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« on: February 05, 2014, 07:28:55 PM »
http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-Sports/2014/02/05/Shaun-White-tells-Today-Show-hes-out-of-Olympic-slopestyle--will-still-compete-in-Sochi

Shaun White Withdraws from Olympic Slopestyle -- Course Too Dangerous

from AP 5 Feb 2014, 5:30 AM PDT

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — Shaun White pulled out of the Olympic slopestyle contest Wednesday after being dinged up on a course that riders are criticizing as unduly harsh.

White issued a statement, saying that after much deliberation, he has decided to forgo the new snowboarding event and concentrate on halfpipe, where he will try for his third straight gold medal next week.

"With the practice runs I have taken, even after course modifications and watching fellow athletes get hurt, the potential risk of injury is a bit too much for me to gamble my other Olympics goals on," White said in a statement.

White, who was among the favorites in the new Olympic event, jammed his left wrist during practice Tuesday and when he came off the slopestyle course, he called it "a little intimidating."

Slopestyle is a speed-packed trip down the mountain, filled with rails, bumps and, most notably, steeply angled jumps that allow riders to flip two, sometimes three times, before landing. White hurt his wrist on one of the takeoff ramps, which one top rider, Canadian Mark McMorris, said were built "kind of obnoxiously tall."

White, 27, has been dealing with a number of nagging injuries during a winter in which he was one of the few riders trying to compete in both events. The wrist added to a list that includes his shoulder and ankle, both injured during qualifying events for the U.S. team.

His focus will now solely be on next Tuesday's contest in the halfpipe, which is essentially a hollowed-out ice shell with 22-foot sidewalls. There is danger there, but unlike slopestyle, it's based mostly on the types of tricks the riders try and not the setup of the pipe.

In a news conference about an hour before he gave first word of his decision to the "Today" show, White was asked whether halfpipe was more important to him.

"For me, I definitely feel the halfpipe carries a bit more weight, a bit more pressure. I guess that's fair enough to say," he said.

He deemed his jammed wrist as nothing serious and said reports about it were overblown.

But he said there remained serious issues with the slopestyle course.

"There are definitely concerns about the course," he said. "It's been interesting to see how it's developed and changed over the past couple days. The big question is, if it will continue to change. Because every day, they have riders meetings and they give feedback. Sometimes there's changes, sometimes there's not."
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« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2014, 07:30:07 PM »
It's too warm there - shirtsleeve weather makes for terrible skiing conditions.  The snow is sticky because it is mostly man-made snow... we're likely to see a lot of injuries at these olympic games.
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« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2014, 10:16:44 PM »
If you don't mind, I'm going to sticky this thread to the top so we can have one big live ongoing thread.

Oh yea... and this..

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« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2014, 12:48:03 AM »
The CNN TV people are complaining like crazy about the quality (or lack of) their accommodations.   Tonight on Real News they opined on this and said this view inside a socialist country is going to be a real eye-opener to the media.
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« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2014, 12:49:56 AM »
http://msn.foxsports.com/olympics/story/moguls-course-also-undergoing-tweaks-as-olympics-loom1-020514


US concerned about 'issues' on moguls course

FEB 05, 2014 2:48p ET


Australia's Nicole Parks crashes Tuesday at the finish of the moguls slope during a training session at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park.

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia -- The ambitious slopestyle course that sent Shaun White sprinting for the serenity and apparent safety of the halfpipe isn't the only Olympic event at Sochi's Extreme Park turning heads and sending riders tumbling down the mountain.

Things have been nearly as dicey in moguls. The U.S. was among several countries to unsuccessfully ask officials Wednesday to tweak the course, expressing concerns about unusual sequencing along the 700-foot sprint across bumps and jumps that make for a unique mixture of daredevil downhill racing and aerials.

"There's a lot of issues with the course," American Patrick Deneen said.

Deneen, however, cautioned against confusing "issues" with "danger."

