Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics

Watch the teaser for "Simon Dumont: A Decade of Freeskiing Progression"

Simon Dumont goes big. Always has and always will. For over 10 years, Dumont has been at the forefront of freeskiing's progression, and he is a big reason why the Olympics included halfpipe skiing for the 2014 Games. The guy has amassed countless banger video clips. And now he's putting out an epic movie, Simon Dumont: A Decade of Freeskiing Progression, exclusively on Network A. Watch the teaser and get hyped. Then be sure to check back to watch the full movie on September 30.

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Mark McMorris: "Breaking my rib right before the Olympics was not the ideal situation"

Mark McMorris had one helluva winter last year. He repeated in Dew Tour slopestyle, took bronze at the Sochi Winter Olympics, took out the US Open, got to go to Baldface with Travis Rice and Eric Jackson, and was part of Danny Davis's Peace Park experiment. Amidst all that he broke a rib at X Games just 12 days before the Olympics started. Somehow he gutted it out though and still took home that bronze medal. His Burton Presents part here documents all of that and more with some spectacular riding from the Canadian.

What do you think of this Mark McMorris part? Tell us in the Comments.

Shaun White's guilty music pleasure is "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World" soundtrack

Music is important to lots of athletes. It's especially important for Olympic snowboarder Shaun White. Aside from being the two-time defending Olympic halfpipe gold medalist and one of the top vert skaters, White also plays guitar for the band, Bad Things, which just released its self-titled debut album. People had been asking White about what he listens to when he snowboards, so he shared his playlist. Here are some of the artists and albums that White has been rocking out to:

  • Tame Impala, Lonerism

  • Sugarman Rodriguez

  • Scott Pilgrim Vs the World soundtrack,

  • Misfits, Static Age

  • Kanye West, Yeezus

  • Phantogram, "Blackout Days"

So if you want to ride like White, this is the music you should be listening to. You should also wear hotel slippers like him.

What do you think of Shaun White's playlist? Tell us in the Comments.

Shaun White went to the zoo in Sochi

When he decided to pull out of the slopestyle snowboarding competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics, two-time halfpipe gold medalist Shaun White had some extra time on his hands. And what do you do when you're Shaun White and you have some extra time on your hands in Russia? You go to the zoo of course.

What do you think of Shaun White's trip to the zoo? Tell us in the Comments.

Shaun White has a message for his fans before today's halfpipe final

You know the story: Shaun White is going for the three-peat in halfpipe snowboarding at the Olympics. The pressure has been even more intense for White as he pursues his third gold medal, but before he drops in to the halfpipe, he wanted to deliver a message to his fans: "I've never taken the time before a competition to thank my fans. I can't do it without you," White said. In an apparent reference to him opting out of slopestyle, White continued, "You support me through the decisions I make. I feel the support and I want to say thank you guys. Wish me luck and here we go."

White recorded the video on Monday, Sochi-time. By the time most people in the U.S. woke up on Tuesday, he had already gone ahead and posted the highest score in qualifying (95.75). The finals will start at 12:30pm ET.

Do you think Shaun White will win the gold in halfpipe? Tell us in the Comments.

Nike snowboarders will try to qualify for the Olympics in light-up boots

With the 2014 Winter Olympics rapidly approaching, Nike Snowboarding just announced some new snowboard boots that would definitely get noticed if they appeared on the podium in Sochi, Russia. The Nike LunarENDOR Quickstrike boot has 30 LED lights in the Swoosh that are powered by an embedded lithium ion battery. The lights can be turned on and off with a power button in the boot's cuff so you can get your shine on easily. These are so much better than those light-up L.A. Gear shoes you hate to admit you wore in the 90s, and we can't wait until a Nike rider actually turns the lights on in the middle of a trick.


Simon Dumont's "A Decade Of Freeskiing Progression" is 10 years worth of awesome

Simon Dumont has been at the forefront of freeskiing's progression over the last 10+ years. He's won X Games medals, set world records, and helped get freeskiing included in the Olympics. Now with halfpipe skiing set to debut at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Dumont took a look back at the key moments in his career that have brought him to this point. But "this point" is definitely not the end. We've got a feeling that Dumont is just getting started.

