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The Original Pair
January 01, 2014

The Original Pair

By Daniel Boltinsky

Their 1964 Olympic win at Innsbruck started a winning streak in pairs skating that has not bee, and likely never will be, equaled. So why have Ludmila Belousova and Oleg Protopopov not been invited to Sochi?

Assessing the Damage
January 01, 2014

Assessing the Damage

By Mikhail Ivanov

Olympic host countries typically garner many more medals than their average take at a games. We look at Russia's prospects and what their victory could "cost" Russia. The story includes a two-page guide to the games, with a schedule of events and maps of the venues.

The Lure of Elbrus
May 01, 2013

The Lure of Elbrus

By Marina Marshenkulova

Each year, thousands of hikers are drawn to the Caucasus, convinced it will be no problem to scale Europe’s highest peak. After all, it’s only 18,510 feet, and a rail car can take you up to the base camp at 12,500 feet. But Elbrus is a devious mountain.

Japan's White Russian Hurler
May 01, 2012

Japan's White Russian Hurler

By John Berry

There is not a single Russian-born player in the American Baseball Hall of Fame. Yet if the tide of history had flowed just a bit differently, Victor Starffin might well have ended up in Cooperstown alongside Ruth, Gehrig, Killebrew and Mays.

Winter Wonderland
January 01, 2012

Winter Wonderland

By Maria Antonova

Turning Sochi into an Olympic city is a Herculean task. Environmentalists, local residents and bookkeepers are all wary. And then there is Georgia, just a few kilometers away.

Russian Hoop Dreams
November 01, 2011

Russian Hoop Dreams

By Joseph D'Hippolito

Top WNBA players are streaming to Russia to play pro basketball. And while they are unquestionably having an effect on Russian basketball, Russia is having its effect on them.

A Metaphorical Net Game
June 25, 2008

A Metaphorical Net Game

By Paul E. Richardson

Russia has truly regained its prowess as a sports superpower, and it may rise further yet. It will surely be giving the U.S. a run for its money in the overall medals race at the Beijing Olympics in August... this rise in sports achievement takes place against the backdrop of a Russia that, without putting too fine a point on it, has bumbled from failure to failure in foreign policy in recent months

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