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  • U.S. beats Russia in Paralympics hockey final Mar 15, 2014 5:22 PM
    Lining up on the Sochi ice to receive their gold medals, members of the American ice sledge hockey team anticipated abuse from the Russian crowd. It never came. Just cheers and applause. However serious the Ukraine-related tensions between the U.S. and Russia are in the backdrop of these Winter Paralympics, they weren’t evident in the Shayba Arena on Saturday.

     
  • Olympian Megan Bozek returns to Stevenson High Mar 12, 2014 2:52 PM
    Olympic hockey player and Stevenson High School alumna Megan Bozek returned to her alma mater Wednesday for the first time since winning a silver medal in Sochi. Bozek, of Buffalo Grove, received a standing ovation from more than 100 students, teachers, coaches and administrators when she took the stage in an auditorium.

     
  • Pistorius trial: Bullet-holed toilet door in court Mar 12, 2014 2:29 PM
    Kneeling, a South African police officer on Wednesday swung a cricket bat at a toilet door erected in the courtroom at Oscar Pistorius’ murder trial, using two key pieces of evidence to partially re-enact the night the athlete killed his girlfriend by shooting her through the same door more than a year ago.

     
  • Friend: ‘Mad’ Pistorius shot gun out car sunroof Mar 11, 2014 2:30 PM
    Oscar Pistorius’ friend testified Tuesday that the Olympian twice fired guns in public in the six months before he killed his girlfriend, once without warning through the sunroof of a moving car following an angry altercation with a policeman who had handled Pistorius’ pistol. Darren Fresco said he asked Pistorius immediately after the sunroof shooting if he was “mad” and the world-famous runner “just laughed” at him.

     
  • Olympic women’s goalie practices with Oilers Mar 5, 2014 6:16 PM
    Olympic champion women’s goalie Shannon Szabados took the ice with the Edmonton Oilers at practice Wednesday. The Team Canada goalie filled in at practice for the National Hockey League while the Oilers waited for Viktor Fasth to arrive after a trade with Anaheim.

     
  • Buffalo Grove plans to celebrate Olympian Megan Bozek Feb 26, 2014 12:51 PM
    Buffalo Grove officials intend to honor Stevenson High School grad Megan Bozek, a U.S. women's hockey team player who received a silver medal in the Sochi Olympics. Buffalo Grove Village Manager Dane Bragg said the plan is to recognize Bozek and her family when they are available. He said the honor would come at a village board meeting.

     
  • Skier’s Indiana hometown cheers his Olympic medal Feb 26, 2014 9:13 AM
    Hundreds of students and others filled the high school gymnasium in slopestyle skier Nick Goepper’s southeastern Indiana hometown to celebrate his Olympic bronze medal win. The rally Tuesday at Lawrenceburg High School came hours after the 19-year-old Goepper arrived back home nearly two weeks after he and two other Americans swept the slopestyle medals in Sochi. Goepper told the crowd he was proud to hear Lawrenceburg announced as his hometown at the Olympics and other events. He says he hopes other young skiers in the Midwest are inspired by his story of skiing at the small Perfect North Slopes near his home until he was 15 and practicing on AstroTurf in his backyard during the summer. Goepper says he hopes to compete in future Winter Olympics.

     
  • Olympian Jason Brown honored, thanks supporters at Highland Park High Feb 25, 2014 9:29 PM
    Figure skater Jason Brown’s enthusiasm that connected with spectators at the Sochi Winter Olympics was evident Tuesday when he stopped in his hometown of Highland Park for a elebration of his achievements. Brown, 19, who won a bronze medal in the team competition and placed ninth on the individual side in his Olympics debut, attended two pep assemblies before a combined 2,000 pupils at Highland Park High School.

     
  • Canada’s Olympic hockey win could be NHL farewell Feb 24, 2014 4:56 PM
    The NHL is thinking seriously about abandoning the Olympics, which has hosted the world’s best since 1998. For all the excitement, attention and phenomenal hockey in Sochi, several owners still seethe at their multimillion-dollar investments playing for free — and sometimes getting injured — while their arenas sit empty for three weeks in February. But most players believe nothing can replace the Olympics.

     
  • Team USA members stop in O’Hare Feb 24, 2014 6:21 PM
    Cheers and chants of “U-S-A!” erupted in Terminal 1 of O’Hare International Airport Monday afternoon as roughly 20 Olympic athletes from Team USA — including four medalist — came through Chicago on their way home from the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. "It’s good to be home,” said silver medalist speed skater Eduardo “Eddy” Alvarez, of Salt Lake City, the first Cuban-American male to make an American Olympic skating team.

