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American and European politicians are boycotting the Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi to protest Russian moves in Ukraine. But athletes with physical disabilities from Idaho, Oregon and Washington plan to compete in the Olympic host city as scheduled starting this weekend.

The Sochi Winter Olympics haven't been short on drama: The Russians upset the South Koreans in figure skating; the Dutch upset us in speed-skating; everybody got upset about Bob Costas's eye infection. But after two weeks and a great deal of curling, a certain amount of Sochi fatigue is setting in. So it might be refreshing to look back at one of the iconic heroes of winter sports: Agent 007 himself, James Bond.

Tom Banse

Athletes with ties to the Northwest won three gold and two silver medals at the Winter Olympics that just wrapped up in Sochi, Russia. If Idaho, Oregon and Washington were a separate country, we'd be right behind Poland and tied with Finland on the medal table.

Short track speedskater J.R. Celski of Federal Way, Wash., led Team USA to a silver medal in the men's 5000-meter relay Friday, ending a medal drought in the discipline for the Americans. Russia took the gold.

It's no secret that gold-winning American ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White have become favorite faces in Sochi. But it turns out that the charming White has done his share of woodshedding along with his hard work on the ice.

From Inline Skates To Ice Skates To the Olympics

Feb 17, 2014
Tom Banse

At the winter Olympics in Sochi, the U.S. has collected no medals so far in speedskating - an uncharacteristic result. The Americans' best remaining hope for hardware rests with short track speedskater J.R. Celski and the men's relay team. Celski began his career at a skating rink in Federal Way, Washington - the same one his former speedskating idol Apolo Ohno started at. But it's a roller rink, not an ice skating rink. A place where Olympians are born and later have to leave to achieve their Olympic dreams.

It's so warm in the mountains above Sochi that U.S. Olympic cross country skiers are going sleeveless, hatless and gloveless.

Sun Valley, Idaho native Kaitlyn Farrington maintained her composure as the Star Spangled Banner played in front of a big, cheering crowd at the medals ceremony.

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The sunshine continues to smile on American athletes at the Winter Olympics. But so far the medal stand has eluded the large contingent of Northwest skiers and skaters at the Sochi Games.

The Northwest has its first Olympic gold medal from the 2014 Sochi Games. Snowboarder Kaitlyn Farrington of Bellevue, Idaho triumphed in the women's halfpipe Wednesday.

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The 12-hour time difference between the Pacific Northwest and Sochi, Russia threatens to rob sleep from diehard sports fans and the families of local athletes competing at the Winter Olympics. Watching events 'live' often requires getting up in the middle of the night or early in the morning. 

For some of the Northwest athletes competing at the Winter Games, this will be the third or fourth time to experience the Opening Ceremonies.

The 2014 Winter Olympics begin next week amid persistent concerns about security.

Sarah Brunson/U.S. Freeskiing

It's not just the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl that will make for an exciting February for Northwest sports fans. The Winter Olympics start mere days later. More Northwest athletes have punched their tickets to the Games in Sochi, Russia.

The month of January promises to serve up lots of excitement, angst and pressure for the many Olympic hopefuls from the Northwest.