- The head of the International Olympic Committee this week railed against politicians who will snub the Games to serve their own agendas, but experts say the expectation that politicians attend is a new phenomenon.
- Russian star Alex Ovechkin will face the same Olympic-sized pressure that Sidney Crosby endured in Vancouver four years ago, writes CBCSports.ca's Tim Wharnsby.
- The opening ceremony for any Olympic Games gives host countries a stage to teach the world about their history, but Sochi's official start is unlikely to feature a key piece of the city's storied past.
- Scott Russell takes a look at strange contrasts of the Olympic host city, which pairs coastal vistas with a winter wonderland, making it all feel like a Disneyland for the Olympics.
- Thousands of stray dogs have been living amid the mud and rubble of Olympic construction sites, but as the games drew near, authorities have turned to a company to catch and kill the animals so they don't bother Sochi's new visitors.
- Follow CBC/Radio-Canada reporter Jean-François Bélanger, who spent a month travelling the Trans-Siberian Railway, as he shares a better understanding of "the other Russia."
- As we inch closer to the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, two new and starkly different songs by Canadian artists are turning a musical spotlight on Sochi.
- Since the passage of Russia's controversial gay propaganda law in June, a rash of homophobic attacks have gone unpunished, Nahlah Ayed reports.
- Evgeny Plushenko was nominated by Russia's figure skating federation on Wednesday as the country's sole entry in the men's event at the Sochi Olympics.
- A new terror threat against the Winter Olympics in Sochi is renewing security concerns.