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Amy Purdy wins Sochi Paralympic medal, heads to LA for DWTS debut
by Pretty Tough
posted March 15, 2014 at 9:56am

Para-snowboarding took place for the first time in the history of the Paralympic Winter Games today and American snowboarder Amy Purdy captured a bronze medal. After the medal ceremony tonight, Purdy will catch a flight to Los Angeles to prepare for ...more

It’s a Wrap – Final Thoughts on the Sochi Olympics
by Pretty Tough
posted February 25, 2014 at 9:09am

The largest and most expensive Winter Olympic Games in history wrapped up in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia. There were lots of hits and misses over the past two weeks – surprise victories, heart-breaking losses and unexpected missteps.  ...more

Sochi Olympics Style Recap: From Golden Moments To Fashion Faux Pas
by A Glam Slam
posted February 23, 2014 at 9:45am

The Olympics take place on a grand stage and companies are tasked with designing apparel for athletes that merges technical innovations with a memorable style. At the Winter Games, competitions were marked by sartorial displays of team pride from countrie...more

Bronze Medalist Erin Hamlin Partners with USA Luge Slider Search
by Pretty Tough
posted February 19, 2014 at 10:48pm

Erin Hamlin is a three-time Olympian and the first female American luger to medal at any Winter Olympics, as well as the first American of either gender to medal in singles competition. Hamlin, a New York state native, came to Sochi to make amends for ...more

You can literally see the inequality
by After Atalanta
posted February 14, 2014 at 8:13pm

Last weekish I wrote about my astonishment that there isn't a 4-women bobsled event and how this speaks to the inequality that still remains in the Olympics in spite of visible and highly touted progress (i.e., the much-belated inclusion of women's ski ju...more

The Game Doesn’t Stop After A Bad Call: CAN Hockey beats USA 3-2 in 1st Round
by The First Line
posted February 13, 2014 at 12:09pm

Before we launch into that, let us pause for a moment to contemplate exactly how bad that call was.  It was probably top three in the worst call pantheon I have personally witnessed.  What makes it particularly egregious is that the referee know...more

Historic day finally realized at Olympic Games for women ski jumpers #Sochi2014
by anngaff
posted February 12, 2014 at 9:46am

Lindsey Van competes in the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games.Photo by Sarah Brunson/USSA KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia - Try as she might, Jessica Jerome couldn't convince her eyes and her mind that Tuesday night's inaugural Olympic women's ski jumping event...more

The weight game
by Byline to Finish Line
posted February 11, 2014 at 8:28pm

The Americans were blowing out the competition. Again. That’s what often happens in international women’s hockey. As much I love the U.S.-Canada rivalry, I also love the sport and part of me wonders if it wouldn’t be worthwhile to, say l...more

Who Wins Tomorrow? (USA vs. CAN Hockey)
by The First Line
posted February 11, 2014 at 8:13pm

The fact that the U.S. has looked the stronger team coming in means nothing in this rivalry.  As I’ve noted many times, at this point the match-up is 95% psychological and the teams are looking for that 5% separation any place they can find it....more

Women's Ski Jumping USA President, Parents of USA Ski Jumpers Reflect before Olympic Debut
by anngaff
posted February 11, 2014 at 1:09pm

Before the women ski jumpers make history in their event at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games, leaders at Women's Ski Jumping USA and parents of the US team members reflected on the fight for inclusion: “I think our battle to get the women into ski jump...more

Exhaustion on the slopes Sochi-style
by Inspiring Sports Women
posted February 11, 2014 at 9:15am

The women's cross-country skiathlon finish line. Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty ImagesWhen I saw this photograph at first on The Guardian website, I thought there had been a terrible tragedy. But no, it's just the aftermath of the Cross-country skiath...more

Best & Worst Dressed At Sochi Olympics Opening Ceremony
by A Glam Slam
posted February 9, 2014 at 10:12am

Olympic athletes walked down the world’s greatest runway last night, at the Sochi 2014 Opening Ceremony. The Parade of Nations has competitors marching proudly on behalf of their countries, while facing off on the style front. From high-end fashion ...more

Ski Legend Picabo Street Partners with Stay on the Slopes Initiative
by Pretty Tough
posted February 8, 2014 at 9:18am

Inspired by her own setbacks, U.S. Olympic Ski Legend Picabo Street is teaming up with the Stay on the Slopes Initiative to help prevent and treat skiing and snowboarding injuries by providing funds for testing equipment, exercise machines and other techn...more

Blogging Sochi: An Olympics Roundup
by Same Size Balls
posted February 7, 2014 at 8:38pm

While millions turn their eyes to the Russian resort town for today’s opening ceremony, the Sochi Olympics have been on the minds of many for months — especially those competing for a spot on a national team. We’re thrilled that so many ...more

Two Former Track Stars Persevere and Find a Home on 2014 U.S. Women’s Olympic Bobsled Team
by Sports Girls Play
posted February 6, 2014 at 8:37pm

Guest post by Kate Voss The road to Olympic victory is not an easy or painless journey. However, for some athletes who found defeat in one Olympic sport, including former track stars Lolo Jones and Lauryn Williams, an alternative route for Olympic succ...more

Is Sochi ready for the Games?
by Inspiring Sports Women
posted February 6, 2014 at 9:03am

Sports journalists who've reached Sochi in Russia for the Winter Olympics are having a few problems adjusting to the hotels there. The photos are amusing but the corrupt building practices behind them, not so funny. Photos of journos pointing in cons...more

Why adjectives matter: The case of women's sports
by After Atalanta
posted February 5, 2014 at 9:07am

I ended yesterday's post with a line about female Olympians, who are the minority gender at the Winter Olympics, receiving a greater piece of spotlight. The caveat (in addition to the fact that it actually might not be true if one does a thorough content ...more

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