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By: Kelli, Alex and Ariel

SOCHI, RUSSIA – (UTC/TheLoop) — Olympic Medalist gets emotional after winning Bronze

How far is too far? Bode Miller’s moment in the spotlight at the Sochi Olympics took a turn for the uncomfortable when a reporter, NBC’s Christin Cooper, brought him to tears with repeated questions about his brother Chelone, who died of an apparent seizure in April 2013.

Miller was already emotional when he walked over to talk with Cooper after winning bronze at the men’s super-G event on Sunday, Feb. 16. Speaking about the significance of these Olympics compared with others in which he’d competed, the 36-year-old athlete said he wanted to come back and do right by his brother.

“Bode, you’re showing so much emotion down here. What’s going through your mind?” Cooper asked, according to a transcript from USA Today.
“A lot, obviously,” he replied. “A long struggle coming in here. And, uh, just a tough year.”
“I know you wanted to be here with Chilly experiencing these games. How much does it meant to you to come up with a great performance for him?” Cooper said. “And was it for him?”
“I mean, I don’t know if it’s really for him. But I wanted to come here and, uh, I don’t know, I guess, make myself proud,” Miller answered, wiping away tears.

Cooper then asked yet another follow-up question about Chelone, which proved to be too much for Miller to take. “When you’re looking up in the sky at the start,” she began, “we see you there, and it just looks like you’re talking to somebody. What’s going on there?”
At that, Miller broke down and dropped his head, unable to continue the interview. Cooper apologized, but viewers skewered her on Twitter, saying she’d gone too far and should have been more sensitive.



Miller, for his part, defended her tactics. “I appreciate everyone sticking up for me. Please be gentle w/ Christin Cooper, it was crazy emotional and not all her fault,” he tweeted on Sunday. “My emotions were very raw, she asked the questions that every interviewer would have. Pushing is part of it, she wasn’t trying to cause pain.”
Addressing the incident further on the Today show on Monday, Feb. 17, he told Matt Lauer that he had no hard feelings toward Cooper. “I have known Christin a long time, and she’s a sweetheart of a person,” he said. “I know she didn’t mean to push. I don’t think she really anticipated what my reaction was going to be, and I think by the time she realized it, it was too late. I don’t blame her at all.”

He continued: “I feel terrible that she’s taking the heat for that because it really was just a heat-of-the-moment kind of circumstance. I don’t think there was any harm intended. It was just a lot of emotion for me…You sometimes don’t realize how much you can contain that stuff until the dam breaks, and then it’s just a real outpouring.”






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University offers several activities for students to “catch” a break

By Taylor Sims


CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., (UTC/The Loop) – Campus recreation allows students, as well as faculty and staff, the opportunity for fun competition, meeting new people, and staying in shape.

The university’s Club Sports program currently offers 21 different sports and activities. Just a few of these include baseball, fencing, ladies lacrosse, and paintball.

The Club Sports website states that its goal is to “produce ‘student-lead, student-run’ organizations that enhance participants teamwork and leadership abilities while also maintaining a safe, fun, and friendly environment for all.”

A few of the Intramural Sports at UTC include horseshoes, Frisbee golf, and racquetball. These activities are open to any student, faculty, or staff member as long as they have a valid Mocs card.

Senior Stephen Mitchell participates in an intramural co-ed basketball team every year.

“I had fun with intramurals because I got to play my favorite sports after high school,” said Mitchell. “I got to hangout with my friends and meet new people as well as stay in shape, be healthy, be active, and relax my mind instead of studying all night long.”

Junior Gaby Dixon is one of the co-captains the ladies lacrosse club team. She said that while she enjoys playing the sport, organization and funding are difficult.

“It’s hard to get everyone in the same place at the same time,” said Dixon. “Plus it’s hard for us to get good practice schedules because there are so many club teams.”

Club and intramural sports provide students with much needed breaks from the everyday stresses of class and study time.

The new ARC, including the brand new aquatic center, along with other facilities such as intramural fields, Maclellan gym, and the racquet center are used for the several sports and activities offered.

Students who wish to get involved in club or intramural sports can stop by the Club Sports/Intramurals offices or visit the university website.

Click here to hear about intramural and club sports at UTC


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UTC Rowing Crew Participates in the Head of the Hooch Regatta

The UTC rowing crew recently participated in the Head of the Hooch Regatta.  The regatta, which is one of the largest head races in the southeast, had approximately 8,000 participants.

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Lacrosse Club Looking Forward to Season

By Michael Murphy

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn (UTC/The Loop) — Lacrosse, a popular sport in the northeastern part of the United States, is slowly making its way south. Sometimes referred to as “the fastest game on two feet,” lacrosse has made its way to many college campuses in the Southeast, contributing to the growing awareness of the sport around the country.

The Mocs Lacrosse Club has seen its share of hardships, but after last year’s 16-2 victory over Mississippi State, club founder Andrew Wilson feels, “We finally have things ironed out.”

When Wilson formed the club he had difficulty finding players, much less experienced ones. “The first team had five players that had played the game before,” said Wilson, “The other 11 were totally new to lacrosse.”

Once Wilson and other members of the club got enough players out on the field, another problem they encountered was how to keep them out there. According to Wilson, many of the new players with no lacrosse experience only stick around for a semester or two. “It’s the real fire-breather types that are the ones that stick with it, because it is such a vigorous game.

Funding was and still is a problem for the club. Raising enough money to pay for equipment, travel, and referees is an obstacle, as well as the fact that their competition was well-funded, had 45 players and had three coaches.

Andrew Wilson graduated last fall after two impressive wins, beating Mississippi State and Middle Tennessee State. Senior defenseman Tabor Dugger has since become club president, and is optimistic about the future.

The club is still actively looking for members. Experience is preferred, but players that are new to the game are welcome to join. If interested, contact club president Tabor Dugger or Kyle Edmunds, the club’s vice president.

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UTC’s Multi-Million Dollar Recreational Center

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (UTC) — The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is getting ready for the grand opening of its new $25 million  Student Recreation Center located on campus across from Mackenzie Arena.

In spring of 1996, SGA president Marty Bell began the project, surveying 1400 students asking whether or not they would be willing to fund a new campus recreation building. In 2002 the building fund fee charged students $50 per semester to pay for the building.

The project was originally set to be finished in spring 2008, but was postponed due to lack of money and the rise of building material costs. Students re-voted and accepted the raise to charge students $90 per semester for the building fund.

The Recreational Center is a multi-million dollar project, built to enrich student life on campus and, according to Ron Nelson director of campus recreation, “ for retention and recruitment of students at UTC.”

Students and alum who were enrolled at UTC between 2002 and 2009 and paid the building fund fee, will have access to the facility. Students have free access to the building for as many years as they paid the fee.

Students have access to facilities such as basketball courts that can be converted into soccer courts, 42 foot climbing tower, 1/8 of a mile indoor track with 360 view of the UTC Community and 14,000 sq ft of exercise space for state-of-the-art exercise equipment.

In spring of 2010, UTC will finish the last phase of the recreation center, an aquatic facility that includes; a lazy river with kayak plunge pool and 30 person bubble bench, five lap line swim area with 30 person hot tub, a two story high water slide, and water basketball and volleyball courts.

Current students can expect to get involved with the building as soon as this summer. Jobs to run the facility will be available and will be assigned through the student recreation office.

To get a first inside look, students can see the building by attending the March 28th opening day party. Students will get a chance to tour the building, meet alumni and examine blueprints for the final phase of the project

Once finished the recreational center will be open 96 hours a week. The only time it will be closed is outside the designated hours and when the University is closed for scheduled holidays.

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