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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 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 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 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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February 16, 2010 | Staff And Wire Reports
The father of the Georgian luger killed at the Olympics said Monday that his son worried the track was too dangerous, but insisted on competing because he had come to the Games to try to win. "He told me: 'I will either win or die,' " David Kumaritashvili said. "But that was youthful bravado; he couldn't be seriously talking about death." The father, in an interview at his home on the snow-covered slopes of Georgia's top ski resort, said he had spoken to his son, Nodar , shortly before the fatal training run Friday.
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February 17, 2010 | By David Wharton
The day was still young, the sun still low, when Bode Miller pushed out of the starting gate for the men's downhill. Shadows masked the fast and rugged lower portion of the run. "I was hitting bumps I couldn't see," he said. "I had a pretty strong feeling I wasn't going to win." The official results show that Miller finished third in Monday's race, a mere .09 of a second behind the winner, but he and other skiers talked about a bigger difference, a half-hour that passed before gold medalist Didier Defago started in better light.
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February 12, 2010 | By Philip Hersh
In this city that might as well be a ship at sea, so exposed is it to water on all sides, there may be a need to batten down the hatches to get through the first weekend of Winter Olympics that open Friday night with a ceremony at BC Place. For the first time, the ceremony will be indoors, which can stand as a testimony to good planning for Winter Games that have been riding out an economic storm for several years and may draw significant anti-Olympic protests during what is expected to be an inclement weekend.
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February 18, 2010
ALPINE SKIING A new look for super combined Anja Paerson, who leads active Alpine skiers with 41 World Cup victories, is the favorite in Thursday's super combined. The super combined is the only event that has changed its format since the 2006 Turin Games. Whereas the combined was a three-run event with one downhill and two slalom runs, the current version incorporates a downhill run and one slalom run. The winner is the skier with the fastest composite time. FIGURE SKATING It's Lysacek chasing Plushenko For once, there probably is more U.S. interest in men's figure skating than women's, as Evan Lysacek of the U.S., in second place after the short program, tries to catch Evgeny Plushenko of Russia in Thursday's free program.
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