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Russia concluded the 2014 Winter Olympic Sunday with a lavish, theatrical victory lap celebrating not only successfully hosting the games, but also showcasing a Russia transformed from the grainy black-and-white images of the old Soviet Union.

Tennis great Billie Jean King arrived for Sunday’s closing of the 2014 Winter Olympics with a message for Russia’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community: Hang in, hang on, and you’re not alone.

As if they didn’t have enough motivation to beat Team USA in the Olympic men’s hockey semifinal Friday night, the Canadian men’s team arrived at its Bolshoy Ice Dome locker room Friday night and found a note from Canada’s women’s team.

Will the 2014 Winter Olympics be remembered for athletes breaking records in their events or breaking through faulty bathroom doors to get to their events?

Just as the 2014 Winter Olympics winds down in this politically sensitive part of the world, Olympic organizers may consider holding the 2022 winter sports festival in another potential hot spot: Ukraine.

Lauryn Williams always liked to go fast. When she was a kid, she beat her German shepherd on a dash home from school. When she was a professional track star she beat the best sprinters in the world. Williams finished the fastest run of her life Wednesday – an improbable, nervy run—and it got her a silver medal.

On this night, it wasn’t the precocious 15-year-old Russian ice princess who mesmerized the judges and audience at Iceberg Skating Palace. It was the reigning Olympic champion Yuna Kim, known as Queen Yuna in South Korea, whose exquisite short program put her one step closer to becoming the first skater since Katarina Witt to win back-to-back gold medals.

Ted Ligety, who skis the way a swordfighter slashes, was inclined to apply his saber-like edges to a soft portion of the Olympic giant slalom course on his second run down the mountain. But U.S. ski team coach Sasha Rearick warned him not to blow his chances with a preventable mistake. Ligety had carved up the snow and the field on his first speedy run. No need to gamble.

A hockey team loses. A nation mourns, curses and cries. The Russia’s men’s hockey team suffered a 3-1 loss to Finland on Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the 2014 Winter Olympics tournament, eliminating the host country from medal contention. For some Russians, these Winter Games were about nothing but hockey.

As members of the U.S. Army, Rico Roman and Jen Lee are part of America’s first line of defense. As members of the U.S. Paralympics Sled Hockey team, Roman and Lee are the last line of defense.

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