Kevin Burton was a Navy linguist when, suddenly, he started losing his sight. He took his new disability as an opportunity to become an elite athlete at the Sochi Paralympic games, in an event that requires shooting a rifle.
These days, we often admire sports stars as heroes because they are winners. Olympic Historian David Wallechinsky says that's not the Greek tradition, nor should it be the way we define Olympic heroes. He gives The Takeaway host John Hockenberry some examples of Olympians who fit his definition of hero.
Russia is projecting a new image at these Olympics: a helpful, welcoming Russia. Suddenly police are friendlier, politicians meet with activists, people are recycling. It's a version of Russia a lot of people would like to have, but it may not last beyond the games.
As the Olympics wind down this week, the world's attention focuses on the violence that has erupted in neighboring Ukraine.
The worries about unfinished hotels and possible terrorism at the Olympics have receded as people the world over have become enthralled with the athletes and the competition. But when the games wrap up, Sochi residents are wondering if their city's big projects will get completed.
To get a taste of Sochi, without the hassle of traveling to Russia, step into New York's Brighton Beach neighborhood. The Russian enclave in Brooklyn is where you'll find the Olympic games on every available TV.
The US once dominated the 2-man bobsled competition at the Winter Olympics — 80 years ago. Now they hope to win gold in Sochi, by driving "The Ultimate Sledding Machine."
Yohan Goncalves Goutt is the first-ever Olympic skier representing East Timor —the small island nation in Asia. But do you know what East Timor is officially called at the Olympics? That's our flash Geo Quiz for you today.
The joint gold medal is a first for any skiing event in Olympic history. It's the result of the quirky nature of time keeping.
For these athletes, who may be competing for a nation they're only tangentially connected to, it's about fulfilling an Olympic dream — and filling out an Olympic roster.
A Boston business consultant has watched Sochi transform from a town that rarely saw foreigners into Russia's future sports-hosting venue for international competitions, including the 2018 World Cup.