sochi olympics http://michiganradio.org en Olympic ice dancing champions honored at Michigan capitol http://michiganradio.org/post/olympic-ice-dancing-champions-honored-michigan-capitol <table border="0" cellpadding="0"><tbody><tr><td><p>Gov. Rick Snyder honored Olympic ice dancing champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White at the state Capitol today.</p><p></p><p>The two University of Michigan students won gold medals at the recent Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.</p><p></p><p>During the ceremony, Snyder noted many of the Olympic ice dancing pairs live and train in Michigan.</p><p></p><p>“I think it’s fair to say that Michigan is the ice dancing capitol of the world,” Snyder said, which drew applause from the audience.</p><p></p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 16:00:17 +0000 Steve Carmody 16809 at http://michiganradio.org Olympic ice dancing champions honored at Michigan capitol 2014 Winter Olympics round up http://michiganradio.org/post/2014-winter-olympics-round <p>The 2014 Winter Olympics have entered the record books. The Olympic flame has been extinguished, and athletes and reporters are packing up and heading home from Sochi.&nbsp;</p><p>NPPR's Sonari Glinton joins us from Sochi.&nbsp;</p><p>Meanwhile in Michigan, Michael Lee speaks with Mercedes Mejia. Lee is a professional mime and physical acting coach. He's worked with 10 of the 24 figure skating ice dance teams at the Sochi Olympics this year, including Michigan natives Meryl Davis and Charlie White who are bringing home a gold medal. He also works with Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada.</p><p>Lee says he helps the skaters become performers by teaching them how to animate their bodies. He learned miming from the late Marcel Marceau, an acclaimed French mime.</p><p>Lee <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-mime-teaches-olympians-bring-emotion-ice">explains the physical acting techniques</a> he shows the ice dancers. It's all about breath, body movement, and emotions.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><em>Listen to the full interviews above. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 22:07:47 +0000 Stateside Staff 16578 at http://michiganradio.org 2014 Winter Olympics round up Michigan mime teaches Olympians to bring emotion to the ice http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-mime-teaches-olympians-bring-emotion-ice <p>What do Olympic ice dancers who train in Michigan have to do with Michael Lee?</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">He's a professional mime and physical acting coach. Lee</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;has worked with 10 of the 24 figure skating ice dance teams at the </span>Sochi<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> 2014 Winter Olympics. That includes Michigan natives Meryl Davis and Charlie White, who <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-figure-skaters-set-world-record-sochi">won a gold medal</a>&nbsp;this year.&nbsp;Lee also works with Tessa Virtue and Scott </span>Moir<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> of Canada, who won silver.&nbsp;</span></p><p>“T<span style="line-height: 1.5;">hese are professional skaters," said Lee. "They move beautifully, but at the beginning they don’t move as if they are performing, and that’s what I’m about."</span></p><p>Lee&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">helps the skaters become performers by teaching them how to animate their bodies. He himself learned miming from the</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;late Marcel Marceau, an acclaimed French mime.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">To learn more about Lee click <a href="http://www.michaelleemime.com/">here</a>.</span></p><p>Watch as Lee explains the physical acting techniques he shows the ice dancers.</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=59kk8O26f-U&amp;feature=youtu.be</p><p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 14:20:00 +0000 Mercedes Mejia 16568 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan mime teaches Olympians to bring emotion to the ice The yarn for Ralph Lauren's Olympic closing ceremony sweaters was spun in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/yarn-ralph-laurens-olympic-closing-ceremony-sweaters-was-spun-michigan <p>At the 2012 Summer Olympics, the U.S. team got a lot of criticism for wearing Olympic clothing made in China to the opening&nbsp;ceremonies.&nbsp;</p><p>For the Winter Games, designer Ralph Lauren used American material. The yarn for the sweaters and hats that will be worn in the closing ceremonies at the Winter Olympics in Sochi was spun in East Jordan, Michigan.</p><p>Here's what the sweater and hats will look like:</p><p style="color: rgb(119, 119, 119); line-height: 16px; font-size: 12px; background-color: transparent;">&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 00:22:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16330 at http://michiganradio.org The yarn for Ralph Lauren's Olympic closing ceremony sweaters was spun in Michigan Stateside for Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-thursday-feb-20-2014 <p>Just what do you want your city, your community, to look like? Crowded bustling streets? Quiet, residential homes only? Zoning laws determine these things, and although those two words don't sound altogether exciting, zoning laws are creating debate all over the state. We found out more on today's show.</p><p>Then, what was that noise outside today? Did you hear it? Sounded like thunder? Well, in this crazy Michigan weather, we're getting thundersnow. We found out about this winter novelty.</p><p>And, we spoke with the man who designed and painted the masks on the U.S. Olympic hockey teams.