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February 10, 2014 | By John Cherwa
PAIRS FIGURE SKATING The rich history of Russian pairs skating will once again be on display. Its dominance was so great that some incarnation of Russia won 12 straight golds from 1964 until 2006. Then it was shut out in Vancouver in 2010. This Games pair of Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov should regain gold. WOMEN'S SKI JUMPING It's a showdown in this first Olympic event for women. On one side is 17-year-old Sara Takanashi of Japan. On the other, 19-year-old Sarah Hendrickson of the U.S. It was unknown if Hendrickson would even make it here after suffering a training injury.
February 9, 2014
WOMEN'S SUPER COMBINED Four years ago Julia Mancuso surprised everyone when she won silver in Vancouver, Canada. She seems to rise to the occasion in big events, and the Olympics are as big as they get. Look for Marie-Michele Gagnon of Canada and Maria Riesch Hoefl of Germany to also be there with fast times in this event that combines the downhill and two runs of the slalom. MEN'S MOGULS Canada will probably dominate this competition with world champion Mikael Kingsbury and Vancouver gold medalist Alex Bilodeau.
February 8, 2014 | By John Cherwa
MEN'S DOWNHILL This early marquee event (both early in the Games and very early Sunday morning) could easily be one of the last chapters in the Bode Miller story. The former U.S. bad boy had the fastest time in Saturday's final training run and that was after easing up at the end. He is perfectly suited to this course, winning two of three training runs. WOMEN'S 3,000 SPEEDSKATING Normally long-track speedskating can seem sort of dull. But defending Olympic champion Martina Sablikova's dominance has been something to watch.
February 7, 2014 | By John Cherwa
Saturday's best bets Men's slopestyle The event lost a lot of luster when Shaun White decided not to compete. But the craziness of the jumps and potential crashes that follow make it a must watch. The U.S. did not qualify anyone into the finals but has one last shot to get there in the semifinals. Chas Guldemond has the best U.S. shot, but it's a long one. Team figure skating It's not that they all compete at the same time, but this new event gives TV three more days of figure skating.
February 7, 2014 | By Meg James
The lighting of the Olympic flame in Russia will launch a nearly $900-million bet by U.S. advertisers that this year's Winter Games will become a feel-good event for television audiences. Leading up to Friday's official opening of the XXII Olympic Winter Games, most of the attention has centered on difficulties - and not the athletes. The Sochi athletic competitions will be unfolding against a backdrop of threats of terrorist attacks, allegations of corruption, tense U.S.-Russia relations and protests over Russia's controversial anti-gay laws.
January 30, 2014 | By Mike Boehm
Museums risk consequences if they treat native peoples' spiritual objects simply as regular artworks, as the Seattle Art Museum learned this week when it briefly wagered a ceremonial tribal mask from British Columbia in a playful bet with the Denver Art Museum on Sunday's Super Bowl. The two museums announced early this week that a 135-year-old Nuxalk mask would be sent from Seattle to Denver as a three-month loan if the Denver Broncos won the game, and "The Broncho Buster," an 1895 bronze statue by Frederic Remington, would head in the opposite direction should the Seattle Seahawks prevail.
January 30, 2014 | By Jared S. Hopkins
Jack Mortell leaned in and his eyes widened at the scenario he dreamed up: Who would win if all the gold medalists in speedskating from the upcoming Winter Olympics faced off against one another? "I think people would want to know, don't you?" Mortell asked, grinning. "I think that kind of race would generate some interest. " Fans may find out. In May, Mortell and well-heeled investors plan to launch Ice Derby, an entertainment ice show centered on a professional speedskating tour and featuring figure skating and ice dancing.
January 29, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
By now, we all know how much Denver quarterback Peyton Manning loves yelling the word "Omaha. " We still really don't know why he does it, just that the future Hall of Famer is sure to give the Nebraska city plenty of shout-outs from the line of scrimmage Sunday when the Broncos face the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII. But just how many times will we hear "Omaha!" barked out of our TV sets? Well, Las Vegas sports books are taking bets on that, and they've set the over/under at 27 1/2. Sounds like fun. But just in case you don't want to risk your family's financial well-being on how often a football player blurts out a particular word, you can place your bet here with no money involved at all. A few tidbits to keep in mind: Manning shouted "Omaha!"
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