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Olympics: Russia doping state-dictated with secret service backing – report

Jul 18, 2016 - 9:38 PM

Richard McLaren: The Moscow laboratory operated for the protection of doped Russian athletes within a state dictated failsafe system

ANTI-DOPING. Richard Pound (C), head of the independent commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), and members of the commission Richard H. McLaren (L), and Guenter Younger, hold a press conference in Unterschleissheim, Germany, January 14, 2016. Photo by Sven Hoppe/EPA

Winter Olympian Martinez, Cabiles set for Triglav Figure Skating Competition

Apr 01, 2014 - 4:53 PM

Filipino figure skating returns to the world stage when Winter Olympian Michael Christian Martinez and Fil Am Samantha Cabiles compete in the Triglav Trophy International Figure Skating Competition from April 2 6

ICE DREAMS. Michael Christian Martinez and Samantha Cabiles will represent the Philippines in Slovenia. Photos from press release

Webhits: Olympic Speed Skating with Mario Kart

Feb 26, 2014 - 8:00 AM

Mario Kart meets Winter Olympics speed skating? Watch what an Aussie geek just did

What's next for Michael Christian Martinez?

Feb 25, 2014 - 6:49 PM

After achieving his life s goal of competing at the Winter Olympics what is next for Filipino figure Michael Christian Martinez? Read on to find out

TROPICAL ICE PRINCE. Michael Christian Martinez skates for adoring fans at a meet-and-greet on Tuesday, February 25 at Mall of Asia. Photo by Mark Cristino

Support promised as Martinez gears up for 2018 Winter Games

Feb 24, 2014 - 2:02 PM

As Michael Martinez gears up for the 2018 Winter Olympics companies pledge support to the new toast of the Philippine sports world

OLYMPIC HERO. Michael Martinez takes in the crowd's applause after a performance at the Sochi Winter Olympics. Photo by EPA

Martinez lauded, rewarded for Olympic performance

Feb 24, 2014 - 4:48 AM

Filipino Winter Olympian Michael Christian Martinez came home to a hero s welcome Sunday from Filipinos after his historic Winter Olympic debut in Sochi Russia

INSTANT STAR. Michael Martinez signs autographs at his press event at the SM Mall of Asia. Photo by Ritchie Tongol/EPA

Aquino to meet Olympian Michael Martinez

Feb 24, 2014 - 1:07 AM

The courtesy call will be the first meeting between the two although no date has yet been set

EARLY LEAD. Filipino Michael Christian Martinez performs in the Men's Figure Skating Free Program at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 14, 2014. Photo by Adrian Dennis / AFP

Canada claims hockey gold at Winter Olympics

Feb 23, 2014 - 11:37 PM

Sidney Crosby scored on a breakaway in the second period as Canada retained their Olympic title rolling over Sweden 3 0 to claim a record ninth gold and the first on European soil in 62 years

GOLDEN GOALS. Sidney Crosby (R) of Canada scores against Henrik Lundqvist goalkeeper of Sweden. Photo by Srdjan Suki/EPA

Austrian Olympian fails drug test as team labels him a 'scoundrel'

Feb 23, 2014 - 11:19 PM

An Austrian cross country skier was thrown out of the Sochi Olympics and labelled a scoundrel by his own team Sunday after testing positive for blood booster EPO the fifth doping case to hit the Games

BUSTED. Johannes Duerr of Austria in action during the 15km+15km Skiathlon competition at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games. Duerr has tested positive for doping. Photo by Roland Schlager/EPA

Russia ends Winter Olympics as surprise medals leader

Feb 23, 2014 - 10:09 PM

Sochi s 50 billion Olympics close Sunday with Russia hailing a Games closely wrapped up in the image of President Vladimir Putin and the country seizing first place in the medals table

MONOPOLY. Russians Maxim Vylegzhanin (silver), Alexander Legkov (gold) and Ilia Chernousov (bronze) celebrate during the flower ceremony for the Men's 50km Mass Start Free Cross Country Skiing event. Photo by Valdrin Xhemaj/EPA

