The Edge This is NPR's blog highlighting the best stories of the Sochi Winter Olympics.

Jessica Lutz is heading to the Winter Olympics from her job at a coffee shop in Washington. Recently, her fellow baristas made a latte in her honor. Lauren Katz/NPR hide caption

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Mexican-born Hubertus Von Hohenlohe, a German prince, plans to ski in style for the Winter Olympics. Courtesy of Alex Jorio hide caption

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'Mariachi Olympic Prince' Takes Glamour To Sochi Ski Slopes

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Elite athletes at Team Academy keep up their education in classrooms like this one; their training facilities are downstairs in the same building. Sarah Brunson/USSA hide caption

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High Schoolers Hit The Slopes, And The Books, At Team Academy

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Security personnel sit in the back of a truck outside the Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi. Security concerns are one reason why many U.S. fans and family are not going to this year's games. David J. Phillip/AP hide caption

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Too Far, Too Complicated: Why Some Families Will Sit Out Sochi

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Tucker West started in luge when he was 6. Brett West hide caption

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A Homemade Wooden Luge Track Launches Teen To Sochi

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Nick Goepper competed in the ski slopestyle qualification for the European Winter X Games last March. Jean-Pierre Clatot/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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X Games Show The Olympics What The Kids Want

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Jason Brown skates during this year's U.S. Figure Skating Championships at TD Garden in Boston. After his free skate was watched more than 3 million times on YouTube, he said, "I don't know how it happened. ... I'm so shocked, beyond shocked. It's so surreal to me." Jared Wickerham/Getty Images hide caption

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'Crazy' And 'Surreal': Figure Skater Jason Brown's Road To Sochi

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Meryl Davis and Charlie White compete in the 2014 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Boston earlier this month. Jared Wickerham/Getty Images hide caption

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Can This 'Perfect Match' Dance Their Way To Gold?

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Olympic Park in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi. NPR will bring you the most interesting things we see and learn from the 2014 Winter Olympics. The first events are on Feb. 6, one day before the opening ceremony. AFP/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Malaysian shooting athlete Nur Suryani Taibi was eight months pregnant in 2012 as she prepared for the Summer Olympics in London. Rebecca Blackwell/AP hide caption

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A Baby Didn't Bump These Moms Out Of Competition

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