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3:41am

Wed January 22, 2014
Sports

Zen And The Art Of Snowboarding: Jamie Anderson Goes To Sochi

Originally published on Wed January 22, 2014 11:30 am

Jamie Anderson competes in the FIS Snowboard Slopestyle World Cup at the U.S. Grand Prix in January 2013, Copper Mountain, Colo.
Doug Pensinger Getty Images

The first time Jamie Anderson performed a "cab 7," it was not in the script. The trick involves a snowboarder launching off a jump and spinning two full rotations. Anderson had tried it in practice but had never fully executed it.

"I didn't have to do that trick, but I really wanted to and knew I could do it," Anderson says. "For me it was more about the principle of knowing that I can do something even that was really challenging and difficult."

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6:26pm

Tue January 21, 2014
Sports

Aerial Skiing Is A Game Of Skill — And Strategy

Originally published on Tue January 21, 2014 8:08 pm

Emily Cook trains in aerials for the Visa Freestyle International in Park City, Utah, last February.
Matthew Stockman Getty Images

During the Winter Olympics, seeing an aerial skier perform is unforgettable.

It's like gymnastics in the air. And, like gymnasts, aerial skiers get points for doing a harder routine and for sticking the landing. But there's a crucial difference between the two sports.

In the final few rounds of aerials, you can't use the same trick twice. Sometimes, after seeing what the athletes before you have done, you have to change which moves you'll use in the very last seconds.

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10:00am

Tue January 21, 2014
The Two-Way

In 'Epic' Rematch, Djokovic Is Bounced Out In Australia

Originally published on Tue January 21, 2014 1:01 pm

Novak Djokovic of Serbia wipes the sweat from his face during his quarterfinal loss to Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne.
Aaron Favila AP

Three-time defending champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia is out Down Under after losing in five sets at the Australian Open to Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka.

Tuesday night's set-by-set score in Melbourne: 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 9-7.

"Epic" seems to be the word headline writers have settled on to describe the match. Or rematch, if you prefer.

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7:49am

Tue January 21, 2014
Sports

Fans Of Jamaican Bobsled Team Raise Funds

Originally published on Tue January 21, 2014 8:07 am

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And our last word in business this morning: Cool Runnings.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "COOL RUNNINGS")

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: (as character) I'm here to offer you an opportunity of a lifetime. We're looking for a sponsor for the first Jamaican bobsled team.

(LAUGHTER)

MONTAGNE: That's a line from the movie about the Jamaican bobsled team that went to the Olympics in 1988

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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3:19am

Tue January 21, 2014
Sports

After Tragedy At 2010 Games, Sochi Slows Down The Sled Track

Originally published on Tue January 21, 2014 11:49 am

A Latvian four-man bobsled team competes in the World Cup on Feb. 17, 2013, at the Sanki Sliding Center near Sochi, Russia. The track, which actually ascends in three places to slow the speed of the athletes, is being used for Olympic bobsled, skeleton and luge next month.
Richard Heathcote Getty Images

With bobsled, luge and skeleton racers rocketing down a winding, ice-covered track, sled racing will be one of the most exciting events at the Winter Olympics next month in Sochi, Russia.

The first thing you have to know about sled racing is that it's a little like NASCAR: It's all about speed. And the tracks, built all over the world — including the new one in Sochi — are really different, according to Steve Holcomb, who won a gold medal in four-man bobsled four years ago.

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4:55pm

Mon January 20, 2014
Author Interviews

For World Superpowers, The Negotiating Table Often Had A Net

Originally published on Mon January 20, 2014 7:44 pm

Transcript

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.

In the spring of 1971, two global antagonists found a diplomatic opening through an unlikely source, the game of ping-pong.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED NEWSCASTS)

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: Good evening. The bamboo curtain has been cracked by a ping-pong ball.

MIKE WALLACE: China lifted the bamboo curtain today, long enough to let in 15 American ping-pong players.

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5:19am

Mon January 20, 2014
Media

Digital World Puts Olympic Coverage Through Its Paces

Originally published on Mon January 20, 2014 8:04 am

NBCUniversal has made a deal with Facebook to provide more than 1,000 hours of digital coverage of the upcoming Winter Olympic games.

5:19am

Mon January 20, 2014
Sports

Seahawks To Face Broncos In Next Month's Super Bowl

Originally published on Mon January 20, 2014 8:04 am

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

The Super Bowl is set. The Seattle Seahawks will face the Denver Broncos. The Broncos handily dispatched the New England Patriots. Seattle, in an extremely close game, beat the San Francisco '49ers. NPR's Mike Pesca is here to give us some game day details. Good morning.

MIKE PESCA, BYLINE: Hello.

MONTAGNE: Tell us about the Seahawks versus '49ers game. It came down to a rather amazing defensive play.

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3:32am

Mon January 20, 2014
Sports

U.S. Olympic Skier Finds Team Spirit, Minus The Team

Originally published on Mon January 20, 2014 8:57 pm

Kris Freeman, skiiing here for the U.S. team in 2011, during the Winter Games NZ, was cut from the U.S. Ski team before the upcoming Sochi Olympic Games. Freeman has had to train without their support and still hopes to qualify to compete in Russia.
Hannah Johnston Getty Images

The U.S. Olympic team is taking shape in the run-up to next month's Winter Games in Russia. This week, the Olympic cross-country ski team names the athletes who'll be going to Sochi, and veteran Kris Freeman is vying for another spot.

The 33-year-old Freeman already has been to three Olympic Games, and he's considered the country's best long distance racer over the past decade.

All that despite the fact that he has diabetes.

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11:30am

Sun January 19, 2014
Sports

The NFC West, Football's Former Worst Division

Originally published on Sun January 19, 2014 11:59 am

Transcript

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin. And it is time for sports.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

MARTIN: And on a Sunday in January, you know what's on everyone's minds: NFL playoffs. San Francisco and Seattle face off today for the NFC title. My West Coast loyalties are divided. I am in a conundrum. NPR's Mike Pesca joins us now. Hey, Mike.

MIKE PESCA, BYLINE: Hello. How are you?

MARTIN: I'm flummoxed. But enough about me.

PESCA: Vexed, irked, peeved?

(LAUGHTER)

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