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Carmen strikes a pose for her younger sister, Evelyn, before homecoming in the fall of 2017. Couresy of the Schentrup family hide caption

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After Daughter's 'Unimaginable' Death, Parkland Family Moved To Action

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Speedskaters Elise Christie of Great Britain gets by Kim Boutin of Canada and Andrea Keszler of Hungary as they fall during the Ladies' 500m quarterfinal on Feb. 13. "If the pass is gonna be close or tight," says U.S. speedskater J.R. Celski, "we usually say 'bombs,' like 'Uh-oh, something's gonna blow up!' So it's like an explosion. It most likely means people are falling." Richard Heathcote/Getty Images hide caption

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From 'Bonk' To 'Bombs' And 'Fly Swat': A Guide To Olympic Slang

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Lindsey Vonn Wins Bronze In Downhill At Pyeongchang Winter Olympics

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Speedskating Primer: Long Track Vs. Short Track

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Skaters compete in the 1,500-meter women's short track. The ice for short track speedskating is thicker and warmer than long track ice. Hockey ice is warmer still. Amin Mohammad Jamali/Getty Images hide caption

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The Experts Known As 'Ice Meisters' Create Perfect Olympic Skating Surfaces

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Figure Skater Yuzuru Hanyu Takes Another Gold

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News Brief: Florida School Shooting, Immigration Plans Stall, Olympics

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Olympics: U.S. Falls Behind In Skiing, Figure Skating

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For Some, Competing At The Olympics Runs In The Family

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Ashley Caldwell performs an aerial before the World Cup last February. When she watched aerials for the first time at age 12, she remembers thinking: "Why are these people so crazy?" Cameron Spencer/Getty Images hide caption

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Aerials Skier Ashley Caldwell's 'Bold Move': A Quadruple-Twisting Triple Flip

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Maame Biney reacts after winning the women's 500-meter A final race during the U.S. Olympic short track speedskating trials in December. Rick Bowmer/AP hide caption

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Maame Biney Came To The U.S. From Ghana At 5. Now 18, She's A Team USA Speedskater

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South Korea Celebrates The Official Start Of The Pyeongchang Winter Olympics

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Listen: Up First Olympics Preview Special

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Skiing was second nature for Dunklee, but shooting a rifle at first felt alien to her. In the wake of mass shooting tragedies in the U.S., she has wrestled with ambivalence over using rifles for sport. John Tully for NPR hide caption

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With Few Fans And Little Funding, U.S. Biathlon Team Hopes For First Olympic Medals

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