Sochi Olympics http://wunc.org en Sochi Olympics: 3 North Carolina Connections http://wunc.org/post/sochi-olympics-3-north-carolina-connections <p>Do the Olympics seem far away? N0t many North Carolinians are competing. (<a href="http://wunc.org/post/north-carolinas-heather-richardson-not-her-olympics">Before the games, we told you about speed skater Heather Richardson</a>, but her games were a bust.) And with no hometown heroes to cheer on, well, humph.</p><p>But then, with the swell of the Olympic theme...seemingly from nowhere....we find these three local connections to the world-wide games.</p><p>1<strong>. Handmade in Boone, NC-Made Table Dresses Up Set</strong></p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 22:01:23 +0000 Carol Jackson 30822 at http://wunc.org Sochi Olympics: 3 North Carolina Connections North Carolina's Heather Richardson: Not Her Olympics http://wunc.org/post/north-carolinas-heather-richardson-not-her-olympics <p>Heather Richardson was born to skate. She found success on rollerblades first, and then moved onto the ice. Before the Sochi Olympic games, she was favored to win three medals in speed skating. But she's come up empty.</p><p>Sports Illustrated writes:</p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Carol Jackson 30025 at http://wunc.org North Carolina's Heather Richardson: Not Her Olympics Olympians Gather In Western NC http://wunc.org/post/olympians-gather-western-nc <p>I've been poking around the internet, wondering if any athletes with ties to North Carolina will be headed to the games in Sochi next month.</p><p>I didn't find any (yet), but I did find a winter games, happening now. Without fanfare, network TV contracts, or endorsements, 130 athletes with special needs have gathered for the NC Winter Special Olympics at Appalachian Ski Mountain in Blowing Rock.</p><p>The competition is reportedly fierce in alpine skiing and snowboarding. 130 regional competitors hail from as far away as Virginia.</p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 22:50:57 +0000 Carol Jackson 28498 at http://wunc.org Olympians Gather In Western NC