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5:47pm

Thu January 23, 2014
The Edge

Welcome To The Edge: NPR's Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Blog

Originally published on Fri January 24, 2014 1:25 pm

Olympic Park in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi. NPR will bring you the most interesting things we see and learn from the 2014 Winter Olympics. The first events are on Feb. 6, one day before the opening ceremony.
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Today marks the start of The Edge, a blog hosting NPR's coverage of the Sochi Winter Games. The Edge is about the journeys Olympic athletes take to get better. From skaters to skiers, no two journeys are alike. But they all end at the same place: in competition. And many of them are fascinating.

As we've prepared for the games that begin Feb. 6 — in just two weeks — NPR has been following many stories of athletes and equipment, of money and security.

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2:19pm

Thu January 23, 2014
The Two-Way

Golden Or Not? Tell Us What You Think Of New U.S. Olympic Uniforms

Originally published on Fri January 24, 2014 1:42 pm

This image released by Ralph Lauren shows American hockey player Zach Parise wearing the official uniform that Team USA will wear during opening ceremonies for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
AP

We're not exactly fashionistas here at The Two-Way, but even with our skewed sense of style, we're not sure what to make of the Ralph Lauren-designed uniforms to be worn by the U.S. Olympic team at the opening ceremony in Sochi on Feb. 7.

As one of our colleagues said, the uniform "looks like something your grandmother would knit you for Christmas." CBS Sports made a similar observation: "It's almost like an ugly Christmas sweater vest mixed with some yoga pants."

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1:39pm

Thu January 23, 2014
Sports

Is The Color of Hockey Changing?

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10:13am

Thu January 23, 2014
The Two-Way

Twin Toilets In Sochi: Some Wonder Why That's A Big Deal

Originally published on Fri January 24, 2014 10:54 am

The loo for two in Sochi: BBC correspondent Steve Rosenberg snapped this picture in the men's room at the cross-country skiing and biathlon center.
AP

Have you seen the "twin toilets" photo that's been swirling round the Internet the past couple of days?

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5:54am

Thu January 23, 2014
Sports

Disastrous Weather Could Force Super Bowl Date Change

Originally published on Thu January 23, 2014 8:20 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep.

By tradition, the Super Bowl comes on Sunday - Super Sunday, as the perfect alliteration. But this year's Super Bowl is outdoors. In case of disastrous weather outside New York, the league is making contingency plans for Super Saturday or Friday or Monday. Even if the game takes place on time, the weather may be tough. Crews are ready to remove snow. And as for fans, this year, wardrobe malfunction would generally tend to mean you forgot your gloves.

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3:40am

Thu January 23, 2014
Sports

7 Facts And 3 GIFs: Hellooo Curling

Originally published on Fri January 24, 2014 1:39 pm

Potomac Curling Club members (from left) Miriam Terninko, Christopher Richard, Joe Rockenbach and Henrique Kempenich await the arrival of stones to the house during a match Jan. 18 at National Capital Curling Center in Laurel, Md.
Jim Tuttle NPR

Most of the sports in the Winter Olympics involve great physical strength or agility. The goals are easy to understand: to go faster, to jump farther or more spectacularly. But one Olympic sport — curling — is as much about strategy and physics as physicality.

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7:14pm

Wed January 22, 2014
The Two-Way

Online Donors Send Jamaican Bobsled Team To Sochi

Originally published on Thu January 23, 2014 1:31 pm

The two-man Jamaican bobsled team will be heading to Sochi, Russia, for the 2014 Winter Olympics, after a fundraising campaign gave a much-needed boost to its budget.
Jamaican Bobsled Team

After word went out that Jamaica's two-man bobsled team had qualified to compete in Sochi next month — but didn't have money to go to Russia — Internet donors saved the day. Thousands of people contributed to online campaigns, including one held in Dogecoin, the peculiar digital currency.

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5:27pm

Wed January 22, 2014
Latin America

Ahead Of World Cup, Brazil's Delays Have FIFA Concerned

Originally published on Wed January 22, 2014 8:01 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And I'm Robert Siegel.

Just six months to go until Brazil hosts soccer's biggest tournament, the World Cup, and for Brazil, it is crunch time. Just yesterday, soccer's governing body, FIFA, issued a stark warning. One of the host cities is now in jeopardy of being dropped because its stadium is hugely delayed. NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro reports from Sao Paulo on Brazil's mad scramble to get everything done on time.

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5:27pm

Wed January 22, 2014
Around the Nation

Peyton Calls Omaha — And Passes Out Some Free Publicity

Originally published on Wed January 22, 2014 8:01 pm

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PEYTON MANNING: Omaha. Omaha. Omaha. Omaha.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

We have no idea why Denver Broncos' quarterback Peyton Manning has chosen the word Omaha dozens of times to signal plays at the line of scrimmage in the run-up to the Super Bowl, and he's not giving it away.

MANNING: It's a run play, but it could be a pass play...

(LAUGHTER)

MANNING: ...or a play-action pass, depending on a couple of things: the wind, which way we're going, the quarter and the jerseys that we're wearing. So...

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5:27pm

Wed January 22, 2014
Sports

Big Contract, Big Questions For Yankees' Imported Pitcher

Originally published on Wed January 22, 2014 8:01 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

From NPR News, it's ALL THING CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And I'm Robert Siegel. What would you pay a pitcher who went 24 and 0 last year? Well, Masahiro Tanaka was undefeated last season pitching in the Japan Pacific League and when the 25-year-old right-hander decided he wanted to pitch in the U.S., he sparked a bidding war among Major League Baseball's richest teams and the New York Yankees have won that war with a seven-year $155 million contract.

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