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The United States' Omar Bermejo competes in the men's 15-kilometer standing biathlon at the Sochi Paralympic Winter Games at Laura Cross-country Ski & Biathlon Center on March 14 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo: Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)
The United States' Omar Bermejo competes in the men's 15-kilometer standing biathlon at the Sochi Paralympic Winter Games at Laura Cross-country Ski & Biathlon Center on March 14 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo: Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)
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Sochi Winter Games: How Grand Rapids’ U.S. Paralympian Omar Bermejo Did

Omar Bermejo achieved and competed with the world's best Winter Paralympians over the past two weeks in Russia.

The 32-year-old former Marine, who had an amputation of part of a severed arm suffered in a June 2009 motorcycle accident, is from Grand Rapids resident, He took part with Team USA in two nordic skiing disciplines at the Sochi Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

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Omar Bermejo is representing the U.S. in the Sochi Winter Paralympics in Russia. (Photo: Mark Nadell/MacBeth Graphics)
Omar Bermejo is representing the U.S. in the Sochi Winter Paralympics in Russia. (Photo: Mark Nadell/MacBeth Graphics)
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Grand Rapids’ Omar Bermejo Competes for U.S. in Sochi Paralympic Winter Games [Video]

Omar Bermejo believes.

He believes he can overcome. He believes in himself.

That steadfastness and determination has brought the 31-year-old former Marine to surmount an amputation of part of a severed arm suffered in a June 2009 motorcycle accident. It has the Grand Rapids resident at the pinnacle competing representing the U.S. in two disciplines at the Sochi Paralympic Winter Games in Russia.

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Figure Skating - Winter Olympics Day 7
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Winter Olympics: Russia Makes Fun of Ring Not Opening at Closing Ceremonies

Russia made a little fun of themselves at the closing ceremonies last night!

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Winter Olympics: Russia and U.S. Finish Atop Medals Haul in Sochi

The Sochi Winter Olympics came to a close on Sunday, with host Russia finished just ahead of the United States in the medal standings othe U.S. men's hockey team finishing off the podium with a disappointing 5-0 loss to Finland in the bronze medal game.

Here's a recap of the final weekend of the Sochi Games.

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U.S. women's bobsled silver medalists Elana Meyers and Lauryn Williams celebrate their success on Thursday at the Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia. (Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
U.S. women's bobsled silver medalists Elana Meyers and Lauryn Williams celebrate their success on Thursday at the Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia. (Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
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Winter Olympics: Nearly Golden for U.S. Women’s Bobsled, But Still Historic

By Ryan Howe | BSU at the Games

Elana Meyers had hoped to be in the Summer Olympics playing softball.

Instead, the former Mid Michigan Ice softball player from Douglasville, Ga., was at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, seeking a slide toward greatness. She nabbed it, too.

Meyers and Lauryn Williams, of Miami, slid to a silver medal finish in the two-women bobsled competition, just ahead of U.S. teammates Aja Evans, of Chicago, and Jamie Greubel, of Newtown, Pa., and just behind Canadians Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse a mere 0.1 second back.

That gave both Meyers and Williams medals in consecutive Olympics, an impressive feat to go home with as they march into the Closing Ceremonies for the Sochi Winter Olympics tonight.

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Backpacks are available for purchase at the Winter Olympics shop at the Olympic Park in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo: Taylor Irby/BSU at the Games)
Backpacks are available for purchase at the Winter Olympics shop at the Olympic Park in Sochi, Russia. (Photo: Taylor Irby/BSU at the Games)
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Winter Olympics: Not Taking Home a Medal? How About a Souvenir?

By Jeremy Ervin | BSU at the Games

Sochi Winter Olympics gear is the hot item no matter where you go in Sochi, Russia.

Every train station, sidewalk and stairway is full of people sporting red, white and blue Russia hats and jackets and knit IOC mittens in Olympic-ring colors.

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Ice Hockey - Winter Olympics Day 14 - United States v Canada
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Winter Olympics: Canada Beats U.S. Men’s Hockey Team 1-0 in Semis

Canada continued its dominance over the U.S in Olympic men's hockey on Friday. Here's a recap of all the day's action in Sochi:

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Evgenia Pochenkova has been living in Sochi, Russia, for almost two years. (Photo: K.Green/BSU at the Games)
Evgenia Pochenkova has been living in Sochi, Russia, for almost two years. (Photo: K.Green/BSU at the Games)
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Winter Olympics: Sochi Endures for its Celebrated Games

By Holly Demaree | BSU at the Games
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The Sochi Winter Olympics are 17 days of competition that ends Sunday.

For some spectators, getting to the Winter Olympics takes more than a day of constant travel, with the inconvenience and jet lag drifting away on arrival in the Black Sea resort city.

For Sochi's residents, however, these have been moment

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Ice Hockey - Winter Olympics Day 13 - Canada v United States
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Winter Olympics: Canada Tops U.S. in OT to Win Women’s Hockey Gold

Canada's women's hockey team beat the United States 3-2 in overtime in the gold medal game on Thursday at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Here's a recap of Thursday's action in Sochi

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Winter Olympics: Team Fry Roots on U.S. Women’s Hockey and its Favorite Player

By Hayli Goode | BSU at the Games

Wesley Fry walked into his family’s Chandler, Ariz., living room on Christmas Eve dressed as Santa Claus.

His sister, Lyndsey, who pretended to be the elf passing out gifts, followed him.

The annual family skit was going as usual, but then came the deviation.

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Sochi Winter Olympics Recap 2-19
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Winter Olympics: U.S. Men’s Hockey Team Advances to Semis Against Canada

The U.S. men's hockey team cleared another hurdle in its pursuit of gold, and the Americans seized the overall medal lead.

Here's a recap of Wednesday's action at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

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Meryl Davis and Charlie White, both of Michigan, display the gold medals they earned for winning the figure skating ice dancing competition at the Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia. (Photo: Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
Meryl Davis and Charlie White, both of Michigan, display the gold medals they earned for winning the figure skating ice dancing competition at the Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia. (Photo: Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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Winter Olympics Offer Vision of Better World — If Anyone is Watching

By Adrianna Howell | BSU at the Games

Please raise your hand if you remember all the hype and hubbub of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.

Please keep your hand up if you knew this year was also an Olympic year.

Why is it that the Summer Games seem to draw so much more of a crowd than the Winter Games?

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