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Reporting from the Olympic Games

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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 contacts with athletes before the Games even begin, because we know they’re representatives,” Ackerman says....

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

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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 entrance-building, the aroma of Coca-Cola-sponsored food vendors and imported palm trees envelope visitors. As visitors...

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PHOTO GALLERY: Olympic Park Perfomers

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PHOTO GALLERY: Olympic Park Perfomers

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My time in the MPC

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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 seriously training for the Games. After that, all we had left to rely on were man-on-the-street interview...

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Team USA super-fans draw support from Sochi natives

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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 all 40 events they’ve purchased tickets for. Scheduling conflicts – which now include posing for pictures with...

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VIDEO: Sochi Weather

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VIDEO: Sochi Weather

   

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How the Olympics is affecting Sochi and its people

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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 construction, there wasn’t electricity for days at a time because they were running new electricity lines to...

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VIDEO: Olympic Park

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VIDEO: Olympic Park

         

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PHOTO GALLERY: Sochi Architecture

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PHOTO GALLERY: Sochi Architecture

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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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