Two athletes expelled for doping from Winter Olympics

Feb 22, 2014 - 6:05 AM

A double gold medal winning German female biathlete and an Italian bobsledder were expelled from the Sochi Olympics Friday after testing positive for banned substances in the first doping cases of these Games

POSITIVE. Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle of Germany was one of two athletes who tested positive for banned substances in Sochi. Photo by Armando Babani/EPA

Pussy Riot say clash with police in Sochi

Feb 19, 2014 - 10:54 PM

Pussy Riot members were reportedly attacked with tear gas and sticks when they tried to stage an action in the city

RIOT WITH PUSSY RIOT? Two of its members say they were attacked by Cossacks while trying to stage a performance in Sochi city, host of the Winter Olympics. Photos from the Pussy Riot Facebook page

Defeated Olympic figure skaters question coach's loyalty

Feb 18, 2014 - 11:23 PM

Canadian figure skaters Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir on Tuesday questioned the loyalty of their long time Russian coach after losing their Olympic title to their training partners

TURNCOAT? Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada perform in the Figure Skating Ice Dance Free Dance. Photo by Christian Charisius/EPA

IOC defends ejection of transgender gay rights activist

Feb 18, 2014 - 5:21 PM

The International Olympic Committee on Tuesday defended the ejection of an Italian transgender gay rights activist from the Sochi Games saying the Olympic Park and venues were not the place for demonstrations

CENSORED. Vladimir Luxuria, shown during a 2006 Gay Pride Rally in Rome, was ejected from Olympic Park in Sochi for demonstrating for gay rights. Photo by Danilo Schiavella/EPA

Despite illness, Japanese ski jumper wins bronze at Winter Olympics

Feb 18, 2014 - 3:55 PM

It may not have been gold but for Japan s Taku Takeuchi team ski jumping bronze on Monday was an emotional reward after a severe illness landed him in hospital just weeks before the Olympics

I BELIEVE I CAN FLY. Japan’s Taku Takeuchi in action during the training session for the LH Ski Jumping event. Photo by Valdrin Xhemaj/EPA

'Scary moms' powering Japanese figure skating at Winter Olympics

Feb 18, 2014 - 1:52 AM

Scary moms are the reason behind Japan s figure skating success according to Olympic newcomer Kanako Murakami

MOTHER KNOWS BEST. Japanese figure skater Kanako Murakami performs during the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating in November. Photo by Yuri Kochetkov/EPA

Fairy tale over for Jamaican bobsleigh team at Sochi

Feb 18, 2014 - 1:35 AM

Jamaica s Olympic bobsleigh adventure ended with a whimper on Monday as the country that once inspired the Hollywood smash hit Cool Runnings finished rock bottom at the Sochi sliding centre

MILD RUNNINGS. Devon Desmond Harris and Michael Morgan of the Jamaican bobsleigh team training for the Nagano Games in 1998. Photo by Matthias Hiekel/EPA

Palace says it has 'limited resources' to fund sports

Feb 17, 2014 - 7:02 PM

The Philippine government claims that it has a limited budget for sports and is asking the private sector to shoulder the expenses to assist in funding athletes

THIN ICE. Lone Filipino Winter Olympian Michael Martinez finished 19th at the men's figure skating event despite limited government support. Photo by Andrej Isakovic/AFP

Russian Winter Olympian who fractured spine taken to Germany

Feb 17, 2014 - 3:32 AM

The Russian freestyle skier who fractured her spine in the worst accident of the Winter Olympics was Sunday flown to Germany city of Munich for treatment as the Sochi Games saw new high speed crashes

Russian President Vladimir Putin (C) visits Olympic skicross racer Maria Komissarova of Russia in a hospital. Photo by Mikhail Klimentiev, Ria Novosti/EPA

Figure skating champ Hanyu's coach consoles devastated Chan

Feb 15, 2014 - 11:54 PM

Three time world figure skating champion Patrick Chan said Saturday it could take years to get over his disappointment of letting Olympic gold slip through his fingers

