• 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

  • FILE -- Yuzuru Hanyu, who won Japan's first ever gold medal in men’s singles figure skating, competes in the free skate portion of the men's program at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Feb. 14, 2014. Three years ago Hanyu had been skating at his home rink in Sendai, near the epicenter, when the devastating earthquake and tsunami struck northeast Japan. (Chang W. Lee/The New York Times)

    FILE -- Yuzuru Hanyu, who won Japan's first ever gold medal in men’s singles figure skating, competes in the free skate portion of the men's program at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Feb. 14, 2014. Three years ago Hanyu had been skating at his home rink in Sendai, near the epicenter, when the devastating earthquake and tsunami struck northeast Japan. (Chang W. Lee/The New York Times)

  • Gold medalist Sage Kotsenburg of the U.S. waves during the medal ceremony for the men's snowboard slopestyle competition in the Olympic Plaza at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games February 8, 2014. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

    Gold medalist Sage Kotsenburg of the U.S. waves during the medal ceremony for the men's snowboard slopestyle competition in the Olympic Plaza at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games February 8, 2014. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

  • Russia's Adelina Sotnikova performs during the Figure Skating Gala Exhibition at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics February 22, 2014. REUTERS/David Gray

    Russia's Adelina Sotnikova performs during the Figure Skating Gala Exhibition at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics February 22, 2014. REUTERS/David Gray

  • Sarah Hendrickson of the U.S. soars through the air in the first round of the women's ski jumping individual normal hill event at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games, at the RusSki Gorki Jumping Centre, in Rosa Khutor February 11, 2014. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

    Sarah Hendrickson of the U.S. soars through the air in the first round of the women's ski jumping individual normal hill event at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games, at the RusSki Gorki Jumping Centre, in Rosa Khutor February 11, 2014. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

  • Sage Kotsenburg of the U.S. performs a jump during the men's snowboard slopestyle semi-final competition at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor February 8, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

    Sage Kotsenburg of the U.S. performs a jump during the men's snowboard slopestyle semi-final competition at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor February 8, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

  • International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach (2nd L) speaks with Russian President Vladimir Putin (C) as gold medallist in the four-man bobsleigh Alexander Zubkov looks on during the closing ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics February 23, 2014. REUTERS/Phil Noble

    International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach (2nd L) speaks with Russian President Vladimir Putin (C) as gold medallist in the four-man bobsleigh Alexander Zubkov looks on during the closing ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics February 23, 2014. REUTERS/Phil Noble

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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...

Russian figure skater hopes to broadcast spine surgery live

Feb 24 2014, 5:31 AM EST - Evgeni Plushenko wants his upcoming spine surgery televised live.

Americans fail to medal in women's figure skating; Gold finishes 4th

Feb 20 2014, 9:18 AM EST - Gracie Gold, Polina Edmunds, and Ashley Wagner all miss out on a medal after Thursday's women's figure skating free skate.

Americans fail to medal in women's figure skating; Gold finishes 4th

Feb 20 2014, 9:18 AM EST - Gracie Gold, Polina Edmunds, and Ashley Wagner all miss out on a medal after Thursday's women's figure skating free skate.

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From a Backpack, Mountain Refreshment

Feb 23 2014, 10:42 PM EST -

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KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia - There was a ski-rental shop at the base of the gondola. In exchange for 1,400 rubles (about $40) and temporary custody of my American driver’s license, I got skis, poles, boots and a helmet for the...

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Memorable moments of the Sochi Games

Feb 24 2014, 3:19 AM EST - (Reuters) Questions about Sochi's suitability to host the Winter Olympics will not go away once the flame has been extinguished but in the expensively-built stadiums and snow resorts the athletes put on a dazzling show.

Whether skiing,...

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Figure skating: Russians dominate endless drama

Feb 24 2014, 3:10 AM EST - (Reuters) An ageing, moody leading man, a doomed little girl in a red coat, a shocking cliff-hanger finale - figure skating at the Olympics had the melodrama to rival a soap opera.

Add in the international outrage over judging that...

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Winners and losers at the Sochi Winter Games

Feb 24 2014, 3:03 AM EST - (Reuters) WINNERS:

Women's ski jump: After years of lobbying to be included in the Olympics women ski jumpers finally had their day in Sochi when the first Olympic competition was held.

When U.S. ski jumper Sarah Hendrickson sped...

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New sports prove a hit in Sochi

Feb 24 2014, 2:59 AM EST - (Reuters) There was a revolution at the Sochi Olympics that took place right under the noses of the Russian security forces as the whole world watched.

But this was an uprising that had everyone's stamp of approval and changed the Winter...

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Sochi sees Russian resurgence as winter power

Feb 24 2014, 2:55 AM EST - (Reuters) Two decades after it last led the medals table, Russia triumphantly captured top spot at its first home Winter Olympics - albeit with a big contribution from two "adopted Russians" - and can look forward to a Sochi-fuelled boost in...

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