Sports

3:30am

Wed February 5, 2014
The Edge

One Prediction Of Sochi Doom That Hasn't Happened

Originally published on Wed February 5, 2014 8:29 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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6:12pm

Tue February 4, 2014
The Edge

Countdown To Sochi: Will The City Be Ready?

Originally published on Tue February 4, 2014 8:07 pm

In Sochi, sporting arenas are ready to receive athletes and visitors, but some stores and hotels aren't quite finished.
Sonari Glinton NPR

The Winter Games begin Thursday in Sochi, Russia.

Thousands of athletes and journalists have already converged on the city along the coast of the Black Sea, and spectators will be streaming in this week. But ahead of the games, the real race is to see if all the last-minute preparations can be completed in time.

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4:06pm

Tue February 4, 2014
The Two-Way

Lawyer's Local-Market Super Bowl Spot Is An On-Fire Smash

Originally published on Tue February 4, 2014 6:09 pm

Georgia attorney Jamie Casino's TV ad featuring a sledgehammer, fire and a personal story of vindication has won fans online with its over-the-top production style.
YouTube

It only played in the TV market near Savannah, Ga. – but an attorney's commercial that's being called "epic" and "amazing" has racked up more than 2.7 million hits on YouTube. Personal injury lawyer Jamie Casino bought a full two minutes for the ad, which he wrote and directed.

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1:43pm

Tue February 4, 2014
The Two-Way

Seahawks Say They Figured Out Manning's Signals

Originally published on Tue February 4, 2014 1:56 pm

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning during Sunday's Super Bowl. Some players on the Seattle Seahawks say they studied his hand signals. That helped them shut down the Broncos defense, they say.
Kevin C. Cox Getty Images

Here's a window into why the Seattle Seahawks' defense so thoroughly dominated the Denver Broncos' offense during Sunday's Super Bowl, which Seattle won 43-8.

Yes, it certainly seems as if Seattle's players were just bigger and faster and played better.

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3:44am

Tue February 4, 2014
The Edge

Skater Sonja Henie 'Put A Dollar Sign' Behind The Gold

Originally published on Thu February 6, 2014 8:12 am

Skater Sonja Henie (right) presents Shirley Temple with a pair of skates.
Anonymous AP

When you see those graceful figure skaters perform at the Winter Games in Sochi — with their athleticism and their big-money endorsement deals — for better or worse, Sonja Henie paved the way.

Henie was the world's first great figure skater. A huge star in the 1930s and '40s, she was also divisive and controversial.

She grew up in Norway and was a dominant presence on the ice for decades, her grace and lyricism captured in newsreels and later in 11 Hollywood films.

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3:42am

Tue February 4, 2014
The Edge

A Tiny Town Steeped In Skiing Tradition Has Its First Olympian

Originally published on Thu February 6, 2014 8:12 am

Russell Currier competes at the Biathlon World Championships in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic, last year.
Fehim Demir EPA/Landov

Ask locals to describe the landscape in the tiny town of Stockholm, up near the tip of northern Maine, and more than one will call it a winter wonderland. Woods dot the landscape of rolling white fields, and snow-covered spruce trees nestle roadways.

Winter is a long season, and you've got to find something fun to make it through — like skiing.

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4:52pm

Mon February 3, 2014
Music

The Fringe Benefits To Bruno Mars' Free Super Bowl Gig

Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 7:33 pm

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Early ratings are in for last night's Super Bowl. And while down a bit from last year, the game clocked a respectable 96.9 million viewers. The half-time show was easily the most high-profile gig singer Bruno Mars has enjoyed in his young career.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "JUST THE WAY YOU ARE")

BRUNO MARS: (singing) Just the way you are.

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4:52pm

Mon February 3, 2014
Television

A Viewing Guide For The Overwhelmed Olympic Fan

Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 7:33 pm

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Well, if you were to try to watch all of NBC's coverage of the Sochi games, it would be a lot of TV: 1,539 hours of programming. The network is serving up more coverage of the Winter Olympics than ever. NPR's TV critic Eric Deggans has some advice for those sorting through it.

ERIC DEGGANS, BYLINE: Watching the Olympics is like a Rorschach test. Years ago, you just turned on the TV and gobbled down whatever they dished up.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED AUDIO)

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4:52pm

Mon February 3, 2014
Sports

Airborne And Cross-Country, Billy Demong Seeks A Second Gold

Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 7:33 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

And I'm Melissa Block. In the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, Billy Demong made history by winning gold in Nordic combined.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Gold medalist and Olympic champion representing the United States of America, Billy Demong.

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1:14pm

Mon February 3, 2014
Parallels

Did London Get An Economic Boost From The 2012 Olympics?

Originally published on Tue February 4, 2014 2:33 pm

This cable car line in London, shown on Jan. 27, was built in time for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in the city. It is taking 35 percent fewer visitors than predicted.
Matthew Lloyd Getty Images

Ronald Reagan once joked that the game Trivial Pursuit had a special economists' edition: It came with 100 questions and 3,000 answers. Economists are notorious for being unable to agree on anything. So it's striking that on the finances of the Olympics, they almost all agree.

"Investing in the Olympics is not worth the investment," says Andy Zimbalist of Smith College.

"You build all these facilities that are perfect for the Olympics, that are not really as desirable once the circus leaves town," says Allen Sanderson of the University of Chicago.

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