     
  • Austrian Olympic Committee:Skier positive for EPO Feb 23, 2014 1:32 AM
    Austrian cross-country skier Johannes Duerr has been kicked out of the Sochi Games after testing positive for EPO, the country’s Olympic committee said Sunday. It is the fifth doping case of the Olympics and the first involving the blood-boosting drug EPO.

     
  • Images: Winter Olympics, Sunday, February 23 Feb 23, 2014 5:28 PM
    The 2014 Olymics in Sochi, Russia held closing ceremonies after the final day of events that included the men's hockey, bobsledding and cross-country skiing. Canada defeated Sweden 3-0 for the gold medal in hockey and USA-1 won the bronze in four-man bobsledding.

     
  • After Sochi, what's next for Winter Olympics? Feb 23, 2014 7:01 AM
    The sheer cost, size and scale of the Sochi Olympics has outstripped anything done before. The question for future Winter Games is clear: Can anyone — should anyone — try to top that? The huge financial investment, massive security apparatus and litany of logistical issues has thrown up major challenges to potential future Winter Olympic host cities.

     
  • Costly, political, successful: Sochi Games end Feb 23, 2014 4:03 PM
    SOCHI, Russia — Flushed with pride after its athletes’ spectacular showing at the costliest Olympics ever, Russia celebrated Sunday night with a visually stunning finale that handed off a smooth but politically charged Winter Games to their next host, Pyeongchang in South Korea. Russian President Vladimir Putin, these Olympics’ political architect and booster-in-chief, watched and smiled as Sochi gave itself a giant pat on the back for a Winter Games that IOC President Thomas Bach declared an “extraordinary success.” The crowd that partied in Fisht Olympic Stadium, in high spirits after the high-security games passed safely without feared terror attacks, hooted with delight when Bach said Russia delivered on promises of “excellent” venues, “outstanding” accommodation for the 2,856 athletes and “impeccable organization.” The spectators let out an audibly sad moan when Bach declared the 17-day Winter Games closed. “We leave as friends of the Russian people,” Bach said. The nation’s $51 billion investment — topping even Beijing’s estimated $40 billion layout for the 2008 Summer Games — transformed a decaying resort town on the Black Sea into a household name. All-new facilities, unthinkable in the Soviet era of drab shoddiness, showcased how far Russia has come in the two decades since it turned its back on communism. But the Olympic show didn’t win over critics of Russia’s backsliding on democracy and human rights under Putin and its institutionalized intolerance of gays. Despite the bumps along the way, Bach was unrelentingly upbeat about his first games as IOC president and the nation that hosted it. One of Sochi’s big successes was security. Feared attacks by Islamic militants who threatened to target the games didn’t materialize. “It’s amazing what has happened here,” Bach said a few hours before the ceremony. He recalled that Sochi was an “old, Stalinist-style sanatorium city” when he visited for the IOC in the 1990s. Dmitry Chernyshenko, head of the Sochi organizing committee, called the games “a moment to cherish and pass on to the next generations.” “This,” he said, “is the new face of Russia — our Russia.” His nation celebrated its rich gifts to the worlds of music and literature in the ceremony, which started at 20:14 local time — a nod to the year that Putin seized upon to remake Russia’s image with the Olympics’ power to wow and concentrate global attention and massive resources. Performers in smart tails and puffy white wigs performed a ballet of grand pianos, pushing 62 of them around the stadium floor while soloist Denis Matsuev played thunderous bars from Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No.2. There was, of course, also ballet, with dancers from the Bolshoi and the Mariinsky, among the world’s oldest ballet companies. The faces of Russian authors through the ages were projected onto enormous screens, and a pile of books transformed into a swirling tornado of loose pages. There was pomp and there was kitsch. The games’ polar bear mascot — standing tall as a tree — shed a fake tear as he blew out a cauldron of flames, extinguishing the Olympic torch that burned outside the stadium. Day and night, the flame had become a favorite backdrop for “Sochi selfies,” a buzzword born at these games for the fad of athletes and spectators taking DIY souvenir photos of themselves. “Now we can see our country is very friendly,” said Boris Kozikov of St. Petersburg, Russia. “This is very important for other countries around the world to see.” And in a charming touch, Sochi organizers poked fun at themselves. In the center of the stadium, dancers in shimmering silver costumes formed themselves into four rings and a clump. That was a wink to a globally noticed technical glitch in the Feb. 7 opening ceremony, when one of the five Olympic rings in a wintry opening scene failed to open. The rings were supposed to join together and erupt in fireworks. This time, it worked: As Putin watched from the stands, the dancers in the clump waited a few seconds and then formed a ring of their own, making five, drawing laughs from the crowd. Raucous spectators chanted “Ro-ssi-ya! Ro-ssi-ya!” — “Russia! Russia!” They got their own Olympic keepsakes — medals of plastic with embedded lights that flashed in unison, creating pulsating waves of color across the stadium. Athletes said goodbye to rivals-turned-friends from far off places, savoring their achievements or lamenting what might have been — and, for some, looking ahead to 2018. The city where they will compete, Pyeongchang, offered in its segment of the show a teaser of what to expect in four years with video of venues, Korean music and delightful dancers in glowing bird suits. Winners of Russia’s record 13 gold medals marched into the stadium carrying the country’s white, blue and red flag. With a 3-0 victory over Sweden in the men’s hockey final Sunday, Canada claimed the last gold from the 98 medal events. Absent were six competitors caught by what was the most extensive anti-doping program in Winter Olympic history, with the IOC conducting a record 2,631 tests — nearly 200 more than originally planned. Russia’s leader had reason to be pleased as the Olympics dubbed the “Putin Games” ended. His nation’s athletes topped the Sochi medals table, both in golds and total — 33. That represented a stunning turnaround from the 2010 Vancouver Games. There, a meager three golds and 15 total for Russia seemed proof of its gradual decline as a winter sports power since Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. Russia’s bag of Sochi gold was the biggest-ever haul by a non-Soviet team. Russia’s last gold came Sunday in four-man bobsled. The games’ signature moment for home fans was Adelina Sotnikova, cool as ice at 17, becoming Russia’s first gold medalist in women’s Olympic figure skating. Not every headline out of Sochi was about sport. Going in, organizers faced criticism about Russia’s strict policies toward gays, though once they started sliding and skiing and skating, most every athlete chose not to use the Olympic spotlight to campaign for the cause. An activist musical group and movement, Pussy Riot, appeared in public and was horsewhipped by Cossack militiamen, drawing international scrutiny. And during the last days of competition, Sochi competed for attention with violence in Ukraine, Russia’s neighbor and considered a vital sphere of influence by the Kremlin. In an Associated Press interview on Saturday, Bach singled out Ukraine’s victory in women’s biathlon relay as “really an emotional moment” of the games, praising Ukrainian athletes for staying to compete despite the scores dead in protests back home. “Mourning on the one hand, but knowing what really is going on in your country, seeing your capital burning, and feeling this responsibility, and then winning the gold medal,” he said, “this really stands out for me.”

