• 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)

  • South Korea's Park Seung-hi (R) skates to victory ahead of second-placed China's Fan Kexin (L) and third-palced South Korea's Shim Suk-hee (C) during the women's 1,000 metres short track speed skating final event at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics February 21, 2014. REUTERS/David Gray

    South Korea's Park Seung-hi (R) skates to victory ahead of second-placed China's Fan Kexin (L) and third-palced South Korea's Shim Suk-hee (C) during the women's 1,000 metres short track speed skating final event at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics February 21, 2014. REUTERS/David Gray

  • Britain's Elise Christie crashes during the women's 1,000 metres short track speed skating semi-finals event at the Iceberg Skating Palace in the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games February 21, 2014. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

    Britain's Elise Christie crashes during the women's 1,000 metres short track speed skating semi-finals event at the Iceberg Skating Palace in the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games February 21, 2014. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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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...

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...

Ahn success sparks more questions than answers

Feb 21 2014, 7:30 PM EST - (Reuters) It was a night when Viktor Ahn should have been out celebrating becoming the most successful short track speed skater of all time but instead he was quizzed from all sides at the Sochi Olympics about why he defected to Russia.

If...

Ahn strikes gold for adopted country Russia

Feb 21 2014, 4:30 PM EST - (Reuters) Viktor Ahn won two gold medals in less than an hour at the Sochi Games on Friday, triggering wild celebrations in his adopted country Russia and more agony for his native South Korea.

Ahn confirmed his place among the greatest...

U.S. clock first medal in final race

Feb 21 2014, 4:17 PM EST - (Reuters) The United States skaters left it late, but after 12 long track lapses and six short track slip-ups they finally scored a first medal of the Sochi Games on Friday.

The men's 5,000 meter relay quartet of Eduardo Alvarez, J.R....

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South Korea's Park wins women's 1,000m gold

Feb 21 2014, 3:51 PM EST - (Reuters) Park Seung-hi finally gave South Korea something to celebrate after a miserable 24 hours at the Sochi Winter Olympics when she won the women's 1,000 meters short track competition.

Competing at the same rink where Kim Yuna was...

Ahn strikes gold for adopted country Russia

Feb 21 2014, 3:16 PM EST - (Reuters) Viktor Ahn won two gold medals in less than an hour on Friday, confirming his place as the most successful short track speed skater of all time and sending his adopted country Russia into raptures.

Ahn won the individual 500...

Ahn leads Russia to 5,000m relay gold

Feb 21 2014, 2:56 PM EST - (Reuters) Viktor Ahn captured a record sixth Olympic gold medal when he helped his adopted country Russia win the men's 5,000 metres short track speed skating final at the Sochi Games on Friday.

Ahn teamed up with Semen Elistratov,...

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Briton Christie completes unwanted DQ hat-trick

Feb 21 2014, 2:48 PM EST - (Reuters) A week of tears and trolls ended in more disappointment for British short track skater Elise Christie as she completed a hat-trick of disqualifications by collecting a penalty in the women's 1,000 meters semi-finals on Friday.

...

Russia wins men's 5,000m relay gold medal

Feb 21 2014, 2:41 PM EST - (Reuters) Russia won the gold medal in the men's 5,000 metres relay short track competition at the Sochi Winter Olympics on Friday.

The United States took the silver and bronze went to China.

(Reporting by Julian Linden, editing by...

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