Sochi in Pictures: Closing Ceremony

Russia wraps up the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics with dazzling performances and a handoff to South Korea for the 2018 Winter Games.

Closing Ceremony Draws Russia's Big Moment to a Close

In a pageant of culture and pride, Russia says goodbye to its Olympics.


See You in Four Years! Russia Hands Off to South Korea

The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics completed today with the closing ceremony.

IOC Chief Says Russia Delivered on its Promise at Sochi Games

IOC chief says Russia delivered on its promises for the Sochi Games.


Remembering Sochi in 25 Happy Faces

Forget the agony of defeat. We’re showcasing the thrill of victory with Olympic athletes’ happy faces.

Closing Ceremony: Handing the Olympics Off to 2018 Host

The transfer of the Olympic flag marks the beginning of the countdown to 2018.

Winter Games Wrap Up with Grand Finale

Russian officials have promised to deliver a “fresh look” at Russian culture in Sunday’s closing ceremony, which will bring the curtain down on the 2014 Winter Olympics.


Closing Ceremony Features Best of Russia

The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony featured many pieces of Russian culture.


Team USA Says Goodbye To Sochi

Team USA bid Sochi farewell on Sunday during the 2014 Winter Olympics Closing Ceremonies.

Closing Ceremony: Athletes Enter the Stadium As One

A mass of Olympians on the floor of Fisht Stadium.


Russian Pride Lights Up Closing Ceremony

Russia showcased its nation's pride in lights during Sunday's Olympic Closing Ceremony.

Russia Shows Sense of Humor at Closing Ceremony

Russia pokes fun at the Olympic ring malfunction during the opening ceremony of the Sochi Games.


Putin Attends Sochi Closing Ceremony

Russia's President Vladimir Putin attends the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony at Fisht Olympic Stadium on Sunday in Sochi, Russia.

Closing Ceremony: Russia Highlights Some of Its Biggest Names

Plushenko, Ahn and the gold medal-winning Sotnikova are among those carrying the Russian flag into Fisht Stadium.


Olympic Closing Ceremonies Commence in Sochi

The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics come to a close on Sunday.

Closing Ceremony Promises a Journey Through Russian Culture

The first scene is all about water. Later, the familiar rituals of the end of the games.

Good as Gold: Russia Tops the Medal Count at Sochi Olympics

Bragging rights for the hosts in Sochi.


Gold! Canada Bests Sweden in Hockey Final

Team Canada earned themselves another gold in Sunday's men's ice hockey final against Sweden.


Holcomb Leads USA's Four-Man Bobsled to Bronze

Team USA earned a bronze medal at the four-man bobsleigh event on Sunday.

What Will Happen to the Stray Dogs of Sochi?

The Olympics are over. What's next for the stray dogs of Sochi?


Face-Off: Canada and Sweden Battle for Hockey Gold

Canada takes on Sweden in the gold medal ice hockey game on Sunday.

So Long, Sochi: Olympic Moments That Will Outlive the Flame

What we'll remember most from Sochi 2014.

Austrian Skier Fails Doping Test, Fifth Positive Result of Games

IOC officials say increased drug testing is working.


The Highs and Lows of Sochi in Pictures

The 2014 Winter Games are nearly over, but the highs, the lows and the breakout moments from Sochi will be difficult, if not impossible, to forget.

Austrian Dropped from 50-Kilometer Race After Failing Drug Test

Johannes Duerr is the fifth athlete to fail a drug test at the Sochi Games, according to Olympic officials.


Sochi in Pictures: Highlights From Day 15

See the most stunning images from the fourteenth day of competition in the Sochi Winter Olympics.


Slalom Skiers Tackle the Gates

Mario Matt of Austria became the oldest Alpine champion in Olympic history at 34.

After the Gold: Olympic Medalists Struggle With Real Life

Winning gold is the dream of any Olympian, but what happens next can be daunting. For many, regular life becomes a struggle.


Bronze Ain't Bad! Austrians Celebrate Medals in Parallel Slalom

Benjamin Karl celebrates his bronze medal in men's Snowboard Parallel Slalom with compatriot Julia Dujmovits, the gold medallist in the women's event.

Groups Want Human Rights Guarantees from Future Olympic Hosts

The groups, outraged by anti-gay laws in Russia, want 'fairer future Olympics.'

All Aboard: Some Americans in Sochi Opt to Stay on the Sea

Some Americans say concerns about security and readiness led them to book rooms on cruise ships.

High Stakes Hockey: In Canada vs. USA 'Loser Keeps Bieber'

Yes, this billboard really exists. Find out who's behind the fictional bet between the U.S. and Canada.


Sochi in Pictures: Highlights From Day 14

See the most stunning images from the fourteenth day of competition in the Sochi Winter Olympics.

Canadian PM Sweeps Suds Bets with Obama

Stephen Harper can expect two cases of home-brewed beer from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.