&nbsp;</p><p>Also, we checked in with Daniel Howes on the UAW bid to unionize workers at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn.</p><p>And, head to Ford Field on Saturday if you want to be part of a world record. ComePlayDetroit is organizing the world's largest indoor yoga session at the home of the Detroit Lions.</p><p>First on the show, t<span style="line-height: 1.5;">he state of Michigan is ending its exclusive contract with the Education Achievement Authority to oversee the worst-performing schools in the state.</span></p><p>Michigan School Superintendent Mike Flangan sent a letter to the EAA saying the state will pull out of its exclusivity agreement with the Authority one year from now.</p><p>Martin Ackley is with the Michigan Department of Education. He says the state still intends to use the EAA to help turn around struggling schools.</p><p>“Now, this is in no way a statement or an indication of a lack of confidence in the EAA or its academic strategies. This is just an action that needed to be taken in order to provide flexibility and to provide options other than the EAA in which to place these most-struggling schools.”</p><p>So, what are the other options the state might use to help failing schools? And what's ahead for the controversial EAA?</p><p>Jake Neher, who covers Lansing for the Michigan Public Radio Network, joined us today.</p><p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 22:08:42 +0000 Stateside Staff 16532 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 These 13 Michigan athletes will be in the Winter Olympics in Sochi http://michiganradio.org/post/these-13-michigan-athletes-will-be-winter-olympics-sochi <p>It turns out that Michigan is really good on ice.</p><p>We've got 13 Olympic athletes going to Russia. Actually, they're probably already there since the opening ceremony is Friday.</p><p>The U.S. team is very serious as you can see.</p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>It’s go time. 2 weeks until competition begins in Sochi. <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23GoTeamUSA&amp;src=hash">#GoTeamUSA</a>! <a href="http://t.co/E7VdqrC1v9">pic.twitter.com/E7VdqrC1v9</a></p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 17:37:47 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16317 at http://michiganradio.org These 13 Michigan athletes will be in the Winter Olympics in Sochi Midland, Michigan company puts snow on the ground for the Olympics in Sochi http://michiganradio.org/post/midland-michigan-company-puts-snow-ground-olympics-sochi <p>When the Winter Olympics begins in three days, there will be snow on the ground in Sochi, Russia in part thanks to our next guest.</p><p>Joe VanderKelen, President of SMI Snowmakers in Midland, Michigan joined us today.</p><p><em>*Listen to the interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 22:28:32 +0000 Stateside Staff 16289 at http://michiganradio.org Midland, Michigan company puts snow on the ground for the Olympics in Sochi Dow Chemical is helping some US athletes reach for Olympic glory http://michiganradio.org/post/dow-chemical-helping-some-us-athletes-reach-olympic-glory <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Some scientists at Dow Chemical in Midland plan to spend some of their break time next month watching TV coverage of the Winter Olympics in </span>Sochi<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Russia.&nbsp;</span></p><p>But they’ve got more than the usual rooting interest in one of the Games' more obscure sports.</p><p>In a nondescript laboratory deep inside the warren of buildings that make up the massive Dow Chemical complex in Midland, a large machine is shaking and rattling something that looks like a miniature sleigh.</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 11:40:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16211 at http://michiganradio.org Dow Chemical is helping some US athletes reach for Olympic glory Stabenow concerned about security at Winter Olympics http://michiganradio.org/post/stabenow-concerned-about-security-winter-olympics <p>Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow is joining other members of Congress who are expressing concern about security at the Winter Olympic games next month in Russia.</p><p></p><p>There are concerns that the games face <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/01/15/262509949/russia-tightens-security-net-as-sochi-olympics-approach">an unprecedented terrorist threat level.</a></p><p></p><p>Stabenow says Russian authorities have not shared enough of their security plans for the games.</p><p></p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 13:43:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16127 at http://michiganradio.org Stabenow concerned about security at Winter Olympics A Michigan congressman is raising safety concerns about next month's Winter Olympics http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-congressman-raising-safety-concerns-about-next-months-winter-olympics <p>Members of Congress, including one from Michigan, say they have serious concerns about Americans' safety at next month's Olympics in Russia, and they want Moscow to cooperate more on security.<br /><br />Russian President Vladimir Putin has promised his country will do all it can to ensure a safe Olympics.<br /><br />The State Department has advised Americans planning to go that they should keep vigilant about security because of potential terrorist threats, crime and uncertain medical care.<br /> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 02:27:00 +0000 The Associated Press 16089 at http://michiganradio.org A Michigan congressman is raising safety concerns about next month's Winter Olympics