"Everybody is scrambling a little bit," he said. "This isn't what anybody expected, but it's really good. We're really liking it. They made a few mistakes while they were building the course and we're fighting those ... but they also did some pretty cool things."

Still, Deneen admitted it was a "battle" when the U.S. team arrived for its first practice earlier this week. The course had barely been completed when the Americans popped on their skis and went careening down the hill at speeds of up to 35 mph.

Things didn't go so well. During practice Tuesday, the 26-year-old Deneen caught an edge entering the second of the course's two jumps and slammed into it.

"There was no way around it," he said. "It was like crashing into a wall. It's just not going to feel good no matter what happens."

Deneen underwent X-rays for an unspecified injury and plans to be ready when the men's competition begins next week. There's a chance by then the course's rough edges will have been smoothed out.

There's not that much time for the women, who begin qualifying Thursday. American Heidi Kloser, making her Olympic debut, called the course "challenging," but pointed at improvements during three days of training.

"The course is pretty safe now," she said. "The first day it was a little bit rough because no one had skied it and we were worried about the bottom of the course being more dangerous."

She's no longer concerned about the final moments of her run being any more perilous than any other event on the World Cup circuit. She fell on Tuesday, but chalked that up to the inherent risk that comes with flinging yourself over dozens of balance-testing bumps and two jumps, where skiers mix a combination of spins and flips.

"It's not normal training if you don't fall," she said with a laugh. "You're not pushing yourself."

Maybe, but Deneen and Kloser echoed the sentiments of snowboard riders who are questioning whether the slopestyle course -- located about a half-mile down the mountain from the moguls run -- pushes the boundaries of safety a little too far.

White bailed on his bid to leave Sochi with multiple gold medals when he pulled out of slopestyle partly out of fear an injury in that event could harm his chances of capturing a third straight gold in halfpipe.

Several other riders expressed surprise over the size and the speed of the slopestyle route, which includes a mixture of rails and big-time jumps designed to allow competitors enough air time to pack in two or three flips.

Yet for every detractor, a list that includes White and defending women's halfpipe gold medalist Torah Bright of Australia, there have been those, such as American Sage Kotsenburg, praising its sheer audacity.

Deneen sees both sides of the argument. Yes, it's different than what he's used to. He's not entirely sure that's a bad thing. Yeah, the moguls are bumpy, but isn't that kind of the point?

"This is a moguls skiing competition," he said, "so it's good to have some crazy moguls in there."
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« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2014, 01:00:19 AM »
http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/sochi-kicks-what-watch-day-one-n23331

Sochi Kicks Off: What to Watch on Day One ↪

[Image: Niklas Mattsson of Sweden performs a jump during slopestyle snowboard training.] Here's a look at the compelling events, athletes and storylines of the Sochi Olympics on Thursday, Feb. 6.

WHAT TO STAY UP LATE FOR …

Men’s snowboard slopestyle, 1 a.m. ET (qualifying)
CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE EVENT LIVE

The first event of the Olympics lost its megastar Wednesday with the withdrawal of two-time halfpipe champion Shaun White. White cited injury risk in pulling out, drawing criticism from other medal contenders, but he wasn’t the only rider concerned with course conditions. He’s also focusing on winning the halfpipe Tuesday.

White would have had a tough time beating the Canadian trio of Mark McMorris, Max Parrot and Sebastien Toutant in slopestyle’s Olympic debut though. They’re all X Games champions and are heavily favored to advance from two qualifying runs into the semifinals and/or finals Saturday. The top three from each of two heats advance through to the final, and the next six from each heat go to the 12-man semifinals.

The Americans entered are Chas Guldemond, Sage Kotsenburg and Ryan Stassel.