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Freeskier Simon Dumont puts the road to the Olympics in perspective

Simon Dumont’s influence and impact on the sport of freeskiing over the course of his 13-year career is undeniable. Dumont led the sport from its infancy to the doorstep of the 2014 Winter Olympics. Having played such an important role in bringing freeskiing to the Olympics, Dumont was clearly disappointed when he didn't make the U.S. team after tearing his ACL during a qualifying run in Park City. But don't think you've seen the last of Dumont. Even after tearing his ACL, he still took another halfpipe run 24 hours later just to soak in the contest atmosphere. And he expects to be back on skis full time in the fall, focusing more on filming than contests, and continuing to push freeskiing forward.

What do you think of Simon Dumont's career? Tell us in the Comments below.

Photo courtesy Steven Earl/2014 Visa Freeskiing Grand Prix

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Snowboarder Torah Bright wants to win three gold medals at the Olympics

Roxy snowboarder Torah Bright won the halfpipe gold medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada. For the 2014 Games in Sochi, Russia, Bright has something much bigger planned. The Australian is going to attempt to qualify in all three snowboarding disciplines (halfpipe, slopestyle, and boardercross) at the Olympics. If Bright succeeds, she would be the first person to compete in all three events in Olympic history. Sure, this is the first year that anyone could compete in all three snowboard events, since slopestyle is making its debut at this year's Games, but it's still a helluva goal to go after.


Elena Hight is dedicated to bouncing back after a slow start at Dew Tour

Pro snowboarder Elena Hight's competitive season didn't start off quite as planned. At the Dew Tour in Breckenridge, the first qualifying event for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Hight fell on both of her runs. But as she says on the latest episode of her series "Hight Hopes" sometimes shit just happens. Nobody ever said getting to the Olympics was easy and Hight is dedicated to bouncing back at the upcoming qualifying events.

Check out Episode 1 of "Hight Hopes" here.

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Freeskier Tom Wallisch was discovered on the internet and now he's an Olympic hopeful

Freeskier Tom Wallisch came into professional skiing in a rather unconventional way. Hailing from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Wallisch grew up skiing and filming and just kept posting his videos on the Internet. Eventually enough powerful people saw enough of his videos and realized that Wallisch was way too good not be sponsored. The rest, as they say, is history. Wallisch, who is "really good at not falling" according to fellow skier Maddie Bowman, won ski slopestyle at the 2012 Winter X Games and is one of the top skiers to watch at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics—just don't ask Bob Costas for his opinion on that subject.

Three-time Olympic ski jump champion suffers horrific crash in practice

As scary as ski jumping looks, it's rare that we see big crashes like the one Thomas Morgenstern was just involved in. Morgenstern is a three-time Olympic ski jumping gold medalist who suffered a serious injury during a training jump in Austria on Friday and needed to be hospitalized. Morgenstern was preparing for a World Cup event this weekend when he lost balance in the air and came crashing to the ground. He briefly lost consciousness but was able to speak shortly afterward and was able to move his arms and legs. He was flown from the World Cup event site in Tauplitz to a hospital nearby Salzburg. Morgenstern, who won gold in the individual and team events at the Olympics in 2006 and another team gold in 2010, had previously suffered another serious crash on December 15.

Shaun White crashed at Olympic slopestyle qualifying yesterday

Snowboarder Shaun White suffered a major crash on his first run at Olympic slopestyle qualifying at Mammoth Mountain on Thursday but managed to bounce back and win the event on his second run to secure a spot on the first U.S. Olympic slopestyle team. On his first run, White took off on the second jump on the slopestyle course but caught his toe edge on the landing and took a serious slam. He was on the ground for about five minutes and was tended to by ski patrol before he was able to ride back down. "I haven’t taken a hit like that in a long time. I was almost thinking about calling the whole event. I couldn’t really see straight and everything was a little blurry," White said after the event. "Then I sat there and decided to do that second run."

On his second run, White earned the highest score of the day (95.20) to punch his ticket to Sochi. The two-time defending Olympic halfpipe gold medalist will have a chance to earn a spot on the pipe team on Friday.

