Winter 2014 Olympics http://wcbe.org en U.S. Readies To Step Onto Stage For Knockout Round Drama http://wcbe.org/post/us-readies-step-stage-knockout-round-drama In its first match of the knockout round, the U.S. soccer team plays Belgium on Tuesday. NPR's Tom Goldman previews the game, explaining what to expect from the matchup. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 20:17:00 +0000 Melissa Block 58664 at http://wcbe.org Women Are Front And Center In Today's Olympic Events http://wcbe.org/post/women-are-front-and-center-todays-olympic-events Forget about the men. There's only one Olympic hockey rivalry that matters today, and it's between the women.<p>The women's hockey teams of Canada and the U.S. will face off today for Olympic gold. It's the latest square-off in a tug of war <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/theedge/2014/02/10/274758010/u-s-and-canadian-womens-hockey-brings-plenty-of-heat-to-the-ice">that's been hot</a> since 1998, when the U.S. team won the first Olympic gold in women's hockey, beating Canada.<p><strong>Update at 6:30 p.m. Thu, 20 Feb 2014 15:49:15 +0000 editor 51445 at http://wcbe.org Women Are Front And Center In Today's Olympic Events Finnished! Russian Hockey Team Bounced Out Of Olympics http://wcbe.org/post/finnished-russian-hockey-team-bounced-out-olympics <em>"Uskotko ihmeisiin?"</em><p>No, this isn't exactly a "do you believe in miracles?" bit of history for Finland, but its men's hockey team just produced a moment-to-remember at the Sochi Games.<p>Finland beat Russia 3-1, bouncing the home team out of the tournament.<p>As <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/theedge/2014/02/13/276276906/the-biggest-ticket-in-sochi-u-s-mens-hockey" target="_blank">NPR's Robert Smith has reported</a>, there was tremendous pressure on Alex Ovechkin and his Russian teammates to win gold in Sochi.<p>Ovechkin, who plays for the NHL's Washington Capitals, has been "the Wed, 19 Feb 2014 14:45:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 51372 at http://wcbe.org Finnished! Russian Hockey Team Bounced Out Of Olympics In Bobsled, 'You Learn As You Go' http://wcbe.org/post/bobsled-you-learn-you-go If there's one sport in the Winter Olympics you can do with your eyes closed, it's bobsled.<p>The bobsled brakeman does about five seconds of hard work, jumps in the sled and can then relax a bit. During the women's bobsled competition tonight in Sochi, we should keep our eyes open, because it's fun to watch.<p>The women call themselves brakemen — not brake women or brake person — in a nod to the fact that bobsled was an all-male sport until 2002.<p>Even now, the women only race two-man — not four-man — bobsled.<p>Elana Meyers is the No. 1 driver on the U.S. team. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 15:03:00 +0000 Robert Smith 51325 at http://wcbe.org In Bobsled, 'You Learn As You Go' In Men's Figure Skating, U.S. Pins Hopes On A New Class http://wcbe.org/post/mens-figure-skating-us-pins-hopes-new-class What's the hardest sport at the Winter Games — biathlon, aerial skiing, snowboarding, or high-flying slopestyle?<p><a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/01/06/259394357/figure-skater-with-happy-feet-hopes-to-clinch-spot-in-sochi">Jeremy Abbott</a> thought it was one of those until an Olympic official told him otherwise. "Hands down," he was told, "absolutely, figure skating is the hardest."<p>Abbott may not completely agree, but he says it's the rare affirmation he's gotten as a male figure skater.<p>"Growing up, people were like, 'Oh, figure skating — you guys are sissies. ... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 23:04:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 51110 at http://wcbe.org In Men's Figure Skating, U.S. Pins Hopes On A New Class Substitute Racer Takes Olympic Silver In Sochi http://wcbe.org/post/substitute-racer-takes-olympic-silver-sochi Olympic athletes often endure weeks of anticipation as pressure builds toward their moment on the global stage. That wasn't a problem for Canadian Denny Morrison, who got his spot in the speedskating finals just one day ahead of the race. Now he has a silver medal.<p>Many Americans were following the race mainly because American speedskating superstar Shani Davis failed to get a medal in the 1,000-meter race. Thu, 13 Feb 2014 17:47:33 +0000 Bill Chappell 51083 at http://wcbe.org Substitute Racer Takes Olympic Silver In Sochi 'Stomping' And 'Shredding The Gnar' — A Brief Slopestyle Glossary http://wcbe.org/post/stomping-and-shredding-gnar-brief-slopestyle-glossary Slopestyle, one of four new events at this year's Olympics, is already a bona fide hit. It might get covered by the likes of <em>Sports Illustrated</em>, but it's also in <em>Entertainment Weekly</em>. When superstar snowboarder Shaun White dropped out of the slopestyle event at the last minute, it only drew more attention to the sport.