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February 7, 2014 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
AS THE OLYMPICS begin, they present a confounding question: What should we care about? Four years ago, in Vancouver, it was simple. There was Apolo Ohno, the multiracial icon whose speedy skating (and deft dancing) gave America its unquestioned darling. There was Lindsey Vonn, a snow princess who did for ski outfits what Katarina Witt did for skating costumes. Shaun White was relatively fresh and still somewhat refreshing. There were Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto, the U.S. ice dancers who won a silver medal in 2006, trained locally and gave the world's best a run for their money before finishing fourth.
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September 25, 2000 | by Jim Nolan, Daily News Staff Writer
The problem with these Summer Olympics - beyond the fact that they're being held in late September and subject to a 15-hour tape delay - is that there aren't enough trampoline events. Just the individual men's and individual women's competition. No team competition. No doubles or mixed doubles. Not even synchronized trampoline. Surely, the freeloading Burghers of the International Olympic Committee, who spent a good deal of their last site selection time accepting goodies to throw the Winter Games to Salt Lake City, can afford to spring for a few more gold, silver and bronze medals for all those budding trampoline hopefuls throughout the world.
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July 27, 2008 | By Ed Mahon FOR THE INQUIRER
Leroy Burrell approached the 1992 Olympics as he did the Penn Relays, the 1985 state championships, and races at Penn Wood High School in Lansdowne. "When it's all said and done, it's still a track meet," said Burrell, a 1985 Penn Wood grad who won a gold medal in the 400-meter relay at the Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. "What's difficult about the Games is that it's for all the marbles. . . . It's for an Olympic gold medal, and that tends to define people," said Burrell, now a coach at the University of Houston.
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February 24, 1994
Speedskater Bonnie Blair is gritty and gutsy, not glamorous like a figure skater. She gets on the ice and goes - and yesterday, in the 1,000-meter race, she sprinted to her fifth Olympic gold medal. (She's also won a bronze.) No American woman had ever won five golds in Olympic competition. No American - man or woman - had ever won six Olympic medals in the Winter Games. Speedskating is a blue-collar sport; its practitioners don't sign multimillion-dollar deals with ice shows or corporate sponsors.
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February 21, 2002 | By Frank Fitzpatrick INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The leader of the United States Curling Association ought to live in a tiny north-woods town, where people slide rocks on ice because, hey, what else are you going to do on a Saturday night? It's surprising, then, to read on the red-white-blue letterhead of the national curling organization that its president, Peggy Hatch, resides not in Bemidji, Minn., but in Philadelphia. Center City no less, where, typically, the only sporting activities involving rocks and household implements are parking-spot disputes.
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January 29, 2014 | Daily News staff and wire reports
THE UNITED STATES will bring 230 athletes to the Sochi Olympics, the largest delegation ever for any country at the Winter Games. The previous record was 216 by the U.S. in 2010 in Vancouver. Todd Lodwick in Nordic combined will become the first American to compete in six Winter Olympics. Lodwick's teammate, Billy Demong , and skier Bode Miller are headed to their fifth. Only three other U.S. Winter Olympians had previously accomplished that feat. The U.S. Olympic Committee said yesterday that of the 106 returning Olympians, 49 have won medals - 13 of them gold.
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October 6, 2012
Barbara Ann Scott, who became a Canadian heroine at age 19 when she won figure-skating gold at the 1948 Winter Olympics, succeeding Norway's Sonja Henie as the premier women's skater in a sport Europeans had dominated for decades, died Sunday at her home on Amelia Island, Fla. Growing up in Ottawa, Ms. Scott idolized Henie, the champion at the last three Olympics before World War II. Emerging as a champion in her own right at the Games in St....
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February 9, 2014 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
SOCHI - Women had been ski-jumping for decades when Jessica Jerome took her first flying leap at age 7. The Utah resident knew she liked it right away, nearly as quickly as her parents knew they did not. "My dad kept thinking of the agony of defeat [footage that shows a ski-jumper wiping out] from the Wide World of Sports," she said. But she did not give up and eventually, when her parents learned that neither their daughter nor any other young girl could grow up to be an Olympian jumper, their distaste became outrage.
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July 11, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
PENN STATE will play Central Florida in Croke Park in Dublin, Ireland next season, according to a report. The Orlando Sentinel reported that the organizers of the game would make an official announcement on Sunday. Penn State officials did not immediately respond for comment. The Dublin-based Irish Times also reported that details of this matchup would be announced soon. The game was one of the foremost topics on the Penn State coaches caravan in May. At the time, coach Bill O'Brien said the game was close to being scheduled and could be the season-opener.
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February 27, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
NETS CENTER Jason Collins, the first openly gay player in the NBA, has received a groundswell of public support, including a dispatch from the King. "I got a text message last night from Billie Jean King," Collins said yesterday. "She just got back from Sochi, and with all that's happening with the loss of her mother, she was great. " King, a lesbian and longtime gay-rights activist, attended the Winter Games' closing ceremony on Sunday. Her mom, Betty Moffitt, who also was the mother of former major league pitcher Randy Moffitt, died on Feb. 7 at 91. Collins kept the content of King's message to himself.
