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Russia's worst day

Thursday, February 20, 2014, 12:00 PM
SOCHI – Russians have had bad days before. But for sports bummers, few could match Wednesday and its Olympic twin killings. Julia Lipnitskaia’s figure-skating fall was disappointing. In terms of its impact on the national psyche, however, it couldn’t compare with the unexpectedly... Read more

Security heightened? Or paranoia?

Tuesday, February 18, 2014, 10:54 AM
KRASNAYA POLYNA, Russia – Could just be typical Olympic paranoia, but on the journey here from Sochi, it sure seemed like security concerns had been heightened. First of all, the routine of the TM10 bus linking Sochi with this mountain-sports hub was altered Tuesday. Then, at several points... Read more

A bacon wish come true?

Tuesday, February 18, 2014, 10:34 AM
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia – In news that reflects the bizarre nature of either Sage Kostenburg or corporate marketing – perhaps both -- a Bucks County company has produced a bacon replica of an Olympic medal. After receiving the gold medal he won in slopestyle snowboarding last week... Read more

Medals from the stars

Monday, February 17, 2014, 9:22 AM
SOCHI -- Sochi’s Olympic champions will not only leave Russia with medals but with a memento from outer space. Officials in the Chelyabinsk region have created gold, silver and bronze medallions from fragments of the meteorite that crashed there on Feb. 15, 2013. The fingernail-sized meteorite... Read more

Bettman to talk about NHL's Olympic future

Monday, February 17, 2014, 9:18 AM
SOCHI – Amid speculation that the NHL could end its affiliation with the Olympics, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman will make himself available to the world’s hockey media Tuesday. Many in the league, including Flyers owner Ed Snider, have complained about the league being forced to suspend... Read more

Marijuana rules altered in Sochi

Sunday, February 16, 2014, 10:40 AM
SOCHI -- With the legalization of marijuana, you should pardon the pun, a burning issue, the International Olympic Committee is being asked to justify the drug’s inclusion on its list of banned substances. According to the director of the IOC's Medical Commission, the level of marijuana necessary... Read more

Hockey player target of Russian disappointment

Sunday, February 16, 2014, 10:37 AM
SOCHI – Alexander Radulov, the physical Russian whose two questionable penalties resulted in a pair of U.S. goals during the Americans’ first-round victory Saturday, was the postgame target for his disappointed contrymen. One journalist for Russia’s Sports Express compared watching... Read more

Odd way and place to honor Kostenburg

Friday, February 14, 2014, 4:02 PM
SOCHI – One suspects Sage Kotsenburg wasn’t consulted. The Deer Valley ski resort in his hometown of Park City, Utah., named a cocktail in honor of the gold medal-winning snowboarder. There are two rather obvious problems with that: One, Kotsenburg is just 20, too young to legally drink... Read more

Sochi's real hero

Thursday, February 13, 2014, 11:53 AM
SOCHI – The hero of these Games so far might not be an athlete. In a men’s cross-country skiing contest Tuesday, Russian Anton Gafarov crashed. Trying to continue, his ski snapped beneath him. As he laid in the snow, Canadian coach Justin Wadsworth ran onto the course with a replacement... Read more

Weather or not, the Olympics roll on

Thursday, February 13, 2014, 11:51 AM
SOCHI – It might be cold and snowy in Philly but it’s been warm and sunny here in Sochi. Temperatures along the Black Sea coast were in the 60s again Thursday. In the mountain area, it’s slightly colder but officials there have been scrambling to put down new snow and ice. This... Read more
About this blog
Reporter Frank Fitzpatrick is covering his seventh Olympic Games and has yet to win a medal in anything except caffeine consumption. He has also been the beat writer for the Phillies, Eagles and Penn State football.

Columnist Phil Sheridan has been writing about Philadelphia sports since graduating from Temple University in 1985. The Vancouver Games are Phil's sixth consecutive Olympics. He is determined to do exhaustive research on the fresh seafood and locally made beers and wines in Vancouver and Whistler.

Photographer Clem Murray covered the Lake Placid Winter Olympics 30 years ago. He has covered the Eagles in their two Super Bowl runs; the Phillies in a couple of World Series (back in the 80s); the Sixers' 1983 championship; a couple of Stanley Cup runs by the Flyers; and the Nittany Lions.

For more Olympics coverage, visit the Philly.com Olympics page.

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