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IOC opposes bid to trademark Olympic four-ring glitch logo

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The International Olympic Committee is opposed to a Russian who wants to trademark the Sochi Olympic Opening Ceremony symbol glitch of four Olympic rings and one snowflake.

Dmitry Medvedev (no relation to the prime minister) reportedly applied for trademark rights to the logo of four rings and one malfunctioning ring earlier this month.

The IOC “is aware of this matter and is opposed to the trademark application because of its similarity with the Olympic Symbol,” according to The Associated Press.

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Avalanche at Sochi Olympics skiing resort kills 2

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An avalanche at the Sochi Olympics mountain resort killed two skiers Sunday, the day after it opened to the public, according to The Associated Press.

Here’s the report:

Six skiers were on the middle section of Labirint run when the avalanche struck, Roza Khutor said in a statement. The snow buried two women, and rescuers who dug them out were unable to save them, it said, while the four other skiers escaped unharmed.

The resort said it was clearing the snow from the run and trying to determine the cause of the avalanche. The Roza Khutor management also expressed its condolences to the family and friends of the two skiers who died.

A map of the mountain shows the Labirint run located at the far edge of the resort and labeled black, the most difficult of four categories.

Skiing and snowboarding events were held in Rosa Khutor during the Olympics and Paralympics. The Paralympics concluded one week ago, and the resort reopened to the public Saturday, according to the AP.

The resort’s area received an avalanche warning in December, four days before it opened for the ski season.

There was a team of experts devoted solely to avalanche prevention in Rosa Khutor, as detailed by The New York Times.

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Viktor Ahn receives his meteorite medal

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Russian short track speed skater Viktor Ahn was awarded an extra medal Friday, one embedded with fragments of the meteorite that struck the Russian city of Chelyabinsk on Feb. 15, 2013.

Last year, it was announced that chunks of the meteorite that hit the Ural Mountains region would be “chipped off and inserted into” extra medals offered to Olympians who won events on the one-year anniversary of the collision that injured more than 1,000 people.

No Americans won gold medals on Feb. 15 in Sochi, but Ahn prevailed in one of seven medal events that day.

Ahn was the most decorated male athlete in Sochi, winning four medals, including three gold, after receiving Russian citizenship in 2012. He also won four medals, including three gold, for South Korea in 2006, skating as Ahn Hyun-Soo.

Ahn, 28, won his sixth overall World Championship in Montreal on Sunday. He has not committed to competing through the 2018 Olympics, which will be in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

“It’s not important for me to give any promises now,” he said Friday, according to R-Sport. “It’s important to do well this year and then see whether I’m able to compete for another year.”

More skaters could follow Ahn’s path in leaving the short track hotbed of South Korea, Ahn’s father told Reuters. Ahn had disagreements with the Korea Skating Union.

“I assure you, and I am saying this with confidence, there are some parents whose children won medals at the Olympics and who have told me if the [Korea Skating Union] keeps going like this, they are also considering switching nationalities,” Ahn Ki-won said.

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