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Ball State University student Dominique Stewart smiles while hanging out with a couple of new acquaintances from Russia in Sochi, Russia. (Photo: Taylor Irby/BSU at the Games)
Ball State University student Dominique Stewart smiles while hanging out with a couple of new acquaintances from Russia in Sochi, Russia. (Photo: Taylor Irby/BSU at the Games)
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Зимние Олимпийские игры: Сцены из Сочи (Winter Olympics: Scenes from Sochi)

By Taylor Irby | BSU at the Games

So it begins. #travelday #roadtosochi #ballstate #airport http://t.co/Wu3JpwQgLi

— Taylor Irby (@taylor_irby) February 4, 2014

 

@DavidPolaski I'm on my way to the Olympics. #boom

— Taylor Irby (@taylor_irby) Februar

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Free Beer & Hot Wings: A First-Person View of Sochi Skiing Downhill Course [Video]

GoPro cameras have really made it possible for us regular people to experience things that people much more talented than us experience on a daily basis.

Last week, "The Free Beer & Hot Wings Morning Show" posted a video of the terrifying and dangerous snowboarding slopestyle course at the Sochi Winter Olympics. The course was receiving some pretty bad reviews from many of the athletes, even causing some to back out of the competition after being injured during practice.

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Sochi Winter Olympics men's snowboard slopestyle medalists, from left, Mark McMorris, of Canada, bronze; Sage Kotsenburg, of the United States, gold; and Staale Sandbech, of Norway, silver. (Photo: Morry Gash/AP)
Sochi Winter Olympics men's snowboard slopestyle medalists, from left, Mark McMorris, of Canada, bronze; Sage Kotsenburg, of the United States, gold; and Staale Sandbech, of Norway, silver. (Photo: Morry Gash/AP)
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Winter Olympics: Why Do Olympians ‘Bite Down on Their Booty?’

By Meagan Hook | BSU at the Games

Chomping into the gold. Salivating over the silver. Biting a piece of the bronze.

One sees it with regularity during the medal ceremonies on Krasnodar-Teatralnaya Square at the Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia.

What started this trend? Is it made of something delicious that only Olympians know? Is it some kind of well-kept secret if you bite the medal you get special powers?

”There are only so many things to do with a medal, and the excited champions are usually appeasing requests from the gallery of Olympic photographers when they bite down on their booty,” said David Wallechinsky, president of the Netherlands-based International Society of Olympic Historians.

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Medal Ceremony - Winter Olympics Day 3
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We Were One Inch Away From the First Nip Slip of 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi!

So far, the Winter Olympics in Sochi have been pretty odd.

From doors that won't let competitors escape their bathrooms or elevators, to the odd suggestions of where to put the Russian food!

What we haven't had, so far, are "wardrobe malfunctions".  Which, if you're like me, is the only real reason to watch women skating around in tight clothes, right?

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Winter Olympics: Built for Speed, U.S.’ Innovative Under Armour Skin Suits Hit the Ice

By Allyson Burger | BSU at the Games

Since the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, U.S. engineers in sports technology and aerospace have joined forces on a top-secret project.

What was it? Super-secret spy technology? A faster than the speed of light aircraft?

No.

The mission had one sole purpose: to make the fastest speedskaters in the world even faster.

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