All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘2014 winter olympics’

Closing Olympic Ceremony Has Sense of Humor

The 2014 Winter Olympics are coming to an end. While the opening ceremony was nearly a month ago, we still haven’t gotten over the snowflake malfunction that had (and still has) everyone talking. While the five snowflakes displayed at the opening ceremony were supposed to expand into the iconic Olympic rings, the final ring didn’t quite manage the feat. The …

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Lindsey Jacobellis Falls Short Of Gold Yet Again

Lindsey Jacobellis, who has widely been regarded as the best female snowboarder in the last ten years, fell again in semifinals on Sunday – making it her third Olympics games without a gold medal. Jacobellis looked promising in the first round of qualifying for women’s snowboarding cross, finishing second behind Eva Samkova (who ended up with the gold). The second …

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Matt Lauer Replaces Bob Costas Again

Matt Lauer will fill in for Bob Costas again tonight. It seems Costas can’t beat his eye infection in Sochi. This will mark the second night in a row that Lauer will fill in for the NBC anchor. The veteran NBC sportscaster phoned in to the Today show to give an update about his current eye condition and to tell …

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Shaun White Will Leave Sochi Empty-Handed

The snowboard king has been dethroned. Shaun White was vying for his third straight gold medal in Men’s Halfpipe at the Sochi Winter Games on Tuesday night. But this time, the Flying Tomato did not even medal. Iouri Podladtchikiov, known as I-Pod in the snowboarding community, won the gold with a score of 94.75. I-Pod, who is only 15 years …

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Chobani Yogurt Feud In Sochi Continues

Many of us here in the United States enjoy our Chobani yogurt, a well-known strained yogurt that has been in business since 2007. We, here in The States have the freedom to eat the well-known yogurt; however, this is not the story for our athletes competing in the Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, and this is causing quite a bit …

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Olga Graf, Russian Speed Skater, Nearly Flashes Crowd After Winning the Bronze

Speed skater Olga Graf won Russia its first medal of the 2014 Olympic Games on Sunday. In a surprising win, she took the bronze medal in the women’s 3000 meter event at Adler Arena. Her moment of triumph almost ended in embarrassment though, when – following her cool-down lap – an ecstatic Graf unzipped her skin-tight racing suit right down …

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Kaetlyn Osmond, Canada’s Favorite Skater, Ends Fifth

Kaetlyn Osmond, the 18-year-old Canadian figure skating sweetheart, skated in her first Olympics event on Saturday at Sochi’s Iceberg Skating Palace. Osmond, now a Sherwood Parks resident in Alberta, Canada, moved from Marystown, a province in Newfoundland and Labrador on the Burin Peninsula, eight years ago. However, that transition doesn’t stop Marystown residents from still claiming Kaetlyn as their own …

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Todd Lodwick Elected As American Flag Bearer For Sochi Games

Avid Nordic sports skiier, Todd Lodwick, was chosen on Wednesday by fellow Olympian colleagues to carry the United States flag during the opening ceremonies on Friday. As America’s first Olympian to compete in six Winter Games (yes, he has participated in six games!), the 37-year-old has so many achievements under his belt, so it’s no surprise that the nation’s most successful …

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Shaun White Bails on Olympic Slopestyle Competition

Snowboarding legend Shaun White is bailing on the Olympic slopestyle event, citing concerns over safety. On Monday, Norwegian Torstein Horgmo broke his collarbone on the slopestyle course in Sochi, prompting a wave of concern over the course’s construction. Olympic officials have altered the course in response, reducing three jumps by a combined height of six feet, but the alterations haven’t …

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Sochi Mayor Claims No Gay People Live In His City

A Russian drag queen that goes by the name Madame Zhu-Zha said that there is in fact a gay community in Sochi and throughout Russia. “There are very many clubs for gay people in Moscow, in Sochi we have two gay clubs as well. In some places there’s serious prejudice against gay people.” How is it possible that the two …

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Winter Olympics- Are They Safe To Attend?

It’s time for the 2014 Winter Olympics and while athletes have already headed off the Sochi, where the Olympics will be held, many spectators are wondering if it’s safe to attend the sporting events. The Olympics have always been an easy target for terrorist attacks and although Sochi officials have said that they are doing everything possible to keep the …

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USA Sochi Uniforms: Made In America

The uniforms that Team USA will wear during the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games to be held next month in Sochi, Russia, have been unveiled. Designed by Ralph Lauren, the new Olympic uniforms are brimful of stars and stripes with lots of red, white and blue.  Take one look at the team’s outfits and there is absolutely no mistaking what …

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AT&T to Provide Networking Solutions For Winter Olympics

AT&T today announced that it has signed a deal with NBCUniversal to provide network solutions for broadcasts of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. AT&T’s network will be utilized to stream coverage of the Olympics to the U.S. throughout February. One highlight of AT&T’s announcement is that the mobile provider will be helping NBC to stream high-definition coverage of …

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Russia Frees ‘Pussy Riot’ Members

Two incarcerated members of the Russian protest-punk band ‘Pussy Riot’ were released from a Russian prison Monday, due to a new amnesty legislation which some watchdog groups view as a Kremlin public relations stunt in time for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. Pussy Riot members Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova were found guilty of hooliganism with religious undertones of hatred …

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Billie Jean King To Attend 2014 Olympics’ Opening Ceremonies

One of the big highlights of the upcoming new year (2014) is the Winter Olympics held in Sochi, Russia, during the month of February. One of the major highlights of the event, apart from the athleticism, is the way the games begin during the event’s opening ceremonies. The opening ceremonies play a big role in how the Olympics (and the …

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Russia Investigating Boeing 737 Crash

Russian aviation investigators have commenced combing through a Boeing 737 wreckage near the city of Kazan Monday, after the plane crashed Sunday, killing all 50 passengers on board. Flags flew at half mast in the city of 1.1 million, which is situated roughly 500 miles east of Moscow. The Kazan crash has raised new concerns over Russia’s poor aviation safety …

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Lindsey Vonn: Will the Beautiful Blonde Be Fit for 2014 Winter Olympics?

Lindsey Vonn has skipped coming Saturday’s season opening race in Austria, due to ongoing recovery from right knee surgery. The famed skier has been training hard on glaciers in Soelden during last week, and made her difficult decision this Wednesday. The announcement was made for her quarter million fans on twitter: Training is over and I'm headed back to the …

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Russia’s Anti-Gay Laws Provoke Olympic Committee

In the midst of American victories for marriage equality and other LGBTQAI+ issues, it is important to both recognize and publicize issues of unjust and ignorant behavior in other parts of the world. Echoes of Martin Luther King Junior’s famous quote come to mind; “None of us are free until all of us are free.” Russian members of the LGBTQAI+ …

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