Media Watch - Countdown to Sochi 2014; Rio 2016; John Carlos

(ATR) The four-month countdown to the 2014 Sochi Olympics continues...Brazil faces another obstacle on its road to the 2016 Summer Games...John Carlos recounts his iconic gesture at the 1968 Olympics.

The main Olympic Stadium, the "Fish," is under construction at the Olympic Park in Adler, outside the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi, on August 22, 2013. Sochi will host the 2014 Winter Olympics. AFP PHOTO / MIKHAIL MORDASOV        (Photo credit should read MIKHAIL MORDASOV/AFP/Getty Images)
The main Olympic Stadium, the "Fish," is under construction at the Olympic Park in Adler, outside the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi, on August 22, 2013. Sochi will host the 2014 Winter Olympics. AFP PHOTO / MIKHAIL MORDASOV (Photo credit should read MIKHAIL MORDASOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Road to Sochi 2014

Timothy Heritage and Maxim Shemetov map outwhat's at stake for Russian President Putinat the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics: "If all goes to plan, the costliest Games in history will be a showcase for Russia's achievements under Putin, the vindication of a six-year vanity project on a truly Soviet scale."

The Washington Postreports that despite the "thicket of construction cranes, the enormous cable spools tossed here and there, the lengths of pipes and pallets piled along rutted roads," Russia is ready for the Sochi Games.

Canadian figure skaters Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir are feeling"more prepared than ever"for the 2014 Winter Games.

Ex-hockey star Angela Ruggiero discusses the transition from "sharp elbows and intimidation" to "cheek kissing, bowing, and fancy dresses." USA Todayspeaks with Ruggiero, a current IOC and United States Olympic Committee member, who "wants to make a difference in the world." Ruggiero is also president of the Women's Sports Foundation; her interest in "off-ice diplomacy" started after the 1998 Winter Olympics.

Russia Beyond the Headlinesdisplays how the 2014 Sochi Olympic medals are made.

Rio 2016

The London Evening Standard reports that more than 20 London businesses will provide Brazil with the "expertise they gained" from the 2012 Summer Olympics. Businesses will provide the South American country with "everything from security to technical support" as it prepares to host the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics.

The Associated Press predicts spectators and athletes at the 2016 Summer Games will enjoy "beaches, music, and dramatic mountains." However, visitors may not look forward to a run-in with one of "a few thousand alligator-like creatures slithering through sewage-like lagoons."

In Other News

After winning six gold medals at the International Swimming Federation's World Championships in Barcelona,United States swimmer Missy Franklinis settling into a "refreshingly ordinary [albeit far from normal] routine for an athlete of her stature."

Wednesday marked the 45th anniversary of John Carlos and Tommie Smith’s black power salutes at the 1968 Summer Olympics. The Huffington Post speaks with Carlos about the iconic gesture and the role that politics plays in the Olympics. Carlos asks, "How can I subtract my life and my environment and my sport or the Olympic games and say it’s not political?" He adds, "Humanity is all up and down, and all around the Olympics. If they think it’s not, then shame on them."

Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski is hoping to recruitChicago Bulls star point guard Derrick Rose for the 2016 Summer Olympics.Rose just returned to the NBA floor after missing almost a year and a half as he recovered from an ACL tear in his left knee.

Compiled byNicole Bennett.

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