Sochi 2014 - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Sochi 2014


4 Russian skeleton athletes suspended

Dec 31, 2016 - 1:56 PM

The International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation IBSF suspends 4 Russian competitors as the fallout from the expose into state backed doping at the 2014 Sochi Olympics takes another twist

SUSPENDED. This file photo taken on February 14, 2014 shows Russia's Elena Nikitina reacting after finishing her run during the Women's Skeleton 4th and final Heat of the Sochi Winter Olympics. Nikitina, who was a bronze medalist in women's skeleton at Sochi, is claimed to be among those suspended. LIONEL BONAVENTURE / AFP

Tersandung kasus doping, seluruh atlet Rusia terancam tak ikut Olimpiade

Jul 17, 2016 - 8:29 PM

Atlet Rusia terlibat skandal doping pada Olimpiade musim dingin Sochi 2014

Kontingen Rusia saat upacara pembukaan Olimpiade Sochi pada 7 Februari 2014. Foto oleh Barbara Walton/EPA

Olympian Martinez comes home to hero's welcome

Feb 24, 2014 - 10:12 PM

After an impressive figure skating stint Michael Christian Martinez receives a hero s welcome

HERO ON ICE. Michael Christian Martinez comes home to a hero's welcome after competing in the Winter Olympics at Sochi, Russia. Photo by Ritchie Tongo/EPA

Rappler Newscast | February 24, 2014

Feb 24, 2014 - 9:28 PM

Scam mastermind Napoles allowed medical checkup at a police hospital US ambassador Goldberg rejects China’s 9 dash line The Winter Olympics closes

HIGHLIGHTS: Olympian Michael Martinez arrives from Sochi

Feb 24, 2014 - 11:51 AM

The Philippines lone Winter Olympian Michael Christian Martinez returned home to a warm welcome from fellow Filipinos

#Sochi2014 closing ceremony: 9 memorable moments

Feb 24, 2014 - 9:58 AM

Some of the most memorable moments and performances from the packed Fisht Stadium as the XXII Olympic Winter Games comes to a close

CELEBRATION. Sochi let its hair down on Sunday, February 23, at a rollicking end-of-games Olympic party celebrating Russia's spirit and culture through the country's rich heritage of music and art. Photos from AFP

Curtain falls on Sochi Winter Olympics

Feb 24, 2014 - 7:40 AM

In a glitzy closing ceremony International Olympic Committee IOC president Thomas Bach says Russia delivered all what it had promised

FAREWELL, SOCHI. Fireworks are seen above the Olympic Park during the Closing Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games at the Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi, Russia, 23 February 2014. Armando Babani/EPA

Party time as Sochi Winter Olympics close

Feb 24, 2014 - 7:27 AM

In a show themed Reflections of Russia a Marc Chagall fantasy world of brides and fiddlers clowns and acrobats children and animals came to life in a scene inspired by one of his paintings

GRAND CLOSING. Dancers performing during the Closing Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games at the Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi, Russia, 23 February 2014. Daniel Karmann/EPA

Olympics: Sotnikova deserved gold, angry Russians insist

Feb 21, 2014 - 9:06 PM

Adelina Sotnikova s coaches hit back Friday at suggestions her victory was the result of a voting fix in favour of the Winter Games hosts

RUSSIAN GOLD. South Korea's silver medalist Kim Yu-Na, (from left) Russia's gold medalist Adelina Sotnikova and Italy's bronze medalist Carolina Kostner stand on the podium during the Women's Figure Skating Flower Ceremony at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 20, 2014. Photo by Adrian Dennis / AFP

Martinez heading home after historic Winter Olympic outing

Feb 20, 2014 - 12:18 PM

Michael Christian Martinez wraps up his history making Olympics run with a short and sweet Facebook message to all his supporters

HISTORY MADE. Michael Christian Martinez may not have brought home an Olympic medal, but he still made history in his journey at the 2014 Winter Games. Photo by EPA

Russia crash out of ice hockey, Kim glides towards gold

Feb 20, 2014 - 9:13 AM

In the mountains above Sochi four time world champion skier Ted Ligety won the men s giant slalom; Norwegian biathlete Ole Einar Bjoerndalen takes record 13th medal; and a married couple both get medals

RUSSIA DOWN AND OUT. Teemu Selanne (L) of Finland scores a goal against goalie Semyon Varlamov (R) of Russia in the quarter final match between Finland and Russia at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games, Sochi, Russia, 19 February 2014. Larry W. Smith/EPA

Ice Hockey: USA down Russia in Olympic thriller

Feb 16, 2014 - 1:17 PM

T J Oshie scored the shootout winner as the United States defeated Russia 3 2 in a nail biting Sochi Olympic hockey clash

ACTION ON ICE. Russia's Vyacheslav Voynov (L) vies with US Zach Parise (R) during the Men's Ice Hockey Group A match USA vs Russia at the Bolshoy Ice Dome during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 15, 2014 in Sochi. Bruce Bennett/AFP

'Sooner or later we'll get you,' IOC warns dopers

Feb 16, 2014 - 12:55 PM

At Sochi there is a reduced emphasis on post competition tests and more on pre competition in a bid to catch potential offenders unawares

OLYMPICS AT SOCHI. The Olympic Rings are seen at the Adler airport, outside of Sochi, Russia, 25 February 2013. The 22nd Olympic Winter Games will take place in Sochi from 07 February until 23 February 2014. Maxim Shipenkov/EPA

IN PHOTOS: Filipino Winter Olympian's free skate routine

Feb 15, 2014 - 12:18 AM

Filipino figure skater Michael Christian Martinez garnered 119 44 points in his final free skate routine for a two day total of 184 25 in the Winter Olympics figure skating finals

Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

Will Martinez win Olympics medal?

