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All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Russia’

Ali Fedotowsky And Katherine Heigl Rescue Stray Dogs In Sochi

For the past few months, Russia’s government has been working hard at getting rid of hundreds of stray dogs to prepare for the Olympics. Now, it seems as if more stray dogs in Sochi will find good homes in America. After the Olympic Games, some U.S. athletes took home stray dogs that they have gotten to love during their stay …

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Carolina Kostner Wins Bronze, Atones for Vancouver

Italy’s Carolina Kostner won the bronze medal in women’s figure skating in Sochi on Thursday. The 27-year-old native of Bolzano, Italy scored 74.12 points in the short program and 142.61 in the free skate for a total of 216.73. That put her in third place behind Russia’s surprise gold-medal winner Adelina Sotnikova (224.59 points) and South Korea’s Kim Yu-na (219.11 …

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Adelina Sotnikova Wins Women’s Figure Skating Gold

Russian figure skater Adelina Sotnikova won the gold medal in women’s figure skating in Sochi on Thursday. The win was a minor upset for South Korea, and a record setter for Russia. Sotnikova scored an overall 224.59 points, with 149.95 of those coming from Thursday’s free skate win. Sotnikova came in a close second to South Korea’s Kim Yu-na in …

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Ashley Wagner Takes Sochi Olympics Internet Memes in Stride

Ashley Wagner doesn’t seem to be bothered by the internet memes that are circulating about her. The American figure skater has become well-known during the Sochi Olympics for her entertaining facial expressions. The first Wagner meme surfaced following her February 8 team short skate. Wagner quickly went from all smiles to a shocked and disappointed expression upon seeing her score. …

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For Ashley Wagner, Sochi Performances Have Been Redemptive

No one could blame American figure skater Ashley Wagner for wanting to prove her detractors wrong in Sochi. And Wagner is holding her own at the Winter Olympics. She finished sixth in the women’s short program on Wednesday. And she earned fourth place for her team short program on February 8, helping Team USA win the bronze medal in the …

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Ashley Wagner Says “You Can’t Just Be A Zombie”

Twenty-two-year-old U.S. figure skater Ashley Wagner is a world-reknown athlete who knows how to thrill and entice a crowd. The talented skater coins herself as “Figure skater. Two-time US National Champion. Ice cream enthusiast” on her Twitter account. Wagner recently explained the importance of maintaining a unique balance in order to become a champion capable of performing memorable ice-skating routines. …

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Ukraine: President Declares Truce Finally Reached

If reports are to be believed, a truce has been declared between the Ukrainian government and anti-government protesters. This news comes just after a majorly violent clash, the worst seen in the country since Ukraine first broke away from the Soviet Union. The recent attempt by Ukrainian police forces to clear the main protester stronghold in Kiev resulted in at …

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Ted Ligety Wins Gold Medal in Giant Slalom at Sochi Olympics

Alpine ski racer Ted Ligety won the gold medal in the giant slalom in Sochi on Wednesday, setting several Olympic records. The win made the 29-year-old Park City, UT native the first American male skier to win the Olympic giant slalom. He also became the first American male to win two Olympic gold medals in Apline skiing. Ligety previously won …

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Johnny Weir Is Not Afraid To Be In Anti-Gay Russia

American figure skater Johnny Weir, known for his flair and outlandishness on and off the ice, is having the time of his life. After retiring from the sport as a competitor, he now works as the NBC’s figure skating analyst with fellow skater Tara Lipinski. NBC was quick to get him as expert analyst for their coverage of the U.S. …

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Vladimir Luxuria, Gay-Rights Activist, Detained at Sochi

Vladimir Luxuria, former Communist MP for Italy and current television personality, was detained twice by Russian police for her gay-rights activism in Sochi. Her first detainment came on Sunday after holding up a sign in the Olympic Park which read “Gay is OK” in Russian. According to Imma Battaglia, director of Italy’s Gay Project action group, Luxuria’s arrest on Sunday …

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Pussy Riot Members Released After Being Questioned

Two members of Pussy Riot, a Russian punk band, were briefly detained today in Sochi. The group members were being questioned after a theft occurred at the hotel they were staying at. Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova were having a meeting with journalists at the time the police took them into custody, according to Petr Verzilov, Tolokonnikova’s husband. “They were …

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Brittany Schussler in Hot Water for Selfie With Vladimir Putin

Canada’s Brittany Schussler hasn’t won an Olympic medal yet, but if medals were given out for worst selfie, the speed skater would definitely win gold. Schussler found herself in hot water after posting a selfie with Russian president Vladimir Putin to her Twitter page. Putin has been the center of much controversy after defending his country’s new anti-gay law. The …

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