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See you in 2016

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See you in 2016

On Feb. 4, a group of 24 students, three professors and one volunteer found out they were leaving a day early for Sochi, Russia to cover the Olympic Games. Students’ professors were informed, extra material was gathered, and pants and T-shirts began to be rolled and placed into carry-ons. Panic may have overwhelmed us for a little bit, but we had a 10-hour flight complete with endless food, drinks and movies to return us to normalcy. We got to be tourists for a day in Amsterdam, where we were cultured in architecture, the flower market and...

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Visually impaired skier will attempt a second medal

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Visually impaired skier will attempt a second medal

Tears fell from Danelle Umstead’s eyes as the bronze medal in downhill skiing was draped around her neck during the 2010 Vancouver Paralympic Games. She stretched her arms above her head in triumph, clutching her husband Rob’s hand with her right hand and a bouquet of flowers in the other. “We went out on stage, 5,000 people were cheering and screaming for you,” Danelle said. “It’s an experience you can never get anywhere else. It’s just like, ‘wow.’” Vancouver was the first Paralympic Games in which the Umsteads competed, taking home a...

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Paralympics debuts new sport, gains recognition from media

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Paralympics debuts new sport, gains recognition from media

Amy Purdy is a massage therapist, esthetician, makeup artist, actress, model, reality TV star and snowboarder. In fact, she is training to be the first Paralympian to take home the gold in snowboarding. “We first got news that [Paralympic snowboarding] wasn’t accepted, but then later on I read in a press release that it was,” Purdy said. “It’s been a whirlwind of emotions. I get to be on a Kellogg’s box, and it’s exciting to see all the support we are getting.” Purdy is one of many Paralympic athletes competing to fill the 77 slots the U.S....

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Food inside Olympic Park won’t win any medals

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Food inside Olympic Park won’t win any medals

Street performances, full concerts, and sponsored booths immerse visitors in Russian culture and the festive atmosphere of Olympic Park. Alongside the shows and shopping are vendors selling a range of food. There’s one problem, however. The food, according to some visitors who ate it, is sub-par when compared to the other attractions on offer. Not a New York slice Brandon Williams, a New York native, bought a four-cheese pizza and wasn’t impressed by the quality. “I’d say it’s equivalent of something I’d eat out of my microwave in college,”...

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How to take a photo at the Olympic Torch

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How to take a photo at the Olympic Torch

The photo is the new souvenir. Throughout the park, people gather around and even stand in line to get a picture in front of the Olympic Rings, street performers, stadiums and Americans. But the most popular spot for pictures is the Olympic torch. The Selfie Without a doubt, we are in the decade of the selfie. MySpace, Facebook and Instagram have trained millennials in the art of taking pictures of themselves. At the torch however, it’s not just the millennials using the front-facing cameras on their iPhones. Examples: a mom stretching arms...

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Sochi’s cats and dogs getting help in their struggle for survival

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A silver-haired man smiled as he scratched the head of a restless puppy. A mother and her son admired two mutts, snuggled in a brown wicker basket. No one could shuffle past the group of dogs without stopping. A sign in front of a dog cage read, “Will give away dogs and cats for free to nice owners!” Marina from Kostroma paused to pet the dogs and then disappeared into the nearby pet shop. Minutes later, she dropped off two bags of dry dog food. Marina was reluctant to disclose her last name to foreigners. Marina’s reason for the gift was...

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Reporting from the Olympic Games

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Reporting from the Olympic Games

Dennis Ackerman has been going to the Games since 1980. He remembers watching the 1972 Sapporo and 1976 Montreal Games. But his first experience actually working the Winter Olympic Games was in 1980 in Lake Placid as a volunteer for ABC Sports. Thirty years later, Ackerman is now the news director for foxsports.com, and he says despite popular belief, not every Olympic is different. “I haven’t found it that different. We make so many contacts with athletes before the Games even begin, because we know they’re representatives,” Ackerman says....

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Olympic sponsor Volkswagen Group has built a showcase visible from the entrance of Olympic Park

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Olympic sponsor Volkswagen Group has built a showcase visible from the entrance of Olympic Park

After going through a security checkpoint and stepping out of the entrance building in Olympic Park, visitors are immersed in a spectacle of sights and sounds. Volunteer workers, who are shouting welcome and other chants in Russian through megaphones, immediately greet visitors. To the right, a massive grandstand meant for the upcoming 2014 Russian Grand Prix in Sochi towers over the building. About 20 yards past the entrance-building, the aroma of Coca-Cola-sponsored food vendors and imported palm trees envelope visitors. As visitors...

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Team USA super-fans draw support from Sochi natives

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Team USA super-fans draw support from Sochi natives

In an Olympic host city shrouded by international tensions, the self-titled “American Outlaws” are having the time of their lives. Matching bandanas top off the patriotic U.S.A. outfits Tom O’Connor and Stephen Arlington are sporting for the extent of the Olympic Games. The recent college graduates from Buffalo, N.Y. have captured attention in Olympic Park. Even before achieving celebrity status, the friends did not plan on attending all 40 events they’ve purchased tickets for. Scheduling conflicts – which now include posing for pictures with...

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How the Olympics is affecting Sochi and its people

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How the Olympics is affecting Sochi and its people

For a spectator, traveling to the Olympic Games takes about 24 hours of constant travel, but once you see Sochi and all it has to offer, the inconvenience and jet lag drift away. Others have endured and waited for this moment far longer than 24 hours. Residents of Sochi have been living through Olympic construction since the Russian bid for the Olympic Games in 2007—and it has taken a toll. 14 years of preparations “Due to the Olympic construction, there wasn’t electricity for days at a time because they were running new electricity lines to...

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