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Olympics

Boston’s Olympic chief confident in bid

Sunday, March 22, 2015

BOSTON — It would be one thing to persuade the International Olympic Committee to choose Boston over other powerhouse world cities to host the 2024 Summer Games. But it’s quite another to win over a skeptical populace in its own backyard. “We have to dream big,” Richard Davey, the chief executive of Boston 2024, the group spearheading the city’s bid, said in a recent interview with The Associated Press. Since … 0

Dallas Seavey wins Iditarod in year marked by uncertainty

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

NOME, Alaska — If ever there was uncertainty about the outcome of the world’s most famous sled dog race, it was this year. Warm weather and a lack of snow in much of Alaska forced organizers of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race to forge an untested route, utilizing the state’s extensive system of frozen rivers. Many wondered: Would the new trail make … 0

Marketing agreement an obstacle in US 2024 bid

Monday, July 28, 2014

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — If Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco or Washington is picked to host the 2024 Olympics, the U.S. Olympic Committee will pay the price for winning. One of its first tasks will be to hand over millions in sponsorships to the victorious city’s newly formed organizing committee. It’s one of … 0

Bill Plaschke: Johnny Weir is just being his out, open self

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

SOCHI, Russia — The surprise American star of these Olympics is walking through a rainstorm, not a drop on his black leggings and ankle-high boots, not a splotch on his styled hair and pale makeup, when suddenly he stops. “Wait, I want to finish saying this,” says Johnny … 0

Czechs beat Slovakia 5-3, play US in quarterfinals

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

SOCHI, Russia — Roman Cervenka scored for a second time late in the second period to give the Czech Republic a four-goal lead, and it went on to beat Slovakia 5-3 on Tuesday and advance to an Olympic … 0

Latvia holds off Swiss 3-1 to reach quarterfinals

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

SOCHI, Russia — Latvia’s reward for its first Olympic victory in 12 years is a quarterfinal date with defending champion Canada. That sobering realization couldn’t dampen the thrill for coach Ted Nolan and his underdog players after they … 0

Disallowed goal revs up Russian hockey fans

Monday, February 17, 2014

MOSCOW — After a heated U.S.-Russia hockey match at the Sochi Olympics on Saturday, many Russian spectators have decided the cold war is back — and not just on the ice. Demonstrators gathered in Moscow on Monday to … 0

Gay-rights activist detained at Olympic Park in Sochi

Monday, February 17, 2014

SOCHI, Russia — An Italian activist shouting “It’s OK to be gay” and dressed in a rainbow-colored outfit and large headdress was detained Monday as she entered an arena to watch an Olympic hockey game. Vladimir Luxuria, a … 0

Bill Plaschke: Meryl Davis, Charlie White grow older and golder

Monday, February 17, 2014

SOCHI, Russia — His shaggy blond hair flew, her porcelain body floated, the two old friends leaned on each other, spun off each other and moved together in the synchronicity of a lifetime. On a chilling Monday night at the Winter Olympics, Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White … 0

Chip Scoggins: Enjoy NHL stars in the Olympics while you can

Monday, February 17, 2014

SOCHI, Russia — Ryan Kesler saw Ilya Kovalchuk load up for a slap shot and instinctively threw his body into the shooting lane, unafraid of being drilled by a fast-moving puck. That’s what hockey players do. Kovalchuk’s rocket nailed Kesler in the hand, sending him off the ice … 0

Germany wins team gold in Olympic ski jumping

Monday, February 17, 2014

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — With the gold medal on the line, Severin Freund made his final jump, then hoped it would be enough to give Germany victory in the team large hill ski jumping competition Monday at the … 0

Costas returns to Olympic coverage

Monday, February 17, 2014

SOCHI, Russia — Bob Costas returns as host for NBC’s prime-time Olympic coverage Tuesday night, if still not exactly clear-eyed, at least with a sharpened sense of respect for the colleagues and crew who covered for him during … 0

Gay-rights activist detained at Olympic Park

Monday, February 17, 2014

SOCHI, Russia — An Italian activist shouting “It’s OK to be gay” and dressed in a rainbow-colored outfit and large headdress was detained Monday as she entered an arena to watch an Olympic hockey game. Vladimir Luxuria, a … 0