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Rachel Blount and Chip Scoggins provide updates on the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang County, South Korea.

Sports
February 8, 2018

Scoggins: They're smothering us with kindness in Pyeongchang

Olympic volunteers go out of their way to make things convenient, even when it means not exactly going by the book.
Sports
February 6, 2018
Pyongchang, South Korea, is 15 hours ahead of Twin Cities time, leading Chip Scoggins to deal with the difference in an old-school way: Two watches.

Scoggins: Hello from Pyeongchang; I'm wearing two watches

Our intrepid columnist had time, according to multiple watches, to blog as Team Strib arrives in South Korea for the Winter Olympics.
Sports
August 12, 2016

Souhan: Ten things to know about being in Rio

Other than bullets, things have gone better than expected. There aren't many mosquitos so Zika is not the overwhelming threat it was made out to be.
Sports
August 7, 2016
Blount: Rio: the marvelous (and dangerous) city

Blount: Rio: the marvelous (and dangerous) city

All those concerns about safety at the Rio Olympics were not overstated. Robberies, shootings and other hazards have been a daily occurrence.
Sports
August 4, 2016

Souhan: Welcome to Rio: No ice, please

I've been told the sneakiest way to get sick in Rio is to drink liquids containing ice, which may not be purified.
Sports
August 3, 2016
United States' Tamika Catchings second from left, huddles with teammates Brittney Griner, left, Angel McCoughtry and Seimone Augustus, right, during t

Souhan: Lynx like pressure of defending an Olympic basketball dynasty

The sense the players offered on Wednesday night was that they are quite comfortable with the USA's dominance and the pressure that may impose on them.
Lynx
April 26, 2016
Lynx forward Maya Moore (23) celebrated with guard Lindsay Whalen (13) and center Sylvia Fowles (34) during the WNBA Finals in October.

Report: Four Lynx players on Olympic basketball team

Lindsay Whalen, Seimone Augustus, Maya Moore and Sylvia Fowles are said to be on 12-member women's roster for Rio, which will be announced Wednesday.
Sports
April 10, 2016

Olympics blog: Minnesota wrestlers fall, but curlers prevail

Chaska's Andy Bisek is the only Minnesotan to advance to Sunday's Olympic wrestling trials finals, and John Shuster brings home curling bronze.
Blogs
April 9, 2016

Olympic wrestling trials/Clark, Smith and Rau to finals

Native Minnesotans Jake Clark and Pat Smith, plus recent arrival Joe Rau, made Saturday night's finals at the Olympic trials in Iowa City.
Sports
April 6, 2016
Greco-Roman wrestler Andy Bisek, bottom

Three state wrestlers are top seeds at this weekend's Olympic trials

The countdown to Rio ramps up with this weekend's Olympic wrestling trials, and three Minnesotans--Andy Bisek, Jordan Holm and Joe Rau--were named No. 1 seeds in the Greco-Roman rankings released Wednesday.
Sports
February 21, 2014

Blount in Sochi: Wherever you go, there we are

Sochi may be an obscure, out-of-the-way place on the map, but an awful lot of Minnesotans seemed to find their way here.
Sports
February 21, 2014

Wherever you go, there we are

Sochi may be an obscure, out-of-the-way place on the map, but an awful lot of Minnesotans seemed to find their way here.
Sports
February 21, 2014

Scoggins in Sochi: Crazy night at figure skating

Judging bias comes into question again
Sports
February 19, 2014
Russian skating fan Andrei Kozlov arrives at the Adler Arena Skating Center to watch the men's 10,000-meter speedskating race during the 2014 Winter O

Blount in Sochi: How to cheer like a Russian

The atmosphere inside the Sochi Olympics venues has much in common with the fan culture in the U.S., with a few notable exceptions.
Sports
February 18, 2014

Scoggins in Sochi: The one about laundry and steak ...

Laundry was an adventure, but reward was nice.
Sports
February 17, 2014
Blount in Sochi: Scenes from the Black Sea

Blount in Sochi: Scenes from the Black Sea

Sochi's beautiful location places it between the Caucasus Mountains and the Black Sea, where swimmers and fishermen are sharing the scenery with Olympic visitors.
Sports
February 16, 2014

Scoggins in Sochi: Olympic volunteer puts on magic show at bus stop

A funny way to start the day.
Sports
February 16, 2014

Scoggins in Sochi: A game to remember

U.S.-Russia hockey provided some lasting memories
Sports
February 14, 2014
The Olympics rings were a popular place for photos on Thursday at Olympic Park in Adler, Russia. Opening ceremonies for the Sochi Winter Olympics are

Scoggins in Sochi: That's me in the background

Sorry if I messed up your shot. I'll just offer a blanket apology.
Sports
February 14, 2014
Blount in Sochi: Dogs of Sochi finding new homes (with Olympians)

Blount in Sochi: Dogs of Sochi finding new homes (with Olympians)

Despite the Russian authorities' directive to round up the stray dogs hanging out in Sochi, there are plenty still around. And some may be emigrating.
Sports
February 13, 2014
United States' Sophie Caldwell skis with a sleeveless top during the women's 10K classical-style cross-country race at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thurs

Scoggins in Sochi: Winter Olympics seem too hot for some

For the second straight day, it's sunny and in the low 60s here in Sochi.
Sports
February 12, 2014

Scoggins in Sochi: No time for relaxation ... wait a second

Media can take a snooze in media room
Sports
February 12, 2014
USA goaltender Jonathan Quick pulls his helmet down during a training session at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.

Goaltender Quick gets nod in hockey opener for US men's hockey

Team USA announces goaltender for Olympic opener
Sports
February 12, 2014

Scoggins in Sochi: Tough break leads to cool gesture

A difficult performance in cross country results in act of kindness
Sports
February 12, 2014

Scoggins in Sochi: Running low on clothes

It's time to do laundry but ...
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