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General manager of women’s hockey reunites with family in Russia

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General manager of women’s hockey reunites with family in Russia

The Carey family has many reasons to be in Sochi for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.   Just after the 2008 Winter Games, Wendy and Dennis’ daughter, Reagan, was promoted to general manager and director of the U.S. women’s hockey team. Wendy’s father is former Olympic Nordic skier Wendell “Chummy” Bromholl. Their former foreign exchange student lives in Sochi half of the year.   Having never thought their daughter would be the organizer of such a large organization as the Olympic women’s hockey team, the family immediately started...

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Sliding to Sochi

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Sliding to Sochi

Unlike most Olympic athletes who train their entire life to represent their country competing against the world’s top athletes, bobsledders start a little later in life. Most athletes are recruited for their speed and strength. For Team USA’s Women’s Bobsled line-up, a lot of the athletes stepped out of a summer sport and onto the ice. Today, the women face off against the teams from other countries in Sochi. Only one is a veteran to the Winter Games, but none are strangers to competition. Elana Meyers Meyers has been training to be an...

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Not taking home a medal? Sochi offers other Olympic souvenirs

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Not taking home a medal? Sochi offers other Olympic souvenirs

Olympic Games gear is the hot item no matter where you go in Sochi. Every train station, sidewalk and stairway is full of people sporting red, white and blue Russia hats and jackets and knit IOC mittens in Olympic-ring colors. The central source for most of the merchandise is in Visa’s souvenir shop located in Olympic Park. Naturally, the only card accepted within its walls is Visa.   “As long as everyone know ahead of time, that’s alright,” said 23-year-old student Jason Paul Williams from Manchester, England, as he waited in...

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View of Sochi from a taxi cab

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View of Sochi from a taxi cab

Walking the streets of Adler after midnight during a light rain, it’s not easy to maneuver, but taxi drivers are readily available. The drivers tend to park their cars in groups on the side of the road, where they lean against a few cars to chat and smoke. The price of a taxi is determined by your haggling skills.  If more than one car is needed, then a debate on prices ensues with two drivers. The drive from Adler to the Louis Olympia cruise ship was short but seemed too long to walk at such a late hour, so this reporter struck a deal at 300...

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Couldn’t be prouder: Team Fry roots on its favorite hockey player

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Couldn’t be prouder: Team Fry roots on its favorite hockey player

Wesley Fry walked into his family’s living room Christmas Eve night dressed as Santa Claus. His sister, Lyndsey, who pretended to be the elf passing out gifts, followed him.  The annual family skit was going as usual, but then came the deviation. Lyndsey decided to use the skit to surprise her family with big news. From Santa’s bag, she pulled out a scroll with the words “Team Fry” across it. “[Lyndsey] was like, ‘Wait! I’m not Team Fry. My family is Team Fry. I don’t think this is for me.’ And then she turned it around and said, ‘We did it....

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Someone to watch: Sarah Gregg

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Someone to watch: Sarah Gregg

Sarah Gregg landed in Sochi, Russia, for the second time on Feb. 10 to support her family. Sarah’s three siblings—Jamie, long track speedskating, Jessica, short track speedskating, and sister-in-law Danielle Witherspoon-Gregg, long track speedskating—are competing in the Winter Olympic Games. But just a month ago, during her first visit to Sochi from Edmonton, Canada, supporting others was not Sarah’s main purpose. She wanted to compete herself but didn’t make the cut.   “It sucks. I wanted to come to Sochi as a competitor,” she said....

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No softball? No problem for former player turned bobsled Olympic hopeful

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No softball? No problem for former player turned bobsled Olympic hopeful

Elana Meyers started training to be an Olympian when she was 9. Throughout childhood, then college at George Washington University, Meyers poured most of her energy into softball, hoping to make it to the Summer Olympic Games. In 2004 she tried out and failed. “This was the worst tryout anybody has ever had in the history of tryouts,” Meyers said. “I couldn’t get it together, and I don’t know if it was nerves or I just wasn’t ready for the Olympics yet.” The big dream for a little girl from Atlanta, Ga., was shattered, but she didn’t give up....

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Winters Games offer vision of a better world—if anyone is watching

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Winters Games offer vision of a better world—if anyone is watching

Raise your hand if you remember all the hype and hubbub of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. Keep your hand up if you knew this year was also an Olympic year. Why is it that the Summer Games seems to draw so much more of a crowd than the Winter Games? Why is it so difficult to find someone who’s even watching the Games that are currently taking place? Why is it that television programs that choose to air during the Games may actually see a higher viewer rate than an event designed to bring the world together? This year received a little more...

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Bobsledders representing their country on two accounts

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Bobsledders representing their country on two accounts

It’s been six years since Captain Chris Fogt decided to join the Army. His sophomore year at Utah Valley University, where his dad was a professor, Fogt decided to join ROTC to help pay for school. But he had wanted to join since he was a kid. “Well, first, I’ve always loved America. My dad was in the Reserves, and my grandpa was in the Marine Corp. It’s just always been a feeling in my family,” Fogt said. But that’s not the only way Fogt decided to represent his country. He is currently on Team USA-1 for bobsledding. “I get to represent my...

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Why Americans should stop expecting another Miracle on Ice

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Why Americans should stop expecting another Miracle on Ice

Kevin Smith stood in his high-school gym wondering where all the guys were. It was the Olmsted Falls High School dance in Olmsted Falls, Ohio, a week after Valentine’s Day. The 18-year-old senior came alone and couldn’t help but notice that the odds of dancing with a girl had increased with the decreasing number of boys in attendance. So he thought, “Do I take advantage of the improved odds, or do I find out where the guys are?” He turned and locked eyes with one of the girls at the dance before walking away to find his male classmates. The...

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