Women’s snowboard slopestyle, 4 a.m. ET (qualifying)
CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE EVENT LIVE

American Jamie Anderson will begin her quest toward a possible gold medal in women’s qualifying. She’s a better hope for gold than White was before pulling out of the men’s competition. Anderson won the 2012 and 2013 X Games and was upset at this year’s Aspen, Colo., event by Norwegian Silje Norendal.

Australian Olympic halfpipe champion Torah Bright is also competing here, the first of a planned three snowboarding events for her. The other Americans are Ty Walker, Karly Shorr and Jessika Jenson.

The women follow the same format as the men except their semifinals and finals are Sunday.

WHAT TO WAKE UP EARLY FOR ….

Women’s moguls, 9 a.m. ET (qualifying)
CLICK HERE TO WATCH EVENT LIVE

Hannah Kearney begins her quest to become the first freestyle skier to win multiple Olympic gold medals. She’s fully expected to qualify into the 20-woman final Saturday.

Kearney’s biggest competition is a trio of Canadian sisters – Chloe, Justine and Maxime Dufour-Lapointe. The other Americans are Heidi Kloser, Heather McPhie and Eliza Outtrim.

Nothing can be taken for granted though. Kearney entered the 2006 Olympics as a medal hope and failed to advance out of qualifying.

WHAT YOU CAN’T MISS DURING THE DAY …

Figure skating, team event, 10:30 a.m. ET (men’s, pairs short programs)
CLICK HERE TO WATCH EVENT LIVE

This is the marquee event of the first day of competition. Skating fans will get their first looks at Olympic gold-medal contenders Patrick Chan, Yuzuru Hanyu and Russian pair Tatyana Volozoshar and Maksim Trankov. Volozoshar and Trankov skate last, looking to bring the home crowd to their feet to complete the night.

The U.S. is represented by national champions Jeremy Abbott and Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir.

The top five of 10 teams after the women’s and ice dance short programs Saturday will qualify for the long program portions this weekend. The U.S., Canada and Russia are seen as medal favorites in this new Olympic event.

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Re: Olympics Coverage and Articles
« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2014, 08:44:43 AM »
Chuck "I've got nothing better to do than stick my face in front of a camera" Schumer is handling the delicate yogurt issue for Team USA:
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Schumer pushes clearance of yogurt to Team USA in Sochi
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February 6, 2014 | 12:49am
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WASHINGTON — An ­international stir over yogurt is leaving a bad taste at the Olympics.

The Russian government halted a large shipment of Chobani Greek yogurt bound for US athletes in Sochi, stranding more than 5,000 single-serve cups at Newark Liberty Airport, according to the company.

Sen. Charles Schumer, a longtime supporter of Chobani and other New York-based yogurt producers, intervened and called on the Russians and the International Olympic Committee to quickly break the blockade.

“With the Sochi Olympic Games starting at the end of this week, there is simply no time to waste in getting our Olympic athletes and employees a nutritious and delicious breakfast — Chobani Greek yogurt,” declared Schumer on Tuesday, getting across his point while plugging the brand.

He accused the Russians of imposing an “unreasonable customs-certificate requirement” to block the product.

The yogurt is being stored in a temperature-controlled facility while awaiting the go-ahead from Russia.

I'm guessing Chuck is richly compensated for his commercial endorsement.
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« Reply #7 on: February 06, 2014, 08:57:01 AM »
The CNN TV people are complaining like crazy about the quality (or lack of) their accommodations.   Tonight on Real News they opined on this and said this view inside a socialist country is going to be a real eye-opener to the media.

I've been watching the tweets from reporters and others. It is funny (and kind of sad for the atheletes). They were warned not to drink water out of the tap, it could be toxic. And now bottled water supplies are running low. Toilets don't flush, if they have a toilet. They have to find the hotel owner's bedroom in order to check in. Toilet paper is scarce and you aren't supposed to flush it. Dogs are running around the hotels.
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« Reply #8 on: February 06, 2014, 09:00:57 AM »
I've been watching the tweets from reporters and others. It is funny (and kind of sad for the atheletes). They were warned not to drink water out of the tap, it could be toxic. And now bottled water supplies are running low. Toilets don't flush, if they have a toilet. They have to find the hotel owner's bedroom in order to check in. Toilet paper is scarce and you aren't supposed to flush it. Dogs are running around the hotels.

