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Olympic luger Kate Hansen of La Cañada on the Sochi experience

Just a few hours ago, women competed in the single luge event at the Winter Olympics in Sochi. Representing the USA was southern Californian Kate Hansen of La Cañada.

Sochi Winter Olympics: Women's hockey brings plenty of heat to the ice

The two teams will meet Wednesday in an early round game, but they have an intense rivalry that has often turned to heated clashes on the ice.

Sochi Winter Olympics: Slopestyle skier Devin Logan keeps it cool

Much of the attention on the Olympic slopestyle events has focused on snowboarders, but the downhill event is also done on skis.

Update: Comedy Central's 'Dumb Starbucks' stunt shut down by city

Comedy Central show "Nathan for You" revealed itself to be behind the mysterious "Dumb Starbucks" storefront that appeared over the weekend.

Q&A: Can LeanIn.org and Getty Images change sexist depictions of women in media?

Facebook's chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, announced today a new partnership with Getty Images, one of the largest stock photo libraries in the world. Together, Sandberg's nonprofit LeanIn.org and Getty have created a collection of stock images depicting diverse women in non-stereotypical scenarios.

Coming out has complicated player's prospects, NFL execs say

Michael Sam, a standout at the University of Missouri who announced he's gay, wasn't going to be a first- or second-round NFL draft pick, but he may have slipped even further, scouts and executives say.

Sochi Winter Olympics: Medals in women's super-combined, men's short track (spoilers)

Among Monday's highlights in Sochi: Maria Hoefl-Riesch's third career gold medal; American Julia Mancuso skis to a bronze; Team USA dominates Switzerland in women's hockey.

4-legged athletes compete with Olympic-sized heart

Sure, Sochi has competitors who perform feats of super-human strength and skill. But the agility contest at the Westminster Dog Show had nothing but cheerful contestants and good sports.

US sweeps slopestyle snowboarding with women's gold

In a near flawless run, Jamie Anderson took the medal a day after teammate Sage Kotsenburg clinched the men's gold.

Sochi Winter Olympics: Many Russian speakers watch with pride

Many in Southern California's Russian speaking community – some of whom lived in the old Soviet Union – are watching the games with great interest.

Sochi Winter Olympics: Games expose Indian corruption, redemption

Indian luger Shiva Keshavan faces an uphill battle not only to train for the Olympics, but even to carry his country's flag.

Sochi Winter Olympics: Southern California athletes compete

The Winter Olympics kicked off in earnest following Friday night's opening ceremonies, and NBC4's Whit Johnson reported from Sochi and spoke with KPCC.

Sochi Winter Olympics: Is early criticism par for the course?

The Sochi Olympics have been criticized for poor preparation, security concerns, and Russia's policies on human and animal rights. But host-bashing is a popular pastime.

Sochi Winter Olympics: First gold medal goes to an American

Slopestyle snowboarder Sage Kotsenburg has won the first gold medal in the Sochi Olympics, as the American women's ice hockey team gets off to a good start.

Sochi: 5 California Olympians you should follow on Instagram

Forget the political controversy, technical glitches and subpar accommodations — our Southern California athletes are having a blast at the Sochi Olympics.

Sochi Winter Olympics: P6 campaign targets anti-gay laws

L.A.-based American Apparel is taking Russia's gay propaganda law by the seams, using the Olympics Charter Principle 6 as a vessel for its challenge.