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Who to

Kelly Clark

Billy Demong

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Nordic Combined Skiing

hirty-year-old Kelly Clark is heading to her fourth Olympics with the hopes of recapturing another medal – hopefully a gold. Each of her trips to the Olympics has been rather successful. In 2002, she took home the gold medal in women’s halfpipe; in 2006, she just barely missed the podium when she placed fourth in the same event; and in 2010 in Vancouver she brought home a bronze medal. The native of Dover, Vt., will be one to watch when she hits the slopes in Sochi as she has three straight gold medal victories from 2011-2013 at the Winter X Games.

Fast Facts 2011, she became the first • Inwoman to nail a 1080 in halfpipe competition history.

60 career wins, she has more • With than any other male or female snowboarder.

parents Terry and Cathy • Her own a restaurant in Dover, Vt.

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he first-ever American to win Olympic gold in his sport, Billy Demong will lead the U.S. men’s nordic combined team into Sochi with the hopes of bettering their last go-around in 2010. While Demong’s gold medal was in the men’s individual 10km large hill event, the silver medal in the 4x5km team event is a great stepping stone for the American nordic combined group to build on. Demong will be competing in his fifth Winter Games when he heads to Sochi, but the 33-year-old also says it will be his last.

Fast Facts wife – former American skeleton • His racer, Katie Koczynski – and his three-

year-old son, Liam, will be traveling with him to Sochi.

2010 Vancouver Winter Games, • Athe the was the flag bearer for the Closing Ceremonies.

winter, when he’s not training, he • Incantheusually be found out in the wilder-

called TC’s.

got her start in snow• She boarding at the tender age

of seven on a plastic board from K-Mart called the Mobile Monster.

her love of the snow, when the • Despite weather warms up she enjoys surfing and mountain biking.

started the Kelly Clark Foundation in • She February of 2010 to give young people the opportunity to become successful, realize their potential and reach their dreams through snowboarding.

ness climbing mountains or hiking the backcountry.

father is an environmental biolo• His gist, almost always outdoors, and helped him get into cross country skis by the age of three.

proposed to his then-girlfriend, • He Katie Koczynski, in front of his

teammates and coaches after the medal ceremony for his gold medal victory at the 2010 Olympic Games (she said YES!)

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Snowboarding / Halfpipe


Who to

Meryl Davis & Charlie White

Chris Mazdzer

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n accomplished pair, Meryl Davis and Charlie White have a lot to look forward to at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. After winning the silver medal in Vancouver, Davis and White need to bring their best efforts to Sochi if they want to dethrone one of the top ice dancing teams in the world, Canada’s Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue. No strangers to the podium, Davis and White have earned top honors in practically every major ice dancing competition, and have won 15 consecutive Grand Prix gold medals. Now they have their sights set on the prize that shines the brightest as they head to their second Olympic Games.

Men’s Singles Luge

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here is a changing of the guard happening in American luging, and Chris Mazdzer is the up-and-comer. After Bengt Walden and Tony Benshoof both retired in 2011, Mazdzer is the only male luger who has stood on the Olympic stage. Finishing 13th in Vancouver in his Olympic debut, he looks ready to do what no man in singles luge has ever done for the United States: win a medal. He’s no stranger to the track, but he does have some serious competition and will need to be focused and prepared if he’s going to give the U.S. a shot at the podium in Sochi.

Fast Facts pair has been skating together since they were • The both 10 years old, making them the current longestlasting dance team in the United States.

team employs two choreographers: Marina • The Zueva and Derek Hough, the latter an Emmy winner who is best known for his routines on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.”

Coach Marina Zueva is based out of their home state of Michigan, and also coaches their biggest competitors and reigning Olympic champs Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue.

both currently study at the University of • They Michigan, White in political science and Davis in cultural anthropology and Italian.

only does skating come naturally to the • Not pair, they’re also talented musicians. Davis plays the flute and White plays the violin.

two have skated together for al• The most 17 years now, and their families have grown very close. The dancers will often say “Hi Moms!” to greet both their mothers simultaneously.

Fast Facts was a high school senior when he just • He missed making the U.S. Olympic team in

2006, losing a best-two-out-of-three race against his roommate Jonathan Myles.

he’s not training or competing, he en• When joys watching TV – especially “Family Guy.” high school, he tried to branch out into • Inother sports, but that was practically a di-

saster. In the first 15 seconds of his first-ever lacrosse game, he received penalties for slashing and illegal substitution because he wasn’t familiar with the rules.

his early years of sledding, he was • Incoached by former luger and three-time Olympian Duncan Kennedy.

was competing in the Junior World Cup • He circuit at the age of 13 against 18- and 19year-olds.

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Ice Dancing


Who to

Gracie Gold

Jeremy Abbott

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racie Gold wants to make good on her name when she travels to Sochi. The 18-year-old figure skater is relatively new to the world of glitzy outfits and the big stage, but she continues to grow exponentially with each competition. The 2014 U.S. National gold medalist recently started working with renowned coach Frank Carroll, whose most recognizable students are 2010 Olympic champion Evan Lysacek and two-time Olympic medalist Michelle Kwan. The change has provided a positive spark for the blondehaired, red-lipped Gold, whose potential is unlimited as she heads to Sochi.

Men’s Figure Skating

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wenty-eight-year-old Jeremy Abbott will be lacing up his skates for his second Olympics when he heads to Sochi. The four-time U.S. national champion and 2008 Grand Prix Final champion placed ninth at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, and he has a good chance of moving up in the standings. With reigning Olympic champion Evan Lysacek sidelined from the competition due to injury, Abbott becomes the United States’ best hope for a men’s figure skating medal. The opportunity to become one of the best is there for the taking, and Abbott is capable of doing just that.

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has a fraternal twin sister named Carly • She who is 40 minutes younger than her. Carly is

as soon as he could walk, • Practically he was on skates. He began skating

also a competitive figure skater.

She has landed an endorsement deal from CoverGirl, which is fitting for her as she always wears her token red lipstick during her performances.

favorite series of books is “The Hunger • Her Games” by Suzanne Collins. up, she tried many different sports, • Growing including swimming and gymnastics, but ultimately settled on figure skating because of the opportunity to push herself and learn something new each day.

has a dog and a cat at home – a • She mastiff named Stella and a hairless cat named Rex.

has a huge social media • She presence with more than

11,000 followers on Instagram and over 13,000 followers on Twitter.

at the age of two, and by four he was already competing.

says seeing retired Olympic • He champion Robin Cousins skating on

television is what encouraged him to start taking figure skating lessons.

about six years as a child he tried • For gymnastics as well as figure skating, but ultimately ended that experiment.

definitely a family man, often giving • He’s credit to his parents, his stepdad and his sister for his success.

man of many talents, he can also ride a • Aunicycle. still a big fan of British figure skating • He’s sensation Robin Cousins, who is currently one of his choreographers.