Olympic snowboarder Danny Davis interviews himself dressed as an ugly chick

Every four years, there is a Winter Olympics. That means every four years, snowboarders are deluged with interview requests from media outlets that don't have the first clue about snowboarding. To get prepared, snowboarder Danny Davis decided to take some time out of his pre-Olympic training in New Zealand to interview himself. Yup, genuine Davis on Davis action. But to mix things up, he dressed up as Gloria, a reporter for the Christchurch Times, and the result is completely disturbing and completely hilarious. But it must have worked, because Davis earned a spot on the U.S. Olympic halfpipe team (The other men's U.S. halfpipe snowboarders are Shaun White, Taylor Gold, and Greg Bretz. The female halfpipe riders are Kelly Clark, Arielle Gold, Kaitlyn Farrington, and Hannah Teter. In slopestyle, the U.S. will be represented by Shaun White, Sage Kostenburg, Chas Guldemond, and female snowboarder Jamie Anderson and Ty Walker.)

Now let's just hope that Gloria gets a media credential for Sochi so we can see more of her unique interviewing style.

Check out the trailer for Olympic snowboarder Jamie Anderson's "Living the Dream" series

Snowboarder Jamie Anderson has won more contests than any other slopestyle rider in history. (Take that, Bob Coastas.) Now she is going to be part of the U.S. Olympic team when slopestyle snowboarding makes its debut in Sochi. So it's no surprise that her new web series is called "Living The Dream" because that is exactly what Anderson is doing. But she isn't just doing it by fulfilling her Olympic goals, she's also doing it by going to Burning Man and, based on what we see at the :39 mark, skinny-dipping. So yeah, we're pretty excited for the series to start.

What do you think of the trailer for Jamie Anderson's "Living the Dream." Tell us in the Comments below.

Snowboarder Elena Hight is refocused after not making Olympic team

Pro snowboarder Elena Hight is only 24, so it's hard to believe that she was attempting to qualify for her third Winter Olympics. Hight didn't make the U.S. team this year after poor performances at Mammoth Mountain so she was understandably bummed on the latest episode of "Hight Hopes." "I was looking forward to going to the Olympics, but I have to believe that everything is happening for a reason," Hight says. And with plenty of winter still to come, she is focusing on the rest of her riding season and making it as productive as possible.

What do you think of this episode of Hight Hopes. Tell us in the Comments.

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Dose: Olympic snowboarding gold medalist Sage Kotsenburg was well-prepared for Sochi

20-year-old Park City native Sage Kotsenburg qualified for the U.S. Olympic slopestyle snowboard team at the Grand Prix qualifier at Mammoth Mountain recently. Kotsenberg and slopestyle will both be making their Olympic debuts this year so Dose host Michaela Eichenbaum caught up with him in Mammoth to get his thoughts on the Sochi Games. Kotsenburg has his pre-Olympic routine locked in and has a good sense of who the riders to watch will be in Russia. The only thing he's still needs to figure out is what he will say to slopestyle hater Bob Costas if he runs into him.

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Dose: Olympic snowboarder Jamie Anderson got the souvenir she wanted—a gold medal

Professional snowboarder Jamie Anderson is considered the best slopestyle female snowboarder in the world. And now that slopestyle has been added to the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Anderson has qualified for the US Olympic Snowboard Team. We caught up with Anderson for this episode of Dose at Mammoth Mountain. She breaks down how she qualified for the Olympics, describes some tips she got from fellow Olympians Hannah Teter and Louie Vito, and what she expects in Sochi. She also reveals that the best souvenir she can bring home from Sochi will be a gold medal.

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Vice made a documentary about freeskiing and called it "Free"

For the first time ever, the 2014 Winter Olympics will include freeskiing. When ski halfpipe and slopestyle debut in Sochi, it will mark the end of a long journey for the sport of freesking. And since most Olympic viewers have no clue about freeskiing's origins, Vice produced a documentary for NBC Sports Networks called Free: Freeskiing’s Journey to Sport’s Biggest Stage. The film follows Tom Wallisch, Aaron Blunck, Maddie Bowman, and Devin Logan as they attempt to qualify for the Olympics. And since it's Vice, it will also feature things like the gnarly slam at the end of this trailer.

Free premieres January 30 on NBC Sports Networks at 7pm EST and will be on Vice's YouTube on February 2.

What do you think of the Free documentary? Tell us in the Comments below.

Olympic skier Nick Goepper tried to explain slopestyle to David Letterman

It's only eight days until competition starts at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. That means there's a limited amount of time for the U.S. Olympic athletes to get all their final talk show appearances in. American slopestyle skier was on the Late Show with David Letterman on Tuesday night and completely blew Letterman's mind when he tried to describe slopestyle to the host. How is that humanly possible? What about the poor skis? Get ready for a lot more of this in the days to come.