HEARTBREAK. Patrick Chan of Canada reacts at the end of his performance during the Men's Free Skating of the Figure Skating event at the Iceberg Palace during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games. Chan settled for silver. Photo by Barbara Walton/EPA

Foul-mouthed skater Abbott lashes out after Winter Olympics flop

Feb 15, 2014 - 8:56 PM

US champion Jeremy Abbott lashed out at his critics in a foul mouthed rant after his and teammate Jason Brown s spectacular slump at the Sochi Olympics

THIN ICE. Jeremy Abbott of USA performs during the Men's Free Skating of the Figure Skating event at the Iceberg Palace during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games. Photo by Barbara Walton/EPA

Russian skier suffers fractured vertebrae at Winter Olympics

Feb 15, 2014 - 8:03 PM

Russian freestyle skier Maria Komissarova was seriously injured Saturday while training on the Sochi Olympic course for the ski cross event the Russian freestyle federation said

INJURED. Russian freestyle skier Maria Komissarova was seriously injured while training at the Sochi Winter Olympics. Photo from Sochi2014.com

Michael Martinez gets $10K bonus

Feb 15, 2014 - 9:00 AM

Filipino figure skater Michael Martinez is praised for a historic performance

Hanyu wins Japan's first men's figure skating gold at Winter Olympics

Feb 15, 2014 - 3:30 AM

Yuzuru Hanyu became the first Japanese man to win an Olympic figure skating gold in Sochi on Friday as the teenager also claimed Japan s first title of the 2014 Winter Games

GOLD. Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan performs during the Men's Free Skating of the Figure Skating event at the Iceberg Palace during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games. Photo by How Hwee Young/EPA

Praise for Martinez after historic stint

Feb 15, 2014 - 2:16 AM

Even after bowing out of the medal position in the men s figure skating finals lone Filipino Winter Olympian Michael Christian Martinez has dazzled and wowed the world

A STAR IS BORN. Filipino figure skater Michael Christian Martinez drew praises following his free skate performance Friday night at the Sochi Winter Olympics. Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

Martinez finishes 19th at Winter Olympics figure skating finale

Feb 14, 2014 - 11:42 PM

Michael Christian Martinez garnered 119 44 points in his final free skate routine good enough for the lead in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics figure skating finals on Friday evening Manila time

EARLY LEAD. Filipino Michael Christian Martinez performs in the Men's Figure Skating Free Program at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 14, 2014. Photo by Adrian Dennis / AFP

Analyzing Michael Martinez's short program performance

Feb 14, 2014 - 6:16 PM

As the country prepares for Michael Christian Martinez s performance tonight at the Sochi Winter Olympics one figure skating fan analyzes his short program performance

MIRACLE ON ICE. Lone Filipino Winter Olympian Michael Christian Martinez takes in the crowd's applause after a stunning performance on Thursday night. Photo by EPA

IN PHOTOS: PH enters Top 24 at #Sochi2014

Feb 14, 2014 - 1:11 AM

Relive Martinez s historic performance in these photos

Plushenko suffers injury heartbreak, Bjoerndalen flops

Feb 14, 2014 - 12:32 AM

Yevgeny Plushenko stunned Russia Thursday when he was forced out of the Winter Olympics with a back injury ending his hopes of becoming the most medalled man in Games figure skating history

Favored figure skater Plushenko withdraws from competition. Photo by Yuri Kadobnov/EPA

Martinez enters Top 24 of Sochi figure skating

Feb 14, 2014 - 12:04 AM

Lone Filipino Winter Olympian Michael Christian Martinez impresses in his free skate debut in Sochi

IMPRESSIVE. Filipino Winter Olympian impresses in his debut. Photo by Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

Love in the air for soulmates on Sochi slopes

Feb 13, 2014 - 8:33 PM

On the eve of Valentine s Day wedding plans are being made and hints of love affairs denied

LOVE ON ICE. China's Pang Quing and Tong Jian perform their Figure Skating Pairs Free Program at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 12, 2014. Photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

What are Michael Christian Martinez's chances at the Winter Olympics?

