The attorneys of German biathlete Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle Monday denied the accusation of conscious or "even willful" doping, three days after the biathlete was kicked out of the Sochi Games due to positive doping test result.
Russian organisers of the Winter Games made a light-hearted joke at their own expense on Sunday when, at the closing ceremony, they referred back to the moment during the opening ceremony when one of the five Olympic rings failed to unfurl.
Smoothly run and sometimes dazzling, the Sochi Olympics fulfilled President Vladimir Putin`s promise of a "spectacular event", even if doubts about the sustainability of the infrastructure and the political background were never fully banished.
Norway held their lead at the top of the medals table on Saturday as the Sochi Olympics entered the final weekend, and Russia said its first Winter Games had helped "break the ice" of scepticism towards the host nation.
Germany had set out to equal their Vancouver 2010 performance and finish in the top three in the medals table at the Sochi Olympics but with two days of competition left, team chief Michael Vesper admitted they had failed.