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Ladies’ Figure Skating


Who to

JR Celski

Erin Hamlin

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he road to the Winter Olympics has been much smoother this time around for short-track speed skater J.R. Celski. Shortly before the 2010 Winter Games, he crashed during the U.S. Olympic trials and suffered a six-inch deep cut to his left quad. He overcame this adversity, ultimately ending up at the Games, and took home two bronze medals for his country. In Sochi, the eight-time World Championship medalist looks to better his Olympic performance and really make a name for himself on the oval track.

Fast Facts

This could have been his third trip to the Olympics, but unfortunately he missed the minimum age requirement for the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino by 17 days.

almost didn’t compete • He at the 2010 Winter Games

in Vancouver because he sliced his leg with his own skate blade during a collision at the U.S. trials. The cut required 60 stitches.

used to be a competing inline skater • He until he watched speed skating at the 2002 Winter Olympics and switched sports.

executive produced and co-wrote the • He short documentary “The Otherside,” which

is about the hip-hop scene and digital age of music in Seattle.

is good friends with rising star and rap• He per Ben Haggerty, also known by his stage

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name “Macklemore.”

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ne of the best female lugers in the United States is a woman who hails from the state of New York. Erin Hamlin will be racing for her country as she makes her third appearance at a Winter Games (2006, 2010). This year, the 27-year-old looks to build on a consistent career and inch as close as possible to the podium in Sochi as she can get. In her first trip to the Olympics in 2006, she finished the women’s singles event 12th overall. She slipped a little in the standings in 2010 to 16th, but she still finished as the highest placed American.

Fast Facts was a track and soc• She cer all-star when she at-

tended high school in her hometown of Remsen, N.Y.

and World Cup • Olympic champion soccer player

Mia Hamm is her favorite athlete.

placed first in the wom• She en’s singles luge event at the

World Championships in Lake Placid, N.Y., in 2009, ending the streak of 99 races where a German woman won gold.

she often suffers from • Because severe migraine headaches, she signed on as a spokeswoman for the National Headache Foundation in 2009.

favorite book is “Angels & • Her Demons,” by Dan Brown.

We all know that the fourth place finisher does not get a medal, but he/she does not go home empty handed. What do fourth place finishers at the Olympics receive? The first eight athletes in each event receive a diploma from the IOC. The first three finishers receive both a medal and a diploma. When and where were the first Winter Olympic games held? The Winter Olympics were first held in 1924 in Chamonix, France. The modern Summer Olympics began in Athens in 1896. Approximately how many medals have been made for the Sochi Olympic games? The IOC website says approximately 1,300 have been made and they feature the official name of the Games engraved in Russian, English and French on the rim. SOURCE -- http://www.chicagonow.com/tween-us/2014/01/winter-olympics-trivia/

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Speed Skating - Short Track


Who to

Julie Chu

Lindsey Van

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ulie Chu brings experience, flash and pizzazz to the U.S. women’s national hockey team. She also brings an impressive resume into the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. The five-time World Champion has been a leader for the Americans on the ice. Chu has been a point-per-game player for the United States at the Winter Games ever since she first laced up her skates for her home country in 2002. Collecting two silvers (2002, 2010) and one bronze (2006), all she has left to do is add a glittering gold medal to her collection.

Ski Jumping

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indsey Van has the opportunity to make Olympic history. For the first time ever, women will be competing in the ski jumping event at the Olympics, something she has worked tirelessly to bring to the big stage. The goal is gold for the eight-time U.S. normalhill and five-time U.S. large-hill champion. She is set to do just that in Sochi, and it would cement her place among the ski jumping legends.

Fast Facts she was eight years old she tried • When figure skating, only to find out she wasn’t very good, and took up hockey instead.

is a Harvard University graduate • She with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology.

she played in the 2002 • When Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City,

Utah, she became the first ever Asian-American woman to play for the U.S. Women’s Olympic hockey team.

playing hockey, she • Ifsayssheshewasn’t would like to be a teacher.

only is she a player, she • Not has also served as an assistant coach to the 200708 University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs.

her first Olympics in • Before 2002, her father promised her that the

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whole family would get tattoos if she was named to the women’s roster. Her parents, her brother and her sister all have the Olympic rings and her no. 13 tattooed on their ankles or arms. She wears hers on the top of her foot.

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Fast Facts the FIS Nordic World Ski Champion• Atships in 2009, she won the gold medal in the inaugural women’s ski jumping event.

no pain, no gain for Lindsey – she has • It’s undergone four knee surgeries and has ruptured her spleen during her career.

was featured in a documentary by • She producer Bill Kerig titled “Ready to Fly,”

which highlighted the dedication it took to get women’s ski jumping to the highest levels.

she started out on the downhill • Though slopes, by the time she was seven years old she was looking for the big jumps.

no slouch when it comes to her • She’s education. She has worked as a physical

therapist’s aid and is currently attending the University of Utah where she is studying exercise sport science.

hobbies include cooking and photogra• Her phy.

The Olympic motto is “Citius, Altius, Fortius.” What does that mean in English? It means “Faster, Higher, Stronger.” Pierre de Coubertin, considered the father of the modern Olympic games, proposed it in 1894 after hearing the words said by Dominican priest Henri Didon years earlier. Which American city has hosted the Winter Olympics twice? Lake Placid, in 1932 and 1980. The U.S. also hosted the Winter Games in 1960 in Squaw Valley and in 2002 in Salt Lake City. Which country has won the most gold medals at the Winter Games since they began? Norway leads the international pack with a total of 313 medals through the 2010 Winter Olympics. The U.S. is second with 274. Check out the All-Time Winter Medal Standings by Country, 1924-2010 here. SOURCE -- http://www.chicagonow.com/tween-us/2014/01/winter-olympics-trivia/

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Ice Hockey


Who to

Julia Mancuso

Noelle Pikus-Pace

Alpine Skiing

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he “fastest mom on ice” is speeding into Sochi with one goal in mind: an Olympic medal. Noelle Pikus-Pace has been very close to achieving her dream a few times in her career, but an untimely freak accident, and later one-tenth of a second, caused her to fall short. She may have been down for the count then, but she is definitely not out of it now. Pikus-Pace heads into Sochi as one of the favorites to not only medal, but win gold. The World No. 2-ranked woman on the track (at the time of publication) will have her family’s support as she chases what has proven to be an elusive Olympic medal.

