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SOCHI, Russia (AFP) - Smoothly run and sometimes dazzling, the Sochi Olympics fulfilled President Vladimir Putin's promise of a "spectacular event", even if doubts about the sustainability of the infrastructure and the political background were never fully banished.
SOCHI, Russia (REUTERS) - The Sochi Winter Games set records in competitor numbers, medals awarded and quality of venues, keeping athletes happy and proving critics wrong, said International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach on Sunday.
KHUTOR, Russia (REUTERS) - Norway's male cross country skiers sounded both mystified and downhearted on Sunday after a Winter Games where they started as one of the favourites but underperformed badly.
KHUTOR, Russia (REUTERS) - Russian Alexander Zubkov secured a golden finale for the Sochi Games hosts on Sunday by adding the Olympic four-man bobsleigh crown to his two-man title.
SOCHI (REUTERS) - Julie Chu has been selected to carry the United States flag in Sunday's closing ceremony at the Sochi Winter Olympics.
ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (REUTERS) - German Anna Woerner suffered a fracture in her right knee after a heavy fall during the quarter-finals of the Olympic women's freestyle skiing cross on Friday.
SOCHI, Russia (AFP) - Undefeated Sweden advanced to the Olympic Games men's hockey final by defeating a short-handed Finnish team 2-1 on Friday.
TOKYO (AFP) - A backlash erupted on Friday over sneering by the boss of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic committee about Japanese figure-skating heroine Mao Asada after her performance flopped in Sochi.
SOCHI (REUTERS) - An unnamed German athlete has returned an abnormal doping sample at the Sochi Winter Games and a second sample will be tested later on Friday to determine the presence of banned substances, the German Olympic Committee (DOSB) said.
SOCHI, RUSSIA (AFP) - Skating star Julia Lipnitskaia said she was sad for disappointed home fans, as Russia turned their focus for a first Olympic women's figure skating gold to fellow teen Adelina Sotnikova.
SOCHI, Russia (REUTERS) - Ukrainian Olympic Committee chief and former pole vault champion Sergey Bubka on Wednesday called for an end to violence in his country as Ukraine's athletes struggled to focus on competing at the Sochi Winter Games.
ROSA KHUTOR (AFP) - Russia's Vic Wild captured the men's snowboarding parallel giant slalom Olympic title on Wednesday.

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