National Sports

There seems to be an unwritten rule among coaches and athletes here that you're not supposed to say anything bad about the Olympics. Well, two weeks into the games, my moratorium is coming to an end.Nathaniel Herz
Sochi Report, Alaska edition: Schultz is done, but check out her T-shirts; Wagner doesn't hide her feeling and we love her for it; Anchorage athletes get boost as they go for the gold.Beth Bragg
Imagine waking up as a New Yorker on a Monday, after a weekend in which the Red Sox finished a four-game World Series sweep of the Yankees on Saturday, followed by a Super Bowl Sunday that saw the Patriots trounce the Giants. Then you could begin to understand the collective anguish of the Norwegian populace after last weekend's cross-country skiing results at the Olympics.Nathaniel Herz
Packs of mutts roam the downtown streets of the city center and the Adler district. Scores of them have shown up in the new mountain villages the Russian government has built for the 2014 Winter Olympics.Elliott Almond
Sochi Report, Alaska edition: Ski jumpers with Olympic dreams will compete in Anchorage this week, Erik Bjornsen fared well in the men's cross-country relay, and more heartache for Jessica Schultz and the U.S. curling team.Beth Bragg
The West High Classes of 1988 and 1989 are well represented at the Winter Olympics. In fact, they are in some ways running the show.Beth Bragg
The Olympics dealt Anchorage skier Kikkan Randall, at far left, more frustration Saturday, this time extending the pain to Randall's teammates in a relay race that refused to go according to plan in the mountains outside Sochi, Russia.Beth Bragg
Lanny and Tracy Barnes, who trained and coached in Anchorage last summer, shared a sweet moment Friday at the Winter Olympics biathlon competition.Beth Bragg
Sochi Report, Alaska edition -- Anchorage curler Jessica Schultz and her teammates get their first taste of success, Team Asterisk's Andrew Musgrave of Great Britain has a way with words, and more.Beth Bragg
Two days after she faltered in her bid for Olympic gold, Anchorage cross-country skier Kikkan Randall talked about the aftermath of Tuesday's freestyle sprint race, and how an 11-year-old Anchorage girl's email the day after the race buoyed her spirits.Nathaniel Herz