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Is that a wolf in the Winter Olympics dorm?

WILDLIFE WATCHING — It's not clear whether Olympic athletes are seeing wolves or whether the latest news is another indication of the stray dog problem in Sochi.

Either way, the video a U.S. Olympic athlete has posted of a wolf-like critter roaming the halls of her dorm is going viral.

Somebody's offering food to the critter.

Or there's a sheep in somebody's room.

The video reportedly was tweeted by Kate Hansen, a member of the USA luge team.

UPDATE: The LA Times says a joker was at the bottom of this.

Anglers boost EWU football fever with fly tying contest

FLY FISHING — Some fly fishermen briefly distracted from their sport by the Eastern Washington University football team's pursuit of the FCS championship are trying to hook even more enthusiasm with a little fly-tying incentive.

Before the third-ranked EWU Eagles take on Jacksonville State at the Inferno on Saturday, the EWU alums at the Evolution Anglers blog are continuing their tradition of wrapping up championship quality “inferno” flies.

They're teaming with blogger Big Mills and running a contest in which participants can win some fan-catching and perhaps fish catching flies tied by the talented bloggers.

Read on for the details from the bloggrs:

Spokane’s Pokorny top collegiate at U.S. National Cross Country Skiing Championships

Annie Pokorny, 20, of Spokane was named the top college athlete at the U.S. National Cross Country Skiing Championships that concluded today (Jan. 8) on the Olympic courses at Soldier Hollow, Utah. She was one of four Eastern Washington skiers who delivered standout performances among the 300 athletes at the event.
Pokorny, a sophomore at Middlebury College in Vermont, won the “collegiate cup” as the top college athlete to participate in the event. She was competing against the country's top nordic skiers, with the exception of five women currently representing the U.S. Ski Team in Europe.
Pokorny's effort qualified her to ski for the U.S. at the World U-23 championships to be held in Liberic, Czech Republic at the end of January. She leaves for Europe Saturday, and will return in February to continue skiing for Middlebury. She plans to ski in the NCAA championships to be held at Middlebury in March.
Pokorny developed her skills as a teenager with the Spokane Nordic Junior Ski Team. She was named to the All Greater Spokane League Soccer Team in 2009 as she played for Lewis and Clark High School. But she moved to Sun Valley, Idaho, with her mother for her senior year where she could finish high school while devoting her sporting interests to nordic skiing.
Click “continue reading” for a summary of the top performances by Pokorny and Inland Northwest skiers Torin Koos of Leavenworth, Erik Bjornsen and his sister Sadie Bjornsen of Winthrop.
Sadie Bjornsen, Koos and Pokorny all have the distinction of winning top female or male titles as teenagers at the annual 10K Spokane Langlauf at Mount Spokane.

Area skiers tops in U.S. Nordic Skiing Championships

Four Eastern Washington were in top form in the U.S. National Cross Country Skiing Championship races this week at the former Olympic course at Soldier Hollow, Utah.

  • Erik Bjornsen, 22, of Winthrop finished first in the men's 15-kilometer freestyle.
  • His sister, Sadie Bjornsen, 24, finished second in the women's 10k freestyle and second in the classic sprint.
  • Torin Koos of Wenatchee won the men's classic sprint, his seventh U.S. nordic title.
  • Annie Pokorny, 20, of Spokane finished fourth in the women's 10k freestyle.

Pokorny, who developed her skills as a teenager with the Spokane Junior Nordic Ski Team, left Lewis and Clark High School to complete her senior year in Sun Valley where she trained with national-class junior skiers. She's skiing collegiately at Middlebury College and has a shot at being named to a U.S. international team.

Sadie Bjornsen, Koos and Pokorny all have the distinction of winning top female or male titles as teenagers at the annual 10K Spokane Langlauf at Mount Spokane.

Palaniuk of Rathdrum hits $100,000 bass prize

TOURNAMENT FISHING  — After a trip to a hospital to have a hook removed from his pinky, Brandon Palaniuk, 24, of Rathdrum powered forward through three days of fishing to dominate and win the Bassmaster Elite Series TroKar Quest tournament at Bull Shoals Lake, Ark., this weekend.

He'll have $100,000 in the bank after today's weigh-in, but that’s not going to change his lifestyle. He planned to spend tonight sleeping in the back of his pickup, just as he has every night this week and during most other tournaments.

 “It’s just easy,” said Palaniuk, who beds down in a bed  under the canopy of his pickup near launch sites. “I’ve got power and a shower, and it’s close to the water. That’s all I need. And it’s free.

“A hundred thousand dollars doesn’t go as far as it used to,” he added.

Read on for more details on Palaniuk's big win.

Spey rodding classes offered at Silver Bow

FLY FISHING – Registration is underway for the following fly fishing clinics being offered at Silver Bow Fly Shop, 13210 E Indiana Ave., telephone 924-9998.

Winter Steelhead Clinic: Learn winter Spey rod tactics from master guide and spey line designer Tom Larimer,  April 6, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Free.

Beginner Spey Class with Tom Larimer, April 7, 8 a.m.-noon. Cost: $150. Rods/reels provided.

Advanced Spey Class with Tom Larimer, April 7, 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Cost: $150. Rods/reels provided.

Rathdrum angler skunked on opening of Bassmaster Classic

TOURNAMENT FISHING — Brandon Palaniuk, 24, of Rathdrum, Idaho, had a horrible start among the 50 select anglers who roared off this morning to start the 2012 Bassmaster Classic on the Red River near Shreveport-Bossier City, La.

The weigh-in has just been completed, and Palaniuk is the only angler in the field who caught no fish.

He's in last place after Day 1. I don't have a report on what happened.

See more details on Rich Landers' Outdoors Blog.

Spokane’s Redman wins second rowing gold in Team USA’s Europe tour

WOMEN'S ROWINGSpokane's Jamie Redman — graduate of Lewis and Clark High School and Yale University — is packing home more gold in the  U.S. Women’s Rowing Team 8-seater boat.

On Sunday morning, USA's woman's-eight won gold at Switzerland's World Cup Regatta in Lucerne. Top teams from 50 countries were competing.

The previous week, Redman's women’s 8 team won the prestigious Henley Royal Regatta on the Thames in England. Team members had to purchase hats to meet the dress code for the awards ceremony.

Redman already has won national championships on the Yale Rowing Team. Last fall, she was on the U.S.A. women’s 8 boat that won the World Championship in New Zealand.

Today, Redman returned to their rowing base camp in Princeton, NJ., where she said she's hoping to continue training and remaining relatively injury free for a shot at further European World Cup competition and possibly the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.

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