Feb 13, 2014 - 3:04 PM

As the Philippines lone Winter Olympian in Sochi Michael Christian Martinez carries the nation s load for obtaining its first medal One Filipina figure skating fan analyzes his chances

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

White makes light of tough halfpipe to reach Winter Olympics final

Feb 12, 2014 - 12:57 AM

Snowboarding superstar Shaun White made light of a challenging halfpipe to reach the Sochi Olympic final with the best score in Tuesday s heats

SUCH GREAT HEIGHTS. American snowboarder Shaun White in action during the Mens Snowboard Halfpipe Qualification. Photo by Jens Buettner/EPA

Comparison of Sochi Winter Olympics with Hitler Games riles Russians

Feb 12, 2014 - 12:33 AM

A Russian opposition radio station prompted angry rebukes on Tuesday for publishing a blog that compared the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi to the 1936 Olympics hosted by Adolf Hitler

TOO FAR? Russian figure skater Julia Lipnitskaia (pictured) was compared unfavorably to a 1936 German Olympian. Photo by Tibor Ilyes/EPA

Fil-Am Celski finishes fourth in Winter Olympics speed skating

Feb 10, 2014 - 11:31 PM

Canada s Charles Hamelin claimed his third Olympic gold medal when he won the men s 1500m short track speed skating title on Monday

ICED OUT. Charles Hamelin of Canada leads the pack on his way to a win in heat 4 of the men's 1500m of the Short Track competitions in the Iceberg Skating Palace at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games. Photo by Barbara Walton/EPA

Filipino Winter Olympian's family mortgaged home for ticket to Sochi

Feb 10, 2014 - 6:29 PM

With little support from the governent the family of the Philippines lone Winter Olympian Michael Christian Martinez had to resort to mortgaging their home to send the 17 year old to Sochi Russia

EVERYTHING ON THE LINE. With little government support, the family of Michael Christian Martinez's family mortgaged their home to send him to Sochi. Photo by Andrej Isakovic/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

Winter Olympics: Plushenko, Lipnitskaia lead Russia to first Sochi gold

Feb 10, 2014 - 2:54 AM

National idol Yevgeny Plushenko and rising star Julia Lipnitskaia got hosts Russia off the mark on Sunday sealing gold in the inaugural team figure skating event at the Sochi Olympics

GOLDEN BOY. Yevgeny Plushenko of Russia performs during figure skating men's short program at the Turin 2006 Winter Olympic Games in 2006. Photo by Sergey Chirikov/EPA

Gay Olympian Iraschko-Stolz lets ski jump success speak for her

Feb 09, 2014 - 10:41 PM

Austrian veteran ski jumper Daniela Iraschko Stolz said Sunday she will not protest Russia s controversial stance on gay rights preferring to let her results speak for her

ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDEST. Daniela Iraschko-Stolz of Austria during the training session on the Women's Normal Hill at the Russki Gorki Jumping Centre at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games. Photo by Valdrin Xhemaj/EPA

Winter Olympics: Mayer surpasses father to win downhill gold

Feb 09, 2014 - 5:40 PM

Risk taking Austrian tyro Matthias Mayer overcame a poor upper section to storm to Olympic gold in the blue riband Winter Games event of the men s downhill on Sunday

LIKE FATHER, BETTER SON. Gold medalist Matthias Mayer of Austria celebrates during the flower ceremony after the Men's Downhill race at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games. Photo by Antonio Bat/EPA

Twitter account cataloguing Sochi Winter Olympics problems goes viral

Feb 09, 2014 - 3:59 PM

A Twitter account highlighting the myriad teething problems that have plagued the Winter Olympics has attracted 324 000 followers 120 000 more than the official Sochi account

EPIC FAIL. One of the snow flakes that were designed to turn into the Olympic rings failed to convert during the Opening Ceremony on Friday night. Photo by Barbara Walton/EPA

