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Violinist Vanessa-Mae Banned From Skiing Over Fixed Olympic Qualifiers

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Violinist Vanessa-Mae was banned from competitive skiing for four years on Tuesday for taking part in races that were fixed to allow her to qualify for the Sochi Olympics.
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Violinist Vanessa Mae's Pre-Sochi Ski Results Rigged, Say Officials

Friday, July 11, 2014

Four Slovenian ski officials were suspended Friday for allegedly rigging the results of pop violinist Vanessa-Mae to help her qualify for the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

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The Takeaway

Inside the Paralympics: Snowboarding

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Snowboarding makes its debut at the Paralympic Winter Games this year in Sochi. The inclusion of the sport is crucial to the growth of the Paralympic movement, which strives to gain more viewers, athletes, and supporters. Athlete Cristina Albert  is making her first-ever appearance at the Games as a member of the U.S. Paralympic Snowboard Team. She joins The Takeaway to tell her inspiring journey to the top of her sport.

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

David Remnick on Putin's Russia

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

David Remnick on Putin's Russia

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The Brian Lehrer Show

David Remnick Returns from Sochi

Monday, February 24, 2014

The Winter Olympics are over, but the geopolitical conversation about Russia continues. New Yorker editor David Remnick, who was in Sochi doing commentary for NBC, discusses the games, Russian politics, the latest from Ukraine, and more.

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WQXR Blog

Photos: Classical Musicians in the Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony

Sunday, February 23, 2014

The pianist Denis Matsuev, violist Yuri Bashmet, soprano Sumi Jo and conductor Valery Gergiev were among the performers in the Olympics closing ceremony.

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The Takeaway

A Peek at the Final Weekend of the Olympics

Friday, February 21, 2014

The 2014 Winter Olympics is wrapping up, but there's still plenty of excitement to be had. From the men's ice hockey final to the four-man bobsleigh race, the final weekend of the Winter Games is upon us and there are some real surprises and spectacular events to watch. Mary Pilon, sports reporter for our partner The New York Times, has been reporting from Sochi and fills us in on the home stretch of the Winter Olympics. 

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WNYC News

Olympics Get Mixed Reviews From New York’s Russians

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

In Brighton Beach, televisions are tuned to Sochi. But loyalties are torn between the old country and the new. And opinions are divided about what the games say about Russia today.

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The Takeaway

Today's Highlights | February 17, 2014

Monday, February 17, 2014

Also on Today's Show: Over the weekend, Olympians broke records and broke down. Mary Pilon, sports reporter for our partner The New York Times, is on site at the Sochi Games and fills us in on the highs and lows. The Takeaway's Olympic series, "How Do They Do That?," continues. Resident Olympic Physicist Eric Goff, and Curt Schreiner, a three-time Olympian and director of the Saratoga Biathlon Club, gives us the ins and outs of the grueling sport.

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The Takeaway

How Do They Do That? Inside the Physics of The 2014 Winter Olympic Games

Friday, February 14, 2014

The Winter Olympics is a spectacular combination of low temperature chemistry, physics, athletics, pure guts, and absolute beauty and grace. Beyond the costumes, the equipment and the music, we wanted to find out just how Olympic athletes do what they do. So we're pleased to introduce our series, "How Do They Do That?" Here we explore the physics of the Sochi Games. Our friend Eric Goff is the chair of the physics department at Lynchburg College and author of "Gold Medal Physics: The Science of Sports." He explains how the athletes flip, fly and hit the ice at high speeds.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

A Mid-Sochi Update

Friday, February 14, 2014

Josh Levin, executive editor at Slate and the host of Slate's sports podcast, "Hang Up and Listen", discusses the latest news out of Sochi, from the warm weather to NBC's coverage of the Games, to the political climate in Russia.

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Gabfest Radio

How Have the Olympics Changed Russia's Reputation?

Friday, February 14, 2014

On this edition of Gabfest Radio, panelists explore the "Hillary Papers," AOL CEO Tim Armstrong's big mistake, the cultural response to the new Lego Movie, and an update on how Russia's global reputation is faring in light of the Sochi Olympics.

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WNYC News

What It's Like To Fly Down Ice At 85 MPH

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

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At speeds of 85 miles an hour, it’ll take Matthew Mortensen and his luge partner a matter of seconds to get down the course on Wednesday. But it took the Long Island native years of work and sacrifice to make it to Sochi.

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Slate Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest: Piece of Resistance Edition

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The Culture Gabfest: Piece of Resistance Edition

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

The Sochi Winter Olympics and the image of modern Russia

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The Sochi Winter Olympics and the image of modern Russia

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The Takeaway

How Do They Do That? Olympic Freestyle Skiing and Ski Jump

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

If you're like most people, you might be wondering how Olympic athletes do what they do. Though ski jump is a spectacular combination of athletics, fearlessness, and beauty, it is ultimately about physics. Eric Goff, The Takeaway's resident Olympics physicist, is the chair of the Physics Department at Lynchburg College and author of "Gold Medal Physics: The Science of Sports." Mick Berry, a freestyle skiing coach in Park City, UT, weighs in on the precision and speed required to compete at this level.

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The Takeaway

How They Do That: Curling

Monday, February 10, 2014

The 2014 Sochi Olympics are in full swing, and today The Takeaway kicks off its series, "How Do They Do That?," on the scientific dynamics behind the winter games. All week, Eric Goff, physics professor at Lynchburg College and author of "Gold Medal Physics: The Science of Sports," will serve as The Takeaway's Olympic physicist, explaining the physics that push humans to their most extreme limits. Today, Goff looks at the physics behind curling with Brady Clark, reigning national curling champion.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

A Visit to the Real Sochi, 'The Florida of Russia'

Friday, February 07, 2014

In 2007, Dutch photographer Rob Hornstra and writer/videographer Arnold van Bruggen traveled to Sochi to begin documenting everyday life in the resort town.

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WQXR Features

Anna Netrebko Performs at the Olympics Opening Ceremony

Friday, February 07, 2014

Ready or not, Russia kicked off the Winter Olympics on Friday with a sumptous historical pageant scored to a number of the country’s great composers.

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WNYC News

Sochi 2014: Get To Know Team NYC

Friday, February 07, 2014

The Winter Olympics are underway in Sochi, Russia. The U.S. is sending 230 olympians - the most for any nation in the history of the winter games - to compete in events from bobsledding to curling. Here are the 42 who hail from the tri-state area.

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