Fast Facts

• Her teammates call her “Super-Jules.” holds the record for most U.S. • She championship titles won by either a man or a woman with 16 titles.

She currently resides in Squaw Valley, Calif., where a ski run at a local resort was renamed “Julia’s Gold” following her 2006 Olympic gold medal.

she’s not skiing, some of her • When favorite pastimes include yoga, surfing and stand-up paddling.

she received a plastic • Intiara2005, from her coach for good

luck and wore it in 2010 after her silver-medal run and at the medal ceremony.

has her own lingerie line that • She she launched in 2010 called “Kiss My Tiara,” referencing her lucky tiara.

Fast Facts is the mother of two chil• She dren, Lacee and Traycen, and has been dubbed the “fastest mom on ice.”

sled she used in Vancouver for • The the 2010 Winter Olympics and the sled

she’s using in Sochi were both designed by her husband, Janson.

had originally retired after a disap• She pointing fourth-place finish in Vancouver, but announced her return to the track in the summer of 2012.

December of 2013, she broke a track • Inrecord in Park City, Utah not once, but

twice. Posting a 49.80-second first run, she destroyed the 12-year-old record previously held by Canadian Michelle Kelly by 0.11 seconds, before posting an even faster time of 49.74 seconds in her second run.

broke the Utah Valley University • She high-jump record when she was in

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Which athlete has won the most Winter Olympic medals? How many? Bjørn Dæhlie He won 8 gold medals and 4 silver medals as a cross-country skiier for Norway, giving him the record for both the most medals won and the most gold medals won. Who is the most decorated American Winter Olympian? Short track speed skater Apolo Ohno won the most medals for the U.S. A. at the Winter Games with a total of eight: two gold, two silver, and four bronze. Bonnie Blair is the most decorated female American Winter Olympian. What four indoor sports are part of the Winter Olympics? Curling, figuring skating, speed skating (including short track speed skating), and ice hockey. SOURCE -- http://www.chicagonow.com/tween-us/2014/01/winter-olympics-trivia/

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ulia Mancuso has some big shoes to fill since Lindsey Vonn announced her withdrawal from the Sochi games, but her past exploits have set her up perfectly. Heading to her fourth Olympics, she has become the U.S.’s best hope at a medal on the slopes since Vonn’s knee injury took her out of the game. Mancuso is no slouch when it comes to the podium. Though she didn’t medal in her first Olympics in 2002, she picked up a gold in giant slalom at the 2006 Winter Games and two silvers – downhill and combined – in Vancouver in 2010. If any American woman can bring home an alpine ski medal, it’s Mancuso.

Skeleton


Who to

Shani Davis

Shaun White

Speed Skating - Long Track

Fast Facts name is Swahili, picked by his father from a Swahili dic• His tionary, and in English is a mix of “light” and “weight.” has set eight world records and currently holds three, one • He each in the 1000m (1:06.42 minutes), 1500m (1:41.04 minutes) and in allround samalog points (145.742).

If he can secure a medal in Sochi, no matter the color, he will be the most decorated male long-track speed skater in U.S. history.

became the first black ath• He lete ever to win a gold medal in

any individual Winter Olympics discipline in 2006 in Torino when he won the 1000m speed skating event.

he was two, his mother had • When him rollerskating at local rinks. By

the age of four, guards for the rinks would have to chase him down to stop him from going so fast.

has traveled to and competed in 14 • He different countries throughout his

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fter exploding onto the Olympic scene in 2006 in Torino, Shaun White has become a household name across the globe. He’s gunning for his third straight Olympic gold medal in the snowboarding halfpipe when he heads to Sochi, and will also get a shot at taking home another medal with the newly added snowboarding slopestyle event at the Winter Games. A favorite for both events, White has dominated at the Winter X-Games in slopestyle since 2003, winning five gold medals (four consecutively from 2003-2006), a silver and two bronzes.

Fast Facts well as being a pro on the snow, he has • As also medalled in the Summer X-Games and Dew Tour for skateboarding.

2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, • Athe the set the record for highest score in the

men’s halfpipe with 46.8 points – 0.7 points better than the previous record holder.

mother dry cleaned his first ever Olym• His pic medal. is quite the character! He guest starred • He in the Justin Timberlake flick “Friends with Benefits” (2011), and lent his voice to an episode of the TV show “American Dad” as well as the movie “The Smurfs 2” (2013) as Clueless Smurf.

for his long, flowing bright red locks • Known (which he recently cut off!) he was nicknamed “The Flying Tomato.”

X Games in 2012, he became • AtthethefirstWinter person to ever score a perfect 100 in the men’s snowboard superpipe.

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career, and he even has a World Passport – a document similar to a regular passport that’s printed in seven languages.

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What was the last year that the Winter Games and Summer Games were held in the same year? Can you name those 2 cities? 1992, when the Summer Games were in Barcelona, Spain and the Winter Games were in Albertville, France. The next Winter Olympics were held in 1994 Lillehammer, Norway How high are the walls of the halfpipe for the Halfpipe Snowboarding event? 22 feet. The halfpipe will also be used for Ski Halfpipe for the first time this Olympics. Who was the youngest individual Olympic champion at the Winter Games? American figure skater Tara Lipinski brought home the gold at age 15 at the 1998 games in Nagano, Japan. SOURCE -- http://www.chicagonow.com/tween-us/2014/01/winter-olympics-trivia/

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o man had ever won the 1000m speed skating gold medal two Olympics in a row until Shani Davis charged into the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games. Now, four years later, he looks to take home the gold yet again and vault his name into the upper echelons of American Winter Games history. Having also won two consecutive silver medals in the 1500m event, Davis can become the most decorated long-track speed skater in U.S. with a single medal of any color in Sochi. Praised for his technical proficiency and consistency, anyone keeping an eye on the oval ice will tell you he’s a favorite to pull off a three-peat performance in his events.

