• The IOC received a letter from Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak giving reassurances the host country will comply fully with the Olympic Charter's provision against discrimination of any kind.

    President of the International Olympic Committee, IOC, Jacques Rogge of Belgium answers journalists questions about the end of his mandate as IOC President during a round table with the media in Lausanne, Switzerland, Monday, Aug. 19, 2013.
    LAST UPDATE : Aug 22, 2013, 10:46 AM EDT
  • Russia's Yelena Isinbayeva, the gold medalist in the women's pole vault, gestures during a press conference at the World Athletics Championships in the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013.

    Russian pole vault great Yelena Isinbayeva appeared to back off from her critical words condemning homosexuality by saying her comments in English may have been "misunderstood."

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 16, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT
  • In this Aug. 20, 2004, file photo, silver medalist Adam Nelson, left, of the United States, and, gold medalist Yuriy Bilonog, of Ukraine, pose on the podium after the presentation ceremony in the men's shot put at the 2004 Olympic Games in the Olympic Stadium in Athens. IOC officials said Thursday, May 30, 2013, that Nelson has been bumped up to the gold medal after Bilonog was stripped of the gold medal in December because of doping.

    The American was officially elevated Thursday to shot put champion from the 2004 Athens Games, taking the gold that was stripped from a Ukrainian rival for doping.

    LAST UPDATE : May 30, 2013, 3:38 PM EDT
  • Russia's President Vladimir Putin, center, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge, left, and Sochi 2014 CEO Dmitry Chernyshenko, right, look at Sochi 2014 Olympic medals displayed at an IOC executive board meeting at the SportAccord International Convention in St. Petersburg, Thursday, May 30, 2013. The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics organizers unveiled today the medals for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.

    Russian officials and businessmen have stolen billions of dollars during the years of preparations for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi.

    LAST UPDATE : May 30, 2013, 10:53 AM EDT
  • In this Friday, Feb. 1, 2013 file photo International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge speaks during a press conference in Seoul, South Korea. IOC President Jacques Rogge said in an interview Wednesday May 22, 2013 with The Associated Press, Olympic officials have agreed that more targeted, out-of-competition testing is needed in the fight against doping.

    About 1,500 delegates are expected for the conference, which opens Tuesday and will feature an appearance later in the week by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    LAST UPDATE : May 27, 2013, 3:33 PM EDT
  • In this Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010 file photo, then, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, second right, Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone, second left, and Oleg Deripaska, toast after a signing ceremony in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, southern Russia. Oleg Deripaska's Basic Element, insists its projects were all designed to be profitable. The company is building an Olympic village and a seaport and has just finished revamping the Sochi airport, for a combined cost of $1.4 billion.

    Most of the projects the tycoons are involved in are not profitable — and many businessmen are making no secret of the losses they are incurring.

    LAST UPDATE : May 20, 2013, 10:33 AM EDT
  • In this Friday, Aug. 10, 2012 file photo, from left: Silver medalist Sadegh Saeed Goudarzi, from Iran; gold medalist Jordan Ernest Burroughs, from the United States; bronze medalist Soslan Tigiev, from Uzbekistan; and bronze medalist Denis Tsargush, from Russia, participate in the medals ceremony for men's 74-kg freestyle wrestling competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, in London. The U.S., Russian and Iranian wrestling teams will meet on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, for an historic exhibition in New York. It

    The possibility of wrestling losing its Olympic spot has given these three often-divergent nations a cause to rally around.

    LAST UPDATE : May 14, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT
  • Team France's Sacha Treille celebrates after the match when they beat Russia 2-1 during the 2013 Ice Hockey World Championships preliminary round match Russia vs France in Helsinki, Finland on Thursday, May 9, 2013. At back is France's goalie Florian Hardy.

    Defending champion Russia was upset 2-1 by France, which shocked a team dominated by NHL and KHL players at hockey worlds on Thursday.

    LAST UPDATE : May 09, 2013, 4:34 PM EDT
  • In this Friday, April 5, 2013 photo ski resort employees scale down a pile of snow which is being covered by insulated fabric. The Rosa Khutor Alpine skiing resort which is hosting the 2014 Winter Olympics is set to store nearly half a million cu. meters of snow collected in piles and tightly covered with insulated blankets.

    Fleets of heavy machinery and a corps of laborers are hard at work trying to store acres (hectares) of snow for the 2014 Winter Olympics.

    LAST UPDATE : Apr 11, 2013, 3:14 PM EDT