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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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February 14, 2010 | By Lisa Dillman
Personal and career definition wasn't going to come from one race at one Olympics. But freestyler Hannah Kearney didn't run (or ski) away from what happened to her in Turin, Italy, four years ago, realizing it was part of her resume and, well, part of her life. One pressure-packed run showed Turin would not be the last word about her Olympic experience. Kearney, who finished 22nd four years ago, snatched gold away from Jenn Heil and Canada on the very last run of a drama-filled women's moguls final, a night filled with sublime skiing and spectacular crashes.
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February 17, 2010 | By Helene Elliott
As far as most of Canada is concerned, the Vancouver Olympics started Tuesday when the men's hockey team faced Norway in its first preliminary round game. As far as Team Canada's players were concerned, their tournament truly got underway in the second period, after they shook off their jitters, began planting players in front of the net, and started to figure out each other's tendencies and styles. Jarome Iginla of Calgary had a hat trick, Dany Heatley of San Jose added two more scores and Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby had three assists in his Olympic debut as Canada scored three times in the second period and five times in the third for an 8-0 rout at a crammed and raucous Hockey Canada Place.
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February 15, 2010 | By David Wharton
After all the years of disappointment, the glitches and near-misses, it took a miracle for the United States to win its first medal in the sport of Nordic combined. Or maybe not. Maybe Johnny Spillane's historic silver in the normal hill/10-kilometer event at Whistler Olympic Park on Sunday was made of something grittier. As Spillane said: "It took a lot of hard work." Hard work that carried him back from a string of injuries. Hard work that translated into his best ski jump of the year and had him leading the cross-country portion of the event down the final stretch.
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March 1, 2010
Dutch speedskater Sven Kramer is considering hiring an additional coach after a disastrous error by his current one cost him a second gold medal. Kramer said Sunday he was not planning to dump Gerard Kemkers but may add another coach to his team for the 2014 Games. Kramer won the 5,000-meter race in Vancouver. In the 10,000, Kemkers sent him into the wrong lane during a crossover deep into a race he was well on his way to winning. More miscommunication cost the Dutch team pursuit a spot in the final.
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February 18, 2010 | By Brian Hamiilton
Not unusually, Shani Davis spent most of Wednesday alone in his room, except for a morning jog. He studied his journals and race plan. Again he endeavored to do what no one had. Again he internalized any pressures and doubts, trusting only himself to escape them. Later, gliding along the Richmond Olympic Oval in the minutes before the 1,000-meter race that could redefine his grip on history, he was once more effectively alone, as the Chicago native likes it and unapologetically means it to be. Hands on hips, Davis snapped off a yawn.
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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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