Hockey Fans Mean Business in Semifinal Showdown

Fans get in the rivalry spirit for the USA-Canada ice hockey semifinal on Friday.


Team Effort: Dutch Speed Skaters Pursue Double Gold

The Dutch look to finish off a record-setting performance in Sochi on Friday with the men's and women's speed skating team pursuit.

Ukraine Takes Rare Gold in Sochi Amid Bloodshed at Home

The gold is only the second in Ukrainian history at the Winter Olympics.

Italian Bobsledder Kicked Out of Olympics for Doping

The first doping cases at the Olympics come with just two days to go.

U.S. Speedskating, Under Armour Extend Partnership Through 2022

Suit controversy aside, the two sides have extended their partnership for eight years.


'Loser Keeps Bieber': Pop Star Slammed in Hockey Billboard

The stakes are escalating ahead of today's men's hockey semifinal showdown between the U.S. and Canada.

U.K. Men's Curling Team Gets Royal Support

A prince is rooting for Britain's curling team.


Fired Up! Sweden Advances to Gold Medal Round

Sweden beat Finland in the men's ice hockey semifinal on Friday to advance to the gold medal round.


Ski Cross Course Proves Too Much for Some Skiers

Chile's Stephanie Joffroy suffers a bad crash during the women's ski cross quarterfinals on Friday.


Flying High: Ski Cross Athletes Soar Skywards

Freestyle skiing women's ski cross took place on Friday where Team Canada earned two medals for their country.

German Athlete Fails Doping Test, First Reported Case in Sochi

A hearing is set before a disciplinary panel of the International Olympic Committee.


Sochi in Pictures: Highlights From Day 13

See the most stunning images from the thirteenth day of competition in the Sochi Winter Olympics.


Shock and Awe: Skaters Perform Emotional Final

Russia's Adelina Sotnikova pulled through to win gold in the women's free skate figure skating finals on Thursday as the program was full of emotion.


Ultimate Rematch: U.S. Vies for Gold Against Rival Canada

The U.S matched up against Canada on Thursday for the Sochi 2014 ice hockey women's gold medal game.


Canada Proves Unbeatable, Makes Olympic History in Curling Final

Canada completed the first undefeated women's Olympic curling tournament in history on Thursday by defeating Sweden and taking home the gold.


U.S. Women Look to Repeat Freeski Halfpipe Gold

Team USA attempts to land freestyle skiing halfpipe gold again on Thursday in the women's event.


Hold on Tight: Canadian Skier Wipes Out During Ski Cross

Brady Leman of Canada landed a bit off course at the men's ski cross final earlier on Thursday.


Watch Out! Women Get Physical in Hockey Bronze Final

Switzerland battles Sweden in Thursday's women's ice hockey bronze medal game.

Chicken-Wielding Protesters Target Pussy Riot in Sochi

Chicken-wielding protesters targeted a press conference by Russian punk band Pussy Riot in Sochi on Thursday.


Norwegian Skiers Slide Headfirst into Gold

Norway celebrated winning the Nordic Combined Men's Team large hill with a recreational activity of their own on Thursday.


Soaring to Victory: France Sweeps Ski Cross Final

France's Jean Frederic Chapuis, Arnaud Bovolenta and Jonathan Midol went gold, silver and bronze at Thursday's freestyle skiing cross finals.

U.S. Olympian Kate Hansen: Is That a Wolf in My Hall?

The latest in a long line of #SochiProblems? A wolf in the hallway, at least according to U.S. luger Kate Hansen

What's It Like to Go Last at the Olympics?

Just like being the last person to give a presentation at a high-pressure meeting, a longer waiting period can make the anxiety worse for some, experts say.

Displaced Russians Find Shelter in Run-Down Sochi Hotel

This Soviet-era resort has become a last refuge for weary citizens of the town displaced by the Olympics construction effort.


Favorite Russian Skater Falls During Short Program

Russian favorite Yulia Lipnitskaya fell during today's figure skating short program.


Sochi in Pictures: Highlights From Day 12

See the most stunning images from the twelfth day of competition in the Sochi Winter Olympics.

Olympic Medal? Well Done, Now Pay Your Taxes: Uncle Sam

Winning medals at the Olympics may be a source of pride for American athletes, but it can also be taxing...


Can U.S. Ladies Pull Through at Short Program?

The figure skating ladies' short program is scheduled for Wednesday where Team USA will attempt to dethrone defending Olympic champion Yuna Kim.

'Open Games' Set After Olympics to Protest Antigay Law

Organizers say more than 250 athletes from 11 countries are on board.


Dutch Superstar Snags Fourth Sochi Medal

Ireen Wuest of the Netherlands placed second in the Women's Speed Skating 5000m event on Wednesday.


They're Back! Norway Reclaims Gold in Team Sprint

Norway won gold in the Women's Cross-Country Team Sprint final on Wednesday after a minor cross-country crisis over the weekend.

Bode Miller 'Bummed' About Missing Slalom

Bode Miller is "bummed" to be out of the Sochi Games.

