Two New England women will be a part of Olympics history at the 2014 games in Sochi, Russia by competing in the first skiing slopestyle and halfpipe events.
Devin Logan hails from Mount Snow, Vt., and qualified for the slopestyle event by winning the Dew Tour this past December. Annalise Drew, from Andover, will be launching into the halfpipe in Sochi. This is the first time these two events have been in the Olympics for skiers.
Here's the audio of my Radio BDC interview with Drew:
The East Coast has long been seen as having some of the best parks and pipes in North America because of its sophisticated grooming and snowmaking.
Drew is the first woman to throw a "1260" in the halfpipe in competition, which she did last year at the 2013 X Games. Her qualification to Sochi came this year through her consistent top finishes in qualifying events. She currently lives and trains in Vail Colorado.
Logan, who recently finished first at the Dew Tour and fifth at the X Games, believes her East Coast roots as a key to her success.
"Mount Snow provided me with the perfect launching pad for my career," Logan said. "In Sochi, I'll be ready for all conditions."
Listen to my RadioBDC interview with Logan below:
There were a number of disappointed television viewers in Canada Sunday night -- several million of them, in fact.
The Canadian men's hockey team's 5-3 loss to the United States was the most-watched sports program on record in Canadian television history, with an average of 10.6 million viewers. The audience topped the previous high set during the 2002 gold medal game in Salt Lake City between the two teams (10.3 million).
Peaking at 13 million viewers, the game was watched in part by nearly two in three Canadians, or 21.5 million viewers (64.3 percent of the Canadian population).
The game was also a boon to MSNBC, which had an average audience of 8.22 million viewers during the broadcast. It nearly topped the record 8.23 million it drew for election night coverage on Nov. 4, 2008.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- How successful has the United States been in the Vancouver Winter Games?
This successful: There are six days of competition remaining in the Games following today. And the US is already assured of tying its medal count from 2006.
With the women’s ice hockey team assured no worse than a silver medal by virtue of its rout of Sweden this afternoon in the semifinals, the US is guaranteed to win 25 medals, matching its output four years ago in Turin, Italy.
Team USA currently has won seven gold, seven silver and 10 bronze medals in Vancouver. Four years ago, the US won nine gold, nine silver, and seven bronze in Turino.
With two more medals, Team USA will set a record for most medals won at an Olympic Winter Games not held on US soil.
The most medals ever received by the US in an Olympic Winter Games was 34 (Salt Lake City, 2002).
The US has won the medal count at an Olympic Winter Games only once, at the Lake Placid 1932, where they collected 12 -- six gold, four silver and two bronze.
We're pretty sure there were no halfpipe or snowboardcross competitions in those days.
Dylan Ferguson, the Amesbury native who is a member of the US freestyle ski team for the Olympics, has been hospitalized with a stomach infection that could threaten his chance to compete, according to the Lawrence Eagle-Tribune newspaper.
Ferguson, who specializes in aerials, had his appendix removed Feb. 4. The newspaper reported that he was hospitalized in Park City, Utah, for the second time in a week last Wednesday, and did not travel to Vancouver with the team for the opening ceremony.
"I'm taking it day-by-day," Ferguson told the Eagle-Tribune. "I don't want to get my hopes up or down. I'm trying not to think about the Olympics right now. I need to heal up and get better before I can even think about it."
The freestyle men's aerials competition is scheduled for Monday (qualifying) and Feb. 25 (finals).
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Protesters damage property in downtown Vancouver, including the Hudson's Bay store. (Video by Yoon S. Byun, Globe Staff)
Mark Grimmette, a luge racer who is the US's career-leading international medals winner, has been chosen to carry the American flag at tomorrow's Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony.
Grimmette won a silver medal at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and bronze at the 1998 games in Nagano, Japan, but did not finish at the 2006 games in Turin. He is from Muskegon, Mich.
The nod for American flag holder usually goes to an "elder statesman" type from one of the less-mainstream Olympic sports. Captains from each of the teams nominate and vote for the flag bearer.
