Olympics http://kcur.org en Olympic Hopeful Pursues Her Blobsled Dream In Lenexa, Kansas http://kcur.org/post/olympic-hopeful-pursues-her-blobsled-dream-lenexa-kansas <p style="margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:.2in;margin-left:0in; line-height:15.75pt"><span style="font-size:11.5pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; color:#333333">Kansas may be an unlikely place to find a bobsledder in training, but 23-year-old Anna Norsant says this is where she belongs.<o:p></o:p></span></p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Suzanne Hogan 51233 at http://kcur.org Olympic Hopeful Pursues Her Blobsled Dream In Lenexa, Kansas Sochi 2014: What It Takes To Be An Olympian http://kcur.org/post/sochi-2014-what-it-takes-be-olympian <p>The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, began on Feb. 7 and the world has been enthralled with the incredible athleticism displayed at the games.</p><p>Today we talk with professional runner Amy Mortimer, who placed ninth at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials. Later, we discuss what it takes for Olympians to train and compete in extreme winter conditions.</p><p>Also, KCUR reporter Laura Ziegler talks about the public's reactions to the Olympic games with this week's Tell KCUR. Finally, we explore what's at stake for Russia in hosting these games.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 22:00:00 +0000 Maria Carter, Matthew Long-Middleton & Kate Baxendale 51404 at http://kcur.org Olympic Dreams In Kansas City: Ski Jumping And Nordic Combined http://kcur.org/post/olympic-dreams-kansas-city-ski-jumping-and-nordic-combined <p>Ski jumping was developed in Norway and has been around since the early 19th century. In this event, skiers go down a take-off ramp, jump, and attempt to impress judges, who give points for style.</p><p>The Nordic combined, also developed in Norway, is a combination of cross country skiing and ski jumping.</p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 15:57:44 +0000 Esther Honig 51085 at http://kcur.org Olympic Dreams In Kansas City: Ski Jumping And Nordic Combined Tell KCUR: If You Could Be In The Olympics, What Would Be Your Sport? Why? http://kcur.org/post/tell-kcur-if-you-could-be-olympics-what-would-be-your-sport-why <p>Dear Kansas City, we want to know what your Olympic dreams are.</p><p>As the world’s finest athletes compete at the <a href="http://kcur.org/search/google/Olympics?query=Olympics&amp;cx=010251366440257945544%3Aadjki0ofhcu&amp;cof=FORID%3A11&amp;sitesearch=">Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia</a>, &nbsp;we’re wondering which gold you’ve been eyeing — from your living room.</p><p><strong>Tell KCUR: If you could be in the Olympics, what would be your sport? Why?</strong></p><p>Are you a would-be figure skater? A snowboarding hopeful?</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 01:38:53 +0000 Alyson Raletz 51050 at http://kcur.org Tell KCUR: If You Could Be In The Olympics, What Would Be Your Sport? Why? Olympic Dreams In Kansas City: Biathlon And Cross Country Skiing http://kcur.org/post/olympic-dreams-kansas-city-biathlon-and-cross-country-skiing <p></p><p></p><p>You will likely face two challenges if you want to try cross country skiing in Kansas City: the right weather conditions and available equipment.</p><p>Cross country skiing is considered one of the most challenging of the endurance sports. Participants use skis and poles to move across snow-covered terrain. Traditional cross country skis are long and narrow; holding on to the poles, you push with one ski and glide with the other.</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 01:36:01 +0000 Laura Spencer 51072 at http://kcur.org Olympic Dreams In Kansas City: Biathlon And Cross Country Skiing Olympic Dreams In Kansas City: Where To Speed Skate http://kcur.org/post/olympic-dreams-kansas-city-where-speed-skate <p></p><p></p><p>Speed skating is ice skating that falls into two basic categories — long track and short track. Long track races takes places on a 400m long oval rink with skaters competing in pairs. Short track involves four to six skaters on a track about a fourth that size.</p><p>Kansas City doesn’t have an Olympic sized rink for even short track, but a hockey rink will work.</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 01:26:08 +0000 Maria Carter 51083 at http://kcur.org Olympic Dreams In Kansas City: Where To Speed Skate Yakov Smirnoff: Comedy And A Russian View On Sochi http://kcur.org/post/yakov-smirnoff-comedy-and-russian-view-sochi <p>In America, you try to get to Olympics. In Russia, Olympics come and get you. Or at least, that's the way Russian comedian and Branson sensation&nbsp;Yakov Smirnoff might say it.</p><p>In the second part of Monday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, Smirnoff joins Steve Kraske&nbsp;to talk about Sochi, comedy and more.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Yakov Smirnoff</strong>, comedian</li></ul><p></p><p><strong>Yakov&nbsp;Smirnoff on Sochi:</strong></p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 17:42:23 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 51047 at http://kcur.org Yakov Smirnoff: Comedy And A Russian View On Sochi A Fan's Notes: Why Be Sochi Pessimist? http://kcur.org/post/fans-notes-why-be-sochi-pessimist <p>Of all sporting events, perhaps none is more tangled up in dreams of glory and miracles and fellowship than the Olympic Games. For two weeks, the peoples of the planet come together in celebration of the Olympic spirit and all is well with the world!</p><p>Yeah, right.