It was either Rush or Savage yesterday that spoke about this being a result of crony corruption....where EVERYBODY skims off the top.

There's no $$$ left to finish the project/rooms/infrastructure.
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« Reply #9 on: February 06, 2014, 10:17:57 AM »
I've been watching the tweets from reporters and others. It is funny (and kind of sad for the atheletes). They were warned not to drink water out of the tap, it could be toxic. And now bottled water supplies are running low. Toilets don't flush, if they have a toilet. They have to find the hotel owner's bedroom in order to check in. Toilet paper is scarce and you aren't supposed to flush it. Dogs are running around the hotels.

Apparently the Russian Army has squads out hunting and shooting wild dogs around the venues.

Keep in mind folks, this is the most expensive Olympics ever held.  Russia has reportedly spent $50 Billion to get to get the venues to the point we are at right now.  It makes you wonder what the real terrorist threat to the Olympics really is...the Muslim extremists or the IOLC.  It is insane to spend that much money on this.  We now have competition for future venues based on who can build the grandest and most expensive sports facilities ever. 


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« Reply #10 on: February 06, 2014, 01:02:42 PM »
A reporter from a Pittsburgh paper tweeted his accomodations in Sochi were excellent..  :shrug:
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« Reply #11 on: February 06, 2014, 02:03:15 PM »
Chuck "I've got nothing better to do than stick my face in front of a camera" Schumer is handling the delicate yogurt issue for Team USA:I'm guessing Chuck is richly compensated for his commercial endorsement.
What is up with this photo of him? He has hair. he looks different doesn't he?.
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« Reply #12 on: February 06, 2014, 02:56:45 PM »
You be the judge:

This photo is from 2010.
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« Reply #13 on: February 06, 2014, 06:14:59 PM »
http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-Sports/2014/02/06/Sochi-2014-Woman-Caught-Spray-Painting-Brown-Grass-Green

Sochi 2014: Woman Caught Spray Painting Brown Grass Green

by Breitbart Sports 6 Feb 2014, 7:06 AM PDT



In another example of how ill-prepared Sochi may be for the Winter Olympics, a woman was caught using green spray paint to paint the brown grass around an Olympic venue.
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« Reply #14 on: February 06, 2014, 06:18:08 PM »
http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-Sports/2014/02/06/Sochi-2014-Woman-Caught-Spray-Painting-Brown-Grass-Green

Sochi 2014: Woman Caught Spray Painting Brown Grass Green

by Breitbart Sports 6 Feb 2014, 7:06 AM PDT



In another example of how ill-prepared Sochi may be for the Winter Olympics, a woman was caught using green spray paint to paint the brown grass around an Olympic venue.


I doubt that is paint. There are plenty of lawn fertilizer products out there that are deliberately dyed green.  A lot of states use a product called hydroseed, sprayed on freshly graded earth alongside interstates.  It stabilizes the topsoil and anchors the grass seed in a fertilizer matrix to help it sprout.


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« Reply #15 on: February 06, 2014, 06:19:41 PM »
http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-Sports/2014/02/06/Russians-Saved-Snow-from-Previous-Winters-for-Sochi-Games

Russians Hoarded Snow from Previous Winters for Sochi Games

by Breitbart Sports 6 Feb 2014, 9:16 AM PDT

In addition to the nearly 500 snowmaking machines that will be in Sochi, Sochi organizers have been literally preparing for the Winter Games in Russia's sub-tropical resort town by saving snow from previous Russian winters in case the machines cannot produce enough powder for the next two weeks.