Cossacks Attack Members of Pussy Riot with Whips, Filmmaker Says

The band has vowed to keep staging protests during the Olympics.


One Second Decides Cross-Country Team Sprint

Team Russia came in second place behind Finland at the Men's Cross-Country Team Sprint final on Wednesday.


Snowboarders Go Sideways for Giant Slalom

Switzerland's Nevin Galmarini finished second in the Men's Snowboard Parallel Giant Slalom on Wednesday.

Bode Miller Says He Won't Compete in Slalom

Skier Bode Miller will not race in this week's slalom race.


Sochi in Pictures: Highlights From Day 11

See the most stunning images from the eleventh day of competition in the Sochi Winter Olympics.

U.S. Warship Runs Aground in Black Sea

The U.S.S. Taylor has been out of commission for nearly a week, a senior U.S. military official told NBC News.


Russia Dives Past Norway to Hockey Quarterfinals

Team Russia beat Norway 4-0 on Tuesday to secure their spot in the Men's Hockey Quarterfinal on Feb. 19.


Women Bobsledders Barrel Down the Track

The first two runs of women's bobsled take place on Tuesday as Elana Meyers, Lauryn Williams, Lolo Jones and the rest of Team USA compete.


Ladies' Speed Skating Heats Up in Sochi

Americans Jessica Smith and Emily Scott advanced to the Women's 1000m Short Track Quarterfinals set for Feb. 21.

Pussy Riot Detained for Hours in Sochi, Leave Station Singing

Two members of the feminist protest band were detained about an alleged theft at their hotel.


Men's Freeski Lights Up Sochi Halfpipe

The Men's Freestyle Skiing Halfpipe Final takes place today at 12:30 p.m. ET.

Engel: Pussy Riot Members 'Come Out Singing' After Release

The feminist protest rockers exited the police station singing and wearing masks.


Crash Landing: Ski Jumper Breaks Arm After Bad Fall

Taihei Kato of Japan broke his left arm during the Nordic Combined Men's Individual LH on Tuesday.


Aw Shoot! Biathletes Fire Through Sleet

After the men's 15km mass start was postponed again yesterday due to fog, Olympians competed today where they faced challenging conditions.


Look Out Below! Snowboard Crossers Hurtle Through Sochi

The Men's Snowboard Cross event took place at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on Tuesday.

IOC Official Says It Took 'Red Alert' to Get Sochi Ready

Jean-Claude Killy says access to Russian President Vladimir Putin was key to pulling the games off.


Sochi in Pictures: Highlights From Day Ten

See the most stunning images from the tenth day of competition in the Sochi Winter Olympics.


Australian Bobsledders Have Special Message for Fans

Australia's two-man bobsleigh team had a heartwarming message for Olympics fans on Monday.

Blue-Collar Sochi Olympians Persevere

Two Olympic soul mates faced hardship, weathered financial crises, rebounded from injuries and soldiered on.

Sochi's Sticky Snowflake Fixed for Closing Ceremony: Official

The flake that longed to be an Olympic ring stole the show at the opening ceremony for all the wrong reasons.


Upside-Down Olympics: Skiers Flip for Chance at Medal

Men's Freestyle Skiing Aerials will take place on Monday in Sochi.


See Me Now? Fog Postpones Outdoor Olympic Events

A snowboarder rides through a tunnel near the alpine skiing training slopes on a foggy day at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.


Team USA Looks for Redemption in Women's Hockey Semifinal

After suffering a painful loss to Team Canada in the preliminary round, USA Women's Hockey looks to redeem themselves today as they take on Sweden.

Chinese Entrepreneurs Cash In on Sochi Rings Glitch

One of the Olympic rings showing up as a snowflake during Sochi's Opening Ceremony turned into a business opportunity for some.

Italian Gay Rights Activist Says She Was Detained in Sochi

Sochi police say they have no record of a detention.

Fog Forces Delays in Sochi, Latest Weather Problem to Dog Games

Organizers postponed snowboard cross and biathlon as visibility dropped to near zero.

Bond for U.S. Ice Dancers Has Only Strengthened Over Time

It all began with two children on an ice rink in Michigan.


Sochi in Pictures: Highlights From Day Nine

See the most stunning images from the ninth day of competition in the Sochi Winter Olympics.

The Best, Worst and Weirdest Moments from the Sochi Olympics

From Oshiemania to a busted bathroom door, our lists of the most memorable moments from Sochi.


Fog Postpones Men's Biathlon 15K Race

Athletes ski through the fog as the men's biathlon 15K mass start race was postponed due to the lack of visibility at the 2014 Winter Olympics, on Feb. 16, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.


Women Compete in Snowboard Cross at Sochi

Faye Gulini of the U.S., Austria's Maria Ramberger, France's Nelly Moenne Loccoz and Eva Samkova of the Czech Republic compete during the women's snowboard cross quarter-finals at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor on Feb. 16, 2014.