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Mountain Safety
1:08 am
Tue February 11, 2014

With An Air Bag, Help During An Avalanche Is A Cord-Yank Away

Derick Noffsinger models a deployed avalanche air bag pack made by Black Diamond at an industry market in Salt Lake City last month.
Rick Bowmer AP

Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 8:03 am

Let's say you're skiing in the backcountry, looking for some powder — but instead, you trigger an avalanche.

If you have an avalanche air bag pack strapped to your back, you just yank the cord. That deploys the air bag, which keeps you close to the surface and easier to dig out, says Andy Wenberg with Backcountry Access, one of several companies making the devices. When deployed, his company's version of the air bag comes out like wings.

"The whole idea when you deploy that thing in an avalanche is you're avoiding burial death," he says.

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Sports
8:53 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Two Northwest Athletes Chosen As Flag Bearers in Sochi

File photo of Roberto Carcelen of Seattle carrying the Peruvian flag at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
Jude Freeman Wikimedia

Originally published on Fri February 7, 2014 3:37 pm

Two athletes from the Northwest had the honor of carrying their nation's flag in the Opening Ceremonies of the Winter Olympics -- but neither banner was the Stars and Stripes.

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Sports
8:52 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Watching Winter Olympics 'Live' Is For The Early Birds And Night Owls

Originally published on Fri February 7, 2014 3:56 pm

The 12-hour time difference between the Pacific Northwest and Sochi, Russia threatens to rob sleep from diehard sports fans and the families of local athletes competing at the Winter Olympics.

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Sports Politics
7:47 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Coming Out Complicates Player's Prospects, NFL Execs Say

Missouri Tigers defensive lineman Michael Sam.
Rick Scuteri AP

Originally published on Mon February 10, 2014 12:55 pm

Michael Sam has been a star defensive end at the University of Missouri. He's been an All-American and The Associated Press SEC Defensive Player of the Year.

A senior, he's been among the players scouts have said are sure to be selected by an NFL team when the league holds its draft on May 8-9.

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Sochi Olympics
7:19 am
Sun February 9, 2014

New Team Figure Skating Already Has Its Share Of Controversy

Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the United States compete in the team ice dance short dance figure skating competition at Sochi on Saturday.
Bernat Armangue AP

Originally published on Sun February 9, 2014 9:37 am

Controversy is nothing new to figure skating, so perhaps it's not surprising that team figure skating, new to this Olympics, has already come in for some unwanted attention. The Russian and U.S. figure skating teams are strongly denying reports that they are in collusion.

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The Week In Review
3:12 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Big Week For Seattle: Microsoft Picks New CEO And Seahawks Win Super Bowl

Fans celebrated in Capitol Hill after the Seahawks' Super Bowl victory on Sunday.
KUOW Photo/Debrah Wang

Microsoft picks Satya Nadella to succeed Steve Ballmer as CEO, and hundreds of thousands of Seahawks fans pour into downtown to celebrate Seattle’s first-ever Super Bowl victory.

Steve Scher talks with Crosscut’s Knute Berger, Eli Sanders of The Stranger and news analyst Joni Balter about this week's top stories.

Gay Rights
2:47 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

'The Games Have Always Been A Little Gay': Video For Gay Rights At The Olympics Goes Viral

Flickr Photo/Serena Epstein (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with Michael Bach, founder and CEO of the Canadian Institute of Diversity and Inclusion, about a viral video advocating for gay rights in Russia.

Sochi Olympics
8:40 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Opening Ceremony Never Gets Old, Even For Olympic Veterans

U.S. Olympic snowboarder Nate Holland
Sarah Brunson U.S. Snowboarding

Originally published on Thu February 6, 2014 3:21 pm

For some of the Northwest athletes competing at the Winter Games, this will be the third or fourth time to experience the Opening Ceremonies.

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Sochi Olympics
7:38 am
Fri February 7, 2014

U.S. Olympians Wearing Northwest Wool For Opening Ceremony

Woolgrower Jeanne Carver with the 2014 U.S. Olympic parade sweater
David Nogueras OPB

Originally published on Thu February 6, 2014 5:41 pm

When Team USA marches into the stadium for the Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony Friday, they'll be swathed in the warmth of the Northwest, quite literally.

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Author Interview
3:51 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

How To Compete Like A Winner

Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman's book "Top Dog."

Ross Reynolds sits down with Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman to talk about competition and their book, "Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing."

This interview originally aired on March 5, 2013.

Sochi Olympics
9:42 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Olympic Events Kick Off Under Shadow Of Security Concerns

The morning sun shines on a different kind of Olympic rings at the games in Sochi, Russia.
Robert Smith NPR

Originally published on Thu February 6, 2014 8:06 am

Olympic competition began under gorgeous blue skies Thursday in Sochi, with snowboarders soaring in a new event for the games — slopestyle. Boarders performed the remarkable tricks and twists that make slopestyle a thrill to watch. American Chas Guldemond placed fifth in the first heat, qualifying him for Saturday's semifinals.

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Super Bowl Parade
1:58 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Seattle Celebrates Seahawks’ Super Bowl Victory

An estimated 700,000 Seahawks fans gathered for the Super Bowl parade on Wednesday.
Flickr Photo/Anne and Tim

A sea of fans flooded downtown Seattle on Wednesday as the Seahawks Super Bowl victory parade crawled its way from Seattle Center to CenturyLink Field.

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City Investment
4:53 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Does A Super Bowl Victory Boost The Economy?

Tom McMaster, of Just Sports in Alderwood Mall, hangs more "12th Man" uniforms. The success of the team has made them hot commodities.
KUOW Photo/Deb Wang

It feels great to win the Super Bowl, especially if you sell beer, T-shirts or season tickets. But that's not what people mean when they talk about a boost to the region's economy. And when you consider the businesses that will close for Wednesday's parade and the employees who will disappear to see that parade, there may even be a downside to winning the Super Bowl.

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Super Bowl Victory
10:56 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Seahawks Say They Figured Out Manning's Signals

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning during Sunday's Super Bowl. Some players on the Seattle Seahawks say they studied his hand signals. That helped them shut down the Broncos defense, they say.
Kevin C. Cox Getty Images

Here's a window into why the Seattle Seahawks' defense so thoroughly dominated the Denver Broncos' offense during Sunday's Super Bowl, which Seattle won 43-8.

Yes, it certainly seems as if Seattle's players were just bigger and faster and played better.

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Competitive Edge
7:56 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Coach From Tacoma Helps U.S. Olympians Play Mental Game

File photo of Team USA goaltender Molly Schaus
Sara Melikian Flickr

Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 4:47 pm

The Super Bowl-winning Seattle Seahawks had one. Professional baseball teams have them. And the U.S. Olympic women's ice hockey team found one in Tacoma: a "mental skills" coach.

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