US, Canada dismiss talk of figure skating 'fix' at Winter Olympics

Feb 09, 2014 - 5:37 AM

United States and Canadian figure skating officials on Saturday dismissed reports of a possible judging fix to ensure that Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White would win the Olympic ice dancing gold

ICE PRINCE. 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

Canadian sisters win moguls gold, silver at Winter Olympics

Feb 09, 2014 - 5:09 AM

Justine Dufour Lapointe edged out her sister Chloe as the Canadians ended the reign of American Hannah Kearney in the women s moguls at the Olympics on Saturday

SISTER ACT. Gold medalist Justine Dufour-Lapointe (R) holds hands with her sister (and silver medalist) Chloe Dufour-Lapointe of Canada during the flower ceremony of the Freestyle Skiing Ladies' Moguls Final 2 at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games. Photo by Jens Buettner/EPA

Norwegian Bjoergen wins first cross-country gold of Winter Olympics

Feb 08, 2014 - 7:20 PM

Norway s cross country skiing superstar Marit Bjoergen won the first cross country skiing gold of the Sochi Winter Olympic Games in the women s skiathlon on Saturday

GOLD. Marit Bjoergen of Norway celebrates as she crosses the finish line to win the gold medal during the Women's 7.5km + 7.5km Skiathlon competition in the Laura Cross Country Center at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games. Photo by Armando Babani/EPA

American snowboarder Sage Kotsenburg wins first gold of Winter Olympics‎

Feb 08, 2014 - 6:26 PM

Sage Kotsenburg of the United States claimed the first gold medal of the Sochi Winter Olympics on Saturday when he won the men s snowboard slopestyle event at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park

GOLD MINE. Sage Kotsenburg of the USA celebrates after winning the men's Snowboard Slopestyle final at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games. Photo by Jens Buettner/EPA

Olympics: US veteran Miller confirms golden credentials

Feb 08, 2014 - 5:59 PM

US veteran Bode Miller produced a near flawless display to win the men s third and final downhill training run on Saturday his second victory in three days on the Rosa Khutor piste

BODING WELL. Bode Miller of the USA in action during the second training session of the Men's Downhill race at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games. Photo by Justin Lane/EPA

First Winter Olympics medals up for grabs after dazzling opening

Feb 08, 2014 - 4:29 PM

Olympic athletes were competing for the first medals of the Sochi Winter Games on Saturday after Russia staged a thrilling opening ceremony that impressed even foreign skeptics

SNOWED OUT. Laurenne Ross of USA in action during the Alpine Skiing Ladies' Downhill training in Rosa Khutor Alpine Center at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games. Photo by Michael Kappeler/EPA

Glitch mars Sochi Winter Olympics opening ceremony

Feb 08, 2014 - 1:20 AM

There was an early glitch at the Sochi Winter Olympics when one of five illuminated snowflakes which were to morph into the five Olympic rings inside the arena failed to light

FOUR RINGS AND A FLAKE. The Sochi Winter Olympics got off to an uneven start as one of the five snowflakes designed to comprise the five Olympic rings failed to transition into a circle. Photo by Barbara Walton/EPA

Putin opens Sochi Games after stunning show

Feb 07, 2014 - 9:58 PM

UPDATED It remains to be seen whether the Sochi opening ceremony will shift the cloud of controversy that has hung over the Games the most expensive in history with an estimated price tag of 50 billion

GRAND START. Fireworks go off over the Olympic Park at the end of the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games at the Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi, Russia, 07 February 2014. Sergey Ilnitsky/EPA

Olympics: Doping shadow falls again on past offender Russia

Feb 07, 2014 - 12:27 AM

Despite efforts at reform Russia faces renewed scrutiny after biathlete Irina Starykh initially tested positive for a banned steroid

POSITIVE. Russia's Irina Starykh (center) competes during the Women 7,5 km sprint race of the Biathlon World Cup in Ostersund, Sweden on November 29, 2013. Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP