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Quiz: Are You a 2014 Winter Olympics Expert?

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How many athletes have tested positive for drugs halfway through the Sochi Games?

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How many athletes have tested positive for drugs halfway through the Sochi Games?

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No one tested positive out of the 1,799 samples collected through Feb. 16.

Overall, 2,453 samples were to be collected and tested during the games.

Only one athlete tested positive during the last winter games in Vancouver in 2010. Seven tested positive in Salt Lake City in 2002 and 7 more in Turin in 2006.

“It shows that our programme is pretty efficient and serves as a deterrent. I hope that will stay throughout the Games,” says Arne Ljungqvist, the head of the IOC's medical commission.

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How many operations has Russian skater Evgeni Plushenko had?

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How many operations has Russian skater Evgeni Plushenko had?

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Evgeni Plushenko, who withdrew from the men’s figure skating competition at the Sochi Olympics, has had 12 surgeries, mostly on his knees.

 

The most recent was last summer, when doctors replaced a disc in his spine with an artificial one. He still has screws in his back from one operation.


Plushenko withdrew from competition and announced his retirement after injuring himself during warmups. He had won a gold medal in the team figure skating to go along with three other medals from previous Olympics.

What American athlete is known for crazy dance moves before her event?

What American athlete is known for crazy dance moves before her event?

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Kate Hansen didn’t win a medal in luge, but a video of her hip-hop dance moves has gone viral.

 

Hansen, who is Mormon and a student at Brigham Young University, says she grew up loving hip-hop. When she broke her foot at the beginning of the season, she couldn’t run, but “I could stand in place and dance, so that’s what I’ve been doing.”

 

And who’s on her playlist? A heavy dose of her idol -- Beyonce.

What did NBC anchorman Bob Costas drink on-air after his eye infection spread?

What did NBC anchorman Bob Costas drink on-air after his eye infection spread?

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Costas has been bothered by an ugly eye infection -- which spread from his left eye to his right -- since the Sochi Olympics began.

 

On Monday night’s telecast, he took a shot of vodka on-screen with co-host Mary Carillo, saying his eyes couldn’t get “any redder.” Today host Matt Lauer was scheduled to fill in for Costas for at least one night.

 

NBC doctors told Costas the redness was the result of an eye infection.

Lolo Jones, the U.S. track star and bobsledder, was quarantined for what ailment?

Lolo Jones, the U.S. track star and bobsledder, was quarantined for what ailment?

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Jones was briefly placed in a quarantine room in the Olympic Village when she showed cold and flu symptoms. She was released later Monday.

 

Jones gained fame as top track and field athlete. She won the U.S. Olympic Trials in the 100-meter hurdles in 2008 and was third in 2012, but did not win a medal in the Olympics.


She was first named to the U.S. bobsled team in 2012.

Which former famous coach has skater Gracie Gold named as giving her inspiration?

Which former famous coach has skater Gracie Gold named as giving her inspiration?

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After Gold skated Sunday, she said, “We’ve been reading Phil Jackson’s book, and you know, when you let go of the fear, that's when you love not just sports, but life."

 

Gold’s score of 129.38 was her personal best and helped the U.S. team win a bronze medal in a new Olympic event -- team figure skating.

 

Jackson has co-written several books, including “Sacred Hoops: Spiritual Lessons of a Hardwood Warrior.” His latest book is “Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success.” It outlines his philosophy of mindfulness and Zen meditation.

Skiing star Lindsey Vonn won’t compete in Sochi because of an injury to her:

Skiing star Lindsey Vonn won’t compete in Sochi because of an injury to her:

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Vonn, 29, the first American woman to win an Olympic gold in the downhill, says she is devastated that she can’t compete.


Vonn tore two ligaments in her right knee in a high-speed crash at the world championships last year. She had surgery but tore her ACL again in a training crash last November.
 

To fix it, Vonn had surgery this January. She says surgeons removed a metal screw from her knee and replaced it with 2 biodegradable ones.

