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As of today, the U.S. has received five medals (two gold and three bronze) at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. We rocked it at alpine skiing, figure skating, freestyle skiing and snowboarding. We have 13 more days to keep bringing those medals home!

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Happy Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony Day! What’s your favorite sport to watch? My favorite is ski jumping, but figure skating is a close second. Whatever sport you love most, I think we can all agree that Sochi has transformed its buildings into ultra-mod structures for the Winter Olympics. After spending more than $50 billion dollars — the priciest Olympics in history — the city now looks like it’s straight out of a Jetsons episode.

Bolshoy Ice Dome

Bolshoy Ice DomeGetty Images

Bolshoy means “Major” and is one of the biggest venues of the Olympic ceremonies. It will house ice hockey, the most popular Olympic sport.

Iceberg Skating Palace

Iceberg Skating

The Iceberg Palace will host figure skating and speed skating. The moveable venue will be dismantled and reassembled post-Games as a skating center in another Russian city.

Ice Cube Curling Center

Ice Cube Curling

The Ice Cube Curling Center is simplistic and ultra-mod in design. It is also a moveable venue that will be transported to another Russian city post-Games.

Happy Olympics viewing!

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Today marks the opening of the 2012 London Olympics, and I don’t know about you, but I have Olympic fever. Feeding my obsession? This collection of vintage Olympic posters. Personally, I am charmed by this lady fencer in the Paris 1900 poster, but if I had to pick a favorite, I’d go with this dizzying example from the 1968 Mexico Olympics.

1968 Olympics Mexico Poster

Designed by artist Lance Wyman, this poster marries traditional Aztec design with  go-go ’60′s pop art. How about you? Do you have a favorite Olympic logo? Will you be watching the Opening Ceremonies tonight? I’ll be on the couch, popcorn in hand, waiting for that torch to enter the arena.

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Tonight marks the beginning of the 2012 Olympic Games. Athletes from around the world are gathering in London to compete for personal glory and honor their home countries, after training  for years to get to this point. If that’s not an occasion to raise a glass in their honor, I don’t know what is. Whip up one of the following Olympic-style cocktails for an Opening Ceremonies viewing party, and cheer on your favorite athletes.

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Inspired by the dedicated Olympians who have trained oh-so-early in the morning, the Early Riser cocktail is the perfect drink to sip while you watch their hard work pay off from the comfort of your sofa:

Olympic Early RiserOlympic Early Riser

Early Riser
1-1/2 oz. rum
1/2 oz. coconut flavored rum
1 oz. fresh mango juice
1 oz. pineapple juice
Pour ingredients into an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously and strain into a tall glass. Garnish with maraschino cherries and orange slices.

Or, take a shot of patriotism with the Red, White and Blue Shooter:

Red, White and Blue ShooterRed, White and Blue Shooter

Red, White and Blue Shooter
1/5 oz. grenadine
2/3 oz. sambuca
1/3 oz. blue curaçao
1/3 oz. vodka
Build ingredients in order in shot glass.

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