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Lunch Links: All things Olympic

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As the Winter Olympics begin (with some events today and opening ceremonies tomorrow), here’s a few story lines to catch up on and some people to keep an eye out for.

There’s been plenty of drama in Sochi already — some silly, some not so much. In addition to fears of terrorism and the unprecedented security measures they’ve prompted, there’s this: 

Close to 2800 athletes are set to compete over the next two weeks; some we’ll recognize, some we won’t.  

They’ll include “the Flying Tomato” Shaun White, who earlier in the year cut his famous red locks [5] for a charity event, competing now only in the halfpipe after a brief dalliance with the slopestyle, a new Olympic snowboarding event (he dropped out [6] of that event just days ago); everybody’s favorite bad boy Bode Miller [7]; and former track and field star Lolo Jones [8], now competing in bobsledding.  

The games will also include, though, an assortment of violinists, bricklayers and underwearmakers [9] and other unknowns– some of whom will hopefully be more famous for their athletic prowess by games-end. Here’s a few to watch out for [10].

Finally, for all those who remember what it’s like to wrestle full ice hockey gear on a 6-year-old at 5 in the morning and for all the moms, dads, friends, families and communities who helped our athletes achieve their dreams, here’s a tribute. (Yes, it’s a commercial directed at moms, but the sentiment applies across the board.)