The United States will send a 216-athlete team to Vancouver for the Winter Olympics, which begin Feb. 12.
Of the athletes, 87 have previous Olympic experience, including 80 who competed at the last Winter Games in Torino, Italy.
Some facts about the US team, courtesy of the US Olympic Committee press staff:
- Thirty-five states are represented, including 21 from Minnesota and 19 from New York. Massachusetts has 12 who list their official home as the Bay State, although several others have connections to Massachusetts.
- Bobsledder Chuck Berkeley (Pittsfield, Mass.) checks in as the tallest member of Team USA at 6'5". Five athletes are tied as the shortest members of Team USA at 5'0" including Laura Spector (biathlon/Lenox, Mass.), Caydee Denney (Figure Skating/Wesley Chapel, Fla.), Amanda Evora (figure skating/Sugar Land, Texas), Erika Lawler (Ice Hockey/Fitchburg, Mass.), and Michelle Roark (freestyle skiing - moguls/Denver, Colo.).
- Team USA features one set of twins in hockey players Jocelyne and Monique Lamoureux (Grand Forks, N.D.).
- Twenty-three members of Team USA have children; there are 17 dads and six moms.
And here's the roster, sorted by sport. To see which of them have New England connections, review our photo gallery and brief bios.
Lanny Barnes; Durango, Colo.
Haley Johnson; Lake Placid, N.Y.
Laura Spector; Lenox, Mass.
Sara Studebaker; Boise, Idaho
Lowell Bailey; Lake Placid, N.Y.
Tim Burke; Paul Smiths, N.Y.
Jay Hakkinen; Kasilof, Alaska
Wynn Roberts; Battle Lake, Minn.
Jeremy Teela; Heber City, Utah
Emily Azevedo; Chico, Calif.
Elana Meyers; Douglasville, Ga.
Erin Pac; Farmington, Conn.
Shauna Rohbock; Orem, Utah
Michelle Rzepka; Novi, Mich.
Bree Schaaf; Bremerton, Wash.
Chuck Berkeley; Pittsfield, Mass.
Nick Cunningham; Monterey, Calif.
Chris Fogt; Alpine, Utah
Steven Holcomb; Park City, Utah
Mike Kohn; Fairfax, Va.
Steve Langton; Melrose, Mass.
Steve Mesler; Buffalo, N.Y.
Jamie Moriarty; Glencoe, Ill.
John Napier; Lake Placid, N.Y.
Justin Olsen; San Antionio, Texas
Bill Schuffenhauer; Ogden, Utah
Curt Tomasevicz; Shelby, Neb.
Nicole Joraanstad; Seattle, Wash.
Debbie McCormick; Madison, Wis.
Natalie Nicholson; Bemidji, Minn.
Allison Pottinger; Eden Prairie, Minn.
Tracy Sachtjen; Lodi, Wis.
John Benton; St. Michael, Minn.
Jeff Isaacson; Duluth, Minn.
Chris Plys; Duluth, Minn.
John Shuster; Chisholm, Minn.
Jason Smith; Chisholm, Minn.
Figure Skating (15)
Tanith Belbin; Aston, Pa.
Meryl Davis; West Bloomfield, Mich.
Caydee Denney; Wesley Chapel, Fla.
Amanda Evora; Sugar Land, Texas
Rachael Flatt; Del Mar, Calif.
Mirai Nagasu; Arcadia, Calif.
Emily Samuelson; Novi, Mich.
Jeremy Abbott; Aspen, Colo.
Ben Agosto; Chicago, Ill.
Jeremy Barrett; Venice, Fla.
Evan Bates; Ann Arbor, Mich.
Mark Ladwig; Fargo, N.D./Moorhead, Minn.
Evan Lysacek; Naperville, Ill.
Johnny Weir; Quarryville, Pa.
Charlie White; Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
Ice Hockey (44)
Kacey Bellamy; Westfield, Mass.
Caitlin Cahow; Branford, Conn.
Lisa Chesson; Plainfield, Ill.
Julie Chu; Fairfield, Conn.
Natalie Darwitz; Eagan, Minn.
