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Sochi Olympics
9:33 am
Thu January 23, 2014

U.S. Olympic Nordic Team Stacked With Northwest Skiers

U.S. Nordic Olympic team member Erik Bjornsen of Mazama, Wash. demonstrated a finishing lunge for a Methow Valley youngster in December.
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu January 23, 2014 8:51 pm

It's looking more and more like Northwest athletes will be unusually well represented at the Winter Olympics in Russia next month. The U.S. Olympic Nordic team was named Wednesday.

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Sochi Olympics
9:30 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Washington Man's Olympic Dream: Making Snow In Sochi

Wenatchee's Jon Wax climbs a snow making tower to perform maintenance ahead of the 2014 Sochi Olympics. In the background is the finish line for downhill ski racing at the Rosa Khutor venue.
Sam Morrison

Originally published on Wed January 22, 2014 11:40 am

Winter Olympic hopefuls from the Northwest are learning this month who will get to go to the Sochi Games next month. One snow making expert from Washington state is already there.

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Sports
4:15 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

More Northwest Athletes Qualify For Sochi Olympics

Angeli VanLaanen of Bellingham was named to the U.S. Olympic Team in ski halfpipe.
Sarah Brunson U.S. Freeskiing

Originally published on Wed January 22, 2014 6:32 am

It's not just the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl that will make for an exciting February for Northwest sports fans. The Winter Olympics start mere days later.

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Seattle Seahawks
2:05 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Pushback On Richard Sherman Debate: 'He Is The Antithesis Of The Dumb Jock Stereotype'

Richard Sherman, Seattle Seahawks cornerback, speaks at a news conference after Seattle beat the San Francisco 49ers for the NFC Championship on Sunday.
Credit AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

The Seattle Seahawks booked their ticket to the Super Bowl by winning the NFC Championship on Sunday, but not without some controversy.

When Erin Andrews of Fox Sports grabbed Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman for a post-game interview, he looked right into the camera and said, “I’m the best corner in the game and when you try me against a sorry receiver like Crabtree that’s the results you going to get.”

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Sports & Taxes
3:36 pm
Sat January 18, 2014

The NFL: Big Business With Big Tax Breaks

MetLife Stadium in New Jersey will hold the 2014 Super Bowl. The stadium gets a break on local property taxes.
Julio Cortez AP

Originally published on Sun January 19, 2014 8:04 am

If you're a football fan, Sunday is kind of like Christmas.

Two conference championship games will determine the teams that advance to the Super Bowl, and the matchups couldn't be more exciting: Denver vs. New England (Peyton Manning vs. Tom Brady). And some would say the other game, pitting San Francisco against Seattle, might just feature the two best teams in the league.

America shows its love for the sport in many ways beyond breathless anticipation of big games. It also gives back to the National Football League with tax breaks and publicly funded stadiums.

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Football
4:42 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Calling The Game: Gene Steratore's Role In NFC Championship Game

Gene Steratore will be officiating the game in Seattle this Sunday.
Flickr Photo/Ed Yourdon

Ross Reynolds talks with Ben Austro, editor of FootballZebras.com, about Gene Steratore's officiating style in anticipation of this Sunday's league championship game between the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers.

Rant
11:08 am
Fri January 17, 2014

KUOW Host Bill Radke Asks Seahawks' Fans: 'Why Do You Even Care?'

Bill Radke, normally an optimist, ho-hums at the Seahawks mania that has consumed Seattle. "Do the Seahawks seem in any way Seattle-ish to you?" he asks.
Credit KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

We’ve been talking this week about the appeal of being a fair-weather sports fan and joining a community that’s rooting for the same thing. In Seattle at the moment, that’s obviously the Seahawks. On Sunday, they play the San Francisco 49ers.

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Olympic Games
3:31 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Is Russia Ready For The Winter Olympics?

The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, will start February 7.
Flickr Photo/Ryan Lejbak

Marcie Sillman discusses the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics with Jill Dougherty, former CNN foreign affairs correspondent.

Dougherty spoke at the University of Washington's Ellison Center about the state of Russia and U.S. affairs.

Sports
3:31 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Seahawks One Win Away From Reaching Super Bowl

The Seattle Seahawks host the San Francisco 49ers at CenturyLink Field on Sunday, Jan. 19.
Flickr Photo/Mike Morris

Marcie Sillman talks with Seattle Times columnist Jerry Brewer about the Seattle Seahawks' chances of reaching the Super Bowl.

Sochi Olympics
10:30 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Northwest Ski Towns Stock Olympic Teams Well Beyond USA

Both Olympic hopefuls racing for the U.S. Virgin Islands have Sun Valley ties. Jasmine Campbell (on left) is most likely to receive the one slot in Sochi allocated to the U.S territory. Sun Valley Ski Academy graduate (2013) Veronica Gaspar on right.
John Campbell

Originally published on Tue January 21, 2014 9:32 am

Next month, Sochi, Russia will host athletes from more than 85 nations at the Winter Olympics. Some of those countries might surprise you. They get no snow or have no mountains.

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Sports
3:05 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Behind Enemy Lines: A New Orleans Restaurant On Seahawks Game Day

New Orleans Creole Restaurant, in Seattle's Pioneer Square.
Flickr Photo/javacolleen

David Hyde talks with Dean Haugen, owner of Pioneer Square's New Orleans Creole Restaurant, about the Saints' fans seeking refuge at his restaurant on a Seahawks game day.

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Sports
9:27 am
Fri January 10, 2014

With Super Bowl Hopes, Can Seahawks Live Up To The Hype?

Die-hard Seahawks fans pack CenturyLink Field in Seattle.
Flickr Photo/Philip Robertson

Ross Reynolds talks with Seattle Times columnist Jerry Brewer about the Seattle Seahawks' chances to beat the New Orleans Saints in the second round of the NFL playoffs.

Free Agent
2:44 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

The Role Of 'Basketball Diplomacy' In North Korea

Dennis Rodman bows to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, seated above in the stands, before an exhibition basketball game with US and North Korean players at a stadium in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Wednesday.
AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon

When former basketball star Dennis Rodman implied to CNN that Kenneth Bae, a Lynnwood, Wash., man imprisoned in North Korea, had committed a crime, Bae’s sister lashed out.

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Sports
2:43 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

How Football Fleeces The Fans

Gregg Easterbrook's book "King of Sports."

Marcie Sillman and Ross Reynolds speak with sports writer Gregg Easterbrook, author of "The King of Sports: Football's Impact on America," about how the NFL fleeces taxpayers.

Sochi Olympics
9:37 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Cross Country Ski Duo Bring Sibling Power To Winter Olympics

U.S. Ski Team teammates and siblings Sadie and Erik Bjornsen.
Robert Whitney

Originally published on Wed January 15, 2014 4:06 pm

Athletes headed to next month's Winter Olympics in Russia can be expected to leverage any advantage that nature or nurture provides: Experience, a bigger body, or a higher tolerance for pain.

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