What do you think of Nick Goepper's Letterman appearance? Tell us in the Comments below.

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Snowboarder Iouri Podladtchikov likes to do things that scare him

Swiss snowboarder Iouri Podladtchikov, aka iPod, is touted as one of the big challengers to Shaun White's superpipe supremacy at this year's Winter Olympics. IPod's double cork 1440, or YOLO flip as he calls it, is a big reason for that. White trained hard this past year to finally land the trick himself, but does he have it down enough to throw it in an Olympic run? On this episode of Vans's "Introspect" we find out a little more about iPod while following him at the recent US Open in Vail where he had to deal with some adversity. This is going to be a battle to watch in Sochi.

Do you think Iouri Podladtchikov can beat Shaun White in the Olympics? Tell us in the Comments.

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Tom Wallisch's "The Wallisch Project" is 9 minutes of freeskiing awesomeness

Tom Wallisch is one of the best freeskiers in the world. Unfortunately the 26-year-old skier didn't quite qualify for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, which has us and plenty of others a little bummed. (Although he does get to hang out on the beach while everyone is wearing those weird opening ceremony outfits.) So we're spending our time watching Wallisch's recent video part The Wallisch Project. It's packed with so many triple corks and kinked rails that you almost forget about those rings.

What do you think of The Wallisch Project? Tell us in the Comments.

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11 Olympic facts you didn't know, drawn on a whiteboard

The Opening Ceremonies of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics are just two days away. Since the Winter Olympics only come along every four years, it's understandable that you might not be up to date on everything you need to know. Thankfully, the guys at ASAP Science have got you covered with 11 Olympic facts that are sure to impress your friends. So at your next cocktail party you'll be able to say things like:

Did you know the gold medal is made of mostly silver and only has six grams of gold?

I heard the first snowboarding gold medalist, Canadian Ross Rebagliati, has his own brand of marijuana.

It's hard to believe that China did not win its first Olympic medal in 1984.

Then, take a sip of your drink, and bask in the glow of everyone thinking you're really smart.

Watch Olympic silver medalist Staale Sandbech's full part from Nation

Norwegian snowboarder Staale Sandbech is now the proud owner of a shiny Olympic silver medal in slopestyle and one awesome mohawk. But if you think Sandbech is just a slopestyle rider, then you've got it twisted. Sandbech is one of the most well-rounded snowboarders out there. For those that might not have known who Sandbech was before the Olympics, Transworld Snowboarding just released his part from their recent video Nation. Enjoy watching Sandbech "do what a man's gotta do."

What do you think of Stale Sandbech's part from Nation? Tell us in the Comments.

Dose: Searching for the soul of snowboarding

With the Olympics taking center stage in the world of snowboarding right now, Dose went to SIA to talk to some of the most progressive figures in snowboarding to get their feelings on the current state of the sport and where the soul lives. We hear from Devun Walsh, Corey Smith, JP Solberg, Erik and Bjorn Leines, and Jesse Burtner on their take on the Olympics, the youth in snowboarding, and what this all means. The consensus is that rider-owned, independent companies are what keeps the soul of any board-sport alive.

What's your take on the state of snowboarding? Tell us in the Comments.

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9 lines from Shaun White's NBC Sports profile that will make you barf

The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia are coming. That means we are about to be flooded with overly-dramatic, hyperbolic profiles of Olympic athletes and A) their triumph over adversity or B) their quest to stay on top. Snowboarder Shaun White falls into the latter category. NBC Sports did its profile on the two-time defending gold medalist in the halfpipe, and it doesn't disappoint. The narrator delivers so many cringeworthy lines, we aren't sure if there will be any left for Bob Costas come the actual event. Prepare to throw up in your mouth a little.

1. In the exclusive club of transcendent athletes, no one is as extreme as Shaun White.

2. Greatness can't live in the shadow of fear.

3. Progressing the sport is the siren call of the elite snowboarder.

4. A virtuoso on a skateboard, a legend on a snowboard.

5. But on another mountain in another family, there's another kid looking to take him down.

6. Before he was a superstar, White was a brother and a son.

7. Go bigger or give it up.

8. Like he had been raised for this one moment, White crushed his first run in the final.

9. A breakout star, plugged into the entertainment, fashion and music worlds, his talent brought him on a spectacular ride.