     
  • Shaun White is most chatted on Facebook Feb 22, 2014 8:01 AM
    Snowboarder Shaun White is the most buzzed-about Olympic athlete on Facebook but figure skating is by far the sport that attracts the most interest. The social media site said that more than 24 million people have commented on the Olympics during Sochi’s first week, with a total of 48 million posts, comments and “likes.”

     
  • 2 more Olympians test positive for drugs Feb 22, 2014 4:45 PM
    A Latvian hockey player and a Ukrainian cross-country skier failed drug tests at the Sochi Olympics, bringing to four the number of doping cases at the games. The International Olympic Committee said early Sunday that Vitalijs Pavlovs and Marina Lisogor were both expelled from the games.

     
  • Images: Winter Olympics, Saturday, February 22nd Feb 22, 2014 4:27 PM
    Images from Saturday at the 2014 Winter Olympic games in Sochi.

     
  • Highland Park medalist Jason Brown still smiling as Olympics wind down Feb 22, 2014 8:00 AM
    Still celebating his bronze-medal win in team figure skating, Highland Park's Jason Brown talks candidly about his Olympic victory and his love of the sport in this exclusive Q&A. "The outpouring of support from my community has been more than I could have ever imagined."

     
  • American teen wins Olympic slalom Feb 21, 2014 5:01 PM
    American Mikaela Shiffrin won by more than a half-second to become, at 18, the youngest slalom champion in Olympic history. “It’s going to be something that I chalk up as one of my favorite experiences for the rest of my life,” she said. Shiffrin’s gold gave the United States five Alpine medals.

     
  • It’s Canada vs. Sweden for men’s hockey gold Feb 21, 2014 4:52 PM
    Before the Olympics started, the only thing holding Team Canada back from being the overwhelming favorite in men’s hockey was its goaltending. On Friday in the semifinals against Team USA, goalie Carey Price was brilliant with 31 saves in Canada’s 1-0 win that sent the Canadians into Sunday’s gold medal game against Sweden. Six Blackhawks will play for the gold (Duncan Keith, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp for Canada, and Niklas Hjalmarsson, Marcus Kruger and Johnny Oduya for Sweden).

     
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