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Morning Java: Neverending climb

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 are all 10 videos for Channel 11 News so far, including yesterday’s on the incredible nerve center of the Olympics …

I’m also doing weekday reports for TribLIVE Radio, and here’s yesterday’s edition interviewing Olli Maatta and Blake Wheeler about instant team-building.

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.

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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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