This month, the world’s attention is focused on the XXII Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. For 17 days, athletes from around the globe compete in a variety of winter sports to see who is the fastest, the most accurate, the most graceful and, in some cases, the most daring.
How well do you know your Winter Olympics trivia? Test your knowledge with this quiz. (Answers appear at the end.)
We hope you enjoyed this fun Olympic quiz. If you correctly answered 13 or more questions, consider yourself a gold medal winner! If you correctly answered 10 to 12 of the questions, consider yourself a silver medalist. And, if you got between 7 and 9 answers correct, you’ve made a respectable bronze medal showing.
The athletes of the 2014 Winter Olympics represent the dreamer in all of us. They’ve set their sights on a goal and have done everything they can to pursue their dream of competition on a world stage. We applaud all of the athletes and wish them the very best.
Your dream is out there, too. Go get it. We’ll protect it.
1) b. The first winter games were held in 1924.
2) b. The first winter games were held in Chamonix, France.
3) c. The 2014 Winter Olympics will introduce 12 new sports. (Biathlon mixed relay – Mixed; Figure skating team event – Mixed; Luge team relay – Mixed; Ski Halfpipe – Men’s; Ski Halfpipe – Women’s; Ski Slopestyle – Men’s; Ski Slopestyle – Women’s; Snowboard Slopestyle – Men’s; Snowboard Slopestyle – Women’s; Snowboard parallel slalom – Men’s; Snowboard parallel slalom – Women’s; Women’s ski jumping.)
4) c. Bjørn Daehlie of Norway won 12 individual medals in cross-country skiing between 1992-1998.
5) a. Norway holds top honors for most Winter Olympics medals, with a total of 303. The U.S. is second with 253, and the former Soviet Union holds third place, with 194 medals.
6) True. The Olympic torch went to the International Space Station on Nov. 7, 2013, along with new crew members. On Nov. 9, Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazan stepped out into space holding the Olympic Torch in space for more than an hour.
7) The Olympic flame arrived in Moscow from Athens on Oct. 6, 2013. Two days later, the relay began its route around Russia, a course than will have spanned 65,000 km. when it concludes on Feb. 7, 2014, at the "Fisht" Olympic Stadium in Sochi. The 2014 Winter Olympic Torch Relay will be the longest national relay by time and distance in the history of the Olympic Winter Games.
8) b. Four: Lake Placid (1932, 1980), Squaw Valley (1960) and Salt Lake City (2002).
9) a. 1988 in Calgary, Canada.
10) b. American Charles Jewtraw became the first Winter Games champion by winning the first event, 500 meter speed skating.
11) c. The 1980 U.S. Hockey Team win over the long-dominant and heavily favored Soviet Union became known as "The Miracle on Ice."
12) c. 82 countries are represented at the 2014 Winter Olympics.
13) c. The five colors of the Olympic rings and the white background reflect at least one color of every nation’s flag.
14) b. The Winter Paralympics were first held in 1976 in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden.
15) c. The next Summer Olympics will be held in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The next Winter Olympics will be held in 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea.
Icicles may give your home a quaint look in winter, but they’re symptomatic of a bigger problem – ice dams.
Ice dams can damage your home because they prevent melting snow and ice from draining properly. This melted snow can seep under your home's shingles, damaging your roof, attic, ceilings, insulation, walls and belongings.
What causes ice dams?
Ice dams form when attic air becomes warm enough to heat the underside of the roof, which in turn causes the snow on top of the roof to thaw. The melting snow runs down the roof until it hits an eave or roof edge that is below the freezing point. The melted snow refreezes and creates a ridge of ice – an ice dam – which blocks further runoff. As snow continues to melt, it has nowhere to go but up, where it starts seeping under the shingles and into the house.
Prevent ice dams in the first place
The best way to prevent ice dams is to keep the roof – and attic underneath – as cold as the outside air. Here are some steps you can take to keep ice dams from forming.
What should I do if I have an ice dam?
The best thing you can do is wait for warm weather to melt the ice dam, and take steps to keep it from getting worse – namely, removing snow from the roof with a roof rake and keeping downspouts clear. Going on the roof to chip away at it is not only dangerous, it can cause more damage to your roof. If you can't rake the snow off the roof and can’t wait for the ice dam to melt, hire a roofing company with the tools and expertise to safely remove an ice dam.
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Home is where your dreams live.
But it also can be a potentially dangerous “burn zone.”
These easy-to-follow tips can help you avoid burns and scalds in your home.
Be stove smart
If you must smoke…
Use smoke detectors
Remember, if you or a loved one have been burned or scalded, seek treatment immediately, and call a physician if the injury is severe.
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Tax season can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are some no-nonsense suggestions for organizing your documents now, so you won’t have headaches and heartburn at tax time.
Create a timeline: Make a general timeline for gathering documents, filling out your returns (or having your accountant complete them in a timely fashion), and submitting everything by the April 15 deadline. If you haven’t received all W-2, 1098 or 1099 forms by now, contact the appropriate companies.
Gather documents: Collect W-2s, 1098s, 1099s, receipts and documents that may fall under the following categories:
Federal tax forms are available at IRS.gov.
Get educated: For details on the categories and items listed above, consult “Your Federal Income Tax,” a free guide published by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Don’t miss the “What’s New” section for important tax changes and updates. Also, IRS.gov offers an abundance of tips, tools and information to help you complete your returns.
Refer to your state’s department of revenue website for details and tax forms for 2013.
Remember to plan ahead for next year by organizing your documents ahead of time, and keeping them all in one place. It could help streamline the process when you prepare taxes next year.
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It’s that time of year again when many people fall into a seasonal slump. Winter blues can be triggered by a variety of events including stressful holidays, reminders of absent loved ones, less sunlight and colder temperatures.
Fortunately, there are things you can do to pick yourself up to keep the blues at bay.
While there are many parts of our life we have control over, the change of seasons isn’t one of them. If you can learn to adapt to and enjoy winter, you can keep the seasonal, winter blues at bay.
Note: If you’re feeling more than just seasonal blues, or feelings seem stronger, more intense and last longer, you may have a more serious condition. Speak to your physician if you have additional concerns.
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