2010 Winter Olympics News

Exciting final another disappointment for USA hockey

Given the hoopla surrounding the previous USA-Canada match-up, I, like many fans, looked forward to another exceptional game and some great Olympic hockey. I was not disappointed.  It almost made up for missing the first game. Canada must have been completely surprised and humiliated by the 5-3 beating they took in...

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Justyna Kowalczyk wins gold for Poland

Poland got their first gold medal of the Vancouver Olympics when Justyna Kowalczyk finished first in women’s 30km mass start. Marit Bjørgen, of Norway, gave her a run for her money, hoping for her fourth gold medal. Bjørgen had to settle for the silver, her fifth medal out of five events. Aino-Kaisa Saarinen...

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Another gold for Canada

Canada added yet another gold medal to their haul from the Vancouver Olympics. This one was from Jasey Jay Anderson in Men’s Parallel Giant Slalom. This was his fourth Olympics, so he was certainly due. It was a race in yet another messy, sloppy foggy day on the mountains surrounding Vancouver. All of the...

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“Night Train” steams to gold in 4-man bobsleigh

Steve Holcomb and USA-1 came through with the win in the 4-man bobsleigh. Night Train certainly lived up to the hype of “fastest sled in the world.” Holcomb wasn’t joking when he said the 2-man was just a warm-up for 4-man. I don’t think USA-1 fell behind at any point, they always ended the run on top....

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Italy’s 1st gold of the games

Guiliano Razzoli was the last skier down the mountain. Ivica Kostelic of Croatia waited at the bottom, hoping his combined time of 1:39.48 would get him gold.  Olympic gold medalist and bon vivant Alberto Tomba also waited with obvious tense nerves.  He had advised his friend and student to approach today’s...

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Patriotic crowd cheers Canada’s curlers to victory

Donald Sutherland looked on, standing and cheering with the rest of the mainly Canadian crowd, as the home team took gold in this afternoon’s men’s curling final. Though it was not quite as exciting as the women’s final, there was still plenty of great shots and surprise steals. Canada took the lead...

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Team pursuit speed skating results

The USA men’s pursuit team did us proud today, finishing 21 hundredths of a second behind the Canadian team. Team leader Chad Hedrick was hoping for gold, as he plans on retiring after this Olympics, but they weren’t expected to make it this far, so he shouldn’t be too disappointed.  Teammates Brian Hansen and...

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More sloppy weather for women’s snowboarding & skiing

Women’s Parallel Giant Snowboard Slalom was closer to surfing than snowboarding today. It was wet, wet, wet, and there were tons of wipeouts. But through it all Nicolien Sauerbreij of the Netherlands managed to make it down the hill all ten runs in one piece and with the best final time, winning the first gold in...

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Men’s biathlon relay results

Norway won gold in the men’s biathlon relay today.  Anchoring the 4-man team was Ole Einar Bjoerndalen, giving him his 6th gold medal, 11 in total.  Bjoerndalen is has the most medals of any biathlete in history, and he says he plans to be at the next Olympics, competing at age 40. If he does well in Sochi and...

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Two great opportunities for USA gold

The first 2 heats of men’s 4-man bobsled were completed today.  Steve Holcomb drove the much talked about “Night Train” sled to back-to-back record speeds on the challenging track.  The USA-1 team finished in 1st place with a nice .4 second lead (doesn’t sound like much, but trust me, that’s...

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Women’s 1000m short track and men’s relay results

Heart pounding short track racing continued this evening with some great outcomes for the US and tons of excitement for those watching. The final four in the women’s short track were Katherine Reutter of the US, Wang Meng and Zhou Yang of China, and Park Seung-Hi of South Korea. There were no false starts and...

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Crazy finish to men’s 500m short track

The final race for the 500m short track had an explosive ending. I swear, it looked more like roller derby than short track. Apolo Ohno started behind, struggling to pass, the other skaters holding in a tight formation.  All of a sudden, just a few feet before the finish line Ohno touched Francois-Louis Tremblay of...

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Intense women’s curling final

If you still don’t think curling can be exciting, you weren’t watching the women’s final between Canada and Sweden this afternoon.  Of course, the majority of the crowd was Canadian, and you’ve never heard such a ruckus.  They’ve been very vocal throughout the whole tournament; ringing...

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USA whips Finland; headed for final!

It was no contest this afternoon when team USA took on Finland in the semi-final hockey round. Ryan Malone scored at 2 minutes 4 seconds in the first period and it was downhill for Finland from there.  All 6 of the USA’s goals were made in that first period, and Finland never seemed to recover from the shock. ...

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Fog plays a part in Women’s Giant Slalom results

The fog that plagued the first run of the giant slalom and delayed the second run until today returned, giving Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany the edge she needed to win the gold medal.  You wouldn’t normally think finishing 6th in the first run would be an advantage, but it enabled her to ski before the fog got...

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