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Sochi Olympics end with Russia on top of the medal standings

Moscow, Feb 23 (EFE).- Ballet, circus acts and the classics of Russian literature and music were at the heart of Sunday's Sochi Olympics closing ceremony, leaving Russia, which dominated the medals standings, with a sense of accomplishment.

(Olympics) Sochi Winter Olympics draws to conclusion with host on top

SOCHI, Russia, Feb. 23 (Yonhap) -- The 2014 Winter Olympic Games in the Black Sea resort town of Sochi drew to a conclusion on Sunday, as the host Russia rediscovered its dominance on snow and ice. The closing ceremony took place at Fisht Olympic Stadium, the same site of the opening ceremony for the 17-day winter sports extravaganza. Under the slogan "Hot, Cool, Yours," the Sochi Olympics brought together nearly 3,000 athletes from a Winter Games record 88 countries, who competed for 98 gold medals in 15 disciplines in seven sports.

(Olympics) Sochi Winter Olympics draws to conclusion with host on top

SOCHI, Russia, Feb. 23 (Yonhap) -- The 2014 Winter Olympic Games in the Black Sea resort town of Sochi drew to a conclusion on Sunday, as the host Russia rediscovered its dominance on snow and ice. The closing ceremony took place at Fisht Olympic Stadium, the same site of the opening ceremony for the 17-day winter sports extravaganza. Under the slogan "Hot, Cool, Yours," the Sochi Olympics brought together nearly 3,000 athletes from a Winter Games record 88 countries, who competed for 98 gold medals in 15 disciplines in seven sports.

Canada's Riddle wins silver in men's ski halfpipe at Sochi Olympics

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia - Canada's Mike Riddle has won a silver medal in men's ski halfpipe at the Sochi Olympics. Riddle, of Sherwood Park, Alta., finished with a second run of 90.60 points in snowy conditions at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park. Calgary's Noah Bowman finished fifth in the final, while Justin Dorey of Vernon, B.C., missed jumps in both his final runs and ended up 12th. David Wise of the United States won gold, while France's Kevin Rolland took bronze.

Olympics: Injured Russian skier still in 'serious' condition

Russian freestyle skier Maria Komissarova, who fractured her spine in a ski-cross training accident at the Sochi Olympics, remains in a stable but serious condition after a satisfactory night, her federation said Sunday. The Russian freestyle skiing federation said doctors would consider whether to move Komissarova to another hospital from the facility in Krasnaya Polyana above Sochi where she was moved after her accident on the Olympic course.

Olympics: Injured Russian skier still in 'serious' condition

Russian freestyle skier Maria Komissarova, who fractured her spine in a ski-cross training accident at the Sochi Olympics, remains in a stable but serious condition after a satisfactory night, her federation said Sunday. The Russian freestyle skiing federation said doctors would consider whether to move Komissarova to another hospital from the facility in Krasnaya Polyana above Sochi where she was moved after her accident on the Olympic course.

U.S. men edge Russians in ice hockey thriller, but skaters fail again

By Mike Collett-White SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - The United States edged out host nation Russia in a thrilling men's ice hockey game at the Winter Olympics on Saturday, but a last-minute switch of high-tech suits failed to propel American speed skaters to their first medal of the Sochi Games. Ice hockey mania gripped the Sochi Games on another warm, sunny day on the Black Sea coast, as two of the sport's heavyweights met in a match redolent of rivalries past.

Life has changed but at least there's samogon

By Julien Pretot and Dmitriy Rogovitskiy KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (Reuters) - "I only drink mine," Edik Baturin warns when talk turns to samogon, a potent, chest-warming moonshine he brews in his shack in the shadow of the Caucasus mountains. If made correctly, it is said to be purer than vodka. If it's not, it can kill. Samogon (self-made) is a Russian liquor that the people of Krasnaya Polyana, a town situated close to the exuberance of the Sochi Olympic Games, hold dear.

Russian environmentalist who criticised Sochi projects jailed

A leading Russian activist who campaigned against environmental damage caused by preparations for the Winter Olympics in Sochi was sentenced to three years in a penal colony on Wednesday. Rights groups blasted the decision against Yevgeny Vitishko, a geologist and activist with the group Environmental Watch on the North Caucasus (EWNC), who has been a vehement critic of the damage to the environment from the construction of venues for the Sochi Games.

Russian environmentalist who criticised Sochi projects jailed

A leading Russian activist who campaigned against environmental damage caused by preparations for the Winter Olympics in Sochi was sentenced to three years in a penal colony on Wednesday. Rights groups blasted the decision against Yevgeny Vitishko, a geologist and activist with the group Environmental Watch on the North Caucasus (EWNC), who has been a vehement critic of the damage to the environment from the construction of venues for the Sochi Games.
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