• 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • The team from the Netherlands, (L-R) Jan Blokhuijsen, Sven Kramer, and Koen Verweij compete in the men's speed skating team pursuit Gold-medal final during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 22, 2014. REUTERS/Issei Kato

    The team from the Netherlands, (L-R) Jan Blokhuijsen, Sven Kramer, and Koen Verweij compete in the men's speed skating team pursuit Gold-medal final during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 22, 2014. REUTERS/Issei Kato

  • Ewen Fernandez of France leads his team in the final to decide 7th and 8th place in the men's speed skating team pursuit race during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 22, 2014. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

    Ewen Fernandez of France leads his team in the final to decide 7th and 8th place in the men's speed skating team pursuit race during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 22, 2014. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

  • The team from the Netherlands, (L-R) Sven Kramer, Jan Blokhuijsen and Koen Verweij celebrate after competing in the men's speed skating team pursuit Gold-medal final during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 22, 2014. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

    The team from the Netherlands, (L-R) Sven Kramer, Jan Blokhuijsen and Koen Verweij celebrate after competing in the men's speed skating team pursuit Gold-medal final during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 22, 2014. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

  • Marrit Leenstra (L-R), Lotte van Beek, Ireen Wust and Jorien ter Mors of the Netherlands celebrate winning in the women's speed skating team pursuit Gold-medal race at the Adler Arena in the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games February 22, 2014. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

    Marrit Leenstra (L-R), Lotte van Beek, Ireen Wust and Jorien ter Mors of the Netherlands celebrate winning in the women's speed skating team pursuit Gold-medal race at the Adler Arena in the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games February 22, 2014. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

  • Koen Verweij (L-R) of the Netherlands, Sven Kramer and Jan Blokhuijsen celebrate winning in the men's speed skating team pursuit Gold-medal race at the Adler Arena in the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games February 22, 2014. REUTERS/Phil Noble

    Koen Verweij (L-R) of the Netherlands, Sven Kramer and Jan Blokhuijsen celebrate winning in the men's speed skating team pursuit Gold-medal race at the Adler Arena in the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games February 22, 2014. REUTERS/Phil Noble

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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...

WATCH: Dutch speedskating coach blasts Team USA

Feb 21 2014, 11:00 AM EST - The explanation for the USA's speedskating struggles? An emphasis on American football, according to Dutch speedskating coach Jillert Anema.

Russia takes gold in men's short track 5000m relay, US earns silver

Feb 21 2014, 9:02 AM EST - An early crash left only the United States and Russia to battle it out for gold in Friday's 5000m short track men's relay.

USA ends Olympics without medal in speedskating, first time in 30 years

Feb 21 2014, 6:22 AM EST - Any hope for a USA medal in speedskating at the Sochi Olympics came to an end Friday meaning the US will go without a speedskating medal for the first time since 1984.

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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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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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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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Bergsma absence clouds Dutch record

Feb 22 2014, 1:21 PM EST - (Reuters) Having dominated the Olympic speed skating competition with a record medal haul, the Dutch should be heading home with golden cheer. Instead they have a row to resolve.

With four men's medalists vying for three positions in the...

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Speed skating: France win gold for worst federation, says Contin

Feb 22 2014, 12:58 PM EST - (Reuters) French speed skaters did not win a medal at the Sochi Winter Olympics but Alexis Contin believes his federation deserves gold for being the worst in history.

After a disappointing men's pursuit race on Saturday, Contin, who...

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Speed skating: Double Dutch delight in team pursuits

Feb 22 2014, 12:33 PM EST - (Reuters) The flying Dutch men and women wrapped up the Sochi speed skating competition by cruising to both Olympic team pursuit titles on Saturday.

The two golds, both won in Olympic record times, took the Dutch tally to eight out of a...

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