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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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Does The U.S. Lead The Winter Olympics — Or Does Germany?

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

In keeping with a trend that began early in Sochi, as of Tuesday the U.S. had collected more bronze medals than any other country at the Winter Games, and a total of 20. Germany had won the most golds. Who was on top? That depends on whom you ask.

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U.S. Olympic Committee Plans To Examine Speedskating's Woes

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The U.S. skaters' hopes, bolstered by wins in the recent World Cup season, were quickly dashed in Russia. U.S. organizers say they'll find out why — and they don't think it's the team's racing suits.

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Bringing Up Olympians: Athletes' Parents Shed Their Own Blood, Sweat And Tears

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

American athletes are grabbing medals and stardom in Sochi. But parents also put in plenty of blood, sweat and tears, helping their children go for gold. For more on raising Olympic athletes, host Michel Martin speaks with two parents who have been there: Debbie Phelps and Calvin Hill.

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In Bobsled, 'You Learn As You Go'

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Olympic event was all-male until 2002. Often, the "brakemen" are plucked off a land sport, like track and field. "It's not like you get a tutorial or something, or you grow up doing bobsled," says American Aja Evans.

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Olympic Photo Of The Day: Teamwork

Monday, February 17, 2014

The German team celebrates after winning the gold medal in the men's team ski jumping event at the Sochi Olympics on Monday.

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Americans Davis And White Win Gold In Ice Dancing

Monday, February 17, 2014

Meryl Davis and Charlie White are the first Americans to win gold in the event. They out-skated longtime rivals Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada. Russians Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov finished third.

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Penn State Picks New President: Florida State's Eric Barron

Monday, February 17, 2014

The school is turning to an experienced administrator. Barron has been president of Florida State since 2010. Before that, he was a dean at Penn State. He takes over a school still recovering from the 2011 scandal involving former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky's sexual abuse of young boys.

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Foggy Weather Throws Events Off Course In Sochi

Monday, February 17, 2014

Olympic planners are racing to reschedule events such as the biathlon and snowboard cross because of limited visibility.

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Olympic Photo Of The Day: Jumping Through The Fog

Sunday, February 16, 2014

A competitor jumps through the fog during the Ski Jumping Men's Large Hill official training on day 9 of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

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For Some Olympians, Games Are Golden Ticket To Politics

Sunday, February 16, 2014

At least six former Olympians have been elected to Congress. The games offer ambitious athletes something essential to a career in politics: name recognition.

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U.S. Men's Hockey Beats Slovenia, Securing Spot In Quarterfinals

Sunday, February 16, 2014

The 5-1 victory at Sochi's Shayba Arena comes a day after the Americans defeated the Russians in a preliminary round.

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U.S. Men's Alpine Skiers Grab Bronze And Silver

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Bode Miller becomes the oldest person ever to win a medal in Alpine skiing at the Olympics, taking bronze. Underdog Andrew Weibrecht garners silver.

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Two Americans Win Medals In Mens Super-G

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Controversy around Team USA's speed skater uniforms, high expectations for the U.S. ice dancing team, and unseasonably warm weather in Sochi: Reporter Tamara Keith gives NPR's Rachel Martin the latest from the Winter Olympics.

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Losing To Win: NBA Teams Trade Good Players For Better Future Picks

Sunday, February 16, 2014

We're halfway through the NBA season, and this is the All-Star Game weekend. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with sports reporter Mike Pesca about teams deliberately losing in order to get a shot at the best draft pick.

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Two Americans Reach The Podium In Men's Super-G

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Kjetil Jansrud gave Norway a record-equalling fourth straight win in the men's super-G at the Sochi Games on Sunday, while a tearful Bode Miller shared bronze to become the oldest Olympic Alpine skiing medallist at 36.

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'Sports Chaplains' Bring The Gospel To Olympic Village

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Among the most visible Americans at the Sochi Olympics are a group of evangelical Christians decked out in black cowboy hats and bristling with pins that help start conversations. For the chaplains, every connection is a chance to make friends and proselytize.

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Water-Skiing On Snow: Skijorers Aren't Just Horsing Around

Sunday, February 16, 2014

The odd sport of skijoring was a demonstration sport at the 1928 Winter Olympics, and hasn't been celebrated on the world stage since. But enthusiasts in New Hampshire and elsewhere are trying to bring it back — and it looks like they're gaining some traction.

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Soaking Sochi In Red And White, Canada Aims To Repeat 2010 Wins

Saturday, February 15, 2014

At the Vancouver games, Canada won the most gold medals. Now fans are cheering on their teams in Russia: A moving, yelling, living, breathing mass of Canadian pride.

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U.S. Men's Hockey Team Triumphs Over Russia In Shootout Ending

Saturday, February 15, 2014

The American and Russian men's ice hockey teams faced off at the Winter Olympics on Sunday, and it wasn't pretty. From Sochi, correspondent Robert Smith tells NPR's Scott Simon about the game that went into overtime.

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