Talking Points: Getting his number out there



What’s the buzz from the world of sports? Here are some items that will have people talking:


Here’s hoping Russian snowboarder Alexey Sobolev has unlimited texting on his phone.

Sobolev competed in slopestyle qualifying on Thursday with his cellphone number written on his helmet. It was his idea of trying to get through what he called the boredom of the athletes’ village on the mountain.

Sobolev says he has received more than 2,000 texts since then.

“Most of the messages are good luck messages and messages from the girls,” Sobolev said Friday. “Some of the messages are not appropriate to read aloud.”


Locked in a bathroom inside the athlete’s village, U.S. Olympic bobsledder Johnny Quinn knew only one way to get out.

Through the door. Literally.

Quinn said on his Twitter account that he was taking a shower and the “door got locked/jammed.”

A former NFL player with Green Bay and Buffalo, Quinn did some serious damage while tearing apart the door.

Quinn posted a photo of a gaping hole in the former door, saying “With no phone to call for help, I used my bobsled push training to break out. #SochiJailBreak.”

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