Meghan Duggan; Danvers, Mass.
Molly Engstrom; Siren, Wis.
Hilary Knight; Hanover, N.H.
Jocelyne Lamoureux; Grand Forks, N.D.
Monique Lamoureux; Grand Forks, N.D.
Erika Lawler; Fitchburg, Mass.
Gigi Marvin; Warroad, Minn.
Brianne McLaughlin; Sheffield Village, Ohio
Jenny Potter; Edina, Minn.
Kelli Stack; Brooklyn Heights, Ohio
Angela Ruggiero; Simi Valley, Calif.
Molly Schaus; Natick, Mass.
Karen Thatcher; Blaine, Wash.
Jessie Vetter; Cottage Grove, Wis.
Kerry Weiland; Palmer, Alaska
Jinelle Zaugg-Siergiej; Eagle River, Wis.
David Backes; Blaine, Minn.
Dustin Brown; Ithaca, N.Y.
Ryan Callahan; Rochester, N.Y.
Chris Drury; Trumbull, Conn.
Erik Johnson; Bloomington, Minn.
Jack Johnson; Indianapolis, Ind.
Patrick Kane; Buffalo, N.Y.
Ryan Kesler; Livonia, Mich.
Phil Kessel; Madison, Wis.
Mike Komisarek; West Islip, N.Y.
Jamie Langenbrunner; Cloquet, Minn.
Ryan Malone; Pittsburgh, Pa.
Paul Martin; Elk River, Minn.
Ryan Miller; East Lansing, Mich.
Brooks Orpik; Amherst, N.Y.
Zach Parise; Prior Lake, Minn.
Joe Pavelski; Plover, Wis.
Jonathan Quick; Hamden, Conn.
Brian Rafalski; Dearborn, Mich.
Bobby Ryan; Cherry Hill, N.J.
Paul Stastny; St. Louis, Mo.
Ryan Suter; Madison, Wis.
Tim Thomas; Flint, Mich.
Julia Clukey; Augusta, Maine
Erin Hamlin; Remsen, N.Y.
Megan Sweeney; Suffield, Conn.
Tony Benshoof; White Bear Lake, Minn.
Mark Grimmette; Muskegon, Mich.
Dan Joye; Carmel, N.Y.
Brian Martin; Palo Alto, Calif.
Chris Mazdzer; Saranac Lake, N.Y.
Christian Niccum; Woodinville, Wash.
Bengt Walden; Northbridge, Mass.
Noelle Pikus-Pace; Orem, Utah
Katie Uhlaender; Breckenridge, Colo.
Eric Bernotas; Avondale, Pa.
John Daly; Smithtown, N.Y.
Zach Lund; Salt Lake City, Utah
Stacey Cook; Mammoth Lakes, Calif.
Hailey Duke; Boise, Idaho
Julia Mancuso; Squaw Valley, Calif.
Chelsea Marshall; Pittsfield, Vt.
Megan McJames; Park City, Utah
Alice McKennis; Glenwood Springs, Colo.
Kaylin Richardson; Edina, Minn.
Sarah Schleper; Vail, Colo.
Leanne Smith; Conway, N.H.
Lindsey Vonn; Vail, Colo.
Will Brandenburg; Spokane, Wash.
Jimmy Cochran; Keene, N.H.
Erik Fisher; Middleton, Idaho
Tommy Ford; Bend, Ore.
Tim Jitloff; Reno, Nev.
Nolan Kasper; Warren, Vt.
Ted Ligety; Park City, Utah
Bode Miller; Franconia, N.H.
Steve Nyman; Sundance, Utah
Marco Sullivan; Squaw Valley, Calif.
Andrew Weibrecht; Lake Placid, N.Y.
Jake Zamansky; Aspen, Colo.
Cross Country (11)
Morgan Arritola; Ketchum, Idaho
Holly Brooks; Anchorage, Alaska
Caitlin Compton; Minneapolis, Minn.
Kikkan Randall; Anchorage, Alaska
Liz Stephen; East Montpelier, Vt.
Kris Freeman; Andover, N.H.
Simi Hamilton; Aspen, Colo.
Torin Koos; Leavenworth, Wash.
Garrot Kuzzy; Minneapolis, Minn.
Andy Newell; Shaftsbury, Vt.
James Southam; Anchorage, Alaska
Ashley Caldwell; Hamilton, Va.
Emily Cook; Belmont, Mass.
Jana Lindsey; Black Hawk, S.D.
Lacy Schnoor; Draper, Utah
Matt DePeters; Buffalo, N.Y.
Dylan Ferguson; Amesbury, Mass.
Jeret Peterson; Boise, Idaho
Ryan St. Onge; Winter Park, Colo.
Shannon Bahrke; Tahoe City, Calif.
Hannah Kearney; Norwich, Vt.
Heather McPhie; Park City, Utah
Michelle Roark; Denver, Colo.
Patrick Deneen; Cle Elum, Wash.
Michael Morse; Duxburry, Mass.
Nate Roberts; Park City, Utah
Bryon Wilson; Park City, Utah
Ski Cross (2)
Casey Puckett; Aspen, Colo.
Daron Rahlves; Sugar Bowl, Calif.
Nordic Combined (5)
Brett Camerota; Park City, Utah
Billy Demong; Vermontville, N.Y.
Taylor Fletcher; Steamboat Springs, Colo.
Todd Lodwick; Steamboat Springs, Colo.
Johnny Spillane; Steamboat Springs, Colo.
Ski Jumping (3)
Nick Alexander; Lebanon, N.H.
Peter Frenette; Saranac Lake, N.Y.
Anders Johnson; Park City, Utah
Gretchen Bleiler; Aspen, Colo.
Kelly Clark; Mt. Snow, Vt.
Elena Hight; South Lake Tahoe, Calif.
Hannah Teter; Belmont, Vt.
Greg Bretz; Mammoth Lakes, Calif.
Scotty Lago; Seabrook, N.H.
Louie Vito; Sandy, Utah
Shaun White; Carlsbad, Calif.
Parallel Giant Slalom (3)
Michelle Gorgone; Boston, Mass.
Tyler Jewell; Steamboat Springs, Colo.
Chris Klug; Aspen, Colo.
Callan Chythlook-Sifsof; Girdwood, Alaska
Faye Gulini; Salt Lake City, Utah
Lindsey Jacobellis; Stratton Mountain, Vt.
Nick Baumgartner; Iron River, Mich.
Nate Holland; Squaw Valley, Calif.
Graham Watanabe; Sun Valley, Idaho
Seth Wescott; Sugarloaf, Maine
Long Track (18)
Rebekah Bradford; Apple Valley, Minn.
Lauren Cholewinski; York, S.C.
Maria Lamb; River Falls, Wis.
Elli Ochowicz; Hartland, Wis.
Catherine Raney Norman; Elm Grove, Wis.
Heather Richardson; High Point, N.C.
Jennifer Rodriguez; Miami, Fla.
Jilleanne Rookard; Woodhaven, Mich.
Nancy Swider-Peltz, Jr.; Wheaton, Ill.
Ryan Bedford; Midland, Mich.
Shani Davis; Chicago, Ill.
Tucker Fredricks; Janesville, Wis.
Brian Hansen; Glenview, Ill.
Chad Hedrick; Spring, Texas
Jonathan Kuck; Champaign, Ill.
Trevor Marsicano; Ballston Spa, N.Y.
Nick Pearson; West Allis, Wis.
Mitch Whitmore; Waukesha, Wis.
Short Track (10)
Allison Baver; Sinking Spring, Pa.
Kimberly Derrick; Memphis, Tenn.
Alyson Dudek; Hales Corners, Wis.
Lana Gehring; Glenview, Ill.
Katherine Reutter; Champaign, Ill.
J.R. Celski; Federal Way, Wash.
Simon Cho; Baltimore, Md.
Travis Jayner; Midland, Mich.
Jordan Malone; Denton, Texas
Apolo Anton Ohno; Seattle, Wash.