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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Food inside Olympic Park won’t win any medals
Feb25

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...

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

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...

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Reporting from the Olympic Games
Feb22

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...

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