Sochi http://www.kplu.org en Seattle's Own Persevering Olympian Finds 'Life-Changing' Welcome In Peru http://www.kplu.org/post/seattles-own-persevering-olympian-finds-life-changing-welcome-peru <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A Peruvian-American Olympic cross-country skier is looking forward to a big welcome when he returns home to Seattle this weekend.</span></p><p>Seattle Olympian Roberto Carcelen finished dead last in his race at the Winter Olympics, but what happened to him afterward could illustrate the Gospel phrase that says "the last shall be first."</p><p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 20:53:21 +0000 Tom Banse 14878 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle's Own Persevering Olympian Finds 'Life-Changing' Welcome In Peru Legally-Blind Athletes Shoot Targets In Paralympic Biathlon In Sochi http://www.kplu.org/post/legally-blind-athletes-shoot-targets-paralympic-biathlon-sochi <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A legally blind skier from Sun Valley, Idaho finished in </span>14th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> place in the opening biathlon competition at the </span>Paralympic<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Winter Games over the weekend.</span></p><p>Rookie Paralympian&nbsp;<a href="http://www.teamusa.org/Athletes/AD/Jake-Adicoff" target="_blank">Jake Adicoff</a> missed multiple rifle targets to take himself out of contention in the 7.5 kilometer event held in Sochi, Russia. This&nbsp;<a href="http://www.teamusa.org/US-Paralympics/Features/2014/March/08/Gallery-biathlon" target="_blank">combination of cross-country skiing and marksmanship</a>&nbsp;unfolded on the same course used for the Winter Olympics last month.</p><p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 22:12:38 +0000 Tom Banse 14653 at http://www.kplu.org Legally-Blind Athletes Shoot Targets In Paralympic Biathlon In Sochi Five Disabled Athletes With Northwest Ties In Sochi For Paralympic Winter Games http://www.kplu.org/post/five-disabled-athletes-northwest-ties-sochi-paralympic-winter-games <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">American and European politicians are boycotting the </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Paralympic</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Winter Games in </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sochi</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to protest Russian moves in Ukraine. But disabled athletes from Washington, Oregon and Idaho plan to compete in the Olympic host city as scheduled starting this weekend.</span></p><p>Five athletes with ties to the Northwest qualified for the U.S. Paralympic Team and flew to Sochi this week. They're competing in downhill and cross-country skiing, biathlon and sled hockey. In addition, two sighted guides, one from Washington and one from Idaho, went to Sochi in tandem with the visually-impaired skiers from the region.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 20:08:17 +0000 Tom Banse 14552 at http://www.kplu.org Five Disabled Athletes With Northwest Ties In Sochi For Paralympic Winter Games How They Fared: Three Gold, Two Silver For Northwest Athletes In Sochi http://www.kplu.org/post/how-they-fared-three-gold-two-silver-northwest-athletes-sochi <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/02/022314TB_OlyRecap_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Athletes with ties to the Northwest won three gold and two silver medals at the Winter Olympics that just wrapped up in Russia. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 22:10:45 +0000 14052 at http://www.kplu.org How They Fared: Three Gold, Two Silver For Northwest Athletes In Sochi How They Fared: Northwest Olympians Bring Home Silver & Gold http://www.kplu.org/post/how-they-fared-speedskater-northwest-brings-home-silver Short track speedskater J.R. Celski of Federal Way, Wash., led Team USA to a silver medal in the men's 5000-meter relay Friday, ending a medal drought in the discipline for the Americans. Russia took the gold. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 22:03:01 +0000 13959 at http://www.kplu.org How They Fared: Northwest Olympians Bring Home Silver & Gold Northwest Claims Another Medal, But It Comes In Heartbreaking Hockey Loss http://www.kplu.org/post/northwest-claims-another-medal-it-comes-heartbreaking-hockey-loss <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">More Olympic hardware is coming home to the Northwest, but it comes via a heartbreaking loss.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Team Canada beat the U.S women’s ice hockey squad 3-2 Thursday in Sochi. That means the U.S teammates, including Hilary Knight of Sun Valley, receive silver medals.</p><p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 00:53:54 +0000 Tom Banse 13902 at http://www.kplu.org Northwest Claims Another Medal, But It Comes In Heartbreaking Hockey Loss Here's The Local Roller Rink Where Speedskating Olympians Got Their Start http://www.kplu.org/post/heres-local-roller-rink-where-speedskating-olympians-got-their-start <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">At the winter Olympics in </span>Sochi<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the U.S. has collected no medals so far in </span>speedskating<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, an uncharacteristic result. The Americans' best remaining hope for hardware rests with short track </span>speedskater<a href="http://usspeedskating.org/short-track/athlete-profiles" style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;J.R. Celski</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;and the men's relay team.