Visually impaired skier will attempt a second medal
Mar07

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...

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Paralympics debuts new sport, gains recognition from media
Mar06

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...

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How to take a photo at the Olympic Torch
Feb25

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,...

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Sliding to Sochi
Feb20

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...

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No softball? No problem for former player turned bobsled Olympic hopeful
Feb18

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...

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