Because the Winter Olympics are held in Sochi, which has a sub-tropical climate, organizers are making sure that they will be able to make plenty of snow in the resort town that Russians usually go to in order to escape the country's brutal winters:

   
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If the weather doesn't deliver them the snow they need, or there simply isn't enough, they have over 400 fixed snowmaking machines installed at the resort, along with 27 mobile ones, fed by two huge water reservoirs. These will produce artificial snow for the slopes by blasting a mixture of water and compressed air above the slopes. This combination breaks up the stream of water into tiny droplets, which freeze into snowflakes before reaching the ground. If conditions aren't right for the water to freeze on its own, agents can be added to the water to give the ice crystals something to form on.

If that does not work, organizers have reportedly stored "710,000 cubic metres of snow from previous winter seasons, just in case":

   
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This isn't like sticking a snowball in a freezer, though: That just results in a hard ball of ice, and it wouldn't be of much use for the ski slopes. This snow has been collected into stockpiles, stored high up in the mountains, under heavy insulating blankets. While a little unconventional, this is a perfectly reasonable idea for storing snow, especially over the summer.


After the Games, Russia intends use the technology in Sochi to extend skiing seasons to 180 days a year at some resorts.
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« Reply #16 on: February 06, 2014, 06:21:47 PM »
I doubt that is paint. There are plenty of lawn fertilizer products out there that are deliberately dyed green.  A lot of states use a product called hydroseed, sprayed on freshly graded earth alongside interstates.  It stabilizes the topsoil and anchors the grass seed in a fertilizer matrix to help it sprout.



very true

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« Reply #17 on: February 06, 2014, 06:23:26 PM »
http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-Sports/2014/02/06/Sochi-Etiquette-Adviser-Don-t-Wear-Coat-in-Indoor-Public-Areas-Even-If-Heat-Doesn-t-Work

Sochi Etiquette Adviser: Don't Wear Coats Indoors--Even if Heat Doesn't Work

by Breitbart Sports 6 Feb 2014, 9:15 AM

A travel expert who specializes in Eastern Europe and Russia says that it is bad etiquette to leave your coat on indoors in public areas in Sochi--even if the heat is not working. It's considered "extremely rude" in Russia.

Greg Tepper, who has "has spent more than 600 days in Russia in the past 11 years, speaks the language fluently, and has offices in Kiev, Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Prague," gave the "tip" to Conde Nast Traveler:
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    Don't wear your coat indoors in public areas. "In Russia it's considered extremely rude to leave your overcoat on indoors, so try as hard as you can to take it off and hang it up when inside, even if the heat is not working!"


Many arriving in Sochi this week complained that they had no heat in their rooms and hotels, and Americans in Sochi may not mind being looked at as "rude" Americans if they have to wear their coats indoors in hotels that lack sufficient heat.
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« Reply #18 on: February 06, 2014, 11:09:50 PM »
Wow, did anyone else see the Russian pair skaters?  Fantastic!!!!
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« Reply #19 on: February 07, 2014, 12:11:53 AM »
Tomorrow night is the opening ceremony. They are going to do the parade of nations first instead of last.  Something went wrong today with practice for lighting of the Olympic Flame and they had to evacuate the stadium and had fire trucks there to put the fires out.
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« Reply #20 on: February 07, 2014, 03:18:03 AM »
Bob Costa doing an entire segment on Putin being anti-Gays. A Russian journalist said this is fine with the country as 85% of the country is very homophobic and they are not silent about it.
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« Reply #21 on: February 07, 2014, 12:13:01 PM »
'Am I still an Olympian, dad?' Heartbreaking words of American skier after she broke her leg during a training run in Sochi

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2553879/American-freestyle-skier-pulls-Olympics-fracturing-leg-tearing-ACL-training-run.html

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American freestyle skier Heidi Kloser has had to pull out of the Olympics after breaking her right leg during a training run before moguls qualifying.

