Two members of the punk group Pussy Riot ran out of a police station in their trademark garish balaclavas Tuesday after being released following several hours of questioning in Sochi, the host city of the Winter Olympics.
A gay Russian protester was detained on Saturday for unfurling a rainbow flag during the Olympic torch relay as it passed through his hometown of Voronezh, 560 miles (910 kilometers) north of Sochi, where the games will begin Feb. 7.
South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius and former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, who both were charged with murder, finished first and second, respectively, as the most-searched athletes in the world on Google.
Oscar Pistorius inspired many disabled athletes, including Blake Leeper, who worries about the negative effect Pistorius' arrest might have on the Paralympic movement that benefitted so much from the South African sprinter's success.
Oscar Pistorius' arrest shocked us because of our perception of him as an Olympic hero. Let's also not pretend that the coverage of him didn't fit the lazy stereotypes that a lot of us have about disabled people, Jemele Hill writes.
Olympic officials on Monday sharply criticized a man who was arrested for allegedly throwing a plastic bottle onto the Olympic track before the men's 100-meter final, but officials and competitors said the unpleasant incident did not affect the showcase.