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July 25, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
MATT BARKLEY vividly recalls the day he met Lou Zamperini. Barkley had graduated early from high school, then enrolled at USC for the spring semester. Sports journalism class, the professor brought in this little, old guy as a guest speaker. "It was one of those classes where everyone is normally on their computers, on their phones, during class, but during that class, everyone's computers were shut, everyone was quiet, just listening so intently to the story he shared . . . It was pretty special," Barkley said this week, as the Eagles' backup QB prepared to report for his second NFL training camp, tomorrow.
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February 27, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
NETS CENTER Jason Collins, the first openly gay player in the NBA, has received a groundswell of public support, including a dispatch from the King. "I got a text message last night from Billie Jean King," Collins said yesterday. "She just got back from Sochi, and with all that's happening with the loss of her mother, she was great. " King, a lesbian and longtime gay-rights activist, attended the Winter Games' closing ceremony on Sunday. Her mom, Betty Moffitt, who also was the mother of former major league pitcher Randy Moffitt, died on Feb. 7 at 91. Collins kept the content of King's message to himself.
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February 25, 2014 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia - On a Sunday that couldn't decide whether it was winter or spring, on a mountainside touched by sun and shadows, the United States ended its 2014 Winter Olympics in a familiar fashion. OK. Not bad. Pretty good. Bronze medal. Steven Holcomb and the U.S. four-man bobsled team captured the Americans' 28th and final medal of these Sochi Games, taking the bronze in another event won by the host Russians. Alexander Zubkov piloted Russia-1 to the gold, giving the 39-year-old a sweep of both men's bobsled events and cementing his country's medal-table dominance at its first-ever hosting the Winter Games.
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February 21, 2014 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia - He hoisted the white skis that had just carried him to victory high over his head, then spread his arms wide. The celebratory "V" he inadvertently formed Wednesday nicely encapsulated Ted Ligety's historic day. The 29-year-old American, taking advantage of the perfect conditions these 2014 Winter Games had lacked until Wednesday, captured the gold medal in his pet discipline, the giant slalom. In doing so, Ligety became the first American to win the event, which demands both speed and technical savvy, and the first male U.S. Alpine skier to earn more than one Olympic gold.
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February 12, 2014 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia - The podium that Julia Mancuso stood on Monday, after capturing the bronze medal in super-combined, was her destination all along. It's just, as usual, the journey there was not as she envisioned. "I really felt like this summer, after training, that I'd come here as a favorite," Mancuso said. "And what happened was the complete opposite. "I spent so much time on making everything perfect that the first time when things didn't go perfectly, I sort of freaked out. I started questioning every single thing I had been doing.
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February 11, 2014 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
SOCHI - Asian women rule. North America's ice dancers dominate. No Russian man has stepped forward to fill Evgeni Plushenko's skates. That was last week's figure-skating narrative. But after Sunday night's raucous conclusion to the first Olympic team figure-skating competition, a new story line has emerged. The Russian bear sleeps no more. With Plushenko, 31 now and beat up, taking first place in the men's free skate and phenomenal 15-year-old Julia Lipnitskaia doing the same on the women's side, Russia coasted to a gold medal that loudly signaled its return to the sport's spotlight.
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February 9, 2014 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
SOCHI - Women had been ski-jumping for decades when Jessica Jerome took her first flying leap at age 7. The Utah resident knew she liked it right away, nearly as quickly as her parents knew they did not. "My dad kept thinking of the agony of defeat [footage that shows a ski-jumper wiping out] from the Wide World of Sports," she said. But she did not give up and eventually, when her parents learned that neither their daughter nor any other young girl could grow up to be an Olympian jumper, their distaste became outrage.
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February 8, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
HUNTINGDON VALLEY H. Lawrence Reinhard III is hardly the first parent to clash with a stepchild. But it was the lengths to which that animosity drove the 69-year-old Huntingdon Valley man that set off an international manhunt, squandered law enforcement resources, and spread unwarranted fears in the run-up to the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, federal authorities said Thursday. FBI agents allege that Reinhard fabricated an elaborate tale implicating his stepson in a plot to bomb the Winter Games, and sent investigators from Philadelphia to Moscow scrambling.
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February 7, 2014 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
AS THE OLYMPICS begin, they present a confounding question: What should we care about? Four years ago, in Vancouver, it was simple. There was Apolo Ohno, the multiracial icon whose speedy skating (and deft dancing) gave America its unquestioned darling. There was Lindsey Vonn, a snow princess who did for ski outfits what Katarina Witt did for skating costumes. Shaun White was relatively fresh and still somewhat refreshing. There were Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto, the U.S. ice dancers who won a silver medal in 2006, trained locally and gave the world's best a run for their money before finishing fourth.
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February 7, 2014 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
LINDSEY VONN missing the Olympics is like Kobe Bryant sitting out the All-Star Game. There's still plenty to see. How will aging Russian hero Yevgeny Plushenko fare in figure skating? Will Shani Davis catch history, and what's going on with Canada's women's hockey team? While there is a lot of focus on security at the Sochi Olympics, here are some other things to think about as comepetition commences today. 1 Sochi is a resort city on the Black Sea with a population of about 350,000.
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