• Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and figure skating gold medal winner Evgeni Plushenko (R) attend a ceremony to present automobiles to the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics prize-holders representing Russia, by the Kremlin wall in central Moscow, February 27, 2014. REUTERS/Artem Zhitenev/RIA Novosti/Pool

    Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and figure skating gold medal winner Evgeni Plushenko (R) attend a ceremony to present automobiles to the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics prize-holders representing Russia, by the Kremlin wall in central Moscow, February 27, 2014. REUTERS/Artem Zhitenev/RIA Novosti/Pool

  • Liechtenstein's flag-bearer Tina Weirather leads her country's contingent during the athletes' parade at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Phil Noble

    Liechtenstein's flag-bearer Tina Weirather leads her country's contingent during the athletes' parade at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Phil Noble

  • Michel Mulder of the Netherlands competes in the men's 1,000 meters speed skating race during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 12, 2014. REUTERS/Issei Kato

    Michel Mulder of the Netherlands competes in the men's 1,000 meters speed skating race during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 12, 2014. REUTERS/Issei Kato

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin (C) and Russian Olympic medal winning athletes pose for a picture in Sochi February 24, 2014. REUTERS/Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

    Russian President Vladimir Putin (C) and Russian Olympic medal winning athletes pose for a picture in Sochi February 24, 2014. REUTERS/Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

  • Japan's Mao Asada performs during the Figure Skating Gala Exhibition at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, February 22, 2014. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

    Japan's Mao Asada performs during the Figure Skating Gala Exhibition at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, February 22, 2014. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

  • Japan's former health minister Yoichi Masuzoe checks his earphone as he prepares for an interview at his office in Tokyo February 9, 2014. REUTERS/Yuya Shino

    Japan's former health minister Yoichi Masuzoe checks his earphone as he prepares for an interview at his office in Tokyo February 9, 2014. REUTERS/Yuya Shino

  • Norway's Ole Einar Bjoerndalen competes during the men's biathlon 4 x 7.5 km relay at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor February 22, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

    Norway's Ole Einar Bjoerndalen competes during the men's biathlon 4 x 7.5 km relay at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor February 22, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

  • Iouri Podladtchikov of Switzerland (L) is congratulated by Shaun White of the U.S. after winning the gold medal in the men's snowboard halfpipe qualification round at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor February 11, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

    Iouri Podladtchikov of Switzerland (L) is congratulated by Shaun White of the U.S. after winning the gold medal in the men's snowboard halfpipe qualification round at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor February 11, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin walks out from the presidential lounge to take his seat as he is introduced during the closing ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 23, 2014. REUTERS/David Goldman/Pool

    Russian President Vladimir Putin walks out from the presidential lounge to take his seat as he is introduced during the closing ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 23, 2014. REUTERS/David Goldman/Pool

  • Fireworks explode over the Olympic Park during the closing ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 23, 2014. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

    Fireworks explode over the Olympic Park during the closing ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 23, 2014. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

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Russian medal winners rewarded with luxury cars

Feb 27 2014, 5:32 PM EST - (Reuters) Russia rewarded the athletes who helped the Winter Olympics hosts top the medals table in Sochi by presenting the 13 gold medal winners and 20 other podium finishers with luxury SUVs on Thursday.

"If we put it straight, there has...

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Sochi injury ends Weirather's season

Feb 26 2014, 6:45 AM EST - (Reuters) The shin injury she suffered in training at the Sochi Olympics has ended Tina Weirather's season, the Alpine skier from Liechtenstein said on Wednesday.

Second in the current World Cup standings behind Germany's Maria...

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Speed skating: Dutch delight as U.S. left in a flap

Feb 24 2014, 3:25 AM EST - (Reuters) The United States arrived in Sochi as the leading speed skating nation but departed in embarrassing, fractious fashion with no medals and their acclaimed suits dumped as the Netherlands totally dominated the Adler Arena.

The 20...

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Putin says Sochi Games wrongfoot critics of Russia

Feb 25 2014, 7:09 AM EST - (Reuters) The Sochi Olympics "opened Russia's soul" to the world and wrongfooted critics of the host country, President Vladimir Putin said in remarks broadcast on Tuesday.

Taking stock after Russia topped the medals table and avoided...

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Japan's Asada wavering on retirement from competition

Feb 25 2014, 1:29 AM EST - (Reuters) Japanese figure skater Mao Asada, who rebounded from a disastrous short program at the Sochi Olympics to gain the best score of her career in the free skate, is now wavering on whether to retire from competition.

Asada, who had...

Short track: Ahn's switch creates new world order

Feb 24 2014, 3:22 AM EST - (Reuters) It took just one disgruntled man to change the world order of Olympic short track speed skating at the Sochi Winter Games.

Viktor Ahn won three gold medals in Sochi to take his lifetime tally to six and confirm his place as the...

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Games-time disaster prevention is top priority-Tokyo governor

Feb 24 2014, 10:57 AM EST - (Reuters) Tokyo governor Yoichi Masuzoe's worst nightmare is a catastrophe hitting the city during the 2020 Summer Games and disaster prevention and mitigation tops his Olympic to-do list.

Speaking to Reuters a day after the end of the...

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Bjoerndalen leads solid, yet not brilliant Norway

Feb 24 2014, 2:41 PM EST - (Reuters) Ole Einar Bjoerndalen pushed back the limits of time to inspire his country to a solid, although not scintillating display in the Olympic biathlon as Martin Fourcade and Darya Domracheva eased Norway's stranglehold.

Bjoerndalen,...

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Snowboarding-Shredders put on 'sick show' on the biggest stage

Feb 24 2014, 3:22 AM EST - (Reuters) There were safety fears, minor judging concerns and the two-pronged failure of the sport's biggest name but snowboarders talk a lot about putting on a great "show" and they let nobody down at the Sochi Olympics.

Shaun White's...

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Sochi Games over, will Putin take the gloves off?

Feb 24 2014, 7:22 AM EST - (Reuters) For more than two weeks while Russia hosted the Winter Olympics, President Vladimir Putin did his best to show the world that he and his country have a soft side.

Now the Sochi Games are over, Western governments are concerned...

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