My time in the MPC
Feb21

My time in the MPC

Going into the Games as a student journalist is hard. Going into them as a student journalist with no media credentials, no real connections and basically as a normal spectator, trying to find fresh and original content—that felt almost impossible. Since the USOC Media Summit in September, we had plenty of contacts and connections from athletes for our stories leading up to the Olympics, but we knew those would expire as they started...

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Built for speed, innovative Under Armour skin suit takes the ice in Sochi
Feb09

Built for speed, innovative Under Armour skin suit takes the ice in Sochi

Since the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, engineers in sports technology and aerospace have joined forces on a top-secret project with one sole purpose: to make the fastest in the world even faster. Lockheed Martin, a defense and aerospace giant, and popular sports apparel company Under Armour have been working for years on a superior speedskating suit, called “skins,” for Team USA to debut at the Sochi Games. The power duo...

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Area secure: a first glance at Sochi security
Feb07

Area secure: a first glance at Sochi security

Security for the 2014 Olympic Games has itself been under surveillance these months leading up to the Opening Ceremony. So today as we arrived in Sochi, there was no shortage of curiosity to what we would face once we stepped off the plane. At the docks. It was a relief to see the security measures taken outside our ship at Adler dock this afternoon. Twenty police cars lined the street surrounding the Mt. Louis cruise liner, most...

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The risks of reward: the dangers of short track speedskating
Feb05

The risks of reward: the dangers of short track speedskating

During the semifinal 500m race at the 2010 Olympic trials for short track speedskating, the 19-year-old J.R. Celski let out agonizing screams as blood poured from a large wound on his inner thigh after he caught a turn too tight, which resulted in six inches of his own blade cutting into his leg, severing his muscle. In another freak accident, former short-tracker Trevor Marsicano lost 50 percent of his blood volume on the ice to...

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Bode Miller finds peace leading to Sochi Games
Feb04

Bode Miller finds peace leading to Sochi Games

Samuel Bode Miller has won more major races than any other American male skier in history. Known for his wild style, often portrayed as reckless, Miller has won five medals overall in the last four Winter Olympic Games, and he is two-time overall World Cup champion in 2005 and 2008 in addition to 33 other World Cup victories. At age 36 and heading into what will likely be his fifth and final Olympics, some of his critics may see...

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