickly rejected the claims.</p> <p>In a report released a year before the February 7, 2014 start of the games, the US-based group said many construction workers from post-Soviet nations had their passports confiscated and worked 12-hour shifts with few days off at the Caucasus Mountains resort.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/olympics-rights-group-slams-sochi-worker-abuses-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Disaster Krasnodar Krai Labor Law Sochi Sports Winter Olympics AFP Wed, 06 Feb 2013 15:31:27 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5747674 at http://www.globalpost.com Olympics: Cost-conscious Putin inspects Sochi venues http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/olympics-cost-conscious-putin-inspects-sochi-venues-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Russian President Vladimir Putin cautioned officials against cost overruns Wednesday as he inspected venues for the Winter Olympic Games that will kick off in the Black Sea resort of Sochi in a year's time.</p> <p>The sports-mad Kremlin chief -- pivotal in bringing the Games to the palm-lined summer resort in 2007 against strong odds -- enquired whether the project was running within the budget while touring facilities with his most trusted Olympic advisers.</p> <p>Olympic organisers admitted that both cost and scheduling targets had been missed because of bureaucratic mismanagement.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/olympics-cost-conscious-putin-inspects-sochi-venues-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Russian Orthodox Christians Sports Winter Olympics AFP Wed, 06 Feb 2013 16:00:47 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5747706 at http://www.globalpost.com Ice hockey: Japan's minnow women hit the big time http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130221/ice-hockey-japans-minnow-women-hit-the-big-time <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The star striker works in a pizza delivery office and has not taken a holiday in five years. Like her teammates, she scrimps and saves to fund her own training, using every spare moment to practise.</p> <p>But the hard work of Japan's women's ice hockey team paid off after they won through to the 2014 Winter Olympics against the odds, inspired in large part by the success of the country's World Cup winning female soccer stars.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130221/ice-hockey-japans-minnow-women-hit-the-big-time" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Ice hockey Labor Law Sports Winter Olympics AFP Thu, 21 Feb 2013 08:16:12 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5761809 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 1-Olympics-Swiss exit good for possible Munich 2022 bid - DOSB http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130304/update-1-olympics-swiss-exit-good-possible-munich-2022-bid-dosb <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Munich mulls new Olympic bid</p> <p>* Final decision later this year (Updates with more quotes, details)</p> <p>BERLIN, March 4 (Reuters) - Munich's chances of landing the 2022 winter Olympics should the Bavarian capital bid again have improved with the rejection of a Swiss bid, the German's Olympic Committee (DOSB) said on Monday.</p> <p>Munich was squarely beaten by South Korea's Pyeongchang for the 2018 winter Olympics and has yet to decide whether to run again.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130304/update-1-olympics-swiss-exit-good-possible-munich-2022-bid-dosb" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sports Winter Olympic Games Winter Olympics Thomson Reuters Mon, 04 Mar 2013 17:02:34 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5772956 at http://www.globalpost.com Olympics: Russia '85 percent done' with Sochi preparations http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130313/olympics-russia-85-percent-done-sochi-preparations <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Russia is 85 percent finished with preparations for the Olympic Games in Sochi next year, a top official said Wednesday as the International Olympic Committee concluded their latest check-up following this winter's test events.</p> <p>"After evaluating the organisational and construction work that has been finished, I would say we have completed that journey by at least 85 percent," Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak said Wednesday at a press conference in Sochi broadcast on a live webcast.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130313/olympics-russia-85-percent-done-sochi-preparations" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Disaster Sochi Sports Winter Olympics AFP Wed, 13 Mar 2013 15:31:01 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5782279 at http://www.globalpost.com Olympics: Russia saves up snow to ensure white Olympics http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130327/olympics-russia-saves-snow-ensure-white-olympics <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Russia has started to stockpile hundreds of thousands of cubic metres of snow to ensure the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi is not hit by unpredictable weather conditions.</p> <p>The Sochi 2014 Olympics Organising Committee has constructed a huge snow storage facility at the Rosa Khutor ski resort, which will host the alpine skiing and snowboarding at next year's Games.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130327/olympics-russia-saves-snow-ensure-white-olympics" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sports Winter Olympics Winter sports AFP Wed, 27 Mar 2013 11:02:20 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5795169 at http://www.globalpost.com Olympics: Poland, Slovakia eye 'Barcelona Effect' for bid http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130327/olympics-poland-slovakia-eye-barcelona-effect-bid <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The Slovak and Polish premiers said Wednesday they were eyeing the much-desired "Barcelona Effect" of economic growth as they endorsed their countries' bid to co-host the 2022 Winter Olympics.