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Sochi Report, Alaska edition: Stassel likes the food, Schultz and her teammates struggle in curling and a look at how Alaskans fared Tuesady in Sochi.Beth Bragg
Kikkan Randall's bid for a Winter Olympics medal in the cross-country individual sprint came to a shocking, premature end early Tuesday in Sochi, Russia. Randall, a gold-medal favorite, missed advancing to the semifinals by five-hundredths of a second.Beth Bragg
Sochi Report, Alaska edition -- UAA skier Anna Berecz placed 21st in the combined, Jessica Schultz and her teammates opened the curling competition with a loss, and the USSR is still a world power.Beth Bragg
Since the last Olympic skate-ski sprint, in Italy in 2006, Kikkan Randall has developed into a sprinting machine. Now 31 years old, she is the favorite to win gold on Tuesday.Nathaniel Herz
Women's curling begins Monday at the Winter Olympics, and you can get ready for it by watching a YouTube video starring Anchorage's Jessica Schultz and her U.S. teammates.Beth Bragg
Over the course of 12 Olympic competitions, a four-man crew be charged with matching the American cross-country skiers' equipment to what are expected to be challenging, erratic weather conditions in Sochi -- a key job in a sport where minute differences in specialized ski waxes and structures can make the difference between gold and silver, or even no medal at all.Nathaniel Herz