<p>Slopestyle is sort of like a big skate park in the snow, a downhill course with rails and jumps. It can be performed on skis or on a snowboard.<p>Today brings Sochi's last slopestyle event: men's ski slopestyle. Thu, 13 Feb 2014 17:42:26 +0000 Sam H. Sanders 51080 at http://wcbe.org 'Stomping' And 'Shredding The Gnar' — A Brief Slopestyle Glossary Russian Star Plushenko Withdraws From Men's Skating http://wcbe.org/post/russian-star-plushenko-withdraws-mens-skating Russian figure skater Evgeni Plushenko, a star who hoped to compete one more time before his adoring home nation fans, pulled himself from the games on Thursday.<p>There's word that he may be headed into retirement because of a recurring back problem.<p><a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/olympics/sochi/2014/02/13/winter-games-figure-skating-evgeni-plushenko-russia/5450715/" target="_blank"><em>USA Today</em> describes what happened</a> at Sochi's Iceberg Palace:<p><blockquote><p>"The 2006 Olympic champion withdrew from the men's event just before he was to skate Thursday night, citi Thu, 13 Feb 2014 17:41:51 +0000 Mark Memmott 51079 at http://wcbe.org Russian Star Plushenko Withdraws From Men's Skating In Front Of A Home Crowd, Russia Has Hockey History On Its Mind http://wcbe.org/post/front-home-crowd-russia-has-hockey-history-its-mind There is a weird contradiction in Olympic hockey: On one hand, these professional players from the NHL arrive in a small town like movie stars.<p>They show up a week late, trailed by TV cameras and Russians begging for autographs.<p>And then they have to go back to basics. Early Thursday, members of Team USA were on the ice, doing the kind of simple drills that you'd see in a peewee hockey league.<p>Derek Stepan of the New York Rangers was practicing his passes with Justin Faulk of the Carolina Hurricanes. Thu, 13 Feb 2014 12:29:00 +0000 Robert Smith 51070 at http://wcbe.org In Front Of A Home Crowd, Russia Has Hockey History On Its Mind Shaun White Goes For 'Three-Peat'; India's Team Gets Its Flag http://wcbe.org/post/shaun-white-goes-threepeat-indias-team-gets-its-flag There's big news for Team India as Day 5 of the games gets underway and potentially historic news for the man known to millions as The Flying Tomato.<p>After a standoff between the Indian Olympic Association and the International Olympic Committee, the three athletes from India can now officially compete for their country. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 15:49:04 +0000 editor 50942 at http://wcbe.org Shaun White Goes For 'Three-Peat'; India's Team Gets Its Flag Female Ski Jumpers Finally Make Their Olympic Debut http://wcbe.org/post/female-ski-jumpers-finally-make-their-olympic-debut <strong>Update at 4:15 p.m. ET: Leaping Into History</strong><p>When American Sarah Hendrickson launched herself down the 90-meter jumping hill in Sochi, she flew into history, becoming the first woman to ski jump in Olympic competition. She ultimately finished in 21st place.<p>Carina Vogt from Germany brought home the gold. Daniela Iraschko-Stolz of Austria took silver, and France's Coline Mattel, 18, won bronze.<p>The Americans were led by Jessica Jerome from Park City, Utah, who finished 10<sup>th</sup>, and Lindsey Van in 15th. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 15:25:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 50940 at http://wcbe.org Female Ski Jumpers Finally Make Their Olympic Debut U.S. And Canadian Women's Hockey Brings Plenty Of Heat To The Ice http://wcbe.org/post/us-and-canadian-womens-hockey-brings-plenty-heat-ice <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VocnwYpbfo</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 08:45:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 50915 at http://wcbe.org U.S. And Canadian Women's Hockey Brings Plenty Of Heat To The Ice The Norwegian Athlete Who's One Medal Away From History http://wcbe.org/post/norwegian-athlete-whos-one-medal-away-history On Monday, Norwegian Ole Einar Bjoerndalen came a ski-length away from winning a 13th Olympic medal and becoming the most decorated athlete ever at the Winter Games.<p>The biathlon pursuit Olympic event — cross-country skiing with rifle shooting — is a pretty devious race. The fastest man goes first, and then everyone else in the race tries to catch him before the finish line. And in Monday's competition, Bjoerndalen went first.