The Sochi Olympics Were Even More Of A Boondoggle Than You thought

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… » 2/05/15 11:40pm 2/05/15 11:40pm

Just Six Months After the Olympics, Sochi Looks Like a Ghost Town

It's been almost exactly six months since the Sochi Olympics wrapped up and the world promptly moved on to speculating about the Rio 2016. Since then, the area has been left holding the proverbial bag—which as Russian photographer Alexander Belenkiy shows us, is full of too many buildings and not enough people to… » 8/25/14 5:08pm 8/25/14 5:08pm

Now Paralympians Are Getting Stuck In Sochi Bathrooms

The Sochi accommodations are equal opportunity nuisances. The Paralympics kick off tomorrow, and already Team USA sled hockey goalie Steve Cash has received the traditional Sochi welcome: » 3/06/14 2:44pm 3/06/14 2:44pm

What Happened to U.S. Women's Figure Skating?

Another Olympic figure skating competition has ended and the main controversy seems to be trying to figure out whether the Russians rigged the competition in favor of 17-year-old Adelina Sotnikova. (Good luck proving that with anonymous score sheets.) But lost in all the commotion is the fact that the U.S. women's… » 2/22/14 1:46pm 2/22/14 1:46pm

Bobsled Is the Easiest Olympic Sport

We would never deign to call an Olympic sport "easy." Eating muffins is easy. Sports at least require some motion. But if you, the average non-Olympic athlete, really needed to make the Olympic team in a pinch, you would clearly choose bobsled as your "sport." » 2/19/14 2:07pm 2/19/14 2:07pm

Sochi Organizers Attempt To Clear Fog With Giant Fans

Heavy fog in the mountains above Sochi caused postponements of men's biathlon and snowboard cross races today. Visibilities were near zero at times, making the shooting portion of biathlon impossible, and snowboarding downright dangerous. But let no one say organizers didn't try everything in their power to get the… » 2/17/14 4:19pm 2/17/14 4:19pm

IOC Declared A "Red Alert" On Sochi's Unfinished Hotels In September

Many accommodations in the Sochi area simply weren't ready for the thousands of visitors and journalists who arrived earlier this month. It sounds like it could have been even worse, if not for the IOC forcing the Russians to kick things into overdrive last fall. » 2/17/14 2:34pm 2/17/14 2:34pm

The Inside Story of How Olympic Photographers Get Such Stunning Images

Every single moment of the Sochi Olympics is documented in minute detail. Here's how the AP and Getty Images, two of the biggest photo agencies on the scene, get their incredible photos from the Olympics to the United States, faster than you can microwave a bag of popcorn. » 2/17/14 1:06pm 2/17/14 1:06pm

Russian Skier Breaks, Dislocates Spine in Olympic Training

The Winter Olympics are fun and spectacular, but they also feature hundreds of people launching themselves very high in the air or riding down mountains at many, many miles per hour. Injuries — deaths — do happen, including a severe one today. » 2/15/14 12:22pm 2/15/14 12:22pm

This Is the "Next-Level" Tinder the Olympic Athletes Are All On

Just because you're warm, indoors, and out of shape, doesn't mean you have to miss out on the best social networking fuckfest of the olympiad: here's what it looks like to browse Tinder at the athletic sex-romp of the year. » 2/14/14 4:21pm 2/14/14 4:21pm

Is A Crappy Under Armour Race Suit Slowing Down U.S. Speed Skating?

The U.S. has sucked something fierce in speed skating so far at Sochi. Through more than half of its races, Team USA still hasn't medaled. This is astonishing, because speed skating is traditionally one of the U.S.'s strongest winter sports. One explanation for the dip? As the Wall Street Journal first reported, it… » 2/13/14 7:29pm 2/13/14 7:29pm

Sage Kotsenburg Isn't the Lochte We Want. He's the Lochte We Deserve.

The 70's had Mark Spitz, the 80's had Bruce Jenner and Carl Lewis, the 90's had Alberto Tomba, the 2000's had the Australian swim team and Apolo Ohno, and in 2012, the Olympic gods blessed us with Ryan Lochte. But pickings for the Sochi Games' Unofficial Sexy Male Olympian are decidedly more meh. In a post-Lochte era,… » 2/12/14 2:18pm 2/12/14 2:18pm

Who Says There's No Room In Curling For Fashion?

["And sliding down the runway now comes Torger Nergaard of Norway, showing off a fetching pair of houndstooth pants. Sorry, rock and broom not included." Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty] » 2/12/14 1:07pm 2/12/14 1:07pm

Female Athletes Say Tinder Use at The Olympic Village Is "Next Level"

Jamie Anderson, the 23-year-old American snowboarder, tells US Weekly that she and her fellow female athletes spend their down time in Sochi on one app in particular: » 2/12/14 12:48pm 2/12/14 12:48pm

How I Accidentally Became Part Of The Anti-Russia Conspiracy

Here is a report from a Russian news site (Google translated version here) that claims I intentionally damaged my Sochi hotel room, and as a result have been stripped of my credentials to cover the Olympic games. This was news to me, because I've never been to Sochi in my life. » 2/10/14 3:07pm 2/10/14 3:07pm

Russia Today Consults Security Expert Steven Seagal On Sochi Safety

Some security experts have suggested that with the eyes of the world on the Winter Games, terrorist elements could leave Sochi under siege. Indeed, with its location near contested Chechen territory, it's possible the world's athletes could be competing on deadly ground. With that in mind, the U.S. affiliate of cable… » 2/08/14 9:00am 2/08/14 9:00am