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 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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January 31st, 2014
09:09 PM ET

Women ski jumping team debut at Sochi 2014 Olympics

U.S. athletes arrived in Sochi Friday ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.

All in all, there are 230 members of the U.S. team, making it the all-time largest delegation of any nation at the Winter Games.
Among them is the first-ever U.S. Olympic female ski jumping team.

But getting to this point was an uphill battle for these ski jumpers.

CNN's Ted Rowlands is OutFront with their inspiring story.

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January 20th, 2014
09:50 PM ET

FBI interviewing people in U.S. with Russian ties ahead of Sochi Winter Olympics

Terror threats against the Winter Olympic Games have the U.S. military on high alert.

CNN's Evan Perez has just learned that U.S. law enforcements agents have been interviewing people in the U.S. with ties to the Caucusus region in Russia – a hotbed for terror.

The Defense Department has also put in place a contingency plan in case of an attack in Sochi once the games begin less than three weeks from now.

Police warn Sochi hotels of terror suspect as Olympics near

The plan includes up to two warships and several transport aircraft on standby to help evacuate American officials and athletes, if needed.

Russian officials are now handing out flyers in their hunt for at least one woman, a so-called black widow, who may be planning an attack.

On Sunday, an online video surfaced on a Jihadi forum threatening the Games.

Multiple deadly bombings in the region recently have also heightened concern.

OutFront: Former CIA Counter-Terrorism Officer Jeff Beatty.

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Sochi Winter Olympics: Members of the 2014 U.S. Figure Skating Olympic team speak out on terror warnings
January 20th, 2014
03:55 PM ET

Sochi Winter Olympics: Members of the 2014 U.S. Figure Skating Olympic team speak out on terror warnings

The Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia are less than three weeks away and over the weekend members of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees expressed concern about security at the event.

U.S. lawmakers: Winter Olympics aren’t safe

Senator Angus King, I-Maine, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said he wouldn’t go to the games himself – “and I don't think I would send my family,” he told CNN’s State of the Union.

At the 2014 U.S. Figure Skating National Championships in Boston, OutFront asked some top U.S. skaters about the terror threat and the warning issued to Americans traveling to the Olympics.

Sochi Winter Olympics: Video threat emerges amid security concerns

U.S. Ladies Champion Gracie Gold: "I feel that perhaps you might not travel to Sochi for a vacation but I trust that the USOC and all other appropriate federations will take care of not just the athletes but the spectators to make sure that the event is secure..."

U.S. Ice Dancing Champion and Olympic Gold Medal Favorite Charlie White: "Yeah I mean obviously it’s tough to completely block that out… I think that’s going to be the case with any type of high profile event. Luckily we have a lot of training and mental training and what we need to focus on as athletes so we don’t get distracted too much….You know we have full faith that all security concerns will be taken care of so we can go out and do our job."

Two-time National Ladies Champion Ashley Wagner: “You know I have the utmost faith in the Russian Olympic Committee as well as the U.S. Olympic Committee in that they will do everything they possibly can to make sure that their athletes are safe and comfortable…it’s putting the situation in their hands and I know that they want us to be comfortable enough so we can just focus on competing.”

Police warn Sochi hotels of terror suspect as Olympics near

U.S. Pairs Champion Simon Shnapir: "...The security is going to be great…We’re really not concerned about that. I’m sure everything’s going to be fine."

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