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 Monday 5:08pm

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

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

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

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

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

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