</p> <p>The "Barcelona Effect" is economic jargon for the long-term boost of hosting a major sporting event, in reference to the 1992 Summer Olympics.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130327/olympics-poland-slovakia-eye-barcelona-effect-bid" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Poprad Spiš Winter Olympics AFP Wed, 27 Mar 2013 18:01:31 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5795540 at http://www.globalpost.com Olympics: Russia's 2014 winter dreams hit reality check http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130328/olympics-russias-2014-winter-dreams-hit-reality-check <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Any dreams Russia had of dominating its home Winter Olympic Games in Sochi next year have been dealt a harsh reality check by the mediocre performances of the country's athletes this season.</p> <p>With most of the main winter competitions now finished for the year, Russia risks only coming fifth in the Olympics medals table if its performances at this year's world championships are repeated at Sochi 2014.</p> <p>The failure to win any world championship gold in biathlon -- a hugely popular televised sport in Russia -- has caused particular concern.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130328/olympics-russias-2014-winter-dreams-hit-reality-check" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sport in Russia Sports Winter Olympics AFP Thu, 28 Mar 2013 04:30:15 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5795915 at http://www.globalpost.com Olympics: Russia to boost Sochi security from June 1 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130416/olympics-russia-boost-sochi-security-june-1 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Russia will boost security at 2014 Winter Olympics host Sochi from June 2013, the interior ministry said Tuesday, after the deadly attack on the Boston marathon raised alarm about sports security worldwide.</p> <p>"From June 1, 2013, strengthened security measures will be put in place on the territory of the city of Sochi," it said in a statement, while insisting that security for visitors to Sochi had always been a "priority" for the government.</p> <p>sjw/zak/gd</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> Sochi Sports Winter Olympics AFP Tue, 16 Apr 2013 13:33:41 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5817355 at http://www.globalpost.com Olympics: Olympic medals unveiled for Sochi 2014 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130530/olympics-olympic-medals-unveiled-sochi-2014 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The Russian Olympic Committee unveiled the medals to be presented at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi during a lavish ceremony at Saint-Petersburg on Thursday. </p> <p>The medals will be 10cm in diametre and 1cm thick, composed with a golden disc in the centre for champions, and silver and bronze for resepective second and third place finishers, with part of the medals made from polycarbonate glass. </p> <p>The medals will also feature a series of designs representing the numerous Russian regions. </p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130530/olympics-olympic-medals-unveiled-sochi-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sports Winter Olympics AFP Thu, 30 May 2013 12:34:48 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5848691 at http://www.globalpost.com S. Korea resolves to be successful at next two Winter Olympics http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/yonhap-news-agency/130607/s-korea-resolves-be-successful-at-next-two-winter-olympics <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yonhap News Agency </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Yoo Jee-ho</p> <p>SEOUL, June 7 (Yonhap) -- Top South Korean winter sports officials and athletes Friday reaffirmed their resolve to be successful at the next two Winter Games, announcing steps to improve training environments and introduce scientific approach to Olympic preparations.</p> <p>About 150 officials and athletes descended on the National Training Center in Seoul for an event to declare their goals for successful Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, in 2014 and then in PyeongChang, a South Korean alpine town, in 2018.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr" class="button wire yonhap"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Yonhap News Agency, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/yonhap-news-agency/130607/s-korea-resolves-be-successful-at-next-two-winter-olympics" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sports Technology Winter Olympic Games Winter Olympics Yonhap News Agency Fri, 07 Jun 2013 07:26:31 +0000 Yonhap News Agency 5852232 at http://www.globalpost.com Museum head fired after show satirising Sochi Olympics http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130619/museum-head-fired-after-show-satirising-sochi-olympics <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Regional authorities in Russia on Wednesday fired a prominent art museum director and opposition activist after he organised an exhibition poking fun at Russia's hosting of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.</p> <p>Marat Guelman, an outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin, wrote on Twitter that he had been fired as head of the Museum of Contemporary Art i the Urals city of Perm. </p> <p>A spokesman for the governor confirmed to ITAR-TASS news agency that "the contract is torn up as of today." </p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130619/museum-head-fired-after-show-satirising-sochi-olympics" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Disaster Marat Gelman Perm Winter Olympics AFP Wed, 19 Jun 2013 19:31:48 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5861573 at http://www.globalpost.com