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February 28, 2010
Ducks winger and U.S. team member Bobby Ryan is blogging for The Times during the Games. Here's his post heading into the gold-medal game against Canada: Hello again, everyone! The USA and Canada for the gold . . . this is monumental and I'm thrilled to be a part of it. Obviously the game is huge here in Canada, but it's great to hear about the excitement people have in the U.S. as well. We are obviously hoping we have another good showing, just like the last time we played them.
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February 21, 2010 | By Chris Dufresne
The Vancouver Olympics still have a week to play out, but the "Lindsey Vonn" Games are probably over. Her legacy and medal count will probably be cemented at one gold and one bronze. The overreaching Vonn hype entering the Games probably accounted for Saturday's mild undercurrent of disappointment when America's skiing superstar finished third in the super-giant slalom. Vonn skied wonderfully by normal human racer standards but only "OK" by hers. She was, after all, the defending world champion in super-G and had won three of the five World Cup races run this year.
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February 23, 2010 | By Helene Elliott
Drew Doughty started getting frantic calls and text messages before the shock waves had faded from Canada's 5-3 loss to the United States in the preliminary-round finale of the Olympic hockey tournament. What, they asked, was wrong with their hockey team? "Canada as a country is worried about how we've been so far," the Kings' precocious defenseman said Monday, "but I know in the room we're still confident. We're going to take a longer route to the gold-medal game, but I know we're still confident we're going to do it."
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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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