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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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Winter Olympics: Canada Tops U.S. in OT to Win Women’s Hockey Gold

Canada's women's hockey team beat the United States 3-2 in overtime in the gold medal game on Thursday at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Here's a recap of Thursday's action in Sochi

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Sochi Winter Olympics Recap 2-19
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Winter Olympics: U.S. Men’s Hockey Team Advances to Semi Against Canada

The U.S. men's hockey team cleared another hurdle in its pursuit of gold, and the Americans seized the overall medal lead.

Here's a recap of Wednesday's action at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

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Meryl Davis and Charlie White, both of Michigan, display the gold medals they earned for winning the figure skating ice dancing competition at the Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia. (Photo: Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
Meryl Davis and Charlie White, both of Michigan, display the gold medals they earned for winning the figure skating ice dancing competition at the Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia. (Photo: Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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Winter Olympics Offer Vision of Better World — If Anyone is Watching

By Adrianna Howell | BSU at the Games

Please raise your hand if you remember all the hype and hubbub of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.

Please keep your hand up if you knew this year was also an Olympic year.

Why is it that the Summer Games seem to draw so much more of a crowd than the Winter Games?

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Winter Olympics: U.S. Skier David Wise Wins Halfpipe Gold

A U.S. skier won a new Winter Olympics event, and the Dutch skated back atop the medals table.

Here's a recap of Tuesday's action in Sochi, Russia.

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Charlie White and Meryl Davis
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Winter Olympics: Michigan’s Meryl Davis and Charlie White Win Ice Dancing Gold

An American ice dancing team from Michigan made history, and the U.S. and Russia finished Monday tied atop the medals table.

Here's a recap of the day's action in Sochi.

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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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Winter Olympics: Indiana Skier Finds Way to Part in U.S. Slopestyle Sweep

By Zach Huffman | BSU at the Games

It’s not even been three years since the International Olympic Committee brought slopestyle skiing into the Winter Olympics.

But it is what kids have been doing across the globe at ski areas and resorts for years. In terrain parks in the U.S. from coast to coast, skiers were riding every rail they could find and hucking themselves off mounds of snow wherever possible.

Among those kids was Nick Goepper, a member of the U.S. freestyle skiing team. When he started slopestyle skiing as an 11-year-old in southern Indiana, he was hooked.

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Winter Olympics: Erin Hamlin Wins First U.S. Luge Medal; Shaun White Fourth in Halfpipe

American luger Erin Hamlin made U.S. Olympic history and Norway took the lead in overall medals at the Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia.

Here's a recap of Tuesday's action in Sochi:

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Winter Olympics: U.S. Skier Julia Mancuso Wins Bronze Medal

An American skier continued to etch her place in Winter Olympics history on Monday, and the Dutch rose to the top of the medal count.

Here's a recap of the day's action in Sochi, Russia:

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Winter Olympics: Dangers of Short-Track Speedskating Mean Risks and Rewards

By Allyson Burger | BSU at the Games

During the semifinal 500-meter race at the 2010 U.S. Olympic trials for short-track speedskating, J.R. Celski let out agonizing screams as blood poured from a large wound

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