</span></p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 20:08:08 +0000 Tom Banse 13772 at http://www.kplu.org Here's The Local Roller Rink Where Speedskating Olympians Got Their Start How They Fared: Whitman Student Skis First Race At Olympics http://www.kplu.org/post/how-they-fared-northwest-olympians-compete-balmy-sochi-weather A college ski racer from Sun Valley, Idaho says she is "immensely relieved" just to finish her first Winter Olympic race in one piece.<p> Sat, 15 Feb 2014 00:50:21 +0000 Tom Banse 13676 at http://www.kplu.org How They Fared: Whitman Student Skis First Race At Olympics Sun Valley Snowboarder Grabs Olympic Gold In Sochi http://www.kplu.org/post/sun-valley-snowboarder-grabs-olympic-gold-sochi <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/02/021214TB_OlyGold_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>A snowboarder raised in Sun Valley, Idaho soared over better known and more experienced rivals to grab the gold medal in women's halfpipe at the Winter Olympics.<p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 06:34:27 +0000 Tom Banse 13599 at http://www.kplu.org Sun Valley Snowboarder Grabs Olympic Gold In Sochi Idaho Snowboarder Grabs Northwest's First 2014 Olympic Medal http://www.kplu.org/post/tough-sledding-northwest-athletes-start-sochi-games The Northwest has its first Olympic gold medal from the 2014 Sochi Games. Snowboarder <a href="http://www.teamusa.org/Athletes/FA/Kaitlyn-Farrington">Kaitlyn Farrington</a> of Bellevue, Idaho triumphed in the women's halfpipe Wednesday.<p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 22:49:37 +0000 Tom Banse 13480 at http://www.kplu.org Idaho Snowboarder Grabs Northwest's First 2014 Olympic Medal U.S. Sweeps Slopestyle Snowboarding With Women's Gold http://www.kplu.org/post/us-sweeps-slopestyle-snowboarding-womens-gold Jamie Anderson's win in the slopestyle snowboarding competition has given the U.S. Sun, 09 Feb 2014 19:42:58 +0000 Sonari Glinton 13442 at http://www.kplu.org U.S. Sweeps Slopestyle Snowboarding With Women's Gold U.S. Snowboard Wins First Gold Of Sochi Olympics http://www.kplu.org/post/us-snowboard-wins-first-gold-sochi-olympics Sage Kotsenburg of the United States won the first gold medal of the 2014 Olympics on Saturday, soaring to victory in the men's snowboarding slopestyle final.<p>Kotsenburg had a score of 93.50 to edge Staale Sandbech of Norway. Mark McMorris of Canada, who barely made the finals, took bronze.<p>Canadian Max Parrot, who topped qualifying on Thursday, missed the podium. He washed out at the end of his first run and his second run wasn't quite crisp enough. Parrot finished fifth.<p>Kotsenburg needed to navigate the semifinals early Saturday but seemed to find his stride. Sat, 08 Feb 2014 21:54:54 +0000 Associated Press 13420 at http://www.kplu.org U.S. Snowboard Wins First Gold Of Sochi Olympics U.S. Olympians Swathed In Northwest Wool For Opening Ceremony http://www.kplu.org/post/us-olympians-swathed-northwest-wool-opening-ceremony <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When Team USA marched into the stadium for the Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony, they were swathed in the warmth of the Northwest, quite literally. The wool to make the U.S. parade uniform sweaters came from a sheep ranch in rural Oregon.</span></p><p>The Team USA sweater is a colorful patchwork of patriotic symbols and Olympic rings. The symbolism runs deeper for Oregon rancher Jeanne Carver. Her Imperial Stock Ranch sold the 8,000 pounds of homegrown wool to garment maker Ralph Lauren Corp.</p><p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 21:31:09 +0000 Tom Banse 13386 at http://www.kplu.org U.S. Olympians Swathed In Northwest Wool For Opening Ceremony What We Can Learn From Tacoma's Own Mental Skills Coach To U.S. Olympians http://www.kplu.org/post/what-we-can-learn-tacomas-own-mental-skills-coach-us-olympians <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Super Bowl-winning Seattle Seahawks had one. Professional baseball teams have them. And the U.S. Olympic women's ice hockey team found one in Tacoma. We’re talking about a mental skills coach.</span></p><p>And some of this coach's advice to U.S. Olympians could help the average recreational athlete, too.</p><p>Professor Colleen Hacker is taking a break from teaching exercise science and sports psychology at Pacific Lutheran University to travel to Russia with the U.S. men's and women's hockey teams for the Winter Olympics. Hacker's job title is “mental skills coach.” And what is that exactly?</p><p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 03:00:00 +0000 Tom Banse 13253 at http://www.kplu.org What We Can Learn From Tacoma's Own Mental Skills Coach To U.S. Olympians Departing Northwest Olympians Confident They'll Be Safe In Sochi http://www.kplu.org/post/departing-northwest-olympians-confident-theyll-be-safe-sochi <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.555556297302246px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;</p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.555556297302246px; line-height: 22px;">The 2014 Winter Olympics begin next week amid persistent concerns about security.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.555556297302246px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;"><span style="font-size: 15.555556297302246px;">Recent bombings in Russia have stoked worries, but local athletes and coaches are expressing confidence they'll be safe in </span>Sochi<span style="font-size: 15.555556297302246px;">.&nbsp;</span>Not a single member of this year's U.S. Olympic Team has changed his or her mind about going to&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 13.63636302947998px; line-height: 1.5;">Sochi</span>&nbsp;because of the terrorism threat.&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.555556297302246px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Still, as American athletes leave for Russia this weekend, some are leaving their families behind.</p><p> Sat, 01 Feb 2014 18:51:29 +0000 Tom Banse 13125 at http://www.kplu.org Departing Northwest Olympians Confident They'll Be Safe In Sochi