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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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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 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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February 17, 2010 | By Chris Dufresne
It has been almost a week now of full focus on the least controversial body part displayed in skier Lindsey Vonn's recent Sports Illustrated swimsuit shoot: Her right shin. She bruised it Feb. 2 in Austria, couldn't walk for two days, limped into Vancouver last week and threw around such words as "excruciatingly painful." She questioned whether she could race and was even asked whether she might be using the injury as an excuse in case she didn't win. "Wow," Vonn responded.
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February 14, 2010 | Staff And Wire Reports
The president of the Republic of Georgia, speaking to reporters a day after one of his nation's athletes died in a luge training run, raised concerns about the design of what is the world's fastest track at the Whistler Sliding Center. "There were questions being asked about this place," President Mikheil Saakashvili said. "There were suggestions that the wall should have been higher there." Nodar Kumaritashvili was killed when he lost control of his sled at about 80 mph, flipped over the lip of the track and slammed into an unpadded roof support post.
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February 25, 2010 | By Brian Hamilton
With 16 bodies scattered everywhere, there is nothing about a 3,000-meter short-track speedskating race that favors certainty. But the U.S. women's team had latched onto the idea that a medal in the Wednesday race was fairly inevitable. Then, halfway through the event, they were out of the picture almost literally, skating half a lap behind the leaders with no chance at all. "I was thinking, this hasn't really happened to us before," team member Alyson Dudek said. So imagine what's on South Korea's minds.
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