How Bode Miller Became A Self-Taught Genius

The following is excerpted from The Fall Line: How American Ski Racers Conquered a Sport on the Edge, by Nathaniel Vinton. The book is available now on Amazon. » 2/04/15 2:15pm 2/04/15 2:15pm

Here Is A Cool Curling Thing, Probably. Who Even Knows, Man.

I'm not going to pretend to know anything about curling except that it is kind of like lawn bowling or cornhole or shuffleboard but not really, and more importantly, that every four years when the Winter Olympics comes around I watch like 20 hours of it. » 1/09/15 3:16pm 1/09/15 3:16pm

Seriously, Nobody Wants To Host The 2022 Olympics

Norway's ruling party just voted against funding Oslo's 2022 Winter Olympics bid, essentially forcing the city to drop out of the race. It's just the latest in a long series of cities and countries who have given an emphatic "no" to hosting the Olympic quagmire. » 10/01/14 1:42pm 10/01/14 1:42pm

Nobody Wants To Host The 2022 Olympics

The next Olympics to be awarded, a little more than a year from now, will be the 2022 Winter Games. Rather than going to the strongest bid, the games may end up going to the last city standing—a long list of potential hosts have given up on their Olympic dreams because the whole thing is one huge, useless waste of… » 5/27/14 2:48pm 5/27/14 2:48pm

Sage Kotsenburg Wants To Sell You A Bro Mortgage

Will we ever get tired of winter sport athletes and their stoner ways? No, but we will generally forget them until the next Olympics. So why not enjoy gold medal snowboarder Sage Kotsenburg in this skit from last night's Conan? » 2/25/14 4:46pm 2/25/14 4:46pm

Dominica's Fake Ski Team Scammed The Olympics And The Press

After the opening ceremony, the Olympics were one long ungroomed trail for Gary di Silvestri and Angelica Morrone, the most-publicized husband-and-wife carpetbagging oldies act in cross-country-skiing history. » 2/24/14 4:55pm 2/24/14 4:55pm

Squaw Valley and the 1960 Winter Olympics in Paintings

As the Winter Games in Sochi wind to a close this week, it got us thinking about one of the great American Olympic host cities, Squaw Valley. For the January 1961 issue, Playboy sent the artist LeRoy Neiman, to the California ski resort to capture the place's essence with his beautiful paintings. Enjoy the collection… » 2/20/14 3:38pm 2/20/14 3:38pm

Canada's Ladies Win Gold In Curling; Here's Where They Come From

With a 6-3 result over Sweden bringing home gold for captain Jennifer Jones's squad, Canada is exultant over their curling success. In the piece below, Adam Doster explores the culture they came from—it involves beer and pork hearts—by way of finding out just why curling is so much damn fun. » 2/20/14 11:36am 2/20/14 11:36am

Japanese Skier Breaks Arm In Crash; NBC Video Says He "Lands Safely"

Japanese skier Taihei Kato suffered a broken arm on a run in the Nordic combined large hill event earlier today when he lost his balance after landing, hitting the ground hard. NBC's packaging of the highlight makes it sound less painful than it was. » 2/18/14 8:13pm 2/18/14 8:13pm

How BMW Finally Built An Olympic Contender (That Isn't A Car)

The American two-man bobsled team didn't do so hot on the track at the last Winter Olympics. While the four-person crew took home the gold medal, the shorter sled only came in sixth. And one reason was because their sled was nearly two decades old. » 2/15/14 3:05pm 2/15/14 3:05pm

Is A Crappy Under Armour Race Suit Slowing Down U.S. Speed Skating?

The U.S. has sucked something fierce in speed skating so far at Sochi. Through more than half of its races, Team USA still hasn't medaled. This is astonishing, because speed skating is traditionally one of the U.S.'s strongest winter sports. One explanation for the dip? As the Wall Street Journal first reported, it… » 2/13/14 7:29pm 2/13/14 7:29pm

Do Dominica's Adorable Skiers Deserve A Gold Medal In Tax Dodging?

There's plenty about the Winter Olympics to make a guy root for global warming: the so-called "Olympic tourists," for example. That's a tag applied to folks who have enough money and leisure time to make up for whatever talent deficiency kept them from competing for their real home country in the Games, and end up… » 2/13/14 6:51pm 2/13/14 6:51pm

The Evolution Of The Halfpipe: Faster, Higher, Safer?

The men's halfpipe final was sort of a disaster today, as a terribly maintained Sochi course led to falls (or at least slips) for most of the major competitors. But, hey, no one got hurt! » 2/11/14 5:29pm 2/11/14 5:29pm

How I Accidentally Became Part Of The Anti-Russia Conspiracy

Here is a report from a Russian news site (Google translated version here) that claims I intentionally damaged my Sochi hotel room, and as a result have been stripped of my credentials to cover the Olympic games. This was news to me, because I've never been to Sochi in my life. » 2/10/14 3:07pm 2/10/14 3:07pm

Map: Where In America Can You Watch Canada's Great Olympic Coverage?

It's no secret that NBC's Olympic coverage kind of blows, especially compared to what our northern neighbors are getting. Leaving aside issues like lack of live coverage, schmaltzy human interest stories, and Bob Costas's eye, Canada simply gets more Olympics: 1,519 hours on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation… » 2/10/14 1:51pm 2/10/14 1:51pm

Olympic Halfpipe Is "Garbage," Snowboarders Report

Last week, ladies' downhill skiing was halted after three runs because one jump was dangerously large and hadn't been properly tested. But at least courseworkers were able to fix it. Meanwhile, the snowboard halfpipe is in terrible shape, and according to a Yahoo report, one rider says it's "unsalvageable." » 2/10/14 9:25am 2/10/14 9:25am

The Story About The Russian Dying Over The Botched Olympic Ring Is Fake

This post isn't necessary for all of you. Some of you have been around on the internet long enough to know that the Daily Currant is a satirical news site. For the rest of the crowd, though: Stop sharing that dumb Olympics article around. It isn't real. » 2/09/14 12:09pm 2/09/14 12:09pm

Ashley Wagner's "Bullshit" Moment Is The First Meme Of The Sochi Games

It's safe to say American figure skater Ashley Wagner was expecting a better score than that. Her face—along with all pretense—dropped after seeing the judges' thoughts on her short program in ladies team competition. » 2/09/14 10:55am 2/09/14 10:55am

The Non-Skier's Guide To Ski Racing (And Ski Crashing)

Olympic skiing began this morning—men's downhill, airing on tape delay at 11 a.m.—and if you're like most viewers, you either watch the sport with quadrennial befuddlement or you change the channel entirely. As a former ski racer, and someone who started scooting around on skis at about the same time I was working out… » 2/09/14 10:30am 2/09/14 10:30am