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TJ Oshie is playing for the US Olympic hockey team this year. (Photo by sarah_connors via Flickr)

TJ Oshie is playing for the US Olympic hockey team this year. (Photo by sarah_connors via Flickr)

The United States sent 230 athletes to Sochi this year to compete in the winter Olympics. Nine of those athletes – or eight if a certain hockey star cannot be claimed – hail from the state of Washington.

That number ranks Washington as one of the top ten states to send Olympians to this year’s winter games.

Washington sent four cross-country skiers (Erik Bjornsen, Sadie Bjornsen, Brian Gregg and Torin Koos), two freestyle skiers (Patrick Deneen and Angeli VanLaanen), a luger (Christian Niccum), a speed skater (J.R. Celski) and a hockey player (T.J. Oshie).

But while sending athletes is good, everyone knows that the athletes have one thing on their minds: winning a medal. That task, so far, has proven difficult for the Washingtonians in Sochi.

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Zara storefront in London, UK. (Photo by Aurelijus Valeiša via Flickr)

Zara storefront in London, UK. (Photo by Aurelijus Valeiša via Flickr)

First Macklemore sweeps the Grammys, then the Seahawks win the Super Bowl…now Seattle’s fashionistas have won their place alongside New Yorkers, Milanos, Angelinos and Parisians.

Seattle’s Westlake Center is home to the newest branch of Zara, the Spain-based international fashion retailer.

I first learned about Zara when I studied abroad in Vienna last spring–and I was thrilled to learn that it was coming to Seattle.

Now could be Seattle’s time to finally step away from our “grunge” reputation and become more relevant on the fashion scene.

Zara, known for its ultra-fast turnaround on  new fashions, is not new to the United States, though some bloggers have argued that Zara’s European sizing won’t work for an American market.

There are seven Zara stores just in Manhattan, and others sprinkled across the country, in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Chicago and others. Zara celebrated its Seattle opening at an invite-only preview event last week.

Since 1992, Satya Nadella has brought Microsoft engineering expertise, business savvy, innovation and the ability to bring colleagues together, says Microsoft founder Bill Gates.

Yesterday was a historic day for Microsoft with Satya Nadella’s appointment as the company’s new CEO.

After a six-month long search following former CEO Steve Ballmer’s retirement announcement, the corporate board appointed frontrunner Nadella CEO over other candidates that included Microsoft executive vice president Tony Bates and Ford CEO Alan Mullaly.

A Microsoft leader for 22 years, Nadella has inspired tech and news analysts to predict that he will usher in a new era for mobile at Microsoft, which has long been stalled during Ballmer’s tenure. This has the potential to push the Gates-founded enterprise to its former legacy of groundbreaking innovation.