Olympics

4:16am

Fri March 7, 2014
The Edge

From War In The Desert To 'Murder Ball On Ice'

Originally published on Sat March 8, 2014 10:18 am

Former Marine Josh Sweeney lost both of his legs to a bomb in Afghanistan in 2009. He's competing with the U.S. Men's Sled Hockey team at the Paralympics in Sochi.
David Gilkey NPR

It might not exactly be doctor's orders, but it made perfect sense to Josh Sweeney.

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5:03am

Wed February 12, 2014
Sweetness And Light

Double Axels And Death Spirals — Yes, Figure Skating Is A Sport

Originally published on Wed February 12, 2014 5:57 am

Russia's Maxim Trankov and Tatiana Volosozhar helped Russia take gold during the team figure skating competition in Sochi.
Adrian Dennis AFP/Getty Images

With the addition of team figure skating to the Olympic manifest, I wasn't surprised to hear from my grumpy old pal the Sports Curmudgeon. "Hey, Frank," the crabby kibitzer said, "when you gonna admit that anything that calls itself a sport that has music outside o' halftime ain't a real sport?"

Actually, there are other sporting defenders of the faith who are even more critical. They maintain that any sport — like figure skating, gymnastics, diving, halfpipe — that is resolved by exterior judges rather than by the participants themselves is not a true sport.

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8:25am

Tue February 11, 2014
The Edge

Female Ski Jumpers Finally Make Their Olympic Debut

Originally published on Tue February 11, 2014 2:53 pm

Lindsey Van trains in Sochi on Sunday. Van has spent the past decade fighting for female ski jumpers to be allowed to compete at the Olympics.
Lars Baron Getty Images

Update at 4:15 p.m. ET: Leaping Into History

When American Sarah Hendrickson launched herself down the 90-meter jumping hill in Sochi, she flew into history, becoming the first woman to ski jump in Olympic competition. She ultimately finished in 21st place.

Carina Vogt from Germany brought home the gold. Daniela Iraschko-Stolz of Austria took silver, and France's Coline Mattel, 18, won bronze.

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4:03pm

Fri February 7, 2014
Olympics

Boulder Nonprofit Sounds Alarm On Sochi’s Environmental Woes

A Sochi road during construction of the 2014 Olympic venue.
Environmental Watch on North Caucasus

As the world focuses its attention on the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Boulder-based Global Greengrants is raising environmental and civil liberties concerns about the event.

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5:19am

Wed February 5, 2014
The Edge

One Prediction Of Sochi Doom That Hasn't Happened

Originally published on Wed February 5, 2014 6:29 am

More than 400 snow-making machines are keeping the ski slopes of Sochi covered in snow.
Tamara Keith NPR

Heading into the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, there were many predictions of trouble — possible terrorism, incomplete construction, unsold tickets and not enough snow. Well, you can take that last item off the list.

Skiers zip by on a practice run at the Rosa Khutor alpine ski course in Russia with not a cloud in the sky above them. You can't hear the skis, though, because there's a snow-making machine blasting water into the cool, dry air. It mists down onto the ground below in fine ice particles: man-made snow.

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