18-year-old Mikaela Shiffrin is poised to go for the gold in which sport?

18-year-old Mikaela Shiffrin is poised to go for the gold in which sport?

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With Lindsey Vonn out, all eyes are on Mikaela Shiffrin, from Eagle-Vail, Colo.
 

Shiffrin, the youngest American skier to be a World Cup champion, has won 6 World Cup slalom races in the last year. She’s also done well in World Cup giant slalom races and is headed to Sochi as a favorite in that event.
 

Shiffrin, known as intensely focused, has been racing in Europe since she was 15. She got her start in her sport by skiing down her family’s driveway.

Athletes in this sport travel at speeds that top 70 mph:

Athletes in this sport travel at speeds that top 70 mph:

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This sport got its name from the way early sled frames looked. It is considered the world’s first sliding sport and is one of the most dangerous. Athletes competing in the skeleton plummet head-first down a steep and risky ice track on a tiny sled -- with no brakes.
 

The fastest time recorded on a skeleton sled -- more than 90 miles an hour -- was set in Vancouver in 2010. However, most tracks have top speeds of 75 mph.

After a fatal crash in Vancouver, the Sochi track was designed with safety in mind. It will have 3 uphill sections that will slow down sleds but it will still be full of twists and turns.

Which summer Olympian gained nearly 30 pounds to make Team USA for the Winter Games?

Which summer Olympian gained nearly 30 pounds to make Team USA for the Winter Games?

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Hurdler Lolo Jones continues her quest for an Olympic medal. Her disappointing fourth-place finish in the London Games came on the heels of a heart-breaking performance in Beijing. In 2008, she was leading the final until she clipped the second-to-last hurdle and finished seventh.
 

In Sochi, she’ll use her speed and hard-earned, bulked-up muscle mass to push a two-person bobsled as its brakeman. To gain the weight, it’s reported that she eats up to 9,000 calories a day.

Figure skating fans will have a new event to watch in Sochi -- a team competition.

Figure skating fans will have a new event to watch in Sochi -- a team competition.

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Figure skating is the Winter Olympics’ oldest sport.

 

This year, teams of up to 6 skaters -- 1 male, 1 female, 1 pair and 1 ice dance couple -- will earn points for each routine and a chance to win a medal. Like gymnastics, the team earning the highest total points will take home the gold.

 

The competition is one of 12 that will be introduced in Sochi. Other new events include women’s ski jumping, mixed luge team relay, and biathlon mixed relay.

Olympic ski jumpers soar through the air, traveling the length of:

Olympic ski jumpers soar through the air, traveling the length of:

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Although ski jumping has been part of every Winter Olympics, Sochi marks the first time that women will compete in this event.

Americans are eager to show their hard-earned skills. Team USA, led by teen sensation Sarah Hendrickson, is expected to do well. Lindsey Van, the 2009 world champion, is another favorite.

Which of these is the name of a snowboarding trick?

Which of these is the name of a snowboarding trick?

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If a snowboarder talks about chicken salad, he’s probably not telling you what he had for lunch. A Chicken Salad is a grab in which the snowboarder’s leading hand passes through his legs from the front and grabs the heel edge of the board between his feet.

 

In Sochi, more than 250 athletes, including American Shaun White, will compete in 10 snowboarding events.
 

White, known as the “Flying Tomato” for the color of his once-long tresses, won the last two men’s Olympic halfpipe titles.

This U.S. Winter Olympian -- the most decorated of all time -- will be doing TV analysis for the games:

This U.S. Winter Olympian -- the most decorated of all time -- will be doing TV analysis for the games:

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Ohno -- who won eight speed skating medals over the 2010, 2006, and 2002 games -- will trade his skates for a microphone at Sochi.
 

The retired 31-year-old is no stranger to the demands of television. He reported on the 2012 London Games, hosted a game show called “Minute to Win It,” and won “Dancing With the Stars” in 2007.

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