February 24, 2014Not your average Olympic athletes: Princess to Jamaican bobsleigh teamThe world’s most renowned sports competition, the Olympics, has become an event that also attracts participants whose imaginative and positive approach outweighs their performance. RT’s Paul Scott got to know some of the more unusual competitors in Sochi, most of them sole representatives of southern countries with a not-so-developed winter sports tradition. The reason being is that they just don’t have any snow! There’s a luger who trained on a mountain road, a singing prince promoting his PR skills, and the Jamaican bobsleigh team who wrote a song about their adventures on the way to Sochi.
February 22, 2014Yulia Lipnitskaya: Sotnikova was perfectAdelina Sotnikova, who won Russia’s first ever Olympic gold in ladies figure skating, said she did her best during her flawless Olympic performance.
“I did all the elements of the program - and it was incredible to finally see I had scored the most points,” the 17-year-old Olympic champion told RT, adding she “still can't say that her victory has fully sunk in yet.”
Along with Sotnikova, 15-year-old Yulia Lipnitskaya was fighting for the Olympic gold. She had earlier become an Olympic champion in team skating in Sochi.
February 17, 2014Hockey legend Bure on Team Russia: ‘They know how to handle the pressure’The start by the Russian men’s ice hockey team in Sochi was somewhat disappointing to some fans. A canceled goal in the tense match against the US led to eventual defeat, while Sunday’s game against Slovakia, one of the underdogs in the 2014 Olympics, was won only in a shootout.
But Russian hockey legend Pavel Bure told RT that his fellow players know how to handle pressure and still have time to find a second wind.
“This year you can lose three games in a row and still have a chance to win gold,” he said.
March 5, 2014Paralympics to show athletes with disabilities able to do anything – PutinThe upcoming Paralympic Games in Sochi will demonstrate that there are no limits to people who have the will to overcome their disabilities - a good lesson for host Russia, which still has a way to go to make such people fully accepted by the community.
This expectation was voiced by Russian President Vladimir Putin in an interview to Russian media ahead of the Paralympics in Sochi.
February 22, 2014Post-Olympic Sochi to pump adrenaline for bungee jumpersSochi will not only be a center of traditional sports and entertainment after the Olympic Games; in summer the Black Sea resort will become the place to seek an adrenalin buzz as the Winter Olympic capital will become a mecca for bungee jumping.
February 17, 2014Sochi beyond sports: Stonehenge siblings & Niagara Falls cousinsSochi’s hosting Olympic Games is hoped to turn it into a major tourist attraction in the future. But alpine resorts and beach hotels are not the only things the city has to lure foreigners with. Just 90 minutes travel from the Olympic Park, one can find dozens of waterfalls – maybe not as abundant as the Niagara Falls, but still quite picturesque and offering a healthy challenge to those wishing to visit them all. And more mystically minded may be curious to see the dolmans, 6,000-year-old stone structures said to possess great power.
RT’s Martyn Andrews goes on a tourist trip across the mountains and villages around Sochi.
February 17, 2014Fog descends on Sochi venuesHalfway through the Sochi Olympics, the weather has turned against the organizers. As thick fog covered the Games’ mountain cluster, they had to postpone some events, including the men’s biathlon mass start on Sunday and Monday’s men’s board-cross qualifiers.
February 15, 2014Sochi nights: Olympic capital remains vibrant after darkFrom snowboarding to skiing, puck slapping to figure skating, hundreds of athletes compete in Sochi every day in search of gold. But while the world’s eyes remain locked on Sochi by day, life certainly doesn’t stop after dark. Just one look in the city’s hotels, restaurants, clubs and shops will tell you: life in the Olympic capital is busier and more exciting than ever before. Spectators and athletes alike say the nightlife in Sochi is not only well-organized , but an absolute blast. “Everything her is amazing, all the athletes are very pleased,” says Denis Ten, a figure skating bronze medalist.
For more, watch RT’s Martyn Andrews report on Sochi after midnight.
February 15, 2014Sochi style: Fans congregate in Olympic-themed attireOlympic enthusiasts gather for the games decked out in original, bizarre and sometimes silly variations on their national colors. The games kicked off in Sochi on February the 7th, with masses flocking to the Black Sea resort from both Russia and abroad to support their sportsmen and women.
February 15, 2014'Hard to believe it's the Winter Olympics' - top US ski jumper Jessica Jerome to RTUS ski jumper and three-time national champion Jessica Jerome has spoken with to RT about the camaraderie
between the ski jumpers, the unexpectedly temperate weather in Sochi, adaptability, and how her and her friends expectations after the negative press concerning Russia have been reversed following their extended stay in the country.
February 14, 2014Who's the hottest of them all?If you could pick a Valentine’s Day heart-throb among the Sochi athletes, who would it be? That is the question RT’s Andrew Farmer was asking visitors, with a sizeable chunk of the visiting population voting for Russia’s heroes Pluschenko and Ovechkin – with the Russian female curling team making the cut with ease, naturally. But they had to share the ‘sexy medal’ with the likes of Norwegian biathlete Ole Einar Bjørndalen as well.
February 13, 2014#SochiProblems v #Sochi2014: Game Over There has been some less-than-objective media coverage of the Olympic Games. However, on social media, the negativity that we saw in the run-up to the Olympics does seem to be dying down. RT's news editor and social media commentator Ivor Crotty comments on the trends.