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Ice Dancing and . . . Vivaldi?

By now, most people know that Americans Charlie White and Meryl Davis won a historic gold medal at the Sochi Winter Olympics 2014 with their beautiful skating. This was the first gold medal that the United States has ever won in ice dancing.

Did you know that Charlie White also plays the violin?

Earlier this year, he promised the Today show that if he won gold, he’d play violin on their show. They made sure he kept this promise.

In honor of our fabulous ice dancers, I decided to take one half-hour violin lesson from a friend. I spent the first seven minutes just trying to figure out how to hold the bow correctly and still be loose enough to move my arm.

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Brazilian Cooking

By Anna Rose Meeds

ingredients
Some of the ingredients

What might happen if you try your hardest, but that is still not good enough? Can you accomplish something great even if you make a mistake? Do you need to be perfect to leave a great impression?

The Brazilian bobsled team in the Sochi Olympics showed that it is possible to not win but still win over hearts and inspiration. Impressive fundraising helped them get there. While in Russia, the teams continued to work hard and inspire fellow athletes. Finally, the women survived a horrific crash. Obviously, they accomplished much although they did not place first.

The beans being soaked before being boiled and soaked for an hour
Measuring and rinsing the beans

In honor of them, I cooked a Brazilian recipe: Coconut Beans or Feijão de Coco. This soup-like recipe blends sweet and salty. Although it did not end up perfect, I learned from my cooking and gave my family an unique supper.

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