Army of Reddit Creepers Internet Stalk Female Olympic Volunteer

After photos of an attractive, midriff-bearing Olympic volunteer were published by a couple of American photo services, some Reddit denizens took notice. A lot of notice. So much notice, in fact, that they tracked down her name, social media presence, and dozens of photos of her, which they compiled into a hand spank… » 2/19/14 6:46pm 2/19/14 6:46pm

The Coach Who Doesn't Care: How One Man Turns Skaters Into Champions

Gracie Gold was having a bad night. The 18-year-old figure skater was about a minute and a half into her free skate at the U.S. International Classic in September when she singled a double axel. It was a significant mistake—a loss of a couple of points—but for a disciplined skater, that kind of error shouldn't have… » 2/19/14 6:45pm 2/19/14 6:45pm

Why Does Every Olympian Skate To Les Misérables?

There are still two days left of Olympic figure skating, and I have officially maxed out my lifetime tolerance for the Les Misérables soundtrack, something not even Russell Crowe could do to me. Same goes for the score from the 1968 movie adaptation of Romeo and Juliet: I have never seen this film, but in the last… » 2/18/14 1:59pm 2/18/14 1:59pm

Puppy-Loving Olympic Silver Medalist Gus Kenworthy for President

Last week, American freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy won a silver medal in the slopestyle event at the Sochi Olympics. The following day, he won our hearts by announcing plans to adopt a family of stray puppies he found living near an Olympic media center. The next thing Gus Kenworthy should win? President. Because on… » 2/17/14 5:15pm 2/17/14 5:15pm

Gus Kenworthy's Love For Puppies Has Him Stuck In Sochi

Remember when Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy found all the puppies? Well, it appears that Kenworthy has become attached to the strays, and is taking steps to bring them back to Colorado with him. Kenworthy is so committed to bringing those puppies home that he is staying in Sochi a few days longer than he had planned to… » 2/17/14 2:30pm 2/17/14 2:30pm

Has Figure Skating Maxed Out In Difficulty?

At the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, American Evan Lysacek won the men's singles figure skating gold medal without a single quadruple jump, while Russia's Evgeni Plushenko, who did have a quad in his program, took home silver. Four years later, this sort of scenario never materialized: Every top male competitor in… » 2/14/14 4:55pm 2/14/14 4:55pm

Sage Kotsenburg Isn't the Lochte We Want. He's the Lochte We Deserve.

The 70's had Mark Spitz, the 80's had Bruce Jenner and Carl Lewis, the 90's had Alberto Tomba, the 2000's had the Australian swim team and Apolo Ohno, and in 2012, the Olympic gods blessed us with Ryan Lochte. But pickings for the Sochi Games' Unofficial Sexy Male Olympian are decidedly more meh. In a post-Lochte era,… » 2/12/14 2:16pm 2/12/14 2:16pm

Why It Took 90 Years For Women's Ski Jumping To Make The Olympics

The first measured ski jump was explicitly a show of manhood. In 1809, the story goes, a lieutenant in the Norwegian military launched himself 9.5 meters through the air "to show his soldiers what a courageous fellow he was." The sport that grew out of that jump was likewise a test of manliness—far too dangerous, it… » 2/11/14 12:18pm 2/11/14 12:18pm

Sochi Makes Terrifying Police Less Scary With Fab Purple Uniforms

Because the International Olympic Committee made the mistake of awarding the 2014 Winter Olympics to a Jason Bourne movie subplot, an extraordinary amount effort and resources have been expended to keep athletes and fans at the Sochi Games safe. That means the place is teeming with burly Russian cops, a sight which… » 2/10/14 11:20am 2/10/14 11:20am

NBC Edits Out IOC Anti-Discrimination Statement From Opening Ceremony

Russia's anti-gay laws have been a major focus in the lead-up to the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, and during his address at today's opening ceremony IOC president Thomas Bach made a strong statement against "any form of discrimination" and in favor of tolerance. Viewers worldwide heard the statement; NBC viewers in… » 2/08/14 4:04pm 2/08/14 4:04pm