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U.S. Speedskaters Get A Little Help From Their Friends

U.S. Olympic teams have been more successful in speedskating than in any other winter sport. The secret to their success includes talent, skill and hard work, but there's also a network of support that buoys the team.

Was That Jump A 6? Subjectivity In Olympic Judging

Vote-trading scandals in the 1998 and 2002 Olympics forced the International Skating Union to make major changes to its judging system, including obscuring which judge issued which mark. Sports correspondent Mike Pesca discusses the issue of transparency and subjectivity in Olympics judging with NPR's Rachel Martin.

U.S. Sweeps Slopestyle Snowboarding With Women's Gold

In a near flawless run, Jamie Anderson took the medal a day after teammate Sage Kotsenburg clinched the men's gold.

New Yorkers Lead The States In Winter Games Golds

The first gold medal of Sochi's Winter Olympics went to Team USA's Sage Kotsenburg, from Utah, making him the third from that state to win a gold. NPR's Rachel Martin takes a moment to look at who has historically won the most gold medals in the Winter Olympics, both inside the U.S. and globally.

It's Hard Being A Black Man In Love With Figure Skating

Every few years when the winter Olympics come around, reporter Robert Samuels' heart begins to flutter. Samuels talks with NPR's Rachel Martin about his lifelong passion for the sport.

Sochi Games Expose Indian Corruption And Redemption

Luger Shiva Keshavan faces an uphill battle not only to train for the Olympics, but even to carry his country's flag. He and fellow Indian athletes are officially "stateless" at the games.

People, Language And Controversy In The Headlines

Writer and comedian Hari Kondabolu speaks with NPR's Arun Rath about India being excluded from the Olympics, a controversial Coke commercial, and comments from Sen. Pat Roberts from Kansas during the confirmation hearings for surgeon general nominee Dr. Vivek Murthy.

Olympic Guests Find Comfort Zones In First Day Of Games

The day after the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games, in the heart of the Olympic Park, visitors were upbeat. And all the controversies of previous days — stray dogs and unfinished digs — seemed to fall away.

Forego The Faux Snow: The Games Could Use A Permanent Home

Will Sochi be a city of super-sized, expensive venues that sit mostly empty in the future? Maybe having different cities host the Olympics doesn't make much sense.

Is Early Sochi Criticism Par For The Course?

The Sochi Olympics have been criticized for poor preparation, security concerns, and Russia's policies on human and animal rights. The Russians aren't pleased. But host-bashing is a popular pastime.