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Canadian men’s hockey players might as well sleep in same bed at Olympics

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When my roommate and I first moved into our college dorm room freshman year, we had no idea how all of our stuff was going to fit. After seeing some of the sleeping arrangements for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, I now feel like we were fortunate to have as much space as we did.

On Tuesday morning, Stephen Whyno of The Canadian Press was given a tour of one of the rooms the Canadian men’s hockey team will be staying in. As you can see, it features three twin-sized (barely) beds that have roughly three feet of space separating them. Remember, there will be grown men — some of them very large — living in these rooms for almost a month.

Russian journalist Pavel Lysenkov was given a tour of one of the Russian team’s rooms, and it was not much larger. Although, there were only two beds.

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US bobsledders: Lolo Jones made team because of her popularity

Lolo-Jones-bobsledLolo Jones is fairly new to the bobsled scene, yet the track and field star managed to earn a highly sought after spot on the US women’s team for the Winter Olympics in Sochi. Jones earned the third and final brakeman spot, sparking some controversy among the Olympic community. Simply put, some of her teammates think Lolo is going to Sochi because of her popularity.

Emily Azevedo, one of the athletes who was in the running for the spot that was given to Jones, was very candid in speaking with USA Today Sports on Thursday.

“I should have been working harder on gaining Twitter followers than gaining muscle mass,” she said.

As we know, Jones’ openness about her virginity and outgoing personality have landed her endorsement deals and appearances on late night talk shows. Katie Eberling, another brakeman who did not make the final cut, feels the same was as Azevedo.

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Vladimir Putin to gay Olympic visitors: ‘Leave children alone please’

Vladimir-Putin-OlympicsThe Sochi Olympics are fast approaching, and many people are still worried about the safety of both competitors and spectators. In addition to the usual threats of terrorism, there has also been concern over how gay athletes and visitors might be treated. Last year, Russia put forth a law that banned “homosexual propaganda” and gay rights rallies.

On Friday, Russian president Vladimir Putin assured the public that no group of people will be discriminated against based on their sexual preference or cultural beliefs — as long as they stay away from children.

“We do not have a ban on non-traditional sexual relationships,” Putin told Olympic volunteers, via The Guardian. “We have a ban on the propaganda of homosexuality and pedophilia. I want to underline this. Propaganda among children. These are absolutely different things – a ban on something or a ban on the propaganda of that thing.

“We are not forbidding anything and nobody is being grabbed off the street, and there is no punishment for such kinds of relations. You can feel relaxed and calm [in Russia], but leave children alone please.”

Putin added that Russia is a traditional country and claimed that some other countries have discussed the legalization of pedophilia, which is not something Russia will stand for. He did not specify which countries he was referring to.

“What, are we supposed to follow along like obedient lapdogs, towards whatever consequences await?” Putin added. “We have our own traditions, our own culture. We have respect for all of our international partners and ask that they also respect our own traditions and culture.”

Last month, British Olympic diver Tom Daley came out as gay and received full support from the Amateur Swimming Association. We certainly hope the world has moved beyond making a person’s sexual preference an issue during the Olympics.

RelatedUS women’s soccer player reveals she is gay

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Olympic flame burned out on relay, had to be relit with someone’s lighter (Video)

Olympic-torch-burns-outThe relay for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia began on Monday with the ceremonial lighting of the Olympic torch. The idea behind the Olympic torch is that it remains lit for four months on a journey across thousands of miles to the site of the Opening Ceremony for the Olympic Games. More than 14,000 torchbearers will take part in the journey in Russia with one objective — keeping the torch lit.

Unfortunately for one gentleman, that task has already proven to be quite difficult. After the torch was lit in Moscow on Monday, the flame went out while one of the first torchbearers was carrying it. A man who was standing along the trail had to lend a hand by relighting to the torch with a lighter he had in his pocket.

Russian president Vladimir Putin was likely not impressed. In reality, this probably happens more than we realize. The fact that the flame went out so quickly and the way the situation was remedied happened to make it pretty entertaining. If it’s any consolation for the guy who was carrying the torch, this torchbearer from London is still probably more embarrassed than he’ll ever be.

Bobsledder Steven Holcomb rips Lolo Jones for complaining about paycheck

Lolo-Jones-paycheckAs most of you know, Lolo Jones has been training to compete in bobsledding at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia. The track and field star decided to make the switch so she would not have to wait until the 2016 Olympics to compete for a medal, but she has apparently been unhappy with the pay.

On Monday, Jones posted a Vine video expressing her disappointment with the $741.84 paycheck she got from the US Bobsled and Skeleton Foundation. The clip is below. You can click the icon in the top left corner to turn the volume on and off.

Steven Holcomb, an Olympic gold medalist and the most accomplished bobsledder in US history, did not find Jones’ charade to be entertaining. In fact, he said it was a “slap in the face” that irritated other athletes in the sport.

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Russia will refrigerate 450,000 cubic meters of snow to prepare for Olympics

Rosa-KhutorSki resorts around the world rely on temperature and weather conditions in order for their businesses to survive, but that cannot be the case with the Winter Olympics. Simply put, there has to be snow. Without snow, the show will not go on.

According to the Russian website Ria Novosti, the Alpine skiing resort for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi is preparing to refrigerate roughly 450,000 cubic feet of snow over the summer to assure that there is plenty of coverage on the mountain when the Games begin next February. Storing snow will help alleviate some of the concerns surrounding temperatures not being cold enough to bring natural snow when needed next year.

“Storing snow from the 2012-2013 season will allow us to avoid the risk of insufficient natural snow quantities or anomalous temperatures next season,” Rosa Khutor (the resort) said in a statement on Thursday. “The 450,000 cubic meters of ‘last year’s’ snow is the volume that will guarantee the necessary covering on the slopes of Rosa Khutor, even in the worst weather conditions.”

How the heck do you refrigerate 450,000 cubic feet of snow? Seven on-site reservoirs will reportedly be used, each with the ability to store 100,000 cubic meters of snow. If you thought keeping a gallon of milk cold on a hot summer day caused your electric bill to spike, try spending $8 million to refrigerate an extraordinary amount of snow.

Kudos to Russia for thinking ahead and preparing for any potential issues the weather might cause. As we learned over the summer during the London Olympics, extreme elements can create all kinds of problems and prevent operations from running smoothly.