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Olympics: Magic moments of the Sochi Games

10 magic moments from the Sochi Winter Olympics: Married bliss Russian snowboarder Vic Wild won gold in the men's parallel giant slalom just minutes after his wife Alena Zavarzina took bronze in the women's event. "For both of us to have success on the same day is just incredible. I don't know how this happened, it's too good to be true," said Wild, who was granted Russian citizenship in 2012, a year after the couple were married. Cool Runnings

Olympics: Winners and losers at Sochi 2014

Winners and losers at the 2014 Winter Olympics, which came to an end on Sunday: WINNERS Ukraine biathlon team Olena Pidhrushna, twins Vita and Valj Semerenko and Juliya Dzhyma won the team's only gold just as their country was imploding. "We are proud of them. We supported from the stands with our ribbons of grief and our flags on which were written, 'For Peace! For Ukraine!'" said the president of the Ukraine Olympic Committee, former pole vault great Sergey Bubka.

Olympics: Winners and losers at Sochi 2014

Winners and losers at the 2014 Winter Olympics, which came to an end on Sunday: WINNERS Ukraine biathlon team Olena Pidhrushna, twins Vita and Valj Semerenko and Juliya Dzhyma won the team's only gold just as their country was imploding. "We are proud of them. We supported from the stands with our ribbons of grief and our flags on which were written, 'For Peace! For Ukraine!'" said the president of the Ukraine Olympic Committee, former pole vault great Sergey Bubka.

Olympics: Putin's Games sparkle despite shadows of doubt

Smoothly run and sometimes dazzling, the Sochi Olympics fulfilled President Vladimir Putin's promise of a "spectacular event", even if doubts about the sustainability of the infrastructure and the political background were never fully banished. To make his dream a reality, Putin in half a decade turned largely untouched marshland south of Sochi into an Olympic park with six stadiums and the almost virgin mountains above into a world-class snow resort.

Olympics: Sochi prepares to close Putin's Games

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. But ahead of the closing ceremony, which is due to start at 1600 GMT, Russian officials are keen to bask in a 16-day showpiece that passed off relatively unscathed.

Sochi broke ice of skepticism over Russia: Deputy PM

By Karolos Grohmann SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - The Sochi Olympics were successful in "breaking the ice of skepticism" surrounding hosts Russia, the country's Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak said on Saturday, a day ahead of the Winter Games closing ceremony. Russia's human rights record had been called into question in the buildup to the Games following the arrest and jailing of several high-profile dissidents, while critics said the country's anti-gay propaganda law curbed the rights of homosexuals.

Speedskating: Suitmaker extends US deal despite Sochi flop

US Speedskating announced an eight-year contract extension Friday with skinsuit supplier Under Armour despite ditching the company's new uniform at the Sochi Olympics for an older version. American speedskaters finished no higher than seventh an any individual race and were blanked in the medal chase for the first time since 1984. Midway into Olympic competition, the US team dropped the Under Armour speedsuits developed with aerodynamic assistance from aerospace tech firm Lockheed Martin.

Olympics: Sotnikova dethrones queen Kim, Ukraine shockwaves hit Sochi

Russia's Adelina Sotnikova rode a powerful wave of national emotion to win a dramatic Olympic figure skating title Thursday as the Sochi Games felt shockwaves from Ukraine's bloody civil unrest. Sotnikova, 17, captured Russia's first ever women's individual gold as defending champion and red-hot favourite Kim Yu-Na was dumped into the silver medal position. Despite an error when she two-footed a double loop in her combination jump the teenager improved her free skate score by a massive 18 points to take a third skating title in Sochi for hosts Russia.

Olympics: Kim eyes skate gold as Ukraine shockwaves hit Sochi

South Korea's Kim Yu-Na bids to become just the third woman to win back-to-back Olympic figure skating titles Thursday as the Sochi Games felt shockwaves from Ukraine's bloody civil unrest. Kim, 23, opened up a narrow 0.28 point lead over Russian teenager Adelina Sotnikova in Wednesday's short programme as she attempts to join fellow double winners, Norway's Sonja Henie and Germany's Katarina Witt, in the record books.

Olympics: Kim eyes skate gold as Ukraine shockwaves hit Sochi

South Korean defending champion Kim Yu-Na will bid to become just the third woman to win back-to-back Olympic figure skating titles Thursday as the Sochi Games felt shockwaves from Ukraine's bloody civil unrest. The 23-year-old superstar opened up a fractional 0.28 point lead over Russian teenager Adelina Sotnikova in Wednesday's short programme as she attempts to join fellow double winners, Norway's Sonja Henie and Germany's Katarina Witt in the record books.
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