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Get a taste of the Olympics here at home

With February’s 2014 Olympic Winter Games 5,000 miles away in Sochi, Russia, chances are you won’t be watching the contests in person.

But since this region is a hotbed of Winter Olympians — about three dozen are expected to make the US squad in a variety of sports — there are plenty of ways to get a taste of the Games in our own backyard.

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  • Freeskiing makes its initial foray into the 2014 Winter Games, with halfpipe and slopestyle competitions, which makes the annual Dumont Cup even more interesting this season. Simon Dumont, the freestyle skier recently called the “godfather of the sport” by Men’s Journal, grew up honing his craft at Sunday River, and beginning March 28 he’ll host the sixth annual event at the resort, with a new terrain park in place. Dumont has made a name for himself on the X Games circuit, but the Olympics bring a new level of international exposure for alpine’s fastest-growing aspect, which is sure to attract the Dumont Cup’s largest crowd yet. Sunday River, March 28-29, 15 South Ridge Road, Newry, Maine, 207-824-3000,

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  • Get an up-close look at the athletes who will be skating for gold in Sochi when the figure skating championships return to Boston Jan. 5-12 for the first time since 2001. This will mark the 100th anniversary of the competition, and over the course of the week will introduce Olympic hopefuls including New England pair skaters Alexandria Shaughnessy (Duxbury) and Jimmy Morgan (a New Hampshire native and student at Boston University) and Boston native Yasmin Siraj. TD Bank Garden, 100 Legends Way, Tickets: $195-$995,

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  • Ice skating isn’t all about putting the puck in the net or nailing the triple lutz. The Bay State Speedskating Club invites skaters of all abilities to invoke their inner Apolo Ohno, with skating sessions throughout the year at Iorio Arena, an Olympic-size rink in Walpole. BSSC invites aspiring skaters to bring a pair of skates, a bicycle helmet, knee pads, and gloves, and visit one of the sessions, normally held on Thursdays and weekends. 2130 Providence Hwy, Walpole. 508- 660-2005, or


  • Olympic gold medalist Donna Weinbrecht may have grown up in New Jersey, but the US National Ski Hall of Famer took up mogul skiing at Vermont’s Killington Mountain Resort and remains dedicated to the area. This winter Weinbrecht will host a pair of weekends in January and February dedicated to women looking to hone their skills on the bumps. Both weekends include a two-day lift ticket and coaching from Weinbrecht and staff. The January session is recommended for intermediate skiers; the weekend in February is designed for all skiing abilities. Reservations required. Killington Road, Killington, Vt. Jan. 25-26 ($429), Feb. 18-19 ($299), 802-422-6201,



  • One of the best places locally to learn the intricacies of the decidedly Canadian sport of curling, which is part bowling, part shuffleboard, is at Broomstones Curling Club in Wayland, the largest curling club in the state. Broomstones, which has been around since 1938, welcomes all ages to sweep their way into the sport with a variety of leagues. Memberships $100-$525. 1 Curling Lane, Wayland, 508-358-2412,



  • The annual Dartmouth Carnival has sent more than 100 participants to the Olympic Games, and this year is no different. Since the event is Feb. 8-9, the first weekend of the Sochi Games, many of the Nordic and alpine skiers will be heading to Russia from Carnival, which gives you the chance to see Olympians in action before their moment in the sun. Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H.,

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  • Americans don’t normally fare too well in ski jumping, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a viable activity in the Northeast. The Harris Hill Ski Jump has been an institution in Brattleboro since 1921, and just last year it hosted the first-ever FIS Cup Tournament in the country. The 2014 competition Feb. 15-16 will occur during the Sochi Games, which should give the sport added exposure. Ticket pricing to be announced. Cedar Street, Brattleboro, Vt.,

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