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Evgenia Pochenkova has been living in Sochi, Russia, for almost two years. (Photo: K.Green/BSU at the Games)
Evgenia Pochenkova has been living in Sochi, Russia, for almost two years. (Photo: K.Green/BSU at the Games)
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Winter Olympics: Sochi Endures for its Celebrated Games

By Holly Demaree | BSU at the Games
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The Sochi Winter Olympics are 17 days of competition that ends Sunday.

For some spectators, getting to the Winter Olympics takes more than a day of constant travel, with the inconvenience and jet lag drifting away on arrival in the Black Sea resort city.

For Sochi's residents, however, these have been moment

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Meryl Davis and Charlie White, both of Michigan, display the gold medals they earned for winning the figure skating ice dancing competition at the Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia. (Photo: Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
Meryl Davis and Charlie White, both of Michigan, display the gold medals they earned for winning the figure skating ice dancing competition at the Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia. (Photo: Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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Winter Olympics Offer Vision of Better World — If Anyone is Watching

By Adrianna Howell | BSU at the Games

Please raise your hand if you remember all the hype and hubbub of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.

Please keep your hand up if you knew this year was also an Olympic year.

Why is it that the Summer Games seem to draw so much more of a crowd than the Winter Games?

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The Olympic rings hang outside the main train station in Sochi, Russia, which is hosting the Winter Olympics. (Photo: Getty Images)
The Olympic rings hang outside the main train station in Sochi, Russia, which is hosting the Winter Olympics. (Photo: Getty Images)
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Winter Olympics: A Cab Driver’s View of Sochi

By Holly Demaree | BSU at the Games

Walking the streets of Adler after midnight during a light rain, it’s not easy to maneuver.

But taxi drivers are readily available in the Sochi, Russia, suburb. The drivers tend to park their cars in groups on the roadside, where they lean against vehicles to chat and smoke.

The price of a taxi ride is determined by one's haggling skills. If more than one car is needed, then a debate on prices ensues with two drivers.

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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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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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Sochi’s 9 Hours Ahead: It’s Already Time to Go Bar-Hopping at the Winter Olympics

By Ryan Howe | BSU at the Games

Traveling to Russia can have its share of ups and downs.

While one gets to experience new culture and surroundings, it also means leaving your favorite bar, club or hangout behind.

Finding one that suits your desires when overseas in places like Russia can be difficult and frustrating.

Luckily, customer reviews and tour guide Pavel Senkiv, who has an affiliation with Sochi Magazine, helped narrow a long list of nightspots in Sochi, Russia, to explore during the Sochi Winter Olympics.

Just make sure to shake off your jet lag quickly, because there's a nine-hour time difference between Sochi and Grand Rapids.

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Photo: Paul Gilham, Getty Images
Photo: Paul Gilham, Getty Images
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Poll: Many Americans Say Sochi Was Poor Choice for Winter Olympics

In a new poll, almost half of Americans surveyed say the decision to hold the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, was a poor one.

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World’s Coolest Baby Gives Rock ‘n’ Roll Hand Gesture [VIDEO]

When this baby is asked — in Russian — how old she is, she gives a hand gesture that can only mean "old enough to rock and roll."

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