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This "Mo Sochi, Mo Problems" mashup with Vladimir Putin will make you smile

Sure, we could go on and on about the dozens and dozens of problems that have come to light during the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The #SochiProblems hashtag has become one of the most popular on Twitter, and athletes are getting trapped in their rooms and having to bust a hole through the door to get out. But without all of the snafus, would these Olympics be as entertaining? We certainly wouldn't have DJ Steve Porter's amazing mashup of Biggie Smalls's "Mo Money Mo Problems" with Vladimir Putin, titled "Mo Sochi, Mo Problems." So, maybe it's a good thing that it's been amateur hour (or just corrupt hour?) in Russia. Because mashups like this are a very good thing.

What do you think of this Sochi mashup? Tell us in the Comments.

Slopestyle skier Henrik Harlaut shouted out Wu-Tang Clan at the Olympics

The biggest news from slopestyle skiing's Olympic debut was Team USA's sweep, with Joss Christensen taking gold, Gus Kenworthy the silver, and Nick Goepper earning bronze. Overshadowed by the Americans was this incredible moment from Sweden's Henrik Harlaut. The dreadlocked Harlaut finished sixth in Sochi, but earned the adoration of hip-hop heads everywhere with his Wu-Tang Clan shout-out. While waiting for his score, Harlaut formed a "W" with his hands and said, "Wu-Tang is for the children." Those words are as true today as they were when the late Ol' Dirty Bastard said them onstage at the 1998 Grammys.

What do you think of Henrik Harlaut's Wu-Tang shout-out? Tell us in the Comments.

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Dose: Olympic gold medalist Sage Kotsenburg says NYC cabs are more dangerous than slopestyle

Olympic slopestyle gold medalist Sage Kostenburg became the new face of snowboarding overnight. Kotsenburg won the first gold medal for the United States at the Sochi Winter Olympics. Even though he was inundated with interview requests that come with winning a gold medal, Kotsenburg made time to for another appearance on Dose. (We can't blame him, seeing as how appearing on Dose was a ticket to a gold medal in snowboard slopestyle this year). Kotsenburg admitted that the slopestyle course was gnarly, but it was nothing crazier than a New York City taxi cab. He also touched upon the fact that now the world knows of more snowboarders than just Shaun White, and how he'd like to use his recently found fame to help inner city kids get into snowboarding.

What do you think of Sage Kotsenburg on Dose? Tell us in the Comments.

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The Jamaican Olympic bobsled team's theme song is awesome

The fact that the Jamaican Olympic bobsled team exists at all is amazing. This is literally the kind of story that they make movies about. To get to this year's Sochi Olympics, the Jamaicans relied on PayPal and crowdfunding to raise the money for the team. That's endearing on its own. Then they went and made this incredible 8-bit video for the team's theme song "Bosled Song." The song by Sidney Mills, Jon Notar, and Groove Guild was written to sync up with the Jamaican bobsled's run down the track. Listeners were instructed to press play as soon as the team started its big race. And it's actually a catchy track.

Alas, as heartwarming as the team's funding method and 8-bit video were, it didn't translate to success on the bobsled track. The Jamaicans had the slowest time of any country which completed all three runs and failed to advance to the fourth and final run.

What do you think of the Jamaican bobsled team's theme song? Tell us in the Comments.

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Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy is adopting stray puppies from Sochi

Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy won a silver medal in slopestyle at the Sochi Winter Games. But if he has his way, the shiny hardware won't be all that he takes home from Russia. Like everyone else, Kenworthy heard about the issue with stray dogs in Sochi. Rather than just chalk it up to another fucked up thing about Sochi, like double toilets or doors that don't open, Kenworthy is taking action. He is working with officials in Russia to adopt four stray puppies and their mother and bring them back to the United States with him.

"They're treated like pests instead of pets," Kenworthy says of the strays. "[But] these puppies are so cute."

Kenworthy had to delay his return to the States while he fills out the necessary paperwork required to adopt the dogs. "There are all sorts of papers and forms," Kenworthy says. "It's really difficult because I don't speak Russian."

But he is determined to bring the dogs back with him, even if it means postponing his celebration party at home in Colorado. At least he can console himself knowing that Miley Cyrus is melting over the story.

What do you think of Gus Kenworthy adopting puppies? Tell us in the Comments.

