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  • Does anyone want to host the 2022 Winter Olympics?

    The above photo gallery shows the damning evidence

    For all the talk of global honour and prestige that the Olympics bring to a host city, talk largely promoted by the International Olympic Committee itself, the truth is that the Games tend to smother cities in debt and saddle them with venues they can't ever use again.

    Best-case scenario? Host cities get a pat on the head and a "way to go, slugger!" as the two-week IOC circus leaves town. Worst-case? Host cities become the eternal butt of jokes ("nastier than a Sochi hotel room" will resonate for a generation) as their nations spend decades

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  • Just weeks after Olympics, Sochi is already a ghost town

    The Sochi Olympics concluded barely a month ago, but according to a local photographer, the Olympic Village and surrounding hotels are already a ghost town.

    Alexander Valov, who runs "Blog Sochi," captured photos that depict a desolate Sochi, with infrastructure already breaking down and some construction never completed. Clearly, Russia's priorities are elsewhere with Sochi complete and crises in Ukraine and Crimea. And, yes, photos can be taken at certain times of day or from certain angles to communicate agendas. Even so, these pictures depict a city that has a long way to go in order to

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  • The 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi has already thrown up some wonderfully inspiring and breathtaking moments. We have attempted to capture the most incredible scenes with this slideshow with some truly special and spectacular snaps.

    SHEER DELIGHT - Stephanie Jallen of USA celebrates celebrates winning Bronze in the Women's Super-G at the Sochi Winter Paralympics.

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    GLORY - Russia's Roman Petushkov celebrates his gold medal during the men's 1 km sprint cross-country sitting at the 2014 Sochi Paralympic Winter Games in Rosa Khutor.



    HELPING HAND - Tatyana McFadden of the U.S.

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  • Muirhead already plotting gold days after bronze medal

    Eve Muirhead allowed herself only a brief moment to reflect on her Olympic curling bronze medal before quickly resetting her sights on an upgrade in Pyeongchang.

    Muirhead and her rink of Anna Sloan, Vicki Adams, Claire Hamilton and alternate Lauren Gray lost to Canada in the semi-finals in Sochi but rebounded to beat Switzerland to win Team GB's first women's curling medal since their coach Rhona Howie struck gold in 2002.

    They won't defend their world title next month because the Scottish team trials clashed with the Olympics but Muirhead revealed she won't settle for any less than

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  • It's not unusual for athletes to seek as much publicity as possible in the time following the Olympics. Their profile, after all, will never be higher so why not capitalize with a spot on a late-night TV show, on the front of a cereal box or even on Dancing With The Stars? These opportunities are the gold that comes after the gold (or silver or bronze).

    What Evgeni Plushenko is planning, however, sets the bar for perhaps the oddest post-Olympic exposure ever. The Russian figure skater tells the Itar-Tass news agency that he plans to have his latest back surgery televised so that his fans can

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  • The most stunning photos from the Sochi Games

    During the Sochi Winter Olympics there have been some spectacular and incredible shots from the action and the surrounding facilities.

    From the crazy stunts of the snowboarding to the graceful beauty of the figure skating, this Games has had it all.

    Visually stunning, these photos help capture the very best of what was a successful and enjoyable Games in Sochi.


    STUNNING - Fireworks explode after the Olympic Cauldron is been lit during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.


    SPECTACULAR - Fireworks explode over the Olympic Park during the closing ceremony for the 2014 Sochi

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  • Sporting triumphs and tribulations in Sochi

    Questions about Sochi's suitability to host the Winter Olympics will not go away once the flame has been extinguished but in the expensively-built stadiums and snow resorts the athletes put on a dazzling show.

    Whether skiing, sliding, jumping or somersaulting, their performances ensured a captivating couple of weeks in the Caucasus and for TV viewers around the world.

    Here are a selection of highlights.


    Jenny Jones, 33, won a bronze medal in the women's snowboard slopestyle event to end a 90-year wait for her country's first Winter Olympics medal

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  • Top 10 most memorable stories from Sochi Winter Games

    Now that the Sochi Olympics are over take a look back at some of the most memorable moments from the Games.

    1. Huge figure skating controversy - read original story

    Russian figure skater Adelina Sotnikova beat reigning champion Yuna Kim, and won the gold medal in women's singles, but not without controversy. Many, including US figure skater Ashley Wagner, questioned the judges for what was perceived as home-ice favouritism.

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    2. Speedskater forgets she's naked under her suit - read original story

    For Russia's Olga Graf, a 'wardrobe malfunction' very nearly saw her embarrassed in a big

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  • As the snow and ice settles after a fantastic Winter Olympics, we take a look at who leaves Sochi with their head held high - and who skulks away wishing they'd not bothered turning up.


    Women's ski jump

    After years of lobbying to be included in the Olympics women ski jumpers finally had their day in Sochi when the first Olympic competition was held.

    When U.S. ski jumper Sarah Hendrickson sped down a snow-covered ramp and hurtled into the air at 90kph, a piece of Olympic history was made in the Russian mountains.

    Ninety years after the first male ski-jumpers competed at a Winter Games,

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  • Sochi’s most memorable quotes

    With the Sochi Winter Games now having come to an end, we take a look back at some of the most memorable quotes.

    "A very large amount of money has been invested. Now is not the time to discuss whether it was worth it, or whether the prices were inflated or not. Let the supervisory bodies deal with that, and they will deal with it." - Russian President Vladimir Putin, reacting to criticism about the Games' record-breaking price tag.


    "We're like jolly little parrots." - Anna Kostareva from St Petersburg, one of 18,500 Olympic volunteers in garish, technicolour jackets with kaleidoscopic

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