</p><p>The Olympics are a human endeavor. All those idealistic “principles” in the Olympic Charter—social responsibility, mutual understanding, universal respect—are written down because they’re so often forgotten. Just search “Olympic Scandals and Controversies” on Wikipedia; you’ll find nearly a hundred offenses.</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 21:25:25 +0000 Victor Wishna & Stephen Steigman 50949 at http://kcur.org A Fan's Notes: Why Be Sochi Pessimist? A Fan's Notes: Wrestling With Decisions Of Olympic Proportions http://kcur.org/post/fans-notes-wrestling-decisions-olympic-proportions <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last week, the International Olympic Committee announced it will be taking wrestling to the mat--the 2016 Games will be the last for the ancient sport. But with March Madness approaching and spring training already underway, why should the casual fan care? Commentator </span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Victor Wishna</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> explains in this month's edition of &nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">A Fan's Notes</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p></p><p> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 18:15:43 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Victor Wishna 32268 at http://kcur.org A Fan's Notes: Wrestling With Decisions Of Olympic Proportions The 2012 Olympic Games: Inspiration Through Perspiration http://kcur.org/post/2012-olympic-games-inspiration-through-perspiration <p>The 30th Summer Olympic Games come to a close on Sunday in London. In his latest episode of "A Fan's Notes," commentator Victor Wishna tells us why we even the least athletic of us can find something powerful in the Games' message.</p> Fri, 10 Aug 2012 19:04:57 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Victor Wishna 22580 at http://kcur.org The 2012 Olympic Games: Inspiration Through Perspiration London Olympics: Watching The Opening Ceremony, And This Weekend's Events http://kcur.org/post/london-olympics-watching-opening-ceremony-and-weekends-events The London 2012 Summer Games are set to begin in earnest, with today's opening ceremony kicking off a weekend of gold-medal competitions. But if you're in America and you hope to watch the Opening Ceremony live, I'm afraid you'll be disappointed: NBC is tape-delaying its broadcast until Friday night.<p>That sets the Opening Ceremony apart from nearly all other Olympic events, which are being live-streamed online and broadcast on NBC and its affiliated cable channels, from MSNBC to Bravo. Fri, 27 Jul 2012 16:21:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 21739 at http://kcur.org London Olympics: Watching The Opening Ceremony, And This Weekend's Events From Obscurity To The Olympics Back To Obscurity http://kcur.org/post/obscurity-olympics-back-obscurity Why do we like the Olympics?<p>If somebody hadn't thought to start them up again 116 years ago, would ESPN have invented them to fill in summer programming?<p>I'm not being cranky. It's just that most of the most popular Olympic sports are the groundhog games. Swimming, gymnastics and track and field come out every four years, see their shadow and go right back underground where nobody pays any attention to them for another four years. Can you even name a gymnast?<p>OK, track and swimming. Wed, 25 Jul 2012 02:03:00 +0000 Frank Deford 21585 at http://kcur.org From Obscurity To The Olympics Back To Obscurity Raytown Native, And His Family, Head To London Olympics http://kcur.org/post/raytown-native-and-his-family-head-london-olympics <p>Many athletes dream of going to the Olympics, but few ever succeed in representing their country on sport’s most prestigious stage. On July 1, Raytown native Maurice Mitchell realized his dream after finishing second in the men’s 200m during the Olympic Trials in Oregon.</p> Mon, 23 Jul 2012 17:09:09 +0000 Zack Lewandowski 21485 at http://kcur.org Raytown Native, And His Family, Head To London Olympics Olympics Trials A Disappointment For Bollier http://kcur.org/post/olympics-trials-disappointment-bollier <p>In the Olympic swimming trials Thursday night, Bobby Bollier of Mission Hills, Kan. had a tough assignment. He needed to either win the 200-meter butterfly or finish second to qualify for the London Olympics this summer.</p> Fri, 29 Jun 2012 14:06:56 +0000 Greg Echlin 20240 at http://kcur.org Olympics Trials A Disappointment For Bollier Peter Sellars: The Collaborative Life http://kcur.org/post/peter-sellars-collaborative-life <p>Director Peter Sellars has established a reputation for staging classical plays and operas in contemporary settings, from Shakespeare&rsquo;s &quot;Othello&quot; to Mozart&rsquo;s &quot;The Marriage of Figaro.&quot;&nbsp; Fri, 29 Jun 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Laura Spencer 19950 at http://kcur.org Peter Sellars: The Collaborative Life Two Area Athletes Bound For The Olympics http://kcur.org/post/two-area-athletes-bound-olympics <p>Two athletes with ties to Kansas and Missouri will have a chance to compete at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. The U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials took place on Sunday and athletes Christian Cantwell and Diamond Dixon both made the cut.</p> Mon, 25 Jun 2012 14:59:31 +0000 Laura Spencer 19948 at http://kcur.org Two Area Athletes Bound For The Olympics Racing Through The Night http://kcur.org/post/racing-through-night <p>On the night the Titanic sank, its nearly identical sister ship, the Olympic was 500 miles away. When the crew received the message that a disaster was unfolding, the captain propelled the Olympic at full speed toward the Titanic in a bid to help.</p> Wed, 11 Apr 2012 16:01:51 +0000 Kathleen Pointer & Steve Kraske 15807 at http://kcur.org Racing Through The Night