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Backpacks are available for purchase at the Winter Olympics shop at the Olympic Park in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo: Taylor Irby/BSU at the Games)
Backpacks are available for purchase at the Winter Olympics shop at the Olympic Park in Sochi, Russia. (Photo: Taylor Irby/BSU at the Games)
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Winter Olympics: Not Taking Home a Medal? How About a Souvenir?

By Jeremy Ervin | BSU at the Games

Sochi Winter Olympics gear is the hot item no matter where you go in Sochi, Russia.

Every train station, sidewalk and stairway is full of people sporting red, white and blue Russia hats and jackets and knit IOC mittens in Olympic-ring colors.

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Evgenia Pochenkova has been living in Sochi, Russia, for almost two years. (Photo: K.Green/BSU at the Games)
Evgenia Pochenkova has been living in Sochi, Russia, for almost two years. (Photo: K.Green/BSU at the Games)
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Winter Olympics: Sochi Endures for its Celebrated Games

By Holly Demaree | BSU at the Games
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The Sochi Winter Olympics are 17 days of competition that ends Sunday.

For some spectators, getting to the Winter Olympics takes more than a day of constant travel, with the inconvenience and jet lag drifting away on arrival in the Black Sea resort city.

For Sochi's residents, however, these have been moment

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Engage Sochi's core group includes Kellye and Marc Hooks and their three children along with other missionaries affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention. (Photo: Dominique Stewart/BSU at the Games)
Engage Sochi's core group includes Kellye and Marc Hooks and their three children along with other missionaries affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention. (Photo: Dominique Stewart/BSU at the Games)
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Winter Olympics: Spreading The Gospel in Sochi [Video]

By Dominique Stewart | BSU at the Games

Seven years ago, Marc Ira and Kellye Hooks sold their home in Middleburg, Fla., and moved to Russia with their three children.

The reason was they had a new thrust as Southern Baptist Church missionaries reaching out to people for Jesus Christ through church planting and mass evangelism.

“We had to leave our life in America,” Kellye said. “We sold everything, sold our house, gave away the cats and moved to Russia.”

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Category: Travel, Winter Olympics
A visitor poses next to a Sochi Winter Olympics security officer last week at Rosa Khutor Mountain's cluster village in Sochi, Russia. (Photo:Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
A visitor poses next to a Sochi Winter Olympics security officer last week at Rosa Khutor Mountain's cluster village in Sochi, Russia. (Photo:Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
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Winter Olympics: Securing the Sochi Games [Video]

By Joe Ruley | BSU at the Games

Russia has created one of the world’s largest security forces for the Sochi Winter Olympics.

Doug Fry is in Sochi, Russia, to cheer on his daughter, Lyndsey Fry, a forward on the U.S. women's hockey team. The Chandler, Ariz., resident doesn't mind the security at Shayba Arena and elsewhere in Sochi given the potential threats.

“It makes me feel better, and I don’t think it’s intrusive at all considering this is a dangerous time to live in," he said. "It takes five minutes."

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Ball State University student Dominique Stewart smiles while hanging out with a couple of new acquaintances from Russia in Sochi, Russia. (Photo: Taylor Irby/BSU at the Games)
Ball State University student Dominique Stewart smiles while hanging out with a couple of new acquaintances from Russia in Sochi, Russia. (Photo: Taylor Irby/BSU at the Games)
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Зимние Олимпийские игры: Сцены из Сочи (Winter Olympics: Scenes from Sochi)

By Taylor Irby | BSU at the Games

So it begins. #travelday #roadtosochi #ballstate #airport http://t.co/Wu3JpwQgLi

— Taylor Irby (@taylor_irby) February 4, 2014

 

@DavidPolaski I'm on my way to the Olympics. #boom

— Taylor Irby (@taylor_irby) Februar

Justin Bieber Wax Figure
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Justin Bieber Wax Figure in New York Goes Into Early Retirement Due to Groping

It sounds like Beliebers have a hard time keeping their hands to themselves! The Justin Bieber wax figure at Madame Tussauds in Times Square in New York has been exiled to early retirement due to too much groping, which has compromised the look of the doppelganger.

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BSU at the Games
BSU at the Games
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Winter Olympics: ‘I Just Met Shaun White; Like What?!’

By Taylor Imus | BSU at the Games

An impromptu Twitter diary from my tweets regarding BSU at the Games during the Sochi Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
In exactly one month from today, I'll be

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Detroit Deals With Heavy Snow And Bitter Cold
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Greater Grand Rapids: Stuck in Polar Mode [Video]

Good morning. Welcome to the artic. You've been officially temporarily moved to a polar region.

Michigan and the Midwest are stuck in a polar vortex, according to the National Weather Service's Grand Rapids Office. Typically, such an arctic blast -- or wintry hurricane -- only hits northeastern Canada a la Ontario, Quebec and regions further north.

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The Most Ridiculous Around-the-World Adventure Can Be Yours — For a Very Hefty $1.2 Million

Jules Verne took readers around the world in 80 days, but you really need more time to savor the sites.

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Category: News, Travel, TSM
Jakub Hałun, Wiki Commons
Jakub Hałun, Wiki Commons
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Go Here: Nap Time on China’s Great Wall

Once upon a time, the rulers of China, especially the Ming Dynasty emperors, decided to build a very big and very long wall, in order to keep the Manchurian and Mongolian raiders at bay. Maybe you’ve heard of this “Great Wall of China?” It’s kind of well known.

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Category: Travel

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