Olympics

3:31pm

Mon January 13, 2014
The Salt

Borscht Make Your Heart Beet? They're Serving 70,000 Gallons In Sochi

Originally published on Tue January 14, 2014 6:57 am

There are dozens of varieties of borscht — but at its most basic, it's a beet soup with potatoes, tomatoes and often beef or pork.
Flickr/Liz West

Russia's Soviet days are well behind it, but if you're headed to Sochi for the Winter Olympics, your dining options will still run deep red — as in borscht.

Organizers in Sochi expect to serve 70,000 gallons of this Russian staple — a hearty soup whose color comes from beets — to spectators. Borscht has graced both the high table of the Kremlin and the lowly tables of peasants across the former Soviet Union.

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5:13am

Wed January 8, 2014
Business

Lindsey Vonn Is Out, But Some Advertisers May Still Win

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 6:50 am

Skier Lindsey Vonn in Vail, Colo., in November. Vonn's high profile has won her several lucrative commercial sponsors, including Red Bull, Procter & Gamble, Under Armour and Rolex, among others.
Doug Pensinger Getty Images

Lindsey Vonn's decision to sit out next month's Olympic Games because of a knee injury is surely a personal and professional disappointment for the Alpine skiing star. But Olympic athletes with Vonn's star power also mean big advertising dollars — and not competing in Sochi may create winners and losers among the skier's sponsors.

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5:12am

Wed January 8, 2014
Sports

31-Year-Old Hopes To Ski Past Her (Younger) Competitors

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 8:26 am

Holly Brooks competes in the 2012 Cross-Country World Cup tour in Sweden. If she makes it to Sochi, it would be her second Olympics.
Jonas Ekstromer AFP/Getty Images

On a frigid day at Hatcher Pass, north of Anchorage, Alaska, cross-country skier Holly Brooks glides up to a start line.

This race is just a practice with her Alaska Pacific University teammates. It's a chance for Brooks to test her skills before heading to Europe for the busy World Cup season, and then to Sochi in February for the Winter Olympics. Brooks is now a seasoned member of the U.S. Ski Team, but a little more than four years ago, she was on the sidelines.

On July 4, 2009, that all changed.

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7:05am

Tue January 7, 2014
Sports

Skier Lindsey Vonn Will Miss Winter Olympics Due To Injury

Originally published on Tue January 7, 2014 4:38 pm

Skier Lindsey Vonn in November, before her latest injury.
Doug Pensinger Getty Images

Saying she is "devastated" to have to miss the competition, Team USA's best-known and most dominant Alpine skier said Tuesday that she will not be competing in next month's Winter Olympics.

Here's what Linsey Vonn posted on her Facebook page:

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6:03am

Mon January 6, 2014
Sports

Figure Skater With 'Happy Feet' Hopes To Clinch Spot In Sochi

Jeremy Abbott performs during a figure skating competition in Paris in 2012.
Gonzalo Fuentes Reuters/Landov

As the Olympic Games get closer, athletes like figure skater Jeremy Abbott are focusing on making Team USA. With only two slots on the U.S. men's figure skating team, the competition is tough. But the three-time U.S. champion — who has yet to deliver on the world stage — wants 2014 to be the year he takes a medal in Sochi, Russia.

Abbott, 28, has been in ice skates since he was 2 years old. He's already been to one Olympics, placing ninth at the 2010 games in Vancouver.

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