Snowboard


Who to

Steven Holcomb

Ted Ligety

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e is a man of many hats. A former alpine skier, military man and now Olympic champion bobsledder, 33-year-old Steven Holcomb is charging into his third Winter Games. He piloted the American four-man bobsled team to its first gold medal in 62 years at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Holcomb is looking to not only repeat as a gold medallist, but also to end another drought in the second sport he competes in. The U.S. two-man bobsled team has not won the event since 1936.

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fter a lackluster performance in Vancouver, Ted Ligety has a lot to prove. Though he was the 2006 Olympic champion in the men’s combined, he missed the podium in that event by five-tenths of a second in 2010. He is, however, arguably one of the favorites to take home at least one medal in Sochi. Coming off a season in which he won three gold medals at a world championship – the first time in 45 years a man has done so – Ligety is poised to tear up the slopes and recapture the gold medal that eluded him at the Olympics in Vancouver.

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bobsledding, • Before he was an alpine skier

with a friend, he started a com• Along pany called “Shred,” which is also his

story is one of great triumph, • His having overcome an eye problem

won three gold medals at the 2013 • He World Championships – super-G, com-

for 12 years, switching sports in 1998. that nearly took his vision and ruined his career.

served in the Utah Army National • He Guard for seven years, before receiving an Honorable Discharge in 2006.

medals aren’t limited to the Olympic • His track. He’s also won the Army Achieve-

ment Medal, Army Commendation Medal and Army Service Ribbon, among others.

in school, he is scheduled to • Currently graduate with a Computer Science diploma from DeVry University in 2016.

nickname, marketing ski goggles and helmets.

bined, giant slalom – and became the first man to do so since Jean-Claude Killy did it in 1968.

first strapped on a pair of skis at • He two years old in his hometown of Park City, Utah, and began competing in races at the age of 10.

he first started skiing with the • When U.S. Ski Team in 2004, he competed

with a big “Mom and Dad” written on the front of his helmet, indicating them as his primary sponsor.

a kid, he picked up the nickname “Ted • As Shred,” which eventually just turned into

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“Shred,” because of his enthusiasm for skiing and his ability to ski quickly and hit a lot of the big jumps first.

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Who was the oldest Winter Olympic medalist? The oldest competitor to win a medal is British curler Robin Walsh in 1924. InfoPlease notes, though, “The oldest man to receive a Winter Olympics medal is 83-year-old Anders Haugen. The Norwegian-American actually received his ski jump bronze medal 50 years after he competed in 1924 when a scoring error was discovered in 1974.” How many hours of coverage does NBC plan to air of the events in Sochi on both television and online? The NBC Media Guide says 1539+ hours of coverage across six NBCUniversal platforms – NBC, NBCSN, CNBC, MSNBC, USA Network and NBC Olympics.com, which is “more than Vancouver and Torino combined.” SOURCE -- http://www.chicagonow.com/tween-us/2014/01/winter-olympics-trivia/

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When to thursday, Feb 6 7:00 p.m. NBC Figure Skating Team Trophy (M) Free Program, Pairs Short Program, Snowboarding (M, W), Freestyle Skiing (W) (3h) 12:35 a.m. NBC Figure Skating Team Trophy (M) Free Program, Pairs Short Program, Snowboarding (M, W), Freestyle Skiing (W) (R) (2h55)

Friday, Feb 7 6:30 p.m. NBC Opening Ceremony Coverage of the official Opening Ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Sochi. (4h) 12:05 a.m. NBC Opening Ceremony Coverage of the official Opening Ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Sochi. (R) (3h25) 2:00 a.m. NBCSN Ice Ice Hockey (W) United States vs. Finland (2h30)

Program, (W) Short Program, Pairs Free Skate, Snowboarding (M) Slopestyle Gold Medal, Skiing (W) Moguls Gold Medal (R) (3h30) 2:00 a.m. NBCSN Ice Hockey (W) Sweden vs. Japan (2h30) 4:30 a.m. NBCSN Cross Country Skiing (M) Skiathlon Gold Medal, Speed Skating (W) 3000m Gold Medal (3h)

sunday, Feb 9 7:00 a.m. MSNBC Ice Hockey (W) Russia vs. Germany (2h30) 7:30 a.m. NBCSN Luge (M) Singles (1h30) 9:00 a.m. NBCSN Figure Skating Team Trophy (M) Free, Ice Dancing Free, (W) Free (3h) 12:00 p.m. NBCSN Ski Jumping (M) Individual K-95 Gold Medal (1h)

9:00 a.m. MSNBC Ice Hockey (W) Finland vs. Canada (2h30) 10:15 a.m. NBCSN Luge (W), Curling (W) Sweden vs. Great Britain (3h45) 2:00 p.m. NBCSN Curling (R) (2h)

NBC Speed Skating (M) 500m

Gold Medal, Biathlon (M) 12.5km Pursuit Gold Medal (2h)

4:00 p.m. NBCSN Ice Hockey (2h)

CNBC Curling (M) USA vs. Norway (3h)

7:00 p.m. NBC Alpine Skiing (W) Super Combined Gold Medal, Freestyle Skiing (M) Moguls Gold Medal, Short Track Speed Skating (M) 1500m Gold Medal (3h30) 11:05 p.m. NBC Short Track Speed Skating (W), Luge (W) (1h)

1:00 p.m. NBC Biathlon (W) 7.5km Sprint Gold Medal, Luge (M) Singles Gold Medal, Speed Skating (W) 3000m Gold Medal, Cross Country Skiing (M) Skiathlon Gold Medal (4h)

12:05 a.m. NBC Alpine Skiing (W) Super Combined Gold Medal, Freestyle Skiing (M) Moguls Gold Medal, Short Track Speed Skating (M) 1500m Gold Medal (R) (3h25)

saturday, Feb 8

3:00 p.m. NBCSN Ice Hockey (R) (1h)

2:00 a.m. NBCSN Curling (W) United States vs. Russia (3h)

7:00 a.m. MSNBC Ice Hockey (W) Canada vs. Switzerland (2h30)

4:00 p.m. NBCSN Ice Hockey (2h)

8:30 a.m. NBCSN Figure Skating Team Trophy Ice Dancing Short (1h30)

6:00 p.m. NBC Figure Skating Team Event Gold Medal, Alpine Skiing (M) Downhill Gold Medal, Snowboarding (W) Gold Medal, Ski Jumping (M) Individual K-95 Gold Medal (4h)

5:00 a.m. NBCSN Cross Country Skiing (M) Individual Sprint Gold Medal, Cross Country Skiing (W) Individual Sprint Gold Medal (4h)

