Russia Allegedly Ran a State-Run Doping Programme for 2014 Sochi Olympics

The New York Times published a blistering exposé today, detailing how Russian Olympians engaged in a state-run doping programme in order to win as many gold medals as possible during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. At least 15 medal winners were reportedly involved. Read More >>

Just Six Months After the Olympics, Sochi Looks Like a Ghost Town

It's been almost exactly six months since the Sochi Olympics wrapped up and the world promptly moved on to speculating about the Rio 2016. Since then, the town of Sochi has been left holding the proverbial baby — which as Russian photographer Alexander Belenkiy shows us, seems to have left it with more buildings than people to occupy them. Read More >>

The Inside Story of How Olympic Timekeeping is So Amazingly Precise

Three one-thousands of a second is less than 1/10 of a blink, less than 1/100 of a heartbeat. But if you're a speed skater, 0.003 seconds can be the difference between gold and silver. So how are Olympics timekeepers able to get such ridiculous precision and accuracy? For insight, we talked to Omega's Peter Hürzeler, head of Olympic timekeeping. Read More >>

Experimental Architecture: Ice-Climbing Structures

The design and fabrication of artificial ice-climbing structures is an incredible form of experimental architecture. The resulting constructions are often astonishing: ice-covered loops, ledges, branches, and towers reminiscent of the playful 1960s experiments of Archigram, yet serving as some of the most spatially interesting athletic venues in all of today's professional sports. Read More >>

Did a Cat Destroy the Ceiling at a Sochi Olympic Arena?

By now it's hard to tell what's true when it comes to reports about the infrastructural failings at the Olympics in Sochi. But what we've got here appears to be security footage of a cat falling through the ceiling of Sochi's Adler Skating Arena. Read More >>

The Inside Story of How Olympic Photographers Snap Such Stunning Images

Every single moment of the Sochi Olympics is documented in minute detail. Here's how the AP and Getty Images, two of the biggest photo agencies on the scene, get their incredible photos from the Olympics to their baying publications across the globe, faster than you can microwave a bag of popcorn. Read More >>

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What it Looks Like to Go Down a Luge Track at a Blazing 80mph

Bumpy. Dangerously fast as hell. And it looks like the luger will careen off the course at any given moment. Doubles luger Matthew Mortenson put on a helmet cam on a ride down the luge track in Sochi to show us what it's like to go zooming down sloping slick ice on your back and while it looks like a fun roller coaster ride, it also looks like the chance of crashing is a solid 100%. Read More >>

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The Winter Olympics are a Lot More Fun When you Add Star Wars Lasers

I'd watch more Winter Olympics sports if they had Imperial AT-AT walkers firing lasers at the athletes. Non-lethal lasers that is. Or lethal, it doesn't matter I'd watch anyway. Read More >>

Subtle Snowy Camo Pattern Helps US Skiers Cheat Their Way Down Bumpy Moguls Runs

We've already seen (or haven't) the nearly invisible waterproof zippers that Columbia introduced on its sportswear designed for various Olympians competing at Sochi. But the uniforms designed specifically for the US moguls ski team have another hard-to-spot feature that could let them cheat give them a small advantage in competition. Read More >>

Sochi’s Giant Pinscreen Wall is Hypnotic in Action

British architect Asif Khan's MegaFace art installation was teased well before the athletes had even arrived in Sochi. But now that the Winter Olympics are well under way, we've finally got footage of the giant automated pinscreen in action—and it's even more awesome than we'd hoped. Read More >>

How Olympic Athletes’ Bodies Have Changed Over the Years

When you watch footage of the Olympics from back in the 1920s, it's hard to imagine the athletes involved did any training at all. Their physiques are predominantly what we would consider average, not the sculpted and toned competitors we know today. But that's because back then the image of the ideal athlete was based on classical human proportions—and average was considered ideal. Read More >>

Samsung and the IOC Deny Sochi Opening Ceremony Apple Logo Ban

Lucky Olympic athletes taking part in the Sochi Winter Olympics found a Samsung Galaxy Note III in their arrival goodie bags, so even if they don't take home a medal they've still got something of a fairly high value to sell on the internet when they get home. But did Samsung demand they avoid being seen using Apple hardware as part of the deal? Read More >>

Wind Tunnel Testing Pushes Sochi Skiers Slope Skills

General Motors' wind tunnels aren't only used to test the aerodynamics of the carmaker's latest vehicles. Here we see a member of the Canadian Alpine Ski Team working to improve his tuck position so he's as streamlined as possible as he streaks down a mountain. [FastLane] Read More >>

A Guide to the Sochi Olympics Opening Ceremony Insanity

Whether you're watching for the noble pageantry or to mock the outlandish getups forced upon the athletes, the opening ceremonies are always the best part of the Olympics. Here's what you should watch out for—besides the bathrooms. Read More >>

Sochi Official: Our Shower Surveillance Footage Says Hotels are Fine

By now, you've surely heard the horror stories about how the Sochi Olympic village is a hellscape of stray dogs, weird toilets, and unfinished accommodations. Well, according to a Russian official, everything's cool! And he has the surreptitious surveillance footage to prove it. Read More >>