Kloser, 21, broke her femur and tore knee ligaments in a crash on Thursday night, only moments before she was supposed to head to the starting gate.

Images showed her being carried away from the course on a sled and she was taken to a medical clinic for athletes in the Olympic village.


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« Reply #22 on: February 07, 2014, 03:08:38 PM »
'Am I still an Olympian, dad?' Heartbreaking words of American skier after she broke her leg during a training run in Sochi

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2553879/American-freestyle-skier-pulls-Olympics-fracturing-leg-tearing-ACL-training-run.html


That was a bad fall, her legs got out in front of her and she totally lost it and in moguls that isn't a good thing. 
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« Reply #23 on: February 07, 2014, 04:33:06 PM »
http://msn.foxsports.com/olympics/story/russian-police-arrest-four-gay-rights-activists-in-st-petersburg-020714


Russian police arrest gay rights activists in St. Petersburg, Moscow
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FEB 07, 2014 10:33a ET
Evgeny Feldman / AP

A police officer detains a gay rights activist Friday in Red Square in Moscow. Police quickly detained 10 LGBT activists in Moscow who waved rainbow flags on Red Square, according to Russian news reports. 

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- Russian police on Friday arrested several gay rights activists protesting in St. Petersburg and Moscow on the opening day of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

In Moscow, police quickly detained 10 gay rights activists who waved rainbow flags Friday on Red Square, according to Russian news reports. Moscow police refused to comment.

In St. Petersburg, four activists were detained Friday after unfurling a banner quoting the Olympic Charter's ban on any form of discrimination. The protesters, who gathered on St. Petersburg's Vasilyevsky Island, were quickly rounded up by police, according to Natalia Tsymbalova, a local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender activist.

Police there also refused any immediate comment.

A Russian law banning gay "propaganda" from reaching minors has drawn strong international criticism and calls for boycott of the Sochi Games from gay activists and others.

Russian law also bans any unsanctioned protests and violators may face fines or prison sentences.

Human Rights First, a rights watchdog based in New York and Washington D.C., quickly condemned the arrests of Russian LGBT activists.

"The most alarming thing is, despite the international attention, the authorities are still bringing more charges under the law and it is being applied on a larger scale," spokesman Shawn Gaylord said in a statement.

All Out, the international group that organized events in 20 cities this week to pressure Olympic sponsors to condemn Russia's "gay propaganda" law, also harshly criticized the detentions of activists.

"This outrageous move directly contradicts the IOC's assurance that Russian laws are in line with the Olympic Charter," said Andre Banks, executive director of All Out.
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« Reply #24 on: February 07, 2014, 04:34:38 PM »
http://msn.foxsports.com/olympics/story/maria-sharapova-leads-russian-athletes-in-olympic-torch-lighting-020714


Maria Sharapova leads Russian athletes in Olympic torch lighting
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FEB 07, 2014 1:57p ET

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Irina Rodnina and Vladislav Tretyak light the Olympic cauldron.

Tennis star Maria Sharapova led a group of six notable Russian athletes for the torch lighting at Friday's Opening Ceremony.

Sharapova was joined by pole-vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva, former gymnast Alina Kabaeva (who has been linked romantically to Vladimir Putin), figure-skating legend Irina Rodnina, wrestling star Alexander Karelin and former hockey goaltender Vladislav Tretiak.

Rodnina and Tretiak were the two to physically light the torch.

Often called the greatest goaltender of all time by those who saw him play, Tretiak was the first Russian-born player to enter the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Rodnina won three gold medals for the Soviet Union before moving to the United States in 1990 to work as a coach. She won 10 world pairs titles in a row with two different partners and has coached two Czech skaters to a world title.

The honor Thursday night capped a rollicking opening ceremony in Sochi's Olympic Park, which opened with a welcome "to the center of the universe."
“The time is now near at hand which must probably determine, whether Americans are to be, Freemen, or Slaves.” G Washington July 2, 1776


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