History is being made Tuesday in Sochi, as women's ski jump makes its debut as an Olympic event. While men have competed in ski jumping for nearly a century, women have not been included in Olympic competition. They've been seeking equality in their sport for more than a decade. Tamara Keith was on hand to report on the day's events.
Coming into Sochi, American snowboarder Shaun White made headlines when he decided to drop out of the slopestyle event, citing a wish to focus on the halfpipe competition. Things turned out poorly for White in the halfpipe on Tuesday, though, as he fell twice and failed to medal. Switzerland's Iouri Podladtchikov — nicknamed "iPod — finished first instead.
Robert speaks with ESPN's Scott Burnside about the differences between ice hockey as it's played in the National Hockey League and in the Olympics. One main difference is that when the games are played outside of North America, the dimensions of the rink are larger, changing the tactics of the teams.
German Natalie Geisenberger's winning margin of 1.139 seconds was the largest at the Olympics since 1964, the sport's first year at the games. The American Hamlin says of her medal, "It's surreal, really."
Jumpers Lindsey Van and Jessica Jerome spent a decade advocating for the event's inclusion. "There's nothing to wait for anymore," says Van. "I'm here, and it feels good." Their teammate Sarah Hendrickson, meanwhile, has another battle to fight, as she competes on a newly reconstructed knee.
Olympic organizers in Sochi are trying to feature Russian culture, but when it comes to music, they've brought in help from the USA: Mike Nakagawa from Aspen, Colo. One catch: The Olympics have some strict rules on what he can play.
The World Cup soccer extravaganza being held in Brazil opens in June. And the U.S. team faces a number of challenges. It will face some of the world's best teams and will be doing this in the middle of the Amazon.
NBC says its coverage of the Winter Olympics has drawn more than 100 million viewers over its first weekend. That indicates lots of interest in the games, which will fill 1,539 hours of coverage across NBC's broadcast network, cable channels and online. We have some suggestions for watching the Sochi Olympics — from the regular network broadcast to cable to the Internet.
Air bags stored in backpacks are saving the lives of backcountry skiers, snowboarders and snowmobilers. They look something like car air bags, but they work on an entirely different principle. These keep you safe simply by turning you into a larger object, and that helps you rise to the top of debris.
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