Dose: Olympic gold medalist Jamie Anderson's Top 5 moments from Sochi

Pro snowboarder Jamie Anderson is the first women's slopestyle Olympic Gold medalist. Dose caught up with her in New York City recently to find out her Top 5 Olympic moments, and it's clear that winning a gold medal opens a lot of doors. From appearing on the Ellen Show with Ellen Degeneres to getting upgrades for her entire family on United Airlines, life has been good for Anderson since Sochi.

What do you think of this episode of Dose? Tell us in the Comments.

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Dose: Olympic freeskier Joss Christensen tours New York City with his gold medal in a sock

In case you have amnesia from the recently finished Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, the United States swept the first ever men's freeskiing slopestyle event. And at the top of that podium was 22-year-old Joss Christensen. As we learned from Jamie Anderson, Olympic medals open doors. So while Christensen was in New York City with fellow medalists Gus Kenworthy and Nick Goepper, Dose tagged along with him as he got a fresh haircut at Franks Chop Shop and was fitted for a suit at Freemans Sporting Club. Those aren't the only perks, Christensen has enjoyed since Sochi. He has also received free dinners and had people buy him bottles of wine. Life is good.

What do you think of this Joss Christensen interview? Tell us in the Comments.

Special thanks to: Freemans Sporting Club and Franks Chop Shop
Additional Footage shot by: AJ Dakoulas

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Dose: Find out how Olympic snowboarding gold medalist Iouri Podladtchikov invented the YOLO flip

The Olympic gold medal celebration continues on Dose this week with snowboarding halfpipe gold medalist Iouri Podladtchikov. We caught up with iPod while he was in New York City celebrating the gold medal victory from Sochi and enjoying city life. iPod runs us through the final moments before clinching the gold, what it means having beaten Shaun White, how he hates and loves rivalries in snowboarding, and the origin of the YOLO flip.

What do you think of this episode of Dose? Tell us in the comments.

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We can't tell whether Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy barking like a dog is adorable or creepy

Something happened to Gus Kenworthy at the Sochi Winter Olympics besides winning a silver medal in slopestyle skiing. He fell in love—with Sochi's stray dogs. All of them. Now something even stranger seems to be happening to Kenworthy. On a recent appearance on VH1's Best Week Ever Kenworthy barked like a dog in front of a green screen. It's pretty convincing. We can't figure out if it's really adorable or really creepy. We definitely know it's funny though, and we can only imagine the people at Best Week Ever saying to Kenworthy, "Bark like a dog for me."

Is Gus Kenworthy barking like a dog adorable or creepy? Tell us in the Comments.

8 reasons why Human Bowling should be the next Olympic sport

Can you remember a time when snowboarding wasn't in the Olympics? If you're under the age of 16, you don't. And as the Olympics continues to broaden its reach with new sports (halfpipe skiing and slopestyle skiing and snowboarding debuted at the Sochi Winter Games this year), we are sure the IOC is going to look for new and unique sports to add to the program. Well, after watching this Devin Supertramp video, we've got a suggestion: human bowling in Zorb balls.

And we're prepared to justify our position. Here's 8 reasons why human bowling should be the next Olympic sport:

1. It can be done during the day or night, winter or summer, and on so many different surfaces & fields.

2. This is the perfect opportunity for Big Lebowski's Jesus to get his gold medal.

3. We won't have to hear horrible livestream announcers screwing up trick names. Hopefully.

4. The Zorb balls would protect athletes from coming into contact with Bob Costas's eye infection.

5. The fat kid from Hook.

6. Superman jumps could be taken to a whole other level because of the ball's padding.

7. Being inside a ball would deter athlete-on-athlete relations.

8. Human Bowling works just as well on a "garbage halfpipe" as on a well-made one.

What's your take on the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics so far? Tell us in the Comments.

Dose: Olympic snowboarder Kelly Clark ranks her 5 most influential female riders

Snowboarder Kelly Clark is one of the most influential female riders of all time. She has won two Olympic medals in halfpipe and will attempt to qualify for her third Olympics at the Sochi 2014 Winter Games. But who influenced the influencer? Clark spoke with Dose host Tim Brodhagen and ranked the 5 female snowboarders who had the biggest impact on her riding. These are snowboarders who blazed the path for women in snowboarding, including Tricia Byrnes, Barrett Christy, Nicola Thost and more.


