Sochi Olympics

Olympics
5:01 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Sochi Olympics: 3 North Carolina Connections

Charleston Forge table featured on Sochi Olympic set
Credit Charleston Forge

Do the Olympics seem far away? N0t many North Carolinians are competing. (Before the games, we told you about speed skater Heather Richardson, but her games were a bust.) And with no hometown heroes to cheer on, well, humph.

But then, with the swell of the Olympic theme...seemingly from nowhere....we find these three local connections to the world-wide games.

1. Handmade in Boone, NC-Made Table Dresses Up Set

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Sports
5:00 am
Wed February 5, 2014

North Carolina's Heather Richardson: Not Her Olympics

Heather Richardson tweeted this image from Sochi. Her caption? "I'm back."
Credit Heather Richardson / Twitter

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.

Sports Illustrated writes:

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Health
5:50 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Olympians Gather In Western NC

A competitor from the 2013 games.
Credit Special Olympics NC

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.

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.

The competition is reportedly fierce in alpine skiing and snowboarding. 130 regional competitors hail from as far away as Virginia.

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