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February 21st, 2014
09:10 PM ET

Did Russia Steal gold or are losers just whining?

Did Russia steal the gold?

That's the question many are asking after the results of Thursday night's ladies long program in figure skating.

Reigning champion Yuna Kim skated a flawless routine and yet she lost to 17-year-old Adelina Sotnikova.

Gold for Russia, silver for South Korea's Yuna Kim, and controversy ensues

Sotnikova had a minor slip-up, but she also just happens to be from Russia.

It was an upset by a Russian in Russia and that has some people crying foul.

Especially because the sport has been marred by countless judging controversies.

But were the judges wrong?

Men's figure skating Olympic champion Brian Boitano and Olympic pairs Gold Medalist Jamie Sale are OutFront.

"It is very suspicious." Olympic pairs Gold Medalist Jamie Sale tells CNN's Erin Burnett. "We are all frustrated with this whole every time there's a scandal, there is Russians involved. You have two judges on the panel, and one is a judge that was suspended in 1998 for trying to fix the dance event, and one was the wife of the Russian Federation president. It just doesn't really make things look very good."

Burnett asked Boitano to weigh in on U.S. Skater Ashley Wagner's complaint that "people don't want to watch a sport where you see people fall down and somehow score above someone who goes clean."

"I think her scores at least for the free program were fair," Boitano said.


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February 18th, 2014
03:59 PM ET

Woman's accidental selfie at Sochi games goes viral

All eyes are on the winter Olympic games in Sochi, but one eye in particular stole the show.

An elderly woman appeared to get the wrong end of the camera when attempting to take a photograph of an ice hockey match, only to take one of her own eye.

Jeanne Moos has the story OutFront.


Filed under: Jeanne Moos • News • Sochi 2014 • Sochi Winter Olympics
February 14th, 2014
09:49 PM ET

U.S. Speedskating team claim Under Armour suits slowed them down in Sochi

Are America's struggling speed skaters the victims of a wardrobe malfunction or just sore losers?

This is a team that won four medals during the Vancouver games, but this time around in Sochi, they've failed to reach the podium.

In fact, no skater has finished better than 7th place.

US Speedskating Team Reportedly Slowed Down by Under Armour Uniforms in Sochi

According to reports, the squad is blaming their poor performance on the design of their Under Armour suits.

They claim the vents on the back of the suit are creating a drag and slowing them down.

But is that really the case or is Team U.S.A. making excuses for a poor performance?

Mediaite's Joe Concha is OutFront.


Filed under: News • Sochi 2014 • Sochi Winter Olympics • Sports
February 11th, 2014
12:59 PM ET

Do male athletes get more credit and coverage at the Sochi Olympics?

In the OutFront OutTake, Erin Burnett highlighted the Sochi Olympics - saying the " Olympics, once again, has been a terrific showcase for the world's top athletes. Well, the male athletes anyway."

On Sunday night, Erin Burnett was watching the coverage of men's alpine skiing, specifically the run of Swiss Skier Carlo Janka.

Janka recently underwent heart surgery and, while discussing his recovery, the NBC announcers shared a comment Janka had reportedly made, saying, "There was a point when [Janka] said I don't even belong on the women's downhill tour."

The announcer who shared the comment was laughing as he said it. And then, just a few hours later, Burnett said she heard another announcer comment about a female snowboarder.

"That was a great run. Just five or ten years ago, that would have been a great men's run."

Burnett asks - so women are just 5 or 10 years behind men. Burnett added, "I understand that women are physically not as strong as their male counterparts, but to have a guy in a booth dismiss all female athletes is pretty bad."

Do male athletes get more credit and coverage than their female counterparts? Erin Burnett has more OutFront.


Filed under: News • OutFront Outtake • Sochi 2014 • Sochi Winter Olympics • Sports
February 6th, 2014
08:20 PM ET

Obama: Russians have "enormous stake" in preventing attack ahead Olympics

The United States has responded to terror threats at the Olympics by announcing the TSA will ban all carry-on liquids on flights bound for Russia.

With the opening ceremonies commencing Thursday night, officials say the U.S. is now investigating multiple plots against the games.

Officials say the threat stream is credible and the U.S. is standing by, ready to respond if terror strikes the games.

In an interview aired on NBC Thursday, President Obama was asked about the level of cooperation between Russia and the U.S. when it comes to trying to keep these Games safe.

"I think the Russians have an enormous stake, obviously, in preventing any uh, terrorist act or violence at these venues," Obama said. "And they have put a lot of resources into it, we’re in constant communication with them, both at the law enforcement level, at the military level, at the intelligence level. "


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