<p>Just to make clear: Bjoerndalen is 40. The guys chasing him are in their 20s. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 00:40:00 +0000 Robert Smith 50913 at http://wcbe.org The Norwegian Athlete Who's One Medal Away From History Time-Delay Question: Do Olympics Announcers Record Live? http://wcbe.org/post/time-delay-question-when-do-announcers-tape The Winter Olympics brings up many questions about the sports themselves. But people are also wondering whether announcers might use the big time difference between Sochi and the U.S. Mon, 10 Feb 2014 23:33:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 50909 at http://wcbe.org Time-Delay Question: Do Olympics Announcers Record Live? So Far At The Games, A Low-Key Response To Russia's Anti-Gay Law http://wcbe.org/post/so-far-games-low-key-response-russias-anti-gay-law Leading up to the Olympics in Sochi, a dominant storyline was Russia's anti-gay propaganda law and what it might mean for athletes and other visitors. Would athletes protest in any way? Mon, 10 Feb 2014 19:03:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 50890 at http://wcbe.org So Far At The Games, A Low-Key Response To Russia's Anti-Gay Law Olympic Guests Find Comfort Zones In First Day Of Games http://wcbe.org/post/olympic-guests-find-comfort-zones-first-day-games <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54Et-jqzOak</p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 18:53:46 +0000 Sam H. Sanders 50888 at http://wcbe.org Olympic Guests Find Comfort Zones In First Day Of Games Germany's Hoefl-Riesch Wins Women's Super-Combined Skiing http://wcbe.org/post/germanys-hoefl-riesch-wins-womens-super-combined-skiing <em>As always, if you're among those who don't want to know who's won what until NBC-TV's primetime show is on the air, stop reading now. For those who do like to know what's happening, here's a quick look at the medals already awarded today and some of what's coming later on:</em><p>Germany's Maria Hoefl-Riesch won the gold medal in the women's super-combined Alpine skiing event Monday. <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/11/sports/olympics/mancuso-super-combined.html?_r=0" target="_blank">As <em>The New York Times</em> reminds us</a>, it's her third career gold. Mon, 10 Feb 2014 13:12:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 50871 at http://wcbe.org Germany's Hoefl-Riesch Wins Women's Super-Combined Skiing New Team Figure Skating Already Has Its Share Of Controversy http://wcbe.org/post/new-team-figure-skating-already-has-its-share-controversy Controversy is nothing new to figure skating, so perhaps it's not surprising that team figure skating, new to this Olympics, has already come in for some unwanted attention. The Russian and U.S. figure skating teams are strongly denying reports that they are in collusion.<p><em>L'Equipe</em>, the French sports website, is quoting an unnamed Russian coach as claiming that the American and Russian teams will help each win gold medals. The allegation goes like this: the Russian judges will help U.S. team captain Charlie White and his partner, Meryl Davis, win ice dance in exchange for the U.S. Sun, 09 Feb 2014 15:19:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 50850 at http://wcbe.org New Team Figure Skating Already Has Its Share Of Controversy U.S. Speedskaters Get A Little Help From Their Friends http://wcbe.org/post/us-speedskaters-get-little-help-their-friends Speedskating is the U.S.'s most successful winter Olympic Sport. In Sochi this year, great things are expected again.<p>The secret to their success includes talent, skill and hard work, but there's also a network of support that buoys the team.<p>Two-time gold medalist Shani Davis is looking to win a history-making third: He would be the first speedskater to win the same event in three different Olympics.<p>During the eight years since his first gold, Davis has brought so many kids into the sport, he's beginning to compete with them. Sun, 09 Feb 2014 14:14:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 50845 at http://wcbe.org U.S. Speedskaters Get A Little Help From Their Friends U.S. Sweeps Slopestyle Snowboarding With Women's Gold http://wcbe.org/post/us-sweeps-slopestyle-snowboarding-womens-gold Jamie Anderson's win in the slopestyle snowboarding competition has given the U.S. Sun, 09 Feb 2014 12:53:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 50843 at http://wcbe.org U.S. Sweeps Slopestyle Snowboarding With Women's Gold