Robert Smith http://www.kplu.org en In Bobsled, 'You Learn As You Go' http://www.kplu.org/post/bobsled-you-learn-you-go If there's one sport in the Winter Olympics you can do with your eyes closed, it's bobsled.<p>The bobsled brakeman does about five seconds of hard work, jumps in the sled and can then relax a bit. During the women's bobsled competition tonight in Sochi, we should keep our eyes open, because it's fun to watch.<p>The women call themselves brakemen — not brake women or brake person — in a nod to the fact that bobsled was an all-male sport until 2002.<p>Even now, the women only race two-man — not four-man — bobsled.<p>Elana Meyers is the No. 1 driver on the U.S. team. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 16:56:05 +0000 Robert Smith 13759 at http://www.kplu.org In Bobsled, 'You Learn As You Go' Foggy Weather Throws Events Off Course In Sochi http://www.kplu.org/post/foggy-weather-throws-events-course-sochi The blue skies couldn't last forever.<p>A fog as thick as Russian borscht rolled into the mountains above Sochi on Sunday night. From the vantage point of the relatively low-altitude bobsled track, the gondolas heading up to the cross-country center and alpine venues disappeared into the clouds.<p>The weather is creating all sorts of problems for Olympic planners. A men's biathlon race was postponed Sunday because of low visibility. It was postponed again Monday. Mon, 17 Feb 2014 20:02:34 +0000 Robert Smith 13734 at http://www.kplu.org Foggy Weather Throws Events Off Course In Sochi The Norwegian Athlete Who's One Medal Away From History http://www.kplu.org/post/norwegian-athlete-whos-one-medal-away-history On Monday, Norwegian Ole Einar Bjoerndalen came a ski-length away from winning a 13th Olympic medal and becoming the most decorated athlete ever at the Winter Games.<p>The biathlon pursuit Olympic event — cross-country skiing with rifle shooting — is a pretty devious race. The fastest man goes first, and then everyone else in the race tries to catch him before the finish line. And in Monday's competition, Bjoerndalen went first.<p>Just to make clear: Bjoerndalen is 40. The guys chasing him are in their 20s. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 00:40:15 +0000 Robert Smith 13489 at http://www.kplu.org The Norwegian Athlete Who's One Medal Away From History Snowboarder Shaun White Withdraws From Slopestyle Event http://www.kplu.org/post/snowboarder-shaun-white-withdraws-slopestyle-event Snowboarder Shaun White has announced that he <a href="http://bigstory.ap.org/article/shaun-white-withdraws-olympic-slopestyle">is dropping out</a> of the slopestyle event at the Sochi Olympics.<p>The event is scheduled to start Thursday. White will still compete in halfpipe, his usual sport, but he says Sochi's slopestyle course, with its larger-than-usual jumps, is too risky for him.<p>Slopestyle snowboarding is the newest event at the Olympics, although boarders have been doing it for more than a decade. Wed, 05 Feb 2014 17:29:56 +0000 Robert Smith 13263 at http://www.kplu.org Snowboarder Shaun White Withdraws From Slopestyle Event X Games Show The Olympics What The Kids Want http://www.kplu.org/post/x-games-show-olympics-what-kids-want <a href="http://www.teamusa.org/News/2013/January/01/Go-For-The-Gold-Home/Go-For-The-Gold-Nick-Goepper">Nick Goepper</a> is headed off to the Olympics in a couple of days, but he's not taking it easy: He spent the weekend hurtling through the air on ESPN at the X Games.<p>The sport is slopestyle. If you've watched any extreme skiing on television, you'll know it well: Skiers hit rails and walls and massive jumps; they seem to spend more time in the air than on the snow.<p>It's old hat for kids, but brand new for the Olympics. Tue, 28 Jan 2014 00:13:45 +0000 Robert Smith 12945 at http://www.kplu.org X Games Show The Olympics What The Kids Want Aerial Skiing Is A Game Of Skill — And Strategy http://www.kplu.org/post/aerial-skiing-game-skill-and-strategy During the Winter Olympics, seeing an aerial skier perform is unforgettable.<p>It's like gymnastics in the air. And, like gymnasts, aerial skiers get points for doing a harder routine and for sticking the landing. But there's a crucial difference between the two sports.<p>In the final few rounds of aerials, you can't use the same trick twice. Tue, 21 Jan 2014 22:48:15 +0000 Robert Smith 12744 at http://www.kplu.org Aerial Skiing Is A Game Of Skill — And Strategy A Locked Door, A Secret Meeting And The Birth Of The Fed http://www.kplu.org/post/locked-door-secret-meeting-and-birth-fed In 1907, the U.S. economy was in the grip of a financial crisis. Unemployment was up. The stock market was down.<p>People started panicking. They were lining up overnight to pull their money out of healthy banks. This can be deadly for an economy: Healthy banks have to shut down, businesses can't get credit, they lay people off, and the economy gets worse.<p>At the time, the U.S. government had no way to deal with the panic. There was no institution that could step in to stop the run on healthy banks. So the job of stopping the panic fell to one man: J.P. Mon, 23 Dec 2013 18:13:45 +0000 Robert Smith & Jacob Goldstein 12024 at http://www.kplu.org A Locked Door, A Secret Meeting And The Birth Of The Fed How To Sell Coke To People Who Have Never Had A Sip http://www.kplu.org/post/how-sell-coke-people-who-have-never-had-sip For years, there were only three countries in the world that didn't officially sell Coca-Cola: Cuba, North Korea and Myanmar, formerly known as Burma.<p>Now, after 60 years, Coke is back in Myanmar. Sanctions were lifted last year on the country. Just this week, Coca-Cola opened its new bottling plant outside of Yangon. Now all the company has to do is figure out a way to sell all that Coke to people who may not remember what it tastes like.<p>The Myanmar people missed out on billions of dollars of worldwide advertising during those 60 years. Fri, 07 Jun 2013 09:02:02 +0000 Robert Smith 9016 at http://www.kplu.org How To Sell Coke To People Who Have Never Had A Sip