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Winter Olympics: Russia Makes Fun of Ring Not Opening at Closing Ceremonies

Russia made a little fun of themselves at the closing ceremonies last night!

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Winter Olympics: Russia and U.S. Finish Atop Medal Haul at Sochi

The Sochi Winter Olympics came to a close on Sunday, with host Russia finished just ahead of the United States in the medal standings othe U.S. men's hockey team finishing off the podium with a disappointing 5-0 loss to Finland in the bronze medal game.

Here's a recap of the final weekend of the Sochi Games.

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Free Beer & Hot Wings: Wolf in the Hotel Hallway is Most Epic #SochiFail [Video]

From Russia's controversial stance on homosexuality to locked bathrooms to an almost wardrobe malfunction to bizarre toilets, the Winter Games have had no shortage of odd stories.

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Free Beer & Hot Wings: Sir David Attenborough Describes Curling [Video]

Sir David Attenborough is an English broadcaster and naturalist who is probably best known for his "Life" series on the BBC.

He's pretty much been the face and voice of natural history programs for about 60 years. When he speaks, people listen.

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The U.S. No. 1 men's two-man bobsled team of Steven Holcomb and Steven Langton make a Sochi Winter Olympics run Friday at Sanki Sliding Center in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images)
The U.S. No. 1 men's two-man bobsled team of Steven Holcomb and Steven Langton make a Sochi Winter Olympics run Friday at Sanki Sliding Center in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Winter Olympics: Army Program Produces Two-Time Medalist Steven Holcomb and Four Other U.S. Bobsledders

By Hayli Goode | BSU at the Games

Steven Holcomb and Steven Langton became the first American pair in 62 years to win a Winter Olympics two-man bobsled medal on Monday, claiming bronze at Sanki Sliding Center in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia, outside Sochi.

The USA-1 bobsled duo had a combined four-run time of 3 minutes, 46.27 seconds with their BMW-made sled to finish just 0.03 second ahead of the fourth-place finishers from Russia. Russia's Alexey Voevoda and Alexander Zubkov won gold with a time of 3:45.39, and Switzerland's Alex Baumann and Beat Hefti clocked 3:46.05 for silver.

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Winter Olympics: U.S. Men’s Hockey Team Advances to Quarterfinals

The U.S. men's hockey team remained undefeated, and The Netherlands claimed the overall medal lead at the Winter Olympics. Here's a recap of this weekend's action in Sochi.

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A visitor poses next to a Sochi Winter Olympics security officer last week at Rosa Khutor Mountain's cluster village in Sochi, Russia. (Photo:Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
A visitor poses next to a Sochi Winter Olympics security officer last week at Rosa Khutor Mountain's cluster village in Sochi, Russia. (Photo:Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
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Winter Olympics: Securing the Sochi Games [Video]

By Joe Ruley | BSU at the Games

Russia has created one of the world’s largest security forces for the Sochi Winter Olympics.

Doug Fry is in Sochi, Russia, to cheer on his daughter, Lyndsey Fry, a forward on the U.S. women's hockey team. The Chandler, Ariz., resident doesn't mind the security at Shayba Arena and elsewhere in Sochi given the potential threats.

“It makes me feel better, and I don’t think it’s intrusive at all considering this is a dangerous time to live in," he said. "It takes five minutes."

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Winter Olympics: Indiana Skier Finds Way to Part in U.S. Slopestyle Sweep

By Zach Huffman | BSU at the Games

It’s not even been three years since the International Olympic Committee brought slopestyle skiing into the Winter Olympics.

But it is what kids have been doing across the globe at ski areas and resorts for years. In terrain parks in the U.S. from coast to coast, skiers were riding every rail they could find and hucking themselves off mounds of snow wherever possible.

Among those kids was Nick Goepper, a member of the U.S. freestyle skiing team. When he started slopestyle skiing as an 11-year-old in southern Indiana, he was hooked.

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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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Winter Olympics: U.S. Snowboarder Kaitlyn Farrington Wins Halfpipe Gold

Americans won another gold in snowboarding, and Canadian and U.S. women renewed their hockey rivalry.

Here's a recap of Wednesday's action at the Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia.

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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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