Squaw Valley and the 1960 Winter Olympics in Paintings

As the Winter Games in Sochi wind to a close this week, it got us thinking about one of the great American Olympic host cities, Squaw Valley. For the January 1961 issue, Playboy sent the artist LeRoy Neiman, to the California ski resort to capture the place's essence with his beautiful paintings. Enjoy the collection… » 2/20/14 3:38pm 2/20/14 3:38pm

How BMW Finally Built An Olympic Contender (That Isn't A Car)

The American two-man bobsled team didn't do so hot on the track at the last Winter Olympics. While the four-person crew took home the gold medal, the shorter sled only came in sixth. And one reason was because their sled was nearly two decades old. » 2/15/14 3:05pm 2/15/14 3:05pm

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 may … » 2/13/14 7:29pm 2/13/14 7:29pm

Do Dominica's Adorable Skiers Deserve A Gold Medal In Tax Dodging?

There's plenty about the Winter Olympics to make a guy root for global warming: the so-called "Olympic tourists," for example. That's a tag applied to folks who have enough money and leisure time to make up for whatever talent deficiency kept them from competing for their real home country in the Games, and end up… » 2/13/14 6:51pm 2/13/14 6:51pm

The Evolution Of The Halfpipe: Faster, Higher, Safer?

The men's halfpipe final was sort of a disaster today, as a terribly maintained Sochi course led to falls (or at least slips) for most of the major competitors. But, hey, no one got hurt! » 2/11/14 5:29pm 2/11/14 5:29pm

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

Map: Where In America Can You Watch Canada's Great Olympic Coverage?

It's no secret that NBC's Olympic coverage kind of blows, especially compared to what our northern neighbors are getting. Leaving aside issues like lack of live coverage, schmaltzy human interest stories, and Bob Costas's eye, Canada simply gets more Olympics: 1,519 hours on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), … » 2/10/14 1:51pm 2/10/14 1:51pm

Olympic Halfpipe Is "Garbage," Snowboarders Report

Last week, ladies' downhill skiing was halted after three runs because one jump was dangerously large and hadn't been properly tested. But at least courseworkers were able to fix it. Meanwhile, the snowboard halfpipe is in terrible shape, and according to a Yahoo report, one rider says it's "unsalvageable." » 2/10/14 9:25am 2/10/14 9:25am

The Story About The Russian Dying Over The Botched Olympic Ring Is Fake

This post isn't necessary for all of you. Some of you have been around on the internet long enough to know that the Daily Currant is a satirical news site. For the rest of the crowd, though: Stop sharing that dumb Olympics article around. It isn't real. » 2/09/14 12:09pm 2/09/14 12:09pm

The Non-Skier's Guide To Ski Racing (And Ski Crashing)

Olympic skiing began this morning—men's downhill, airing on tape delay at 11 a.m.—and if you're like most viewers, you either watch the sport with quadrennial befuddlement or you change the channel entirely. As a former ski racer, and someone who started scooting around on skis at about the same time I was working out… » 2/09/14 10:30am 2/09/14 10:30am

Model Predicts That The U.S. Is Going To Dominate Sochi

We're nearly past the Opening Ceremony, so it's time to get serious: Who's going to win the Winter Olympics? Based on an analysis of economic and geographic data from participating countries through Winter Olympic history, Dan and Tim Graettinger have built out a model for medal performance at the games, and it looks… » 2/07/14 1:28pm 2/07/14 1:28pm

Cool Chart: The Altitudes And Latitudes Of Winter Olympics Hosts

Over at the Washington Post, Darla Cameron, Cristina Rivero and Gene Thorp have created an excellent graphic comparing the latitude, host city altitude, and skiing venue altitude of every Winter Olympics since 1960. Squaw Valley, Ca. was the highest host city and Salt Lake City was the highest ski venue, because the… » 2/06/14 6:10pm 2/06/14 6:10pm