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January 27, 2010 | Chris Erskine
Someday, a dude with a chisel and too much Red Bull will carve their faces into a mountain. Seems only fair. For many of them carved their share of mountains as well. Where are they now? Here's a look at some of the nation's Rushmore-caliber Olympic greats: Picabo Street: Still bossing the boys "I'm actually a full-time mom," says Street, 38, the unlikeliest full-time mom you ever met till you remember she grew up as the only girl in her tiny Idaho town, the ultimate tomboy.
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January 29, 2010 | By Lisa Dillman
There are snow days and then there are snow(boarding) days. After all, ESPN's Winter X Games here might as well be an officially sanctioned school holiday. Morning practice was finishing Thursday at Buttermilk Mountain and Olympian Gretchen Bleiler was taking off her board at the bottom of the pipe, chatting with Mike Jankowski, the U.S Olympic head halfpipe coach. Jankowski spotted a group of elementary school youngsters -- kids about 8 or 9 years old given the day off from the classroom -- peeking over the fence and practically shaking with excitement.
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February 24, 2010 | By Philip Hersh
After nearly a year of breathless anticipation, enough to make any women's figure skater hyperventilate if she got caught up in it, the skating world finally got a chance to see whether its newest star, Kim Yuna of South Korea, could withstand the pressure and perform at the level that had made her a heavy Olympic favorite. Her coach, Brian Orser, knew what Kim was going through, having entered the 1988 Olympics in Calgary as Canada's primary hope for a gold and winding up with silver.
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February 25, 2010 | Chris Erskine
Curling tops my list of what I respectfully refer to as "Dumb Winter Sports." To this list, I would include almost everything except skiing, snowboarding and hockey, which are merely "Insane Winter Sports." People call to ask what it's like up here, and I tell them that it's like summer camp in the snow -- for the dumb and the insane. You should hear them sigh enviously on the other end of the phone line. Yet, curling leads the dumb list. As you probably know, the Scots invented it some 500 years ago, and probably what's most amazing is not that it has survived over the centuries but that they ever played it a second time.
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February 28, 2010 | Bill Plaschke
It was after midnight, a week ago, the U.S. had earlier defeated Canada in a preliminary-round Olympic hockey game, the emptying streets wet, the mood soggy. I was returning from our nightly visit to the giant four-pronged Olympic flame with my 15-year-old daughter, Mary Clare, who was wearing an American flag like a cape, and a smile like a necklace. It was one of the first times she wore something that didn't represent her high school or favorite sports team. It was one of the first moments she may have realized the pride in being an American.
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February 13, 2010 | Staff And Wire Reports
The first women's Alpine race of the Olympics, scheduled for Sunday in Whistler Creek, has been postponed because of poor weather conditions. The women could not run the downhill without completing a training run. When it was deemed in Whistler Creek that conditions would not allow a training run Saturday, it automatically meant the Sunday race could not go off as scheduled. This is bad news for Olympic organizers but good news for American skier Lindsey Vonn , who will now get an extra day to rest the bruised shin she injured Feb. 2 in a training run. The men's downhill, as of Friday afternoon, was still scheduled to be run Saturday, though weather conditions are expected to be poor.
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February 23, 2010
Winger Bobby Ryan of the Ducks and the U.S. Olympic team is blogging for The Times during the Games. Here's his post on the U.S. team's 5-3 upset of Canada on Sunday: Hi again, everyone: That was a great game to be part of. To beat Canada in their own barn in front of their own fans was pretty special. It was a pretty quiet building at the end, it was almost eerie. We enjoyed it in the locker room afterward. It's a huge confidence boost for us. As far as the game, I thought we were outplayed for quite a while.
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February 25, 2010 | By Lisa Dillman
Funny how it works at the Olympics. Snow was being imported to the weather-challenged Cypress Mountain just a few days ago, the lingering reminder of an often problematic venue. Then came Tuesday. It started snowing during the women's ski cross event and started coming down harder and harder throughout the day and night. Perfect for a Currier & Ives holiday print. Not quite so ideal for the aerial freestylers. The women's final was held Wednesday night and the men are scheduled to take center stage Thursday.
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