On another chilly morning in Duluth, as the clouds roll in and the city wakes up, John Shuster is hoping his 8-month-old son Luke is ready for some sleep. “Every day … I toss him in the car seat and head down to the (curling) club,” Shuster said. “And hope he has a long nap.” That’s when the stay-at-home dad walks into his second home. His sanctuary.
The start of the winter Olympics in Sochi is just days away. The opening ceremony is set for Thursday, and about 19 Minnesotans will be part of Team USA.
Zach Parise of the Minnesota Wild will be the captain of the U.S. men’s hockey team at the Sochi Olympics. Minnesota defenseman Ryan Suter and center Dustin Brown of the Los Angeles Kings will be the alternate captains, U.S. general manager David Poile announced Friday.
As athletes from around the world prepare to attend the Olympics in Sochi next month, concerns about security continue to mount. One member of the Senate Intelligence Committee says he wouldn’t go, and he wouldn’t have his family go.
As the Sochi Olympics loom, this is, without doubt, the documentary to see. Directed by Lucy Walker, The Crash Reel is a powerful and sobering look at the blood on the snow of the action sports world that forces us to question our devotion to sports cliches like “go big or go home.”
A tribute to moms
As many as five Minnesota Wild players will play for their native countries in the Winter Olympics next month. Forwards Mikael Granlund and Mikko Koivu were named Tuesday to Finland’s roster. Koivu’s participation is in question because of a broken ankle he suffered Saturday and had surgery to fix Monday.
Minnesota native Lindsey Vonn will miss the Sochi Olympics because of a right knee injury, leaving the Winter Games without one of its biggest stars. The 29-year-old announced her decision Tuesday, exactly one month before the opening ceremony in Russia.
The U.S. men’s hockey team for the Winter Olympics has been announced, and close to half of the players all share Minnesota connections. Among those headed to Sochi in Russia will be the Minnesota Wild’s Zach Parise and Ryan Suter.
Five members or former members of the University of Minnesota women’s hockey team will be heading to Sochi in Russia for the 2014 Winter Olympics. Among those who were named to the team was forward Amanda Kessel, who was named NCAA player of the year.
Lindsey Vonn is skiing in Chile and way ahead of her rehab schedule with the Sochi Olympics five months away. The four-time World Cup overall champion returned to the slopes over the weekend nearly seven months after her injury.