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Here's Shaun White riding his top secret Olympic training facility in Australia

Leave it to two-time Olympic gold medal-winning snowboarder Shaun White to don biker gear on the mountain. But, hey, White nailed the first perfect 100 score in X Games halfpipe history while wearing women's snowboard pants with zebra stripes, so who are we to question his fashion choices? The really crazy thing is that White built a top secret halfpipe in Australia to prepare for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Pictures leaked earlier of the facility, but now we get to see White actually ride his private halfpipe. Looks like he is definitely gunning for a three-peat in Russia.


Elena Hight launches new web series just in time for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics

We've seen professional snowboarder Elena Hight get buff, get dressed, and get gnarly, so we feel like we already know her. But with her new web series Hight Hopes we'll really get an inside look at the two-time Olympian as she prepares for the Sochi 2014 Winter Games. Hight's training for the Olympics started all the way back in the summer. It involved a lot of halfpipe shredding but also plenty of time in the gym and with the media obligations that come along with being one of the faces of American snowboarding.

New episodes of Hight Hopes will drop each month, with the next one scheduled for Christmas Eve, December 24.

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Dose: Danny Davis reveals Burton's U.S. Olympic snowboard uniform

For the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, Burton Snowboards and the U.S. Snowboard team wanted to take things in a completely different direction. Thankfully, that meant no more faux distressed denim. Burton founder Jake Burton and chief creative director Greg Dacyshyn modeled the jacket after a patchwork quilt and the pants were inspired by corduroy. When the Olympic snowboard uniforms were unveiled in New York City, Dose was on hand and caught up with Olympic hopeful Danny Davis to find out what he thinks about the Burton unis. Davis didn't want to jinx anything by actually trying on the uniform before he made the Olympic team, but he did let us in on a little secret that Team USA's uniforms are actually designed by a Canadian (Dacyshyn). Shh, don't tell anybody.


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Skier Lindsey Vonn poses in revealing swimsuit for Red Bulletin photo shoot

Skier Lindsey Vonn is a busy woman. She partially tore her ACL last month but was back on the slopes by Thanksgiving and vowed to be ready in time for the 2014 Winter Olympics. Vonn has already won two Olympic medals and is the six-time World Cup champion. The 29-year-old skier is also golfer Tiger Woods's girlfriend. That means they go on your typical kind of dates. You know, chilling with John Elway on the sideline of a Denver Broncos game, normal stuff. Vonn still found time to pose for the cover of the new Red Bulletin magazine, which comes out December 17, in a pretty revealing swimsuit. This suit may not be in the Alana Blanchard teeny tiny category, but for Vonn this qualifies as risque.


Watch Olympic snowboarder Elena Hight get buff, get dressed, get gnarly

Elena Hight is already a two-time Olympic snowboarder. But heading into this winter's Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games she is working harder than ever to hopefully bring home a medal. Hight's training includes going to the gym and then ripping the halfpipe. In between those activities Hight has to do a wardrobe change, which we get a rare POV look at here.


The Way Up, presented by Target: Rosalind Groenewoud

Canadian freeskier Roz Groenewoud shares her journey from growing up in Quito, Ecuador and all of her many nicknames. With her eye on the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Groenewoud continues to build on her passion for the sport and progressing women's freeskiing.

The Way Up is a series presented by Target and is directed by Steve Berra.

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Kaya Turski is preparing for the Olympics by lifting weights, skiing, and breakdancing

Kaya Turski is one of the best slopestyle skiers in the world, male or female. She has dominated the Winter X Games for a few years now and has her eye on the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, when slopestyle skiing will make its debut at the Games. Problem is she tore her ACL for the third time this past September, severely putting her Olympic dreams in danger. But Turski isn't going down without a fight. She's putting in time at the gym and on the mountain, where—based on what happens at the :39 mark—part of her routine includes breakdancing. We hope she makes it to Sochi just so we can see her do more of that.

See how Shaun White landed a double cork 1440 on his custom built halfpipe

In October of this year GoPro built Shaun White a halfpipe in the Perisher, Australia so he could train for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. Bits and pieces of footage and pictures have come out throughout the fall and winter of the custom built halfpipe, but this is the first real look at what went down on it. And the frontside double cork 1440 he nails is simply jaw-dropping. Hopefully that ankle holds up this winter leading up to the Olympics, because we'd sure like to see White bust this thing out at Sochi.