Ten years ago the XXVIII Olympiad was held in Athens from the 13th – 29th August with the motto “Welcome Home”. The cost of hosting the games was estimated to be approximately 9 billion euros with the majority of sporting venues built specifically for the games. Due to Greece’s economic frailties post Olympic Games there has been no further investment and the majority of the newly constructed stadiums now lie abandoned.
Sochi, Russia hosts the 2014 Paralympic Games from March 7-16. 547 athletes from 45 countries will take part in the games which opened with ceremony full of performances, a parade of athletes, fireworks, and the lighting of the Olympic flame.
The Canadian men’s ice hockey team blanked Sweden, 3-0, to win gold. In other Olympics results, Russia won gold in the four-man bobsled event, while Russia’s Alexander Legkov claimed gold in the men’s cross-country 50 km mass start free event.
US to face Finland in men’s bronze ice hockey final, Vic Wild of Russia wins Olympic gold in men’s snowboard parallel slalom, Julia Dujmovits of Austria wins Olympic gold in women’s slalom and more.
Canada defeats US men’s hockey team to face Sweden in the gold medal game with a lone goal from Jamie Benn, the scent of scandal lingered over the Sochi Olympics on Friday after contentious judging favored an unfancied Russian over South Korea’s Kim Yuna in the women’s figure skating contest, US Speedskating and Under Armour announced an eight-year contract renewal through the 2022 Olympics on Friday morning and more.
Russia’s Egor Korotkov, Sweden’s Victor Norberg, and Finland’s Jouni Pellinen fell on the final jump of their run, spilling across the finish line behind the winner of the heat, Armin Niederer of Switzerland, Switzerland comes from behind to beat Sweden, 4-3, to win the bronze medal in women’s hockey, some members of Ukraine’s Sochi Olympics team have decided to leave the Winter Games as violence in Kiev escalates.
Sochi Olympics Day 14: Injury ends games for Bode Miller; US men’s hockey beats Czech Republic, will face Canada
Russia was eliminated in men’s hockey after Finland defeats them 3-1 in the quarterfinals, Ted Ligety of US won Olympic gold in men’s giant slalom, US skier Bode Miller says he will not race in this week’s slalom after tweaking his already-injured knee, but will race the rest of the World Cup season, and more.
Sochi Olympics Day 13: Mikaela Shiffrin falls short in giant slalom, US lead after 1st day of women’s bobsled
Americans Elana Meyers, Lauryn Williams hold lead after 1st day of women’s bobsled, Lolo Jones officially becomes 10th American to compete in different sports at the Summer and Winter Olympics as she competes in heat 1 of women’s bobsled runs, Anze Kopitar, Slovenia advance to Olympic men’s hockey quarterfinals, two members of Pussy Riot were detained and released and more.
Sochi Olympics Day 12: Meryl Davis and Charlie White win ice dancing gold; U.S. advances to women’s hockey gold-medal game
The United States women’s ice hockey team will advance to the gold-medal game after defeating Sweden, 6-1 in a semifinal match.
Meanwhile, a heavy fog has forced the postponement of the Olympic men’s snowboard cross race and a second delay in the men’s 15-kilometer mass-start biathlon race. Both events are now slated for Tuesday.