Five-ring Circus

Still Bitter After All These Years

Two new films show that figure skating’s greatest scandal scarred its villain far more than its victim.

Feb. 21 2014 11:44 PM“They're Coming Right Into Your Arms to Cut the Throats of Your Sons and Women!”Match the lyrics to the country in Slate’s national anthem quiz.
Feb. 21 2014 7:36 PMSilver Medal FaceThe saddest-looking second-place finishers in Olympic history.
Feb. 19 2014 12:33 PMWay to Go, Slovenia! Not So Hot, Team USA.Re-ranking the 2014 Winter Olympics medal table by population and GDP.
Feb. 18 2014 1:03 PMThe Olympics Rage-o-MeterFlag-waving, poorly informed Americans are mad at NBC for not being patriotic enough.
Feb. 17 2014 12:43 PMThe Olympics Rage-o-MeterNBC makes Bode Miller cry, then presses on (and on and on) to make him cry some more.
Feb. 15 2014 9:50 AMHow Many Medals Would the 2014 U.S. Olympic Team Have Won in 2010? 1998? 1924?
Feb. 14 2014 1:34 PMThe Olympics Rage-o-MeterThe Peacock pretends to be shocked by Evgeni Plushenko’s abrupt figure skating departure.
Feb. 13 2014 8:10 PMThe Athletes of the First Winter OlympicsWhat skaters, ski jumpers, and curlers looked like in 1924.
Feb. 12 2014 3:21 PMThe Princess and the Ice QueenNBC (and everyone else) puts Gracie Gold and Ashley Wagner into boxes at the Sochi Games.
Feb. 11 2014 3:42 PMTumbling IceHow the differences between gymnastics and figure skating explain the winter sport’s declining popularity.
Feb. 10 2014 3:52 PMVladimir Putin, Olympic ChampionStartling images of the Russian president’s winter sports triumphs.
Feb. 7 2014 7:09 PMThe Gayest Olympics EverSorry, Vlad. Sochi's opening ceremony was theatrical, flamboyant, and fabulously haughty.
Feb. 7 2014 11:07 AMSki BunniesWhy are so many female Olympic athletes posing in lingerie?
Feb. 6 2014 2:34 PMWhat to Watch at the Winter OlympicsSlate’s comprehensive viewers’ guide to the Sochi Games.
Feb. 6 2014 10:57 AMI'm a Luger, BabyI went to Lake Placid to sled like an Olympian. It was totally terrifying—and unbelievably fun.
Feb. 21 2014 7:44 PMWhy You Hate NBC's Olympics CoverageIt's reality TV masquerading as a sporting event.
Feb. 20 2014 8:29 PMThat Was ... CuriousRussia’s Adelina Sotnikova beat Yuna Kim to win figure skating gold. But did she really deserve to win?
Feb. 19 2014 12:32 PMFrom Single to Double to TripleThe evolution of the jump in women’s figure skating, from 1936 to 2014.
Feb. 17 2014 9:28 PMIce Dancing Is Not a SportBut it is quite a spectacle.
Feb. 16 2014 5:01 PMThe Worst-Designed Sport of All TimeWhy you can turn off the Olympic bobsled finals after five minutes.
Feb. 14 2014 2:54 PMIt’s Time for a Prime-Time PromotionIn praise of Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir, the most fabulous skating announcers in Sochi.
Feb. 14 2014 11:56 AMPutin on the FritzHow chaos in Sochi is confounding the Russian opposition.
Feb. 13 2014 12:34 PMThe Olympics Rage-o-MeterAn NBC announcer notes that women skiers wear “a little bit of makeup.” Oh no.
Feb. 12 2014 11:49 AMThe Olympics Rage-o-MeterMatt Lauer steps in for Bob Costas. NBC viewers did not like his beard.
Feb. 11 2014 11:47 AMThe Olympics Rage-o-MeterNBC’s snowboarding coverage is terrible. We want more of it!
Feb. 10 2014 11:40 AMThe Olympics Rage-o-MeterIntroducing Slate’s daily look at how much America hates NBC’s coverage from Sochi.
Feb. 7 2014 6:02 PMSochi Night LiveThe best Olympic opening ceremony tweets in real time.
Feb. 6 2014 11:33 PMIt’s Time for Olympic Free AgencyYou shouldn’t have to be an American to compete for Team USA.
Feb. 6 2014 11:21 AMBuild Your Own National AnthemUse Slate’s interactive to create an anthem for your city, neighborhood, business, or anything else.
Aug. 13 2012 1:30 PMThe London Olympics Sap-o-MeterWas this the sappiest Olympics ever? Did mom out-sap dream? The final results of our scientific study of NBC schmaltz.

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