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February 19, 2010
MEN'S SUPER-G Miller and Ligety are U.S. hopefuls Europeans have won every installment of the Olympic super-giant slalom since its addition to the program in 1988, and have several leading candidates for gold in 2010. Didier Cuche of Switzerland is the defending world champion and Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway was last season's World Cup champion. The U.S. has won only one medal in this event: Tommy Moe with a silver at the 1994 Lillehammer Games. Bode Miller and Ted Ligety are the top U.S. competitors.
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January 28, 2010 | By Lisa Dillman
Snowing in the morning, snowing in the afternoon . . . and, most likely, snowing in the evening in the Aspen area on Wednesday. Ah, if only Vancouver had such problems. Here, on the eve of ESPN's Winter X Games, the snow, or lack thereof in Vancouver, was an issue among the newly minted Olympians with an eye fixed on Cypress Mountain. That happens to be the venue for snowboarding and freestyle skiing events for the fast-approaching Olympics. Generally a good thing to have the snow in snowboarding, isn't it?
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February 14, 2010 | By Chris Dufresne
The running of the most prestigious Olympic Alpine event, the men's downhill, was scrubbed Saturday because of warm weather and deteriorating snow conditions on the Dave Murray course. You could see this postponement coming from as far away as a snowy place like, you know, Dallas. If things don't improve soon, Whistler might have to be converted to a Water Park with medals being awarded in the GSSS (giant slalom slip 'n slide). This is my fifth Winter Olympics, so weather delays roll off my back like H2O flowing over what used to be the 60-meter jump known as "Murr's Hope."
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February 15, 2010 | By Brian Hamilton
Passing through the Richmond Olympic Oval underbelly, fresh off the morning's work and a day away from the demands of near-perfection, Tucker Fredricks couldn't quite wrap his knit cap-covered head around the space between then and now. "It's a long story," Fredricks said after a moment of contemplation Sunday. And not wholly because it bridges a literal half-a-world-wide gap between Turin, Italy, and the outskirts of Vancouver, Canada. But centrally the journey of the U.S.'s top sprinter was simple and jarring, involving one immediate hard turn in 2006 that brought him to the 500-meter race Monday and a realistic medal chance.
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February 14, 2010 | By Helene Elliott
If ever there was a lesson in the wisdom of not looking too far ahead, the Turin Olympics provided that in the women's hockey tournament. The much-anticipated gold-medal game between the United States and Canada never materialized because the U.S. women were upset by Sweden in the semifinals. That's why each time the intriguing possibility of a U.S.-Canada showdown is brought up here -- and it's mentioned a lot -- members of the U.S. team insist they haven't mentally jumped past their preliminary-round games.
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February 24, 2010 | By Chris Dufresne
The weather report does not look promising -- snow, rain, slush, fog -- for the running of the women's giant slalom Wednesday, leading some to muse: How could Julia Mancuso get so lucky? She's already had a charmed Olympics -- winning two unexpected silver medals -- and could now benefit from the kind of whiteout that helped her win the GS gold four years ago in Italy. A lot of people don't remember that Mancuso won at Turin because she captured it in almost Donner Party conditions.
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January 16, 2010 | By Philip Hersh
At age 81, in his 49th year of coaching, it figured John Nicks would say he isn't surprised by much. So Nicks initially said he was disappointed rather than surprised in how badly his athletes, Keauna McLaughlin and Rockne Brubaker, had skated Friday afternoon in the U.S. Figure Skating Championships at Spokane Arena. A few minutes later, Nicks changed his mind. "These last three or so days here, they have practiced as well as any pair I have taught," Nicks said. "I was surprised."
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February 18, 2010 | By staff and wire reports
For the second consecutive night, Austrian sliders crashed the German luge party. The brother team of Andreas and Wolfgang Linger defended their Olympic title, beating Latvian brothers Andris and Juirs Sics and Germany's Patric Leitner and Alexander Resch , who had won the gold in 2002. The Lingers finished with a combined time of 1 minute 22.705 seconds, .264 of a second ahead of the Latvians and .335 ahead of the Germans. Tuesday evening, countrywoman Nina Reithmayer prevented a German sweep of the women's event by taking silver.
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February 24, 2010 | By Lisa Dillman
Cypress Mountain does not care about your aerial ski jumping credentials. Olympic gold medal on your resume? Who cares? Outstanding World Cup form among your references? Yawn. None of it has guaranteed a thing. Not on Cypress. On the men's side, the defending gold medalist as well as the No. 1-ranked aerialist failed to make the 12-man final, both botching their second jumps in qualifying. Evelyne Leu of Switzerland, the defending Olympic gold medalist, also fell by the wayside in women's qualifying, as she somersaulted on her landing and lost her skis.
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February 16, 2010 | By Lisa Dillman
Going from fourth place to first on dry, flat land: Hard. Going from fourth to first careening down a tight, slushy course on a snowboard: Harder. Doing it at the Winter Olympics: Priceless. Improvisation, thy name is Seth Wescott. The 33-year-old Wescott came from last to first Monday afternoon in the men's snowboard cross final at Cypress Mountain, holding off crowd favorite Mike Robertson at the finish line to win the U.S.'s second gold medal. Wescott, of Sugarloaf, Maine, remains the only winner of this event at the Olympics, having captured the inaugural snowboard cross four years ago in Turin, Italy.
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