Thursday, February 6, 2014

About Today: Let the Winter Games Begin

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It happens once every four years: we find ourselves suddenly riveted by a curling match or luge competition or ice dance that we wouldn't normally give a second glance. It's a tell-tale sign that it's Olympics time, and this week marks the start of the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

7 Things You Might Not Know About the Olympic Torch
Like how much the modern design differs from the original or what it uses for fuel or how many torches are actually needed or the likelihood of one of them going out. There's a lot of history and technology behind the Olympic flame.
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Meet the First U.S. Women's Ski Jumping Team
Before 2014, the highest level of competition women could reach was the Women's Ski Jumping World Championships, and that's only taken place since 2009. This year the high-flying ladies are in the Olympics competing in one event (their male counterparts do three). Hopefully it's just the beginning.
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A Sochi Olympic Figure Skating Primer
Figure skating is one of the most popular Winter Olympic sports to watch on TV. It was fifth in the ratings in 2010, just behind freestyle and downhill skiing, luge (that's right) and snowboarding, according to Nielson. Be a more informed figure skating viewer in 2014.

Is the U.S. Delegation a Slap in the Face to Russia?
In 2013, Russia banned what it called "gay propaganda" so the U.S. chose an Olympic delegation that included openly gay athletes but no Obamas or Cabinet members. Find out who will be representing the USA in Sochi.
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