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Sports Perspectives

The final stage of Lindsey Vonn’s journey back to the Olympics wound past lonely farmhouses and ice-choked rivers along the narrow road up to the Jeongseon Alpine Centre.


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For Jimmie Johnson, what happened in Vegas has followed him to Daytona

An end-of-the-year banquet, like the one NASCAR holds annually in Las Vegas, is a time for celebration, for reflecting on the accomplishments of the past year and immortalizing them. Tell that to Jimmie Johnson.


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Olympic gold medalist Ester Ledecka is the fastest snowboarder on two skis. Wait, what?

Welcome to the Olympics, where on a beautiful winter day, the autotrons of the Alpine skiing world can be upstaged — flat-out beaten, really — by a remarkable athlete who splits her time between two worlds that rarely overlap.


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How vital is NASCAR at 70?

Born in 1948 as a confederation of moonshiners and roughnecks, NASCAR turns 70 at the drop of a white flag at Daytona on Sunday.

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Four bold predictions (plus one guarantee) for the 60th Daytona 500

The Daytona 500 — what other accolades are there to heap upon it? It’s the most highly regarded race in NASCAR, and even people who aren’t racing fans tune in to one of the world’s most captivating sports events. And it’s finally here.


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In the Olympic reality show, the co-stars are named 'Mom' and 'Dad'

The only people at the Pyeongchang Winter Games who receive more attention from the cameras than the athletes are the athletes' parents, and sometimes the race is pretty close.


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The ‘Apology Olympics’: Tough times for NBC and the media

During its coverage of the Pyeongchang Games, NBC seems to be issuing some kind of apology nearly every night. As Michael McCarthy of The Sporting News observed, “If the Olympics gave out medals for apologies, NBC Sports would be in great shape at the 2018 Winter Games.”