By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media
SOCHI, Russia — Доброе утро, Lunatiks …
>> The Tuesday column looks ahead to four imminent, important events in which the ladies could help rescue the U.S. Olympic effort.
Here’s the Trib’s Olympics page.
Here’s the official Sochi 2014 page, with all the schedules and results.
Here’s the official U.S. Olympic team page.
Here’s the official NHL Olympics page.
And here’s NBC’s Olympics page with all the highlights.
>> The accommodations for the athletes have been so extraordinary that some have been moved to speak or tweet about it without prodding. Teemu Selanne, Finland’s hockey legend, told a group of us the other night these were ‘the best organized Olympics’ he’d seen.
Talking about beds per room?
Nope. Bikes, mostly.
The Finnish Olympic Federation, seeing in advance that the Athletes’ Village and venues were close and security-clean, thought to bring a bunch of blue bikes. And once all of their athletes began using them, Selanne and the Penguins’ Olli Maatta included, more bikes were brought for other nations. Some Americans have them now, too. That’s Patrick Kane over there to the right.
“It’s not what I expected at my first Olympics, with everything you hear,” Maatta said. “But it’s been a lot of fun, for sure.”
“It’s been 20 years,” Olli Jokinen said of how long it had been since he biked to a game, back in his native Kuopio, Finland. “My parents didn’t have a car, so I would ride my bicycle every time. Obviously, when it was minus-25, I took the bus.”
>> Back in that other hemisphere, Scott Boras tells the Trib’s Travis Sawchik that his client, Kendrys Morales, would be a fine fit for the Pirates.
In the interim, Andrew Lambo is spending a lot of time at first base, Morales’ position, in the early part of spring training. Here’s a video on that topic …
Here’s the Trib’s Pirates page.
>> This shooting slump is killing Pitt right now. Kevin Gorman reports.
In football, the Panthers’ Tom Savage and Devin Street hope to impress at the NFL combine. Jerry DiPaola reports.
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