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February 17, 2010 | By Helene Elliott
As far as most of Canada is concerned, the Vancouver Olympics started Tuesday when the men's hockey team faced Norway in its first preliminary round game. As far as Team Canada's players were concerned, their tournament truly got underway in the second period, after they shook off their jitters, began planting players in front of the net, and started to figure out each other's tendencies and styles. Jarome Iginla of Calgary had a hat trick, Dany Heatley of San Jose added two more scores and Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby had three assists in his Olympic debut as Canada scored three times in the second period and five times in the third for an 8-0 rout at a crammed and raucous Hockey Canada Place.
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February 18, 2010 | By Brian Hamiilton
Not unusually, Shani Davis spent most of Wednesday alone in his room, except for a morning jog. He studied his journals and race plan. Again he endeavored to do what no one had. Again he internalized any pressures and doubts, trusting only himself to escape them. Later, gliding along the Richmond Olympic Oval in the minutes before the 1,000-meter race that could redefine his grip on history, he was once more effectively alone, as the Chicago native likes it and unapologetically means it to be. Hands on hips, Davis snapped off a yawn.
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February 25, 2010 | By Candus Thomson
The lineage of women's Olympic bobsled only goes back to 2002, but in eight years, U.S. women have never been left off the podium. Erin Pac kept the string alive with a bronze-medal effort Wednesday night, showing poise and consistency while ignoring the pain of a strained hamstring. Her four-run time of 3 minutes 33.13 seconds put her just behind Canadians Kaillie Humphries, who gave her country its seventh gold medal of the Winter Games, and Helen Upperton. Germany was kept off the podium for the first time.
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February 11, 2010 | Staff Reports
Luge athlete and five-time Olympian Mark Grimmette of Muskegon, Mich., has been chosen to carry the U.S. flag into the Olympic opening ceremony Friday at BC Place. The honor is traditionally reserved for someone who has persevered through hardship or shown extreme dedication, and that applies to Grimmette in a sport that doesn't usually bring athletes great endorsement contracts or fame. Grimmette, 39, is the all-time leader in medals among American lugers with 65, and he won a bronze medal at the 1998 Games and a silver at Salt Lake City in 2002, both in men's doubles.
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February 25, 2010 | Staff And Wire Reports
NBC said that Friday's Olympic semifinal hockey game between the U.S. and Finland will be broadcast live in all time zones, including Pacific. It will begin at noon Pacific time Friday. Sunday's gold medal hockey game is so far scheduled to be tape-delayed in the Pacific time zone at 3 p.m. (The game starts at noon). As a historical note, the Beijing Olympics gold medal basketball game was also scheduled to be tape-delayed but when the U.S. made the finals, NBC did show the game live.
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February 17, 2010 | By Chris Kuc
While its closest rival is dismantling opponents by a combined 27 goals in two games over on the other side of the bracket, the United States women's hockey team is wreaking havoc in its own group. The U.S. hammered hapless Russia, 13-0, on Tuesday in preliminary-round action at UBC Thunderbird Arena. The bigger, faster and more experienced U.S. squashed Russia to improve to 2-0 in the tournament and has now outscored foes, 25-1, in the process. Team Canada, the other favorite to bring home gold in the Olympic Games, was off Tuesday but won its first two games by a combined score of 28-1.
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February 14, 2010 | By Candus Thomson
Putting the brakes on the world's fastest luge track to prevent the type of crash that killed a young slider during a training run didn't do much to alter the standings Saturday among the world's elite sliders after the first two of four runs. With a light snow falling, Germany's Felix Loch, who holds the track record of 95.6 mph, was in first place with a combined time of 1 minute 36.570 seconds. Countryman David Moeller, a two-time world champion who finished fifth in the Turin Olympics, is in second, just .282 seconds back.
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February 25, 2010 | By Lisa Dillman
Must-see drama turned into can't-see drama. For about an hour or so, there was this surreal (non-) sight at the women's freestyle aerials ski ramp at Cypress Mountain on Wednesday night. An announcer would say a name and a country and some sort of fuzzy, ghostly apparition would hurtle down the ramp, come into semi-view and twist and turn through the air. One reporter joked that the shadowy outlines looked like figures on a surveillance video. Foggy, foggy night. Was this a night where someone was going to win a gold medal or, instead, the opening scenes of a horror movie?
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February 15, 2010 | By Lisa Dillman
They are now the coolest kids in the cafeteria -- or if you want to take the school analogy one step further -- on campus. (Not that they'd all make it to class consistently.) Forget the guys from the conventional, old-school sports. The men's snowboarders, not exactly a news flash, are hip at the Winter Olympics. Maybe because they aren't forcing the issue in some contrived way. "We were the outsiders, and the jocks are cool in high school and now [it is] the board people," said Peter Foley, coach of the U.S. snowboarding team.
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