4:30 a.m. NBCSN Cross Country Skiing (W) Skiathlon Gold Medal, Speed Skating (M) 5000m Gold Medal (4h)

10:00 a.m. NBCSN Figure Skating Team Trophy (W) Short Program, Pairs Free Skate (3h30)

1:30 p.m. NBC Ski Jumping (M), Biathlon (M) 10km Sprint Gold Medal, Speed Skating (M) 5000m Gold Medal, Cross Country Skiing (W) Skiathlon Gold Medal (3h30) 5:00 p.m. NBCSN Ice Hockey (2h) 7:00 p.m. NBC Figure Skating Team Trophy Ice Dancing Short Program, (W) Short Program, Pairs Free Skate, Snowboarding (M) Slopestyle Gold Medal, Skiing (W) Moguls Gold Medal (3h30) 11:00 p.m. NBC Figure Skating Team Trophy, Luge (M) Singles (1h) 12:00 a.m. NBC Figure Skating Team Trophy Ice Dancing Short

10:35 p.m. NBC Figure Skating Team Trophy Gold Medal Postgame (R) (1h) 11:35 p.m. NBC Figure Skating Team Event Gold Medal, Alpine Skiing (M) Downhill Gold Medal, Snowboarding (W) Gold Medal, Ski Jumping (M) Individual K-95 Gold Medal (R) (3h55) 2:00 a.m. NBCSN Curling (M) Germany vs. Canada (2h) 4:00 a.m. NBCSN Ice Ice Hockey (W) United States vs. Switzerland (2h30)

Monday, Feb 10 6:30 a.m. NBCSN Speed Skating (M) 500m Gold Medal (3h45)

tuesday, Feb 11 9:00 a.m. NBCSN Figure Skating Pairs Short Program (3h30)

MSNBC Ice Hockey (W) Russia vs. Japan (2h30)

12:30 p.m. NBCSN Ski Jumping (W) Individual K-95 Gold Medal, Speed Skating (W) 500m Gold Medal (1h30) 2:00 p.m. NBC Cross Country Skiing (M, W) Individual Sprint Gold Medal, Luge (W) Gold Medal (2h) 4:00 p.m. NBCSN Ice Hockey (2h)

CNBC Curling (W) Canada vs. Great Britain (3h)

7:00 p.m. NBC Snowboarding (M) Halfpipe Gold Medal, Figure Skating Pairs Short Program,

Freestyle Skiing (W) Slopestyle Gold Medal, Ski Jumping (W) Individual K-95 Gold Medal (3h30) 11:05 p.m. NBC Speed Skating (W) 500m Gold Medal, Biathlon (W) 10km Pursuit Gold Medal (1h) 12:05 a.m. NBC Snowboarding (M) Halfpipe Gold Medal, Figure Skating Pairs Short Program, Freestyle Skiing (W) Slopestyle Gold Medal, Ski Jumping (W) Individual K-95 Gold Medal (R) (3h25) 2:00 a.m. NBCSN Curling (M) United States vs. Denmark (2h30)

MSNBC Ice Hockey (W)

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4:30 a.m. NBCSN Nordic Combined (M) Individual K-95, Ski Jumping (1h30)

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2:00 a.m. NBCSN Ice Hockey (M) Finland vs. Austria (2h30)

Friday, Feb 14

4:30 a.m. NBCSN Cross Country Skiing (W) 10km Classical Gold Medal, Skeleton (W) (2h)

6:30 a.m. NBCSN Ice Hockey (M) Sweden vs. Switzerland (2h30)

thursday, Feb 13 6:30 a.m. NBCSN Ice Hockey (M) Slovakia vs. United States (2h30)

MSNBC Ice Hockey (M) Russia vs. Slovenia (2h30)

9:00 a.m. NBCSN Figure Skating (M) Short Program (1h45)

MSNBC Curling (M) Canada vs. Denmark (2h)

10:45 a.m. NBCSN Figure Skating (M) Short Program (3h15) 11:00 a.m. MSNBC Ice Hockey (W) Sweden vs. Russia (2h30) 2:00 p.m. NBCSN Ice Hockey (R) (2h)

NBC Biathlon (M) 20km

Individual Gold Medal, Skeleton (W) (2h)

4:00 p.m. NBCSN Ice Hockey (2h)

CNBC Curling (W) USA vs. Japan (3h)

7:00 p.m. NBC Figure Skating (M) Short Program, Freestyle Skiing (M) Slopestyle Gold Medal, Short Track Speed Skating (W) 500m Gold Medal, Speed Skating (W) 1000m Gold Medal (3h30) 11:05 p.m. NBC Luge Team Relay Gold Medal, Short Track Speed Skating (M) 5000m Relay (1h) 12:05 a.m. NBC Figure Skating (M) Short Program, Freestyle Skiing (M) Slopestyle Gold Medal, Short Track Speed Skating (W) 500m Gold Medal, Speed Skating (W) 1000m Gold Medal (R) (3h25)

9:00 a.m. NBCSN Figure Skating (M) Gold Medal (2h) 11:00 a.m. NBCSN Figure Skating (M) Gold Medal (2h15)

MSNBC Ice Hockey (M) Norway vs. Finland (2h30)

1:15 p.m. NBCSN Ski Jumping (M) Individual K-95 Large Hill (45m) 2:00 p.m. NBCSN Ice Hockey (R) (2h)

NBC Biathlon (W) 15km

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4:00 p.m. NBCSN Ice Hockey (2h)

CNBC Curling (M) USA vs. Russia (3h)

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MSNBC Ice Hockey (W) Quarterfinal (2h30)

4:30 a.m. NBCSN Cross Country Skiing (W) 4x5km Relay Gold Medal, Curling (W) China vs. Sweden (1h30)

MSNBC Curling (W) Canada vs. Japan (2h)

2:00 a.m. NBCSN Curling (M) United States vs. Germany (2h)

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6:00 a.m. NBCSN Ice Hockey (M) United States vs. Russia (3h)

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4:00 a.m. NBCSN Cross Country Skiing (M) 15km Classical Gold Medal, Curling (M) Canada vs. Norway (2h30)

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Monday, Feb 17 6:00 a.m. NBCSN Ice Hockey (W) Semifinal (3h) 9:00 a.m. NBCSN Figure Skating Ice Dancing Gold Medal (3h30)

