By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Доброе утро, Lunatiks …
>> The Wednesday column challenges Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin to do better.
The news coverage up here in the mountains focuses on Lauryn Williams’ suddenly strong bid to become only the second Olympian with gold in the Summer and Winter Games.
The hockey notebook looks at Dan Bylsma’s steady hand and other Penguins-related stuff on quarterfinal day.
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 climb to Sanki Sliding Center, home of bobsled, feels like it never stops.
The phenomenal topographical distance between Sochi’s coastal cluster, home of the ice sports, and up here in Krasnaya Polyana, home of the snow sports, is a peak elevation of 7,610 feet. Or 1.44 miles.
Think about that: It’s like rising elevation-wise from Los Angeles to Denver, then adding on another half-mile. Oh, and in the span of less than an hour.
Know how your ears pop driving up Grandview Avenue to Mount Washington in a matter of seconds?
Well, imagine the ears popping every minute or so for an hour straight on the winding, swirling bus ride, and you’ve got this experience down.
>> Back in that other hemisphere, Tony Sanchez continues to earn the Pirates’ trust behind the plate. Rob Biertempfel reports from Bradenton, and he uploads this video, as well …
Here’s the Trib’s Pirates page, including more on Francisco Liriano being named opening day starter.
>> Six players the Steelers will watch closely at the NFL combine, by Alan Robinson.
Here’s the Trib’s Steelers page.
>> This one’s worth a repeat: We have tons of great blogs at TribLIVE, all specializing in their respective sports. Encourage you strongly to check them out and bookmark.