Sports

9:14am

Sun February 9, 2014
The Edge

U.S. Speedskaters Get A Little Help From Their Friends

Originally published on Tue March 18, 2014 4:15 pm

From left: U.S. Speedskaters Kelly Gunther, Brittany Bowe, Heather Richardson and Sugar Todd are aiming for Olympic glory in Sochi, Russia.
Matthew Stockman Getty Images

Speedskating is the U.S.'s most successful winter Olympic Sport. In Sochi this year, great things are expected again.

The secret to their success includes talent, skill and hard work, but there's also a network of support that buoys the team.

Two-time gold medalist Shani Davis is looking to win a history-making third: He would be the first speedskater to win the same event in three different Olympics.

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8:00am

Sun February 9, 2014
Interviews

It's Hard Being A Black Man In Love With Figure Skating

Originally published on Sun February 9, 2014 11:44 am

Every few years when the winter Olympics come around, reporter Robert Samuels' heart begins to flutter. Samuels talks with NPR's Rachel Martin about his lifelong passion for the sport.

8:00am

Sun February 9, 2014
Sports

New Yorkers Lead The States In Winter Games Golds

Originally published on Sun February 9, 2014 11:44 am

Transcript

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

As we just mentioned, the U.S. clinched the very first gold medal of Sochi's Winter Olympics this weekend, when Sage Kotsenburg won in the men's snowboard slopestyle event. Kotsenburg is from Utah and he's the third resident of that state to win a Gold. So which Americans are most likely to win Golds for Team USA? OK, it might unpatriotic to take a tally of which states win more Olympic medals, but it's in a healthy competitive spirit.

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8:00am

Sun February 9, 2014
Sports

Was That Jump A 6? Subjectivity In Olympic Judging

Originally published on Sun February 9, 2014 11:44 am

Transcript

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

And it's time to talk sports, specifically the Olympics; the skill, the precision, the pure athleticism. And yes, the style. And we're talking specifically about ice skating, because our own Mike Pesca has some thoughts on that sport.

Good morning, Mike.

MIKE PESCA, BYLINE: Hello. How are you?

MARTIN: Hello. I am well. So, I understand Olympic ice skating has undergone some reforms in recent years. Do tell? What changed?

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7:53am

Sun February 9, 2014
The Edge

U.S. Sweeps Slopestyle Snowboarding With Women's Gold

Originally published on Sun February 9, 2014 12:06 pm

Jamie Anderson of the United States, center, celebrates with silver medalist Enni Rukajarvi of Finland, left, and bronze medalist Jenny Jones of Britain, after Anderson won the women's snowboard slopestyle final at the 2014 Winter Olympics, on Sunday.
Sergei Grits AP

Jamie Anderson's win in the slopestyle snowboarding competition has given the U.S. a sweep of the event following Saturday's win by Sage Kotsenburg.

Anderson's near-flawless run clinched the women's gold.

The Associated Press reports:

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5:16pm

Sat February 8, 2014
The Edge

Sochi Games Expose Indian Corruption And Redemption

Originally published on Sun February 9, 2014 7:11 am

Independent Olympic participant Shiva Keshavan makes a run during the men's luge training session ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Sanki Sliding Center on Wednesday in Sochi, Russia.
Al Bello Getty Images

It's one of the most dangerous sports at the Olympic Games. And when Indian slider Shiva Keshavan crashed from his sled during a training run at the luge track Friday, his miraculous recovery went viral.

Flying through icy curves feet first, Keshavan thundered down the frozen tunnel, the scraping blades or "steels" of his small sled sounding like a runaway train.

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5:09pm

Sat February 8, 2014
Arts & Life

People, Language And Controversy In The Headlines

Originally published on Sat February 8, 2014 6:34 pm

Writer and comedian Hari Kondabolu speaks with NPR's Arun Rath about India being excluded from the Olympics, a controversial Coke commercial, and comments from Sen. Pat Roberts from Kansas during the confirmation hearings for surgeon general nominee Dr. Vivek Murthy.

3:02pm

Sat February 8, 2014
The Edge

Olympic Guests Find Comfort Zones In First Day Of Games

Originally published on Sat February 8, 2014 3:14 pm

Visitors to Olympic Park stroll around the base of the Olympic flame at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia on Saturday.
Julie Jacobson AP

11:20am

Sat February 8, 2014
Opinion

Forego The Faux Snow: The Games Could Use A Permanent Home

Originally published on Sat February 8, 2014 2:43 pm

China's National Stadium, right, and National Aquatics Center, cost half a billion dollars to build and struggle to attract visitors.
Greg Baker AP

The Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, are certifiably the most expensive and allegedly staggeringly corrupt.

Upwards of $50 billion has been spent to turn a place that's been best known as a Black Sea beach resort, where rich Russians could warm themselves under palm trees during long Moscow winters, into a winter sports capital with ski slopes and bobsled runs.

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11:04am

Sat February 8, 2014
The Edge

Is Early Sochi Criticism Par For The Course?

Originally published on Sat February 8, 2014 12:27 pm

A technical glitch kept one of the massive Olympic rings looming over the stadium dark during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, on Friday.
David J. Phillip AP

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