9:00 a.m. NBCSN Figure Skating (W) Short Program (1h45)

2:00 a.m. NBCSN Ice Hockey (M) Elimination Round (2h30)

10:45 a.m. NBCSN Figure Skating (W) Short Program (3h15)

4:30 a.m. NBCSN Nordic Combined (M) Individual K-125 Large Hill, Ski Jumping (1h30)

11:00 a.m. MSNBC Ice Hockey (M) Quarter-final (2h30)

tuesday, Feb 18

1:30 p.m. MSNBC Curling (M) Semifinal (2h30)

6:00 a.m. NBCSN Ice Hockey (M) Elimination Round (3h)

2:00 p.m. NBCSN Ice Hockey (R) (2h)

9:00 a.m. NBCSN Speed Skating (M) 10,000m Gold Medal, Nordic Combined (M) Individual K-125 Large Hill, Cross Country Skiing (2h) 11:00 a.m. NBCSN MSNBC Ice Hockey (M) Elimination Round (2h30) 2:00 p.m. NBCSN Ice Hockey (R) (2h)

NBC Speed Skating (M) 10,000m Gold Medal, Nordic Combined (M) Individual K-125 Large Hill Gold Medal (2h)

NBC Speed Skating (W) 5000m

Gold Medal, Cross Country Skiing (M) Team Sprint Gold Medal, Cross Country Skiing (W) Team Sprint Gold Medal (2h)

4:00 p.m. NBCSN Ice Hockey (2h)

CNBC Curling (M) Semifinal (3h) 7:00 p.m. NBC Figure Skating

(W) Short Program, Alpine Skiing (M) Giant Slalom Gold Medal, Bobsleigh (W) Gold Medal, Snowboarding (M) Parallel Giant Slalom Gold Medal (3h30)

11:00 a.m. MSNBC Ice Hockey (W) Semifinal (2h30)

4:00 p.m. NBCSN Ice Hockey (2h)

12:05 a.m. NBC Biathlon Mixed Relay Gold Medal (1h)

12:30 p.m. NBCSN Ski Jumping (M) Team K-125 Large Hill Gold Medal, Biathlon (W) 12.5km Mass Start Gold Medal (1h30)

CNBC Curling Tiebreaker (3h) 7:00 p.m. NBC Alpine Skiing

1:05 a.m. NBC Figure Skating (W) Short Program, Alpine Skiing (M) Giant Slalom Gold Medal, Bobsleigh (W) Gold Medal, Snowboarding (M) Parallel Giant Slalom Gold Medal (R) (2h25)

2:00 p.m. NBCSN Ice Hockey (R) (2h)

NBC Biathlon (W) 12.5km Mass

Start Gold Medal, Bobsleigh Gold Medal (2h)

4:00 p.m. NBCSN Ice Hockey (2h)

CNBC Curling (W) Denmark vs. Great Britain (3h)

7:00 p.m. NBC Figure Skating Ice Dancing Gold Medal, Snowboarding (M) Snowboard Cross Gold Medal, Freestyle Skiing (M) Aerials Gold Medal, Ski Jumping (M) Team K-125 Large Hill Gold Medal (3h30)

NBC Speed Skating (W) 1500m

12:05 a.m. NBC Figure Skating Ice Dancing Gold Medal Postgame (1h)

3:00 p.m. CNBC Curling (M) USA vs. Sweden (3h)

1:05 a.m. NBC Figure Skating Ice Dancing Gold Medal, Snowboarding (M) Snowboard Cross Gold Medal, Freestyle Skiing (M) Aerials Gold Medal,

Gold Medal, Biathlon (M) 15km Mass Start Gold Medal, Bobsleigh (3h)

Ski Jumping (M) Team K-125 Large Hill Gold Medal (R) (2h25)

(W) Giant Slalom Gold Medal, Freestyle Skiing (M) Halfpipe Gold Medal, Bobsleigh (W), Short Track Speed Skating (W) 3000m Relay Gold Medal (3h30)

12:05 a.m. NBC Short Track Speed Skating (W) 1000m (1h) 1:05 a.m. NBC Alpine Skiing (W) Giant Slalom Gold Medal, Freestyle Skiing (M) Halfpipe Gold Medal, Bobsleigh (W), Short Track Speed Skating (W) 3000m Relay Gold Medal (R) (2h25) 2:00 a.m. NBCSN Ice Hockey (M) Quarter-final (2h30) 4:30 a.m. NBCSN Snowboarding (M, W) Parallel Giant Slalom, Cross Country Skiing (W) Team Sprint (2h)

8:30 a.m. NBCSN Figure Skating (W) Gold Medal Preview (30m) 9:00 a.m. NBCSN Figure Skating (W) Gold Medal (4h)

12:05 a.m. NBC Nordic Combined (M) Team K-125 Large Hill Gold Medal (1h) 1:05 a.m. NBC Figure Skating (W) Gold Medal, Freestyle Skiing (W) Halfpipe Gold Medal, Freestyle Skiing (M) Ski Cross Gold Medal (R) (2h25) 2:00 a.m. NBCSN Curling (M) Bronze Medal (3h30) 5:30 a.m. NBCSN Ice Hockey (M) Semifinal (3h)

Friday, Feb 21 8:30 a.m. NBCSN Biathlon (W) 4X6km Relay Gold Medal (2h) 10:30 a.m. NBCSN Ice Hockey (M) Semifinal (3h30) 2:00 p.m. NBCSN Ice Hockey (R) (2h)

NBC Freestyle Skiing (M) Ski

Cross Gold Medal, Biathlon (W) 4x6km Relay Gold Medal (2h)

4:00 p.m. NBCSN Ice Hockey (2h)

CNBC Curling (M) Gold Medal Final (3h)

7:00 p.m. NBC Alpine Skiing (W) Slalom Gold Medal, Short Track Speed Skating (M) 500m Gold Medal, Short Track Speed Skating (M) 5000m Relay Gold Medal, Short Track Speed Skating (W) 1000m Gold Medal (2h30) 12:05 a.m. NBC Speed Skating (M & W) Team Pursuit (1h)

2:00 p.m. NBCSN Ice Hockey (R) (2h)

8:00 a.m. MSNBC Curling (W) Semifinal (3h)

4:00 p.m. NBCSN Ice Hockey (2h)

2:00 a.m. NBCSN Snowboarding (M, W) Parallel Slalom (1h30)

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Russia poised to deliver stunning setting for Winter Olympics XXII By Cassie Dresch TV Media

