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4:04pm

Wed February 19, 2014
Sports

Ted Ligety Tames The Giant Slalom In Sochi

Originally published on Wed February 19, 2014 8:02 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

The U.S. has added another gold medal to its Olympic tally. As NPR's Tamara Keith reports, this latest win comes courtesy of Ted Ligety and with it, he has cemented his place as one of the great giant slalom skiers.

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9:45am

Wed February 19, 2014
The Edge

Finnished! Russian Hockey Team Bounced Out Of Olympics

Originally published on Wed February 19, 2014 7:33 pm

Russian fans who gathered in Sochi's Olympic Park react with dismay as they watch a broadcast of the ice hockey match between Russia and Finland.
Shamil Zhumatov Reuters/Landov

"Uskotko ihmeisiin?"

No, this isn't exactly a "do you believe in miracles?" bit of history for Finland, but its men's hockey team just produced a moment-to-remember at the Sochi Games.

Finland beat Russia 3-1, bouncing the home team out of the tournament.

As NPR's Robert Smith has reported, there was tremendous pressure on Alex Ovechkin and his Russian teammates to win gold in Sochi.

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7:31am

Wed February 19, 2014
The Edge

Team USA's Ted Ligety Wins Gold In Giant Slalom

Originally published on Wed February 19, 2014 8:10 am

Ted Ligety of Team USA celebrates Wednesday after winning the men's giant slalom event at the Sochi Winter Games.
Hans Klaus Techt EPA/Landov

Ted Ligety is now only the second American to ever earn two Olympic gold medals in Alpine skiing after finishing first Wednesday in the giant slalom at the Sochi Winter Games.

As USA Today writes:

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4:58am

Wed February 19, 2014
Sports

Sochi's Humidity Keeps Olympic Ice Makers Working Overtime

Originally published on Wed February 19, 2014 10:25 am

An ice master checks the temperature of the ice rink at the Adler Arena Skating Center, site of the speedskating events at the Sochi Games.
Patrick Semansky AP

In Sochi, balmy weather has bedeviled some snowboarders and skiers. The snow is sometimes, well, slush. But inside the Winter Olympics' arenas, the ice is universally praised, though it's taking some work to keep things cool.

It's not the heat, it's the humidity that's leading ice makers to work overtime at the games.

That's paid off, because athletes in Sochi have been gushing about the ice.

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3:46am

Wed February 19, 2014
Sweetness And Light

Michael Sam, A Distraction? Please

Originally published on Wed February 19, 2014 8:05 am

Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel with players Robert Luce (from left) and Michael Sam, ahead of the Cotton Bowl in January.
Tim Sharp AP

Now that Michael Sam, an NFL draft prospect, has announced that he is gay, there's been a lot of mumbling that he would be a distraction — but it's really an issue of antipathy.

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8:59pm

Tue February 18, 2014
The Edge

Does The U.S. Lead The Winter Olympics — Or Does Germany?

Originally published on Wed February 19, 2014 9:03 am

As of late Tuesday, with the final stretch of the Sochi Winter Games ahead, Germany had collected more gold medals than any other nation. Here, German gold medalists Severin Freund, Andreas Wellinger, Andreas Wank and Marinus Kraus celebrate their win in Team Ski Jumping.
Paul Gilham Getty Images

The countries that send large contingents to the Olympics love to watch the "medal count" tally. But as of late Tuesday at the Sochi Winter Games, the countries with the most medals didn't have the most gold medals. That's why by some counts, Germany and Norway were leading the way, while the Netherlands, U.S. and Russia all trailed.

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5:45pm

Tue February 18, 2014
The Edge

U.S. Olympic Committee Plans To Examine Speedskating's Woes

Originally published on Wed February 19, 2014 9:41 am

U.S. skater Jessica Smith, in black, is among the Americans who have been kept off the podium in Sochi despite strong performances leading up to the Winter Games. Smith's private coach is Jae Su Chun, who is under a two-year suspension from the International Skating Union.
Damien Meyer AFP/Getty Images

For American speedskaters, this Winter Olympics has been defined by controversy over racing suits and disappointment over a lack of podium finishes. Now comes word that the U.S. Olympic Committee will "leave no stone unturned" in looking at how the high hopes of US Speedskating collapsed in Sochi.

The news of a possible inquiry into what went wrong in the 2014 Games led Edward Williams, an attorney who represents speedskaters who have filed complaints with the USOC against US Speedskating, to vent his frustration.

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4:27pm

Tue February 18, 2014
The Edge

Canadian Athletes Pumped To Show The Fitter Side Of Curling

Originally published on Wed February 19, 2014 4:28 pm

Canada's E.J. Harnden delivers the rock during a curling training session in Sochi. "We like to think of ourselves as athletes now and not just curlers," he says.
Wong Maye-E AP

When Jimmy Fallon's version of The Tonight Show premiered Monday night on NBC, guest Will Smith joked about the Olympics:

"I think I could win a gold medal in the thing with the broom — curling!"

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12:22pm

Tue February 18, 2014
Parenting

Bringing Up Olympians: Athletes' Parents Shed Their Own Blood, Sweat And Tears

Originally published on Wed February 19, 2014 8:54 am

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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10:03am

Tue February 18, 2014
The Edge

In Bobsled, 'You Learn As You Go'

Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 10:51 am

Elana Meyers, during a training session in Sochi last week, is a driver on the U.S. team. She started out as a brakeman.
Tobias Hase EPA/Landov

If there's one sport in the Winter Olympics you can do with your eyes closed, it's bobsled.

The bobsled brakeman does about five seconds of hard work, jumps in the sled and can then relax a bit. During the women's bobsled competition tonight in Sochi, we should keep our eyes open, because it's fun to watch.

The women call themselves brakemen — not brake women or brake person — in a nod to the fact that bobsled was an all-male sport until 2002.

Even now, the women only race two-man — not four-man — bobsled.

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