For all the very real problems with sports’ war on drugs and the self-serving PED scolds, I can only read this latest report about Russia’s state-run doping efforts at the Sochi Olympic Games with something resembling awe. According to a whistleblower, officials, including those from Russia’s intelligence agency,…
The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, were a scam from the very start. Sochi is a resort city with mild weather that had nothing close to the infrastructure necessary to host the Olympics, yet the initial budget was only $12 billion dollars. In comparison, the budget for the 2010 Winter Olympics—held in the much…
Every two years, the world takes part in a figurative dance that's been decades in the making. First, it's the iconic passing of the torch. Then, an epic, national-pride-filled opening ceremony. And, finally, it's the moment we've all been waiting for. The holiest and most timeless of Olympic traditions: It's time to…
Vladimir Putin visited the Sochi National Park today because he wanted to pet a leopard. The BBC reports that while Putin was petting the leopard, it attacked two journalists. Play the video above to see what a pissed-off leopard trying to kill a poor schmo with a camera looks like.
Did you know that not a single gay person lives in Sochi, Russia, the site of the upcoming Winter Olympics? It's true! The mayor says so.
Here's some unsettling news out of Sochi. Russian police reportedly fear that a "black widow" suicide bomber may have recently breached the ring of security around the site of the 2014 Olympic games. Police have reportedly launched an urgent search in an effort to find the woman.
Good news, gays and lesbians planning to go to the Sochi Olympics! Russian President Vladimir Putin says you won't be arrested and thrown into prison as long as you keep your gay away from the children.
U.S. Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn announced this morning that she will not be competing in the upcoming Winter Olympics because of a sprained MCL in her right knee. Vonn hurt her knee while skiing off course at a World Cup event in December. In November, Vonn partially tore her surgically repaired ACL in the same knee.
For the last five Olympics, the U.S. delegation to the opening ceremonies has included either the President, Vice-President, or First Lady. Not this time, Russia. You get the President's assistant, and a few openly gay former athletes.
As former Olympic bobsledder Pyotr Makarchuk carried the torch through the Siberian city of Abakan on Wednesday, he spilled some flaming liquid fuel onto his jacket. It was promptly put out by his escorts, avoiding the worst Gazprom commercial ever.
While we're all still worked up about Qatar's blatant mistreatment of the many thousands of migrant workers who will soon begin building infrastructure for the 2022 World Cup, here's a reminder that Qatar doesn't have the market cornered on turning international sporting events into humanitarian crises. Russia can…
Russia's official government newspaper today published a new presidential decree signed by Vladimir Putin that bans all protests or demonstrations in Sochi from one month before the start of the Olympics until one month after. Sorry, gays and sympathizers!
When Henrik Zetterberg and Victor Hedman publicly spoke out against Russia's anti-gay laws, we openly wondered what would happen when reporters approached the NHL's Russian players. Well, here's one.
Tampa Bay's Victor Hedman and Detroit's Henrik Zetterberg, both locks for Sweden's Olympic team, have criticized Russian laws that ban "homosexual propaganda"ahead of the Sochi games.
Earlier today at the World Championships in Moscow, two Swedish athletes offered up a subtle yet unmistakable protest against Russia's oppressive anti-gay policies ahead of next year's Olympics. But athletes remain split on the right way to speak out, or whether to do it at all.
Getting a city ready to host the Winter Olympics is not an easy task. Stadiums have to be built, snow has to be hoarded, scores of innocent animals have to be mercilessly slaughtered. It's all just such an ordeal.
With the Olympics serving, in a larger geopolitical sense, as a jingoistic opportunity to laugh at everything that goes wrong, host cities sure spend a lot of time and money on the one thing they can't actually control: the weather. China reportedly seeded clouds before the 2008 games, so they'd expend their rain…
Saturday, the Russian Olympic Committee announced the results of voting for the 2014 Olympic mascots. (They picked a snowboarding snow leopard, and a fluffy bunny and cheerful bear. They're boring.) But one of the 10 nominees didn't even make it to voting. Ded Moroz ("Father Frost"), the Russian version of Santa…