Olympic sponsor Volkswagen Group has built a showcase visible from the entrance of Olympic Park
Feb21

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...

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Team USA super-fans draw support from Sochi natives
Feb21

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...

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How the Olympics is affecting Sochi and its people
Feb20

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...

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General manager of women’s hockey reunites with family in Russia
Feb20

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...

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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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Not taking home a medal? Sochi offers other Olympic souvenirs
Feb19

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...

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