Feb 14, 2014 - 1:17 PM

Michael Christian Martinez bids for an Olympic medal Friday evening February 14 in the Winter Olympics free skate program

FOR THE GOLD. The Philippines' Michael Christian Martinez performs during the Men's Figure Skating Short Program at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 13, 2014. Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

Germany's Vogt wins historic women's ski jump Olympic gold

Feb 12, 2014 - 6:51 AM

The big surprise was the complete absence on the podium of Japanese teen sensation Sara Takanashi currently World Cup leader and Youth Olympic champion

AT THE PODIUM. Gold medal winner Carina Vogt (C) of Germany celebrates with silver medal winner Daniela Iraschko-Stolz (L) of Austria and bronze medal winner Coline Mattel of France during the Ladies' Normal Hill Individual competition at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games, Krasnaya Polyana, Russia, 11 February 2014. Fehim Demir/EPA

International Olympic Committee lifts ban on India

Feb 11, 2014 - 7:38 PM

India s athletes can now compete under their own flag at Sochi 2014

BANNED NO MORE. With India's ban lifted, Indian athletes like Shiva Keshavan, seen here in the men's singles Luge, can compete under the Indian flag. Photo by Tobias Hase/EPA

Ski jumping girls lift-off after long, controversial wait

Feb 11, 2014 - 7:30 AM

Their presence on the international stage has been late in coming compared to men s ski jumping which has featured in every Olympics since 1924 in Chamonix France

READY FOR PRIMETIME. Japan's Sara Takanashi readies to compete in the Women's Ski Jumping Normal Hill Individual official training at the RusSki Gorki Jumping Center during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 9, 2014 in Rosa Khutor, near Sochi. John Macdougall/AFP

Filipino Winter Olympian Martinez competes this week

Feb 10, 2014 - 3:39 PM

Michael Martinez hopes to clinch the Philippines first ever medal at the Winter Games

PINOY HOPE. Figure skater Michael Christian Martinez leads his national delegation during the Opening Ceremony on Friday. Photo by Andrej Isakovic/AFP

Record-equalling Bjoerndalen leads golden oldies at Sochi

Feb 09, 2014 - 9:26 AM

Bjoerndalen wins a record equalling 12th Winter Olympic medal as Sochi s senior citizens nudge aside younger rivals

RECORD-MAKER. Norway's Ole Einar Bjoerndalen competes in the Men's Biathlon 10 km Sprint at the Laura Cross-Country Ski and Biathlon Center during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 8, 2014 in Rosa Khutor. Odd Andersen/AFP

The lone Filipino Winter Olympian

Feb 07, 2014 - 5:47 PM

Michael Christian Martinez hails from a tropical country That doesn t mean he can t be good enough for the Winter Olympics

FILIPINO AT SOCHI. Filipino figure skater Michael Christian Martinez during a training session at the Iceberg Skating Palace in Sochi for the 2014 Winter Olympics. Photo by Tatyana Zenkovich/EPA

Putin declares Russia 'ready' as torch comes to Sochi

Feb 06, 2014 - 9:40 AM

Concerns still remain over Russia s suitability as a venue with a another anti Games ecological activist sent to jail and protests planned worldwide over Russia s now notorious anti gay law

WELCOME TO SOCHI. Russian President Vladimir Putin (C) takes part in a ceremony of greeting Russian athletes in the Olympic village in Sochi, Russia, 05 February 2014. Alexei Nikolsky/Ria Novosti/Kremlin pool/EPA

Brazilian skier and gymnast seriously injured ahead of Sochi

Feb 02, 2014 - 12:50 PM

Set to compete in freestyle skiing at Sochi 2014 Brazilian skier and gymnast Lais Souza slammed into a tree during training and is unable to move her arms and legs

ACCIDENT. Brazilian skier and gymnast Lais Souza had an accident during her US training for the 2014 Winter Olympics, leaving her unable to move her arms and legs. File photo by Norbert Foesterling/EPA

Sochi Games promote 'dictatorship' – Kasparov

Feb 02, 2014 - 10:03 AM

Russian former chess great Garry Kasparov calls on athletes to protest saying that Sochi 2014 promoted dictatorship

'DICTATORSHIP.' Chess great Garry Kasparov believes that participating in Sochi 2014 'gives a boost to the dictator.' File Photo from

Obama says Sochi Olympics 'safe'

Feb 02, 2014 - 9:28 AM

US President Barack Obama said the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi will be safe but did not rule out that there are always some risks of a terror attack

SOCHI IS 'SAFE.' US President Barrack Obama said the Winter Games at Sochi is 'safe' and anyone planning to go should do so. File photo by EPA/Olivier Douliery / POOL

Flame lit for Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics

Sep 29, 2013 - 8:29 PM

Actors in ancient Greek costume invoked the god Apollo in the ruins of the 2 600 year old Temple of Hera using a parabolic mirror to harness the sun s rays and kindle a flame on the torch

OLYMPIC FLAME. Actress Ino Menegaki (front R), in the role of the High Priestess, lights the torch of the Olympic Flame during the rehearsal of the Lighting Ceremony of the Olympic Flame for the Sochi Winter Olympics 2014, in front of the Hera Temple in Ancient Olympia, Greece, 28 September 2013. EPA/Orestis Panagiotou