2012 Olympics

Switzerland's Dario Cologna crosses the finish line to win the gold during the men's 15K classical-style cross-country race at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

With the mercury hitting 13 degrees Celsius (55 degrees Fahrenheit) at the mountain-top venues, Swiss skiers earned goal medals in both the men’s classical-style 15-kilometer race and the men’s super-combined slalom

Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov of Russia, centre, Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov of Russia, left, and Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy of Germany pose for photographs following the flower ceremony for the pairs free skate figure skating competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. Volosozhar and Trankov placed first, Stolboa and Klimov second, Savchenko and Szolkowy third. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Russia or the Soviet Union had won gold in 12 straight Olympics in pairs before the streak ended four years ago, when the Russians failed to take home any medal in the event. In the stands for both days of the competition in Sochi was the pair who started it all: Ludmila Belousova and Oleg Protopopov, the Olympic champions in 1964 and ’68

Women's downhill gold medal winners Switzerland's Dominique Gisin, left, and Slovenia's Tina Maze stand together on the podium during a flower ceremony at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP  Photo/Charlie Riedel)

“I’m sure glad I’m going to share this gold with Tina,” said Gisin, who will get a medal all to herself. “She’s such a great woman and one of the greatest athletes of our sport.”

Switzerland's Dominique Gisin reacts after finishing the women's downhill the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. She tied for first place with Slovenia's Tina Maze to win the gold medal.(AP Photo/Gero Breloer)

SOCHI, Russia | Fast five, Wednesday edition: Things you’ll want to know about the 2014 Winter Olympics. ___ QUICK IN NET: Jonathan Quick will start in goal in Team USA’s opening game against Slovakia on Thursday. Coach Dan Bylsma made the decision on Wednesday. Bylsma isn’t saying who will start for the team’s other preliminary […]

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Fast five, Tuesday edition: Things you’ll want to know about the 2014 Winter Olympics. ___ FLYING TOMATO: Shaun White says he is getting antsy about his upcoming chance to make Winter Olympics history. White says in a video given to AP that he is ready to get going in the halfpipe […]

Katie Uhlaender of the United States starts a training run for the women's skeleton during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia | The public has spoken. Katie Uhlaender will be going with the larger eagle on her helmet for the women’s skeleton competition at the Sochi Games. Uhlaender had two helmets to choose from and couldn’t decide which design she liked best, so she turned to Twitter. A quick search of her mentions […]

In this fourth in a sequence of four images, four seconds after the previous one, Russian President Vladimir Putin looks at a TV screen in the presidential lounge while he waits to be introduced at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. The image on the TV shows all five rings illuminated, and is footage from one of two rehearsals, held Feb. 1 and 4. It was inserted after one of the rings failed to open during the actual ceremony. (AP Photo/David Goldman, Pool)

After a few seconds, an image of all five rings illuminating properly then appears on the TV screen. Putin turns toward the monitor, faces it and looks up, seeing the footage of all five rings.

FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2013, file photo, Evgeni Plushenko of Russia skates his short program at the ISU European figure skating championship in Zagreb, Croatia. Although he's one of the world's predominant figure skaters, with an Olympic gold and two silvers to his name, Plushenko has barely been seen in competition for the past year. The performance that won him Russia's sole berth in the men's singles for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, was done behind closed doors. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev, File)

“As the host country, you want to get out of gate fast. You need the fans behind you, wanting to see what’s next instead of dreading it,” said Steve Roush, a former chief of sport for the U.S. Olympic Committee who has consulted for Russia, Brazil, Turkey and Saudi Arabia. “Otherwise, things can run downhill in a hurry.”

Men's downhill medalists from left, Italy's Christof Innerhofer, silver, Austria's Matthias Mayer, gold, and Norway's Kjetil Jansrud, bronze, stand on the podium at a flower ceremony at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.(AP Photo/Gero Breloer)

“I was very self-confident this week,” said Mayer, whose father, Helmut, won the super-G silver at the 1988 Calgary Games. “The turns are just right for me. And the hill is just right for me.”

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