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.
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.