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he snow is falling on a new Olympics as the world’s best athletes all converge on Sochi, Russia for the 22nd edition of the Winter Games. It’s the first time the Russian Federation will host an Olympic event – the 1980 Moscow Summer Olympics came at a time when Russia was still part of the Soviet Union – and it’s shaping up to be an extravagant, illustrious affair. Opening with what promises to be a oncein-a-lifetime spectacle at the Fisht Olympic Stadium, the Winter Games officially run from Feb.. 7 through to Feb.. 23 and will be broadcast by NBC. It all started back in 2007, when Sochi defeated Pyeongchang, South Korea (the 2018 Olympic hosts) and Salzburg, Austria for the rights to host the 22nd Winter Games. Since then, an estimated $50 billion has been put into creating an outstanding setting and atmosphere for the 2014 Olympics. The city of Sochi was first founded about 160

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years ago along the coast of the Black Sea and at the foot of the Caucasus Mountains. It’s a popular resort destination year-round with over 200 hotels and plenty of activities to keep tourists busy – from scuba diving and underwater hunting in the sea to skiing and hang-gliding in the mountains, there’s never a dull moment in Sochi. What makes Sochi so intriguing and a perfect Olympic Games location is its climate. Because the city is sandwiched between warm ocean waters and chilly mountain air, you could be sun tanning on the coast at lunch and be skiing in the mountains by mid-afternoon. Temperatures drop by about 11°F for each half-mile up the mountainside you go, meaning it could be a balmy 75°F on the beach, but at freezing temperatures two miles up. It’s for these reasons that Sochi will have two venue clusters: the coastal cluster and the mountain cluster. The coastal cluster will feature all of the ice sports including ice hockey, figure skating and speed skating hosted in six arenas, all

connected by the Olympic Park down at sea level. Up in the mountain cluster, five venues will be home to many of the downhill sports like snowboarding and luge. The close proximity of the mountains and the ocean also means that these Games will be the coziest in Winter Olympics history. Both venue clusters are located about 30 minutes away from each other, and it will only take five to 15 minutes to get from the athletes’ Olympic Villages to their respective sporting sites. Back home in the United States, NBC will have the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics covered from every angle, start to finish. As well as coverage on the main NBC and NBCSN networks, NBCUniversal will use its cable channels to get even more content out to the masses. MSNBC, CNBC and the USA Network will show a combined total of 124 hours of live coverage of curling and ice hockey throughout the Olympics, including many marquee match-ups such as the men’s and women’s curling finals and three Team Canada men’s hockey games.

Headlining NBC’s prime time and late-night Olympic coverage will be Bob Costas, a 25-time Emmy Award winner and prime-time host of every Olympic Games on NBC since 1992. Costas is no slouch when it comes to sports broadcasting. His 34 years with NBC is the longest of any broadcaster with the peacock network, and he’s dabbled in everything related to sports journalism – he’s served as a reporter, a play-byplay commentator and a studio host. Costas is probably most recognized for hosting the renowned NFL show “Football Night in America,” as well as his work co-hosting the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Horse Racing. “Bob’s historical perspective and expertise will serve as a foundation for our Sochi coverage both in prime time and late night,” said Executive Producer of NBC Olympics Jim Bell. “There is no one better than Bob to lead us in telling the stories of the athletes and competition that captivate fans around the world.” For the American athletes, Russia will be a new experience culturally, but

the sports will remain the same, and a few names keep cropping up on the world’s Olympic radar. Two-time gold medalist Shaun White will look to defend his snowboarding halfpipe title when he heads into Sochi, as well as battle the world’s best in the new slopestyle event. He’s a favorite to take home the gold yet again, and he’s looking to add to his already impressive trophy case. For Meryl Davis and Charlie White, the 2014 Winter Games will hopefully serve as a little retribution. After narrowly losing to their biggest rivals and training partners Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir in Vancouver, the ice dancing pair has gone on quite a tear, bringing home fivestraight Grand Prix Final titles, six-straight U.S. National Championship titles and two World Championship titles.

With a beautiful setting, a vibrant culture and a multitude of great talent converging on Sochi, the 22nd Winter Olympics is morphing into an event of a lifetime for athletes and viewers at home alike. Tune into NBC and its affiliates from Feb.. 7 to 23 and cheer on the home team.

Bob Costas is NBC’s primetime host for the Sochi 2014 Winter Games

Photos courtesy NBC Olympics/USOC and Sochi2014 Press Office. You can find a full rundown of schedules, athlete bios and videos, Olympic stories and much more at TeamUSA.org and NBCOlympics.com.

Setting up Sochi

What event has been an Olympic sport for men since the start of the Winter Games and will allow women to go for the gold for the first time in Sochi? Ski jump. However, the Nordic Combined competition, which is both ski jumping and cross-country skiing, both of which women compete in, remains a male-only event. Where will the 2018 Winter Olympics be held? PyeongChang, South Korea. It will be the first time the Winter Games are held in South Korea. The country hosted the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul in 1988. How many sports are involved in the Winter Olympics? Six thousand athletes from across the globe — 85 countries, to be exact — will be competing in 15 different sports for the Olympics, including 89 separate events. Then 1,650 Paralympians will participate in the Paralympic Games the following month. SOURCE -- http://www.chicagonow.com/tween-us/2014/01/winter-olympics-trivia/


sochi

Sibling rivalries heat up and help out the U.S. By Cassie Dresch TV Media

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e know blood runs thicker than water, but it’s the competitive juices that propel U.S. Olympians to success – especially siblings. It’ll be a family reunion of sorts for a few athletes as they head into Sochi to fight for gold alongside their brothers and sisters. Monique and Jocelyne Lamoureux grew up in Grand Forks, N.D., playing hockey on a pond outside their home with their four brothers. Their mother would blow a whistle three times from their porch to let them all know when supper was ready. Sometimes they listened right away, oftentimes they did not. “We would rarely listen, and she would have to march over to get us,” Monique told ESPN in November about her and her siblings’ selective hearing. “It was just something we always loved to do.” For the second time in as many Winter Games, these twins are heading to the Olympics to play side-by-side in an effort to bring home a gold medal for U.S. women’s

hockey. Their stat lines read almost identical. Both women are the same height and weight, they both had almost 500 points in high school with Shattuck-St. Mary’s and both of their college careers have proven outstanding. Despite winning silver in Vancouver in 2010, the twins both foster a growing drive to bring home the ultimate prize, and neither can imagine doing it without the other. “The sibling bond has always been a common theme for us, and being able to play and make the team together has made it that much more special,” Jocelyne said. “But we aren’t satisfied yet. We are hungry for more and eventually want to be able to go out on top.” The U.S. women’s ice hockey team is coming off an impressive 2013 World Championship victory over their biggest and long-time rivals in the Canadians. Though they haven’t won the gold medal at the Olympics since the inaugural tournament in 1998, the national team is poised to compete for it yet again in 2014.

For teammate Amanda Kessel, there’s just as much to prove. The reigning NCAA player of the year is heading to her first Olympics alongside her brother, NHLer Phil Kessel. The 22-year-old has been an absolute treat to watch on the ice since her start with Shattuck-St. Mary’s high school. Now with the Minnesota Golden Gophers, Amanda has posted 231 points in 114 games. In the 2012-2013 season, she helped lead Minnesota to a national championship and a 41-0-0 record. She scored the game-winning goal for the Americans at the 2013 World Championships and is now an Olympian. Brother Phil is four years older and has spent the last five seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs in the NHL. He was drafted fifth overall by the Boston Bruins in the 2006 NHL entry draft, and is one of only a handful of young players who have posted four 30-goal seasons in a row. For Phil, this is his second Olympics and a chance at redemption. The 2010 U.S. men’s team lost a heartbreaker in overtime in the gold medal game against Canada.

Backed by some strong goaltending, this men’s team has the opportunity to grab what could have been theirs in Vancouver. The brother-sister duo has always had a competitive streak in them, something that not only shapes their games, but propels them forward. In an interview with ESPN magazine, Amanda describes how Phil tried to chase her down for five minutes after she beat him in a family game of ping-pong. “I beat him and had this little grin on my face,” she said. “I started walking to the stairs. Next thing I know, he’s coming after me. I ran as fast as I could.” Phil couldn’t catch her, and Amanda said she was glad as she wasn’t quite sure what he would have done if he had. Despite the fierceness in their relationship – they are brother and sister after all – they have respect for one another and each other’s style of play. Both have a fluid skating motion, which makes it look like they’re simply gliding over the ice, and both are also elite talents that contribute when a game is on the line.

It’ll be a family affair when the Lamoureux twins and Kessel siblings head into Sochi. With relationships built from rivalries and strengthened by familial ties, you’d be hard-pressed to find any athletes in Russia who want to succeed more, not only for themselves but for their own flesh and blood too.

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Facts and figures of Sochi 2014 By Cassie Dresch TV Media

Venues The 40,000-seat Fisht Olympic Stadium, named after nearby Mount Fisht, will feature waterproof plastic chairs of varying shades of blue. The seats highest in the stadium will be a dark blue, and they will get lighter and lighter as you get closer to the floor. The Sochi Olympics will mark the first time in the history of the Games that all of the ice arenas will be within walking distance of one another. As the venues are connected by the Olympic Park, more than 70,000 people will be able to move between each of the venues and the Olympic Village at any given time. Sochi 2014 is going to be one of the coziest Olympics of all time. The coastal cluster and the mountain cluster are located about 30 minutes

The Bolshoy Ice Dome at night

apart, and travel time from the Olympic Villages to each cluster will range from five minutes to 15 minutes. The Shayba Arena, housing ice hockey facilities, is located in the coastal cluster and couldn’t have a more perfect name. In Russian, shayba means “puck” and closely resembles the emphatic hockey cheer “Shaybu!,” which encourages the players to “Get the puck!” The Fisht Olympic Stadium cost roughly $63.5 million to build, and it will most notably host the Opening and Closing Ceremonies. It was designed to look like the top of a snow-covered mountain. Most of the venues in the coastal cluster were built as “moveable venues,” meaning that, when all is said and done, they can be taken down and rebuilt in a different city. The only two that are permanent structures are the Fisht Olympic Sta-

dium, which will be used when Russia hosts the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and the Bolshoy Ice Dome, a future sports and entertainment site. The Laura Sports Complex located in the mountain cluster gets its name from a Russian legend. A young woman named Laura jumped into a river near Sochi to avoid her marriage to a prince she didn’t love. Alpine skiers who were at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics shouldn’t have too much trouble when they compete at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Centre. The ski runs in Sochi are very similar to the ones used in Whistler for the last Winter Olympics. For some athletes, there is nothing greater than the need for speed. Luge, bobsled and skeleton athletes will get to whiz down a 1.1-mile track at the Sanki Sliding Centre, where their speeds can top out at over 80 miles per hour.

Torch Relay

The Olympic torch got to do something truly out of this world! On Nov. 7, 2013, Russian cosmonauts Oleg Kotov, Sergei Ryazansky and captain Mikhail Tyurin took the torch up to the International Space Station and out for a space walk. The Sochi 2014 Olympic torch headed to space in style. The manned Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft was looking spiffy in Sochi colors and the patchwork quilt design also used in the medals when it shot up to the ISS.

Medals

The medals handed out in Sochi will feature a plethora of Russian culture. Highlighted by a patchwork quilt mosaic, the medal design also illustrates Sochi’s landscape with mountains and beaches. Roughly 1,300 medals were made for the 2014 Sochi Olympics out of a

metal and polycarbonate mix. They weigh between 16.2 ounces and 18.7 ounces, and measure 0.4 inches thick and 4.0 inches in diameter. The medals are truly a 360-degree creation. The front features the Olympic rings, the back has the competition’s name in English along with the Sochi Olympic Games logo and the outer rim has the official name of the Games engraved in Russian, French and English. To commemorate the one-year anniversary of the meteor that exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia, seven sets of gold medals will have a tiny piece of the space rock fixed into the hardware. Gold medal winners of the seven events held on Feb.. 15, 2014 – exactly one year to the day of the devastating explosion – will take home

a little piece of history, as well as their victory. The gold medal winners in the women’s super giant slalom, women’s cross-country skiing relay, women’s 1,000m short track, men’s 1,500m short track, men’s 1,500m speed skating, men’s skeleton events and men’s K-125 ski jump will receive the special medals embedded with a piece of the Chelyabinsk meteor.

Photos courtesy NBC Olympics/USOC and Sochi2014 Press Office. You can find a full rundown of schedules, athlete bios and videos, Olympic stories and much more at TeamUSA.org and NBCOlympics.com.

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