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Morning Java: Up in the mountains

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

SOCHI, Russia — Доброе утро, Lunatiks …

>> The Monday column checks in on Bode Miller up in the mountains, and it wasn’t exactly his best day. But that wasn’t going to be the thrust of the topic, anyway. Hope you enjoy this one. Had a good amount of fun writing it, and I’m deeply indebted to Dr. Freddie Fu for his invaluable input.

I also have news coverage of one of the most amazing individual performances you’re likely to see, by 15-year-old Yulia Lipnitskaia.

This was my first time up in the mountains, and I hope you’ve had a chance to check out the pics I’ve been posting regularly on my Instagram account

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Always been fascinated with extreme locations, whether for climate or geography, and this one was just amazing. The Caucausus Mountains tower over Sochi in a way that not even the Rockies tower over Denver or Salt Lake City. Sochi is sea level. Those other cities have a head start.

Well, the Krasnaya Polyana region, where all snow sports are being held, has that head start, and it still looks like the peaks are way high. The general feel is of an extrapolated Seven Springs, a series of ski lodges, but there really are people who live way up here.

Most interesting was how high you had to go to find snow, one of the organizers’ main concerns in these games. As the above photo shows, I still wasn’t high enough, but there was enough on the peaks for the downhill runs.

If you missed the two pieces Sunday, Lauryn Williams is relentlessly amazing, and Sochi has done a lot of dressing up with that $51 billion.

Here are all three videos I’ve shot for Channel 11 News so far, including the latest …

Here’s the Trib’s Olympics page.

Here’s the official Sochi 2014 page.

Here’s the official U.S. Olympic team page.

And here’s NBC’s Olympics page with all the highlights.

>> Back home, Pitt looks like a team that could use some rest. Kevin Gorman reports.

>> An NFL draft prospect comes out. What an amazing story this will be to follow, for a variety of reasons.

>> If you missed it last night, WPXI-TV’s Subway Final Word had fun with a bunch of historical Pittsburgh sports debates. Check it out.

>> I’ll be filing reports for TribLIVE Radio every weekday.

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Author: Dejan Kovacevic

Dejan Kovacevic, a lifelong Pittsburgher, is an award-winning sports columnist for Trib Total Media covering the Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, Pitt and, recently, his fourth Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He also appears on WPXI-TV's 'Subway Final Word’ and hosts a weekly show on TribLIVE Radio. For 2011, he was named one of the country's top four columnists by the AP Sports Editors. For 2012, he was named one of the country's top three columnists by the National Headliners. For 2013, he was named the state's top columnist by the Keystone Press Awards and top columnist in Western Pennsylvania by the Golden Quills.

 
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