The headlines report bizarre stories about the lack of privacy in public toilets, the poor lodging conditions, and the questionable drinking water.

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In the days following the Opening Ceremony for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, the games, themselves, have also delivered one surprise after another.


Shaun White, Olympic snowboarder

Shaun White. Photo: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images


Two-time Winter Olympic gold-medalist Shaun White, 27, shocked fans and the media one day before the Opening Ceremony when he announced that he would not be competing in the brand new Slopestyle event. His reasons were that he needed to focus on his signature event, the Half-pipe.

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White took the gold medal for the Half-pipe event in the 2006 Winter Games in Turin and in the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver. However, the Half-pipe gold escaped him in Sochi during the games on Tuesday, when he placed fourth in the event. The gold was won by Switzerland competitor Iouri “I-Pod” Volosozhar.

Shani Davis, Olympic Speed skater

Shani Davis. Photo: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images North America


Shani Davis, 31, was the favorite for the individual Speed skating 1000 meter competition at Sochi. Davis became the first black athlete to win a gold medal in an individual sport at the Winter Olympic Games in Turin, 2006. He also became the first man to successfully defend the 1000 meter gold medal at the Vancouver games in 2010.


Unfortunately, luck was not on his side this year. Davis placed eighth in the 1000 meter Speed skating event on Wednesday. The gold was won by Dutch competitor Stefan Groothuis. Davis still has the chance to defend his two-time silver medal in the 1500 meter Speed skating event on Saturday.

What events are keeping you glued to your seat? Keep the conversation going here, or we can talk Sochi on Twitter @TiffaniJPurdy. I’ll see you back on the MUIPR Blog this Sunday for more Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games coverage!