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Northwest Athlete
7:23 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Sun Valley Snowboarder Grabs Olympic Gold In Sochi

Olympic gold medalist Kaitlyn Farrington
Sarah Brunson U.S. Snowboarding

Originally published on Wed February 12, 2014 9:46 pm

A snowboarder raised in Sun Valley, Idaho soared over better known and more experienced rivals to grab the gold medal in women's halfpipe at the Winter Olympics.

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News From Canada
11:50 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Canadian Olympians Mining For Gold In Sochi

Brianne Jenner of Canada and Brianna Decker of the United States battle for control of the puck during the second period of the 2014 Winter Olympics women's ice hockey game on February 12, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.
AP Photo/Matt Slocum

Marcie Sillman talks with Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer about how Team Canada is faring at the 2014 Winter Olympic in Sochi, Russia.

Snowboard Gold
8:36 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Idaho Snowboarder Grabs Northwest's First 2014 Olympic Medal

USA snowboarder Kaitlyn Farrington (center) of Bellevue, Idaho won gold in the women's halfpipe on Wednesday.
Sarah Brunson U.S. Snowboarding

Originally published on Sat February 15, 2014 10:26 am

The Northwest has its first Olympic gold medal from the 2014 Sochi Games. Snowboarder Kaitlyn Farrington of Bellevue, Idaho triumphed in the women's halfpipe Wednesday.

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Coming Out In Football
10:55 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Dave Kopay's Advice To Michael Sam: 'Start Bringing It Like You've Never Brought It Before'

Missouri senior defensive lineman Michael Sam speaks to the media during an NCAA college football news conference Jan. 1, 2014, in Irving, Texas.
AP Photo/Brandon Wade

Marcie Sillman talks with former NFL running back Dave Kopay, who came out as a gay man after his retirement from football, about All-American defensive lineman Michael Sam's announcement that he is gay.

Sports
2:57 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Sen. Maria Cantwell: NFL Needs To Abandon Redskin Name

A Washington Redskins helmet.
Flickr Photo/Keith Allison

Ross Reynolds talks with U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., about her letter to the National Football League urging it to get rid of the Washington Redskins' name.

Sochi Olympics
10:01 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Olympic Snowboarders Groove To DJ Naka G

Who pumps up the crowd as Shaun White throws down in Sochi? DJ Naka G.
Sergei Grits AP

Originally published on Tue February 11, 2014 10:29 am

It's hard to tell on TV, but in person, the Olympics are loud.

Every competition has its own DJ, and for the snowboarding, Russia has brought in a little help from the USA: Mike Nakagawa, better known as DJ Naka G.

The men's snowboarding team is hitting the halfpipe Tuesday in Sochi, and it's Naka G's job to pick the song for each rider.

"We're really providing the soundtrack for a story," he says. "We're making it dramatic. We're making it exciting. We're making it just pure fun."

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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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