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February 20, 2010 | By Helene Elliott
Mattias Norstrom, a King for nearly 11 seasons and their captain from 2001-02 until they traded him to Dallas three years ago, always said he had no interest in becoming a coach after his playing days ended. But here he is at the Olympics, standing behind Sweden's bench as an assistant to Bengt Gustafsson. Reminded of his vow, he laughed. "I still a little bit stand by that," he said Friday, "though that's hard to say when I'm standing here today." As classy and respected off the ice as he was steady and team-oriented on it, he retired after the 2007-08 season and took his family home to Stockholm to live a normal life, using his fingers to sketch quotation marks around the word normal as he uttered it. He and two friends started a business that deals with insuring and planning for Swedish artists and athletes, but he severed his ties to hockey.
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February 20, 2010 | By Chris Dufresne
It might be over-the-top dramatic -- like the launching-pad jump on the women's course known as "Hot Air" -- to suggest that Saturday's super-giant slalom at Whistler Creek will be Lindsey Vonn's last appearance of the Olympics. It would be conjecture to think that Vonn, once considered a five-medal threat, will bow out after the super-G, perhaps with her second gold, forgoing next week's giant slalom and slalom. The thinking: Why endure more excruciating pain from her bruised right shin in the two events in which see is least likely to win a medal?
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February 21, 2010 | By Chris Dufresne
Ted Ligety didn't only shock the Alpine world four years ago when, as a relative unknown, he won the Olympic combined at the 2006 Turin Games. Ligety stunned himself. "I still don't really believe that I won," he reflected four years later. "I think back at it and I'm still kind of in shock. It's kind of crazy to say that I'm an Olympic gold medalist." Sunday, in another Olympics, on another continent, Ligety defends his title at Whistler Creekside. It won't be easy.
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February 18, 2010 | By Helene Elliott
For Team USA and host Canada, the first game of the Olympic men's hockey tournament was about shaking their jitters. Each was a little disjointed Tuesday, with Canada blanked by Norway for 22 minutes and the U.S. scoring only once in the first 25 minutes. Each gained momentum and wore down an inferior opponent. Canada defeated Norway, 8-0, and the U.S. sweated a bit before beating Switzerland, 3-1. "I think we had a lot of nervous energy as a team. I know for my part, I did," U.S. goalie Ryan Miller said.
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January 31, 2010 | By Lisa Dillman
Only one person had a shot to beat snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler at the Winter X Games. It just happened to be Kelly Clark, an Olympic champion in 2002, and winner of all but one of the qualifiers for Vancouver. With Bleiler waiting and watching in the finish area, Clark dropped in for her third and final run and threw down a stellar performance, including a huge frontside 900. Then the hard part began. . . . waiting for the judges. Bleiler, the hometown Aspen hero, won the women's superpipe final by 0.66, edging Clark on Saturday night at Buttermilk Mountain.
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February 26, 2010 | By Lisa Dillman
Life philosophy and Jeret "Speedy" Peterson finally merged, rather than collided, and produced a memorable result at the Olympics. All or nothing. Sitting in fifth place after one jump made his decision incredibly simple in the final of the men's aerials. The American didn't come all the way to Vancouver after living through what he called "enough turmoil and drama for three lifetimes" to leave the Hurricane on the shelf. And so, at 6:48 on Thursday night, he went down the ramp with speed, and almost everyone in the viewing area at Cypress Mountain knew what would happen.
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February 19, 2010 | By Chris Dufresne
The most accomplished American skier in Olympic history -- the girl with gold already tucked in her pocket -- won another medal Thursday. Her name: Julia Mancuso. The day after a busload of drop-in history assessors returned to Vancouver's media compound after justifiably praising Lindsey Vonn after her dramatic win in downhill, Mancuso sent out a mountain memo suggesting the story isn't over yet. Mancuso, who finished behind Vonn in the downhill, claimed a surprising -- shocking, some might say -- silver medal in the women's super combined.
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February 15, 2010 | Staff Reports
Poor weather conditions at Whistler Creekside wrecked yet another day in the Olympic Alpine schedule as Sunday's training run for Wednesday's scheduled women's downhill was washed out because of poor weather conditions. It rained hard early Sunday morning, but the sky cleared in the late afternoon. The women have yet to complete a training run for either the super combined, which was originally scheduled for Sunday but moved to Thursday, or the downhill. Skiers must complete at least one training run before a race.
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February 20, 2010 | By Helene Elliott
Scrappy, physical Belarus came tantalizingly close to upending defending gold medalist Sweden and pulling off another Olympic hockey upset. Konstantin Zakharov clanged a shot off the crossbar about 12 minutes into the third period Friday shortly after his team had pulled to within a goal, and Andrei Stas forced goaltender Jonas Gustavsson to make a quick arm save on a desperate try to tie the score with 40 seconds left, triggering gasps...
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February 21, 2010 | By Brian Hamilton
After affixing skate guards and descending from the track infield after practice Saturday, Jen Rodriguez stopped in the media mixed zone. It was the eve of, most likely, her last individual Olympic race. A TV crew asked how she felt. "Ready to get it over with," Rodriguez said with a chuckle. Standing in front of drapes, she pulled the curtain back on how unyielding a Winter Games can be, nonetheless smiling all the while. It appears Rodriguez is getting what she wanted out of this, no matter what occurs in speedskating's 1,500 meters Sunday, which would be refreshing after four years of enduring little worth laughing about.
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