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,…
As many people do, I enjoy watching Youtube fitness personalities who range from eccentric to dangerous to themselves. There are the classic accounts like Scooby, a fedora-wearing older man with a pleasant voice and numerous dietary theories; there are the newer folks on the scene like Kinobody, something of a Patrick…
The IIHF World U18 Championships begin in Grand Forks, N.D., next week, and the Russian team was set to fly out tomorrow. Today it was revealed that the head coach has been fired and the entire roster will be replaced because too many players tested positive for the recently banned substance Meldonium.
Seriously. You shouldn’t be able to score from this far out:
Nikita Kamayev, the former head of the Russian anti-doping agency RUSADA, died on Monday at the age of 52. “Presumably, the cause of death was a massive heart attack,” wrote RUSADA in a press release.
Alex Ovechkin has a feature in December’s issue of the Russian edition of Esquire, accompanied by a lovely cover portrait of the Capitals captain. Russian Machine Never Breaks translated portions of the interview, and Ovechkin provided some fun answers. A few quotes are below, but check out their page for the rest.
In his latest effort to remind everyone of how extravagant his life is, boxer Floyd Mayweather used Instagram to announce that he had received a 2-month-old tiger as a gift while visiting Russia.
The World Anti-Doping Agency just released the results of a months-long investigation into doping allegations leveled against Russian athletes. The investigators found that use of performance-enhancing drugs by Russian athletes—many of them Olympic athletes—is not only widespread, but also supported by the state. Hide…
The only thing more stereotypically Russian than the urge to sprint out onto the pitch in celebration of your team scoring is successfully fleeing back into the crowd before security apprehends you. Shouts out to the crowd for their teamwork. (Warning: video’s kinda loud.)
Soccer itself—and lower leagues especially—is prone to a kind of reckless, senseless violence not typically found in American sports. Toss in a heavy dose of Russians to the mix, and what is already often a caustic concoction turns downright toxic.
One of Russia’s many problems is racism. And not just the quiet, personal racism you find everywhere in Europe; also the kind of blatant, in-your-face sort that ... you also find most everywhere in Europe. Take, for instance, the upheld suspension of Ghanaian-born midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong, who was punished for…
In 2009, a strange Facebook account appeared out of nowhere and friended people en-masse. The name on the account was Junko Junsui, and she had a message for anyone willing to listen.
As the Justice Department arrested or indicted 14 FIFA and media officials in dramatic early morning raids, Swiss authorities announced a criminal investigation of their own, into allegations of corruption and bribery related to the allocation of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar. FIFA says it will not…
Former NHL star and current Russian senator Slava Fetisov has called for rules that would prevent Russian hockey players from going to the NHL before they turn 28. In the late ‘80s, Fetisov famously fought the Soviet bureaucracy to make the leap himself, before he got too old to be effective.
Russia got smoked by Canada, 6-1, in yesterday’s final of the IIHF World Championship, the most prestigious annual tournament in hockey. (The U.S. took the bronze). The Russian players stuck around for the medal ceremony, but left the ice before Canada’s national anthem was played:
If you watched the World Cup last year, you might remember the name Andrey Yeshchenko from Russia’s team. Apparently he’s better at soccer than he is at driving, because he just completely destroyed his Nissan GT-R in a high-speed crash into a pole.
If you showed this to your dumb friend Garrett, your dumb friend Garrett would probably be like, “Ahhhhh bro that bear is surrounded by hot models, man! Lucky-ass bear!”
You may remember us covering a weird Russian MMA fight last fall, where the undercard was a bunch of wannabe knights battling each other with swords and armor. Our friends over at Kotaku have more information on this new sport, as well as video from its first match.