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    The U.S. Olympic hockey team just beat the pants off the Russian Olympic hockey team. Okay, maybe it wasn't a total slaughter, they won 3-2. But this is Russia! Russians live on ice. Have you been there? I have. It's damn cold. They got ice in their blood, I tells ya.

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    Olympic luger Kate Hansen is the latest U.S. competitor at Sochi to be celebrated not just for her athletic skills, but for what she does before her runs. Hansen was caught on camera warming up, to the tune of Beyonce. And it was pretty much the best thing I've seen since Sochi began. Check it out ...

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    When tuning in to the Opening Ceremonies for the Sochi Winter Olympics, Bob Costas popped up on my screen as the main correspondent, sporting a pair of hilariously dorky glasses and an extremely red eye. My first thought wasn't, Oh, good to see they're tackling the controversial political issues about why they're hosting in Sochi or Why am I watching Maria Sharapova when she's a tennis star, which has absolutely nothing to do with winter sports? Nope, besides being annoyed by a frustratingly slow start, my first thought was, I can't wait to see how the Internet responds to Bob Costas' eye.

    And respond they did. Everyone's immediate thought was that Bob had pink eye, but usually that could be cured in a few days with some antibiotics. But the infection spread -- and was getting worse. Finally, NBC had no choice but to replace Bob with Matt Lauer. Seems his evil eye was scaring all the kittehs and little children out there tuning in to the Olympics.

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    Sooooo, have you been glued to the TV watching the winter Olympics since they started? Nah. Me neither. Because it's super tough to find the extra time to sit down and watch them, what with all the stuff we moms have going on during a typical day.

    Between getting the kids off to school, work, helping them with homework, taking care of household tasks, and shuttling them back and forth to activities -- sometimes our lives really are like their own version of the Olympics.

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    It had to happen at some point! Yesterday, just three days into the Winter Olympics at Sochi, a Russian speed skater named Olga Graf took home the bronze medal in the women's 3,000-meter, only to suffer the first wardrobe malfunction of the games. Actually, it may have been more a malfunction of being so caught up in the moment that she didn't realize what she was doing. Because Olga's fashion faux pas occurred when after waving to the crowd, she unzipped her suit all the way down to her belly button only to reveal, uh, nothing. She was sans underwear!

    No big surprise there, but it was still a jaw-dropper that she forgot.

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    Usually someone punching a hole through a door is seen as cause for enrolling in an anger management program. But when an Olympic athlete does it, they're praised for their enormous feat of strength and lauded as the Incredible Hulk. At least that seems to be the takeaway from one of the kookier stories out of Sochi in the last few days ...

    American bobsledder and former Green Bay Packers player Johnny Quinn was in his bathroom in the Olympic Village when the door jammed on Saturday. Instead of waiting for help or figuring out some other inventive way to escape, he opted to smash down the door with swift, hard punches. Then take a photo of the damage he did and share it on Twitter -- obviously.

    Okay, okay, to be fair, apparently he did cry for help seeing if he could "catch someone's attention," and he banged "on random parts of the wall ... going around the bathroom," but no one came to his rescue before he says his fist went through the door. So then he just kept going!

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    The US has won its first gold medal in Sochi thanks to 20-year-old Sage Kotsenburg, who took home first place in the slopestyle snowboarding competition.

    Kotsenburg says he won over the judges when he performed a trick that he's never even practiced before. But even more shocking than his snowboarding is his attitude. For someone who has even reason to brag right now, he's coming off extremely humble. He gave his fans a play-by-play of his amazing morning via Twitter and his laid-back outlook on the whole experience makes him even more likeable.

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    Oh Sochi Olympics, you just sound better and better every time we hear about you. Who here wishes they could jet off to Russia and experience all this exciting frontier of incomplete infrastructure has to offer? Think of the viral Instagram possibilities. And the crazy stories you'll tell your grandkids, if you actually do survive a week in Sochi.

    Okay, seriously? The stories are starting to scare me. After spending $51 billion (a record), it sounds like this remote resort-ish town is still shitastically underprepared for the Olympic Games, which open TOMORROW. Maybe it's not as bad as it seems. Maybe once the games begin, we'll all focus on the athletics and not the uncovered manholes. But for now, zoiks. Reports from Sochi are reading like a Russian novel.

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    So, apparently bathrooms are different in Russia. A photo BBC reporter Steve Rosenberg tweeted of twin toilets at a ski center for the Winter Olympic games in Sochi, Russia has everyone doing a dance in their pants. Apparently the toilets are side-by-side in the same stall, no division. Man, I knew about the communal Russian baths, but this? What's that about? You have to see this. 

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    Every time a commercial for the upcoming Olympics comes on, it's quite easy to get excited. From February 7 to 23, folks around the world will be glued to their TV screens, slack-jawed while witnessing incredible physical feats in skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, hockey, yes, even curling. But one of the most recognizable female skiing champions will sadly not be participating this year: Lindsey Vonn is out of the Sochi Olympics due to a lingering knee injury.

    She is the reigning Olympic and World Cup downhill skiing champion, but according to a post on her official Facebook page, she wrote, "I am devastated to announce that I will not be able to compete in Sochi."

    Though she's made headlines most recently due to her personal life -- dating Tiger Woods -- you've got to admit that it's going to